The squeal heard ’round the world
Netflix’s first big resurrection was the hilarious yet neglected sitcom “Arrested Development.” Then it breathed new life into maddening mystery series “The Killing,” A&E’s cowboy cop show “Longmire,” Canadian teen angst fest “Degrassi,” the dystopic cult favorite “Black Mirror” … the list goes on.
But this fall the streaming service has outdone itself, announcing Monday that it would be producing a new season of the beloved family drama “Gilmore Girls,” consisting of four 90-minute episodes that will bring back Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson.
Evidently, there will be a time jump: We’ll meet up with Lorelai, Rory and Co. in the present day, about eight years after the series ended. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is writing the episodes, which means she’ll get to end the show with the still-secret, much-discussed “four final words” she said all along were planned for its final moments.
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Before Saul Goodman, there was …
If you’re one of the sickos who thoroughly enjoyed the early ’90s HBO comedy hit “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” rejoice! Comics David Cross and Bob Odenkirk are bringing their sketch shtick back, kind of, with “With Bob and David.” Four episodes and a making-of special on Netflix, arriving Nov. 13, doesn’t sound like nearly enough subversive silliness, but we’ll take it.
Still ‘Lost in Translation’ together?
Sofia Coppola will direct Bill Murray once more, this time in the Netflix holiday special “A Very Murray Christmas,” with the droll star stressing that no one will show up to his old-school variety show. The cast includes Amy Poehler, George Clooney, Chris Rock and scads more comedy insiders.
As long as it doesn’t end with someone whispering in Bill’s ear. Premiering Dec. 4.
Rob Schneider’s version of ‘Louie’
We had to say “hmmm” to the idea of “Real Rob,” an eight-episode Netflix project available Dec. 1 that will combine scripted comedy based on Rob Schneider’s real life with his standup material. So … like Louie C.K.’s show on FX, only without the Louie C.K.
Speaking of Schneider, did you know that sexpot blues singer Elle King is his real-life daughter?? Just process that for a second. Maybe his real life is interesting after all.
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