TV News Roundup: ‘Lost in Space’ Gets Netflix Reboot, ‘Prancing Elites’ Sets Premiere

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Development News:

“Lost In Space” could making its way back to the screen, as sources tell Variety that Netflix is developing a reboot of the 1965 CBS classic with plans for a straight-to-series order. Though Netflix declined to comment, the new potential series hails from writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless who will exec produce with Kevin Burns, Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig. First reported by Deadline, the Netflix project is not the first go at a “Lost In Space” television remake, as the WB produced a pilot in 2003, which was never picked up to series.

Premiere Dates:

“The Prancing Elites Project” Season 2 will premiere on Oxygen on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 8:00 p.m. For its sophomore season, the docuseries has expanded to hourlong episodes. Prior to the Season 2 premiere, a sneak peek at the new episodes will air during the cabler’s “Friendsgiving” marathon on Thanksgiving day. 

Revolving around an African American, gay and gender non-conforming dance team, “The Prancing Elites Project” was Oxygen’s highest-rated new series of 2015 among all key demos.

“The Prancing Elites continue to be such a unique, inspirational group of friends connected by their passion for dance whose journey paves the way for honest and authentic self-defining emotions that connect with our young audience,” said Rod Aissa, EVP of original programming and development, Oxygen Media. “This season the team delves deeper into their personal lives as they struggle to find the heart and determination to come together and be their hilarious, genuine selves while reaching greater success in the dancing world.”

Check out a first look at the upcoming season here.

Casting News:

Stephen Colbert will return to host the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which will be broadcast on Dec. 29 on CBS. This year — which marks “The Late Show’s” host second time emceeing the special — honorees are Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa and Cicely Tyson, who will be seated with President Obama and the First Lady.

“American Horror Story’s” Matt Bomer has been cast to star in Amazon’s drama pilot “The Last Tycoon,” Variety has confirmed.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, the story delves into the sex, violence and ambition of Hollywood in the ’30s, as it follows Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s, Monroe Stahr (Bomer), who was originally based on Irving Thalberg. as he climbs to the height of power, pitting him against his mentor and the current head of the studio, who was inspired by Louis B. Mayer.

From Sony’s TriStar Television, Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”) penned the pilot and is set to direct and exec produce, along with EPs Perri Kipperman, Josh Maurer, David Stern, Alix Witlin and “Party of Five’s” Chris Keyser who will serve as showrunner. Deadline first reported Bomer’s casting.

Business:

A+E Networks has set a new long-term carriage pact with AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse. The deal includes authenticated streaming rights, VOD and mobile rights and carriage of Viceland, the Vice Media venture that is soon to take over A+E Networks’ H2 channel.

“The new agreement delivers to AT&T terms that reflect its new scale and status as the largest pay TV provider in the world,” AT&T said in a statement.

The Miss America Competition will air on ABC through 2018, as the network has closed an extension deal with the Miss America Organization and Dick Clark Productions to extend the broadcast rights for three more years.

“We are so pleased to continue our successful partnership with ABC,” Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization, said. “Miss America, Dick Clark Productions and ABC have worked tirelessly to make the national competition one of the most important specials on television.”

The president of Dick Clark Prods., Mike Mahan, commented, “We are happy to extend and build on our partnership with Miss America and ABC. We look forward to growing the Miss America legacy for years to come.”

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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  1. Gary Sampson says:

    I’m glad they are finally doing a remake of Lost in Space. Hopefully they learned what not to do from the movie attempt. The Jupiter 2 MUST be a flying saucer again, and the robot should also resemble the original, but as far as creativity goes, there are so many directions to take the storyline. As far as the comment that nobody wanted this remake anyway, wrong, wrong, wrong! Lis fans have wanted a new one for years, it’s just that nobody has done a version yet that lives up to the original. This could be a great way for writers, special effects artists, and actors to really show their stuff. There just has to be a respect for the original, but with a better scientific basis, no whimsical stories please! Superman and Batman have been redone to death, and yet people still get excited about new versions. Lost in Space has so much potential to be great, Hey guys let’s do it right this time! I’m ready to take the journey again, sure beats the hell out of anything else we’ve been subjected to in the last few years.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Outside of Hollywood and the media, people loathe remakes.

      I don’t think there’s many people actually excited at a new remake of a remake of a remake of Superman, especially the incompetently directed ones by Zack Snyder!)

  2. Here we go again not another lame Lost in Space reboot that nobody asked for not
    after the lack lustre 1997 trash pile that they had with matt le blanc and heather graham
    that nearly destroyed their careers and now fast forward to 2015 with this news of Netflix
    rebooting it again as an tv series I could see it fail after season 1 it goes to show that
    the entertainment industry has no imagination or creativity anymore all they are doing
    is constantly rebooting franchises whats next an reboot of lifeforce and return of the living dead
    i’d rather stick with the classics not abominations .

    FRANKIE SHEPARD SMALES

    SMALES TV UK-HOST

    • Rena Moretti says:

      I could not agree more. The media keeps harping on how Netflix is soooooo creative, when in reality they are as derivative as the rest of Hollywood.

      The problem rests with the owners that send the clear signal that if you make a bad remake that flops, you’ll get richly rewarded and if you make an original show that flops, you’ll be fired.

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