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Punky Brewster Stars Tease Reboot Easter Eggs & More!


Punky Brewster fans, your time has come!

Peacock‘s revival of the classic 1980s sitcom that centered around a little girl being raised by a foster parent arrives on the NBCUniversal streaming platform tomorrow(!), and E! News got the inside scoop on what to expect from the show’s very own stars, Soleil Moon Frye and Cherie Johnson.

Both actresses are reprising their roles since the new Punky Brewster is a continuation of the original story, only now, Punky’s all grown up and a single mother just trying to get her life in order—that is, until she meets a young girl in the foster care system who can’t help but remind her of her childhood self. 

“I think the Punky reboot has so much of the heart of what the original had,” Soleil, who plays the titular character, told Cherie in the exclusive clip above. “And we have really tried to keep it authentically like the O.G. Punky, and it’s still got spunk, and it’s still got fun and it’s still got humor but it also has the realness and authenticity of the original. And for that, I am so proud.”



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Gossip Girl Cast Teases How Reboot Is “Completely Different”


The original series focused on such powerful female characters as Blake Lively‘s Serena van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester‘s Blair Waldorf. And while the new cast members couldn’t offer too much about their own characters, they remain confident that the updated version continues that legacy.

“Gender roles will be talked about and dissected,” Emily revealed. “A lot of the women in our show are very powerful, but I think they were in the original as well. We’ll be exploring what it means to be a woman in this generation, and in general, exploring ideas that we didn’t before.”

As far as whether there’s pressure in being compared to the original, the new cast members sounded confident that viewers will appreciate the updated series for what it is.

“We realized we could take these roles and make them our own—they have their own qualities that are special and differentiate [them] from the original,” Emily said. “I think people will relate to them on different levels.”

“I think Emily really hit the nail on the head,” Jordan added. “We’re just keeping an open mind, staying true to the essence of Gossip Girl but with a completely different take on it.”



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Ian Somerhalder Doesn’t Want A Vampire Diaries Reboot


“Listen. It ran a great course.”

“[There are] rumors circling online that it could come back for a ninth season, but that the decision is up to you and Nina [Dobrev]. Any truth to that?” Cohen asked the star.

However, Somerhalder noted he hasn’t “heard anything about a [ninth season].” But if he did, he thinks it’ll be pointless because the show ended with him and Dobrev taking the cure for vampirism.

Plus, Paul Wesley’s character, Stefan, won’t be around anymore because he finally passed on to the afterlife.

“What would happen?” he asked about the reboot’s possible storyline. “Damon would have like, gray hair and they’d have canes. Like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to feed the baby.'”

“Listen. It ran a great course,” he said.

Since Vampire Diaries is still doing good on streaming platforms, Somerhalder also thinks that’s another reason they shouldn’t revisit the past.

“Now, it’s still living. That’s what’s so amazing,” he said.

At least we can watch Vampire Diaries as much as we want on Netflix. The love story of Damon and Elena will never get old.

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Please stop the ‘Sex and the City’ reboot


“So what are we going to do?” Carrie Bradshaw once asked in an episode of “Sex and the City.” “Sit around bars, sipping Cosmos and sleeping with strangers when we’re 80?”

We are perilously close to knowing the answer to that question.

As part of HBO Max’s egomaniacal campaign for streaming dominance, the service just announced that the comedy series, which ran from 1998 to 2004, will return for 10 new episodes this year.

Kim Cattrall, 64, who played Samantha and provided most of the show’s jokes and sex, won’t be back. And so we’re left with three embittered, high-strung wives, two of whom have kids: Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker, 55), Miranda (wannabe-governor Cynthia Nixon, 54) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis, 55).

Why must “Sex and the City,” one of the most famous depictions of New York life ever filmed, continue to debase itself by refusing to acknowledge that this relationship is over?

It was bad enough that much of Season 6 was shot in Paris. Then, executive producer Michael Patrick King had to go and release two heinous movies, in 2008 and 2010, that turned a quartet of intelligent free-thinkers into nymphomaniac cartoons.

In the first big-screen debacle, Mr. Big gets cold feet on his and Carrie’s wedding day and leaves her embarrassed and screaming outside the New York Public Library. She cries for most of the film, flies to Mexico and then hires Jennifer Hudson as an assistant. It was “Sex and the Whiny.”

Kim Cattrall (right), who played Samantha, won't be back. The show will feature Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis).
Kim Cattrall (right), who played Samantha, won’t be back. The show will feature Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis).
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Yet that was “The Godfather” next to “Sex and the City 2.” An assault on good taste, the movie begins with a spastic Liza Minnelli performing “Single Ladies” at a gay wedding. The four friends, spurned by no-good men, jet to Abu Dhabi and later get arrested for lewd behavior. They sneak out of the Muslim country wearing niqabs, burka-like garments that only reveal a woman’s eyes. The film was denounced as racist, stupid and, worst of all, 2 1/2 hours long.

King and Parker must’ve mistaken the shouts of “snore!” for “more!”

Because that’s what we’re getting — more ludicrous episodes of a once-great show that’s completely detached from the New York of today, or of 2015 for that matter.

Theirs is an NYC where SushiSamba is still open and putting gold leaf on sashimi. Where the Upper East Side is considered the dream neighborhood for a single 35-year-old fashionista and her collection of designer high heels. Where the streets are paved in cupcakes, Instagram influencers don’t exist and a picture of a tutu-clad sex columnist (for, gasp, a newspaper!) is slapped on a bus.

The revival will return for 10 new episodes this year.
The revival will return for 10 new episodes this year.
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And what about the pandemic? Will Carrie order Pastis to-go while Miranda has Zoom meetings? Spare us the thought.

Shows such as “Search Party” and “The Bold Type” capture the city and its annoying young strivers better than “Sex and the City” does now.

That’s not a dig. Reviving other New York-set TV series like “Seinfeld” and “The Odd Couple” would be a bad idea, too. Those are still enjoyed today because they embodied a specific time and place that we like to remember. “Sex and the City” was a groundbreaking show with layered characters and lively humor — and a vital post-9/11 billboard for New York.

We had a good run, Carrie, but I’m just not that into you anymore.



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Adam Brody Reveals If He, Leighton Will Watch ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot


You know you love me! Adam Brody shared his thoughts on the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot and revealed if he and wife Leighton Meester will be tuning in to watch it.

“I highly doubt we’ll watch it front to back,” Brody, 41, told WSJ. Magazine on Monday, December 21. “I don’t think we’re the audience.”

The O.C. alum, whose 34-year-old wife played Blair Waldorf in the original CW series, noted that the couple have not completely ruled out watching it.

“I’m sure we’ll dip our toes in,” he added.

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HBO Max announced in July 2019 that the show — which originally starred Meester, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford — would be getting a sequel set eight years after the events of the original series wrapped up.

“I think we’re excited to tell a different version of the story and different levels of restrictions,” cocreator Josh Schwartz told Us Weekly exclusively in August 2019. “It won’t be button-pushing just for the sake of just being able to do it. Maybe a couple ‘s–ts’ we’ll throw in there, just because we can. … You never want to do something just because. Luckily, we’re now airing post-Euphoria, so anything we do is tame by comparison.”

Last month, the cast of the new series was photographed spending time outside the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, reminiscent of the original show, which aired from 2007 to 2012.

The sequel of the teen drama isn’t at the top of Brody’s must-watch list, but he revealed that he and his wife of six years, who share daughter Arlo, 5, and a son, whose name has yet to be revealed, have been binging other shows amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We just finished The Reagans, I enjoyed that,” he told WSJ. Magazine. “We watched Mank, the Fincher movie, last night. We watched The Crown, The Vow, Moonbase 8, which I thought was kind of sweet, lovely.”

The Shazam! actor added: “And then also randomly in the Tim Heidecker–verse, we just did Beef House, which I really like, which is just like a crystal-meth Full House.”

Brody admitted that he has been in a “cocoon for going on a year” now and noted that the actors are “incredibly fortunate with the amount of flexibility in work.”

The StartUp alum, who announced in September that he and Meester welcomed their second child amid the pandemic, has embraced quarantine life.

“It’s been a pretty — despite the state of the world — it has been a pretty blissful experience,” Brody told Entertainment Tonight last month. “I know a lot of parents who feel that way.”

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How to Watch E!’s Saved By the Bell Marathon & the Reboot Pilot


It’s time to meet the new class.

In honor of Peacock’s reimagined version of Saved By the Bell, E! fans will get to experience a three-day SBTB marathon, which started Friday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. However, after getting nostalgic with dozens of classic episodes from the ’90s sitcom, viewers will be introduced to the new cast.

How? Well, E! will be airing the premiere episode of the Peacock series this Sunday at 9 p.m.

On the new cast, O.G. SBTB star Elizabeth Berkley told E! News she’s “so proud to be on a show that is actually reflecting diversity.”

Elizabeth has revived her role as Jessie Spano, a school counselor at Bayside High.

“I was a producer part of the casting process every step of the way,” Elizabeth further said on the new generation of students. “So, I was really invested and also protective of who we were gonna cast and who was going to make up this group that people were gonna be, hopefully, falling in love with the way they did with our group.”



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The Original Home Alone Director On The Upcoming Reboot


Home Alone is a holiday classic. We’ve all seen it a thousand times, and we’ll watch it a thousand more, too — that’s how much of a classic it is.

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Home Alone is so beloved that people had some strong reactions when Disney announced a planned remake last year — and that includes Chris Columbus, who directed the original film.


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In an interview with Insider, Columbus called the plans for a reboot a “waste of time” after noting that no one reached out to him about working on it.


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“What’s the point?,” he said. “I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone. You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It’s just not going to happen. So why do it?”


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“It’s like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film — a live-action version of that. What’s the point? It’s been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original.”


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Columbus wasn’t one to mince words here — even when it came to the Home Alone sequel he directed, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.


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“That movie is basically a remake of the first Home Alone,” Columbus said. “Does it need to exist? Yes, because some of those stunts make me laugh really hard, but I just don’t believe it should be done.”


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So? What do you guys think? Have you had enough Home Alone, or are you thirsty for more?


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Here’s Photos From The Gossip Girl Reboot Shoots



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While we wait, though, take comfort in this little morsel: the show is filming again — and on the steps of the Met, no less.

And, yes, they’re recreating the iconic hangs that the original Gossip Girl characters had on the steps of the Met.


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Even though we have to wait a little longer for Gossip Girl to return to our screens, it’s comforting to know that they’re well on their way to bringing it back again.

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Sarah Jefferey Addresses Charmed Stars’ Criticism of Reboot


Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs could learn a lesson or two from their Charmed successor, Sarah Jeffery

Sarah spoke out on Twitter after seeing the actresses, who originally starred in Charmed from 1998 to 2006, criticize The CW reboot on numerous occasions. She told her fans, “You know, I saw this earlier and I refrained from saying anything. I thought, better to just let them shout into the abyss. But I do want to say, I find it sad and quite frankly pathetic to see grown women behaving this way.”

The 24-year-old, who stars as Maggie Vera on the reboot, added that she hopes Holly and Rose “find happiness elsewhere and not in the form of putting down other WOC.” 

She continued, “I would be embarrassed to behave this way.”

Holly and Rose have been fierce opponents of the Charmed reboot, even before it was in production. Back in January 2018, Holly took to Twitter to warn The CW to not “even think of capitalizing on our hard work.”



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Hilary Duff Says Lizzie McGuire Reboot Still Happening


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It’s been a few months since Hilary Duff gave any update on the new episodes of Lizzie McGuire that were originally coming to Disney+ — but there’s no need to lose faith just yet. That’s because the reboot is still being worked on, according to the actor.


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To recap: After the show filmed two episodes, creator and showrunner Terri Minsky abruptly left the project due to creative differences and production was halted. Hilary then shared her hopes that the show would be moved to Hulu so “the realities” of her character’s “journey” in her 30s “wouldn’t live under the ceiling of a PG rating.” Basically, the future of the Lizzie McGuire reboot seemed very much up in the air, but then the writers — and Minsky — had a Zoom reunion, giving fans hope that the show was still happening after all.


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Fast forward to now, more than three months later, and Hilary just revealed in an interview with E! that there are still conversations about the show “a couple of times a week, which is really nice.”

“We started shooting, and then obviously that got on hold for a couple of different reasons not involving the pandemic,” she said. “But you know what, I have high hopes that we are going to make it work.”

The key phrase there: “High hopes!”


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She went on to say that she’s “optimistic” it will happen: “It’s like a responsibility to [Lizzie], honoring her and the fanbase that grew up with her. We kind of put her on pause, and had to go back to the drawing board.”

Excitingly for fans, “a lot of writing is happening,” she shared. “We are being told to have patience, which is good, so I feel optimistic.”

She also said that fans can help out with this process: “I think they can continue to be vocal about wanting to see the show.”

So, if you’re hoping to see what Lizzie in her 30s looks like, go ahead and make it known.

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