Shows Coming and Going

Remember when Neil Patrick Harris’ show Uncoupled was cancelled by Netflix?  We’ve got good news – Uncoupled has been picked up by Showtime.  Because, you know, what else do they have?  I’m told the budget was slashed, but NPH and company are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the show afloat.  Showtime had one edict – make it raunchier.  Throw in more Tuc, and I’m there!

Details about the long-gestating Frasier reboot have finally been revealed.  The plan was for Frasier to be in a new city with a new cast – much like when the character relocated from Boston to Seattle.  Well, brace yourself – Frasier is returning to Boston!  We’re told that Bebe Neuwirth will be back as Lilith.  The couple’s son, Freddy, has been recast with actor Jack Cutmore-Scott.  And the son of Niles and Daphne, David, will be attending college in Boston – and portrayed by Anders Keith.  Thus far, nobody else from the Frasier/Cheers family has signed on as a regular, but there’s quite a cast of characters who could drop in (including those nice boys from Wings).  The show will debut on Paramount+ this fall.


Meanwhile, Paramount+ has given the axe to Star Trek: Discovery.  The series will end in early 2024.  “The final season will see our beloved crew take on a new adventure and we can’t wait to celebrate the series’ impact on the franchise leading up to its final season early next year,” says Paramount’s chief programming officer.  There’s one slight problem – filming of season five wrapped prior to this decision being made.  I’m told that the cast is being called back for several weeks of reshoots.

Chris Pine – the Captain Kirk of the movie reboot – has some choice words to say about the status of the next Star Trek flick.  “It feels like it’s cursed!”  When asked for details about Star Trek 4, Pine said, “I don’t know anything.  In Star Trek land, the actors are usually the last people to find out anything.  I know costume designers that have read scripts before the actors.”  Well, you know, it takes a long time to make those Klingon heads!

One of Pine’s castmates isn’t waiting around.  Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, will headline a new series for NBCWolf is based on the book (and play), The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and will find Quinto playing neurologist Dr. Oliver Wolf.  NBC hopes to find a slot for the show in the upcoming fall season.

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