Disney Channel is turning to some of the darkest characters on the Disney shelf for its next live-action movie. Descendants will focus on the progeny of Disney baddies like Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar.
But the movie, directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), will follow these modern-day teens as they begin to question the evil in their hearts. Casting is currently under way for Descendants, which is set to begin production next spring and premiere in 2015.
While Modern Family is still contemplating an offer from Australia to come film an episode Down Under, the ABC comedy is planning a trip closer to its L.A. home base. "It's looking like we probably will do an episode where everybody goes to Las Vegas," reveals executive producer Chris Lloyd. "It's at the seventy-five percent stage now, but...
As 2013 comes to a close, the major television conglomerates are doing some housekeeping — and that includes clearing the deck of some of their "zombie channels." Among the neglected networks stumbling toward the end of their runs: SoapNet is shutting down at the end of the year, while NBCUniversal owner Comcast has quietly announced that it is "ceasing distribution" of G4 at the start of January.
Meanwhile, A+E Networks announced this week that it would morph its neglected Bio channel into....
Zoinks! How's this for an unexpected crossover: Scooby-Doo and his pals are set to team up with the stars of the WWE (aka World Wrestling Entertainment) in an upcoming animated DVD movie. Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery sends the gang on a trip to Wrestle City, where — shocker! — they find themselves in supernatural sleuthing mode.
A mysterious ghostly bear is on the rampage, wreaking havoc on WrestleMania and attempting to steal the championship gold belt. Before you can say, "ruh-roh," Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the lords of the wrestling ring to sort out the bear facts.
WWE stars John Cena, Triple H, Sin Cara, Brodus Clay, AJ Lee, The Miz and Kane all provide their own voices, as does WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
Scooby-Doo! Wrestlemania Mystery — a co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WWE Studios — goes on sale March 25 in DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD platforms. Here's an exclusive first look at the movie:
The Simpsons Get the White Christmas Blues
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — but only where The Simpsons live. The long-running Fox series will celebrate the holidays Sunday, Dec. 15 (8/7c) in predictably screwy fashion: Thanks to global warming, there's no snow anywhere in the United States except in Springfield, where a radiation leak at the town's nuclear-power plant has resulted in lots of local white stuff. Cue the price gouging.
Maggie Grace, David Duchovny
Showtime's dreams of Californication will come to a close after one final season, TV Guide Magazine has learned. The network has confirmed that the upcoming seventh season of the David Duchovny series will be its last.
Six By Sondheim
How fortunate for Stephen Sondheim fans that the Broadway musical maestro came of age in the television era. The new HBO documentary Six By Sondheim, premiering Monday at 9/8c, digs deep into TV talk and news program archives to provide a fast moving yet intimate portrait of America's greatest living composer and lyricist. The film also includes several new music-video style interpretations of Sondheim compositions. One includes a cameo by the legend himself in a performance of Opening Doors with Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera, Laura Osnes and Darren Criss. Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, who directed and co-executive produced Six By Sondheim, offered a glimpse into the filmmaking process.
America Ferrera, James Lapine
Few love words as passionately as Broadway's master composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, but there's one word that makes him cringe: "Hummable," a quality some (erroneously) find lacking in his challenging, rewarding scores. "Drives me up the wall," he growls.
Which is why it's such an ironic delight when Sondheim performs as part of a new staging of his autobiographical "Opening Doors" production number (from the initially flop musical Merrily We Roll Along), playing a producer who bullies a team of young songwriters to conjure a "humm-umm-able melody."