King Kong TV Series

TVLine Items: King Kong Coming to TV, Alec Baldwin Hosts Essentials and More

The Flash‘s Grodd may soon have some competition for TV’s Scariest Ape.

A contemporary, female-led King Kong Skull Island series is being developed by MarVista Entertainment and IM Global.

The project, which will feature a multicultural ensemble, explores the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.

Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title (The WB’s Lone Ranger pilot) will pen the drama, which has yet to be shopped to networks.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Alec Baldwin will take over as host of TCM’s classic films showcase The Essentials, following the death of host Robert Osborne. Each Saturday at 8/7c, beginning May 6, Baldwin will be joined by one of three special guests: David Letterman, Tina Fey or filmmaker William Friedkin.

* BET and FX have acquired syndication rights to ABC’s black-ish, which will begin airing on the cable nets in fall 2018, our sister site Deadline reports.

* Amazon has renewed its original drama series Patriot for Season 2. The show stars Michael Dorman (Wonderland) as an intelligence officer who, in order to prevent Iran from going nuclear, assumes a “non-official cover” as a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial-piping firm.

* Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan) will star in Comedy Central’s family comedy Crawford, from Trailer Park Boys creators Laura Michalchyshyn and Mike Clattenburg, per The Hollywood Reporter. The actress will play an award-winning cereal executive juggling work stress with the needs of her husband and family.

* Mireille Enos (The Catch), Greg Kinnear (Rake) and Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) will appear in standalone episodes of Amazon’s upcoming anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, per The Hollywood Reporter.

* AMC has released new key art for Fear the Walking Dead Season 3, premiering Sunday, June 4 at 9 pm.

Fear the Walking Dead

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15 Comments
  1. Fan. says:

    I am SICK of Alec Baldwin. He is not worthy of Mr Osborne

    • Tomm Huntre says:

      Exactly so!!! Baldwin is NOT a worthy successor. Boo hiss on this move, TCM.

    • MMD says:

      I couldn’t agree more. He is on my last nerve.

    • Butch says:

      Alec Baldwin was great when he co hosted the Essentials with Robert Osborne for 3 years even if he thinks the 1962 Mutiny On The Bounty is an Essential. A great choice. He also interviewed Mr Osborne during Mr. Osborne’s Private Screenings. I am sure Mr. Osborne would have approved of Alec Baldwin as his replacement. Good job TCM!!

      • Butch says:

        Per TCM’s schedule the first films Alec Baldwin will be hosting on The Essentials are

        May 6 BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) Kirk Douglas / Lana Turner
        May 13 EAST OF EDEN (1955) James Dean / Julie Harris
        May 20 GILDA (1946) Rita Hayworth/Glenn Ford
        May 27 NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS (1958) Andy Griffith / Don Knotts (small part)

        All good movies to DVR.

        • Billy Bob Johnson says:

          Letterman gets all of May and the first 3 weeks of June.
          Fey gets the last week of June, all of July and the first week of August
          Friedkin gets the last 3 weeks of August and the first 4 weeks of September.
          Then the rotation starts over. Go to the essentials web page and click on Full Schedule.

      • Cheryl says:

        Yes, good job TCM! And I love, love Alec Baldwin!

    • Billy Bob Johnson says:

      Baldwin is an excellent choice for the Essentials series. He’s a more-than-avid movie classics fan and scholar. Yes, he’s all over TV right now, but that will fade eventually.

  2. Jason says:

    Jonathan Penner of Survivor fame. Bollocks!!!

  3. Lauren says:

    Kinda pumped about rotating appearances from Tina Fey and David Letterman. I just heard Alex Baldwin on Fresh Air talking about his affinity for old movies. He would watch them with his dad late at night which was pretty much the only time they spent together. So I get this.

  4. Television says:

    King Kong sounds interesting.

  5. Couchmom says:

    Just tired of Alex Baldwin period. Terrible choice imo.

  6. Bark Star says:

    Lets hope they ignore the abysmally bad Kong: Skull Island movie when making a King Kong TV show.