Monday’s “All the pick-ups for Fall 2013 and all the cancellations and renewals from this season” news

Film

Film casting

  • Chloe Moertz to star in The Equalizer, Michael Sloan to write novels
  • Sami Gayle, Cameron Manghan et al join Vampire Academy

UK TV

US TV

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

  • Craig Grannell

    I'm a little surprised about Castle getting renewed, given the dismal season I've been watching (the nadir being the kidnap two-parter with green-screen awfulness that would have embarrassed a first-year film student). The writing's also been dreadful. Perhaps my memory's faulty, but I don't recall Castle being a bumbling idiot caricature of himself in earlier seasons—wasn't he once actually helpful rather than just spouting off idiot conspiracy theories every few seconds?

    I get why the series dropped the tiresome arcs around Beckett, but it's like they've lost the smarts too. Still, I've no idea what the changes did for ratings—perhaps people prefer 'Comedy Castle' to its predecessor.

  • Toby O'Brien

    I don't know why remakes have to be so slavish to keeping the original characters but with new actors. I'm fine with the general idea of Denzel Washington playing “the Equalizer” – it's just a job description. But why can't he be a new character who took over from McCall (or just drop any connection to the original series altogether for the newbies)? I don't see why it's so important that he should be considered McCall, when Edward Woodward made that role his own. (I have the same objection to the new version of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' – keep the organization, get new characters.)

  • Toby O'Brien

    I don't know why remakes have to be so slavish to keeping the original characters but with new actors. I'm fine with the general idea of Denzel Washington playing “the Equalizer” – it's just a job description. But why can't he be a new character who took over from McCall (or just drop any connection to the original series altogether for the newbies)? I don't see why it's so important that he should be considered McCall, when Edward Woodward made that role his own. (I have the same objection to the new version of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' – keep the organization, get new characters.)

  • Toby O'Brien

    I don't know why remakes have to be so slavish to keeping the original characters but with new actors. I'm fine with the general idea of Denzel Washington playing “the Equalizer” – it's just a job description. But why can't he be a new character who took over from McCall (or just drop any connection to the original series altogether for the newbies)? I don't see why it's so important that he should be considered McCall, when Edward Woodward made that role his own. (I have the same objection to the new version of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' – keep the organization, get new characters.)

  • Mark Carroll

    Huh, lots of news, and Community still survives.

  • I think if you're going to do an adaptation, half the point is the name cache you get with existing characters. If you do something with new characters, why bother adapting at all?

  • There's talk of Dan Harmon returning, too, now that Chevy Chase has gone. Nothing definite, though.

  • SK

    Also, the point of the Equalizer wasn't that it was just a job: it's very specifically an ageing spy who has done a lot of Bad Stuff trying to make amends for killing so many people for dubious ends, and destroying his family in the process, by helping out ordinary folks who find themselves in over their heads.

    And once you're that specific, it's clearly Robert McCall with the serial numbers filed off, so why not just admit it and make the name the same, rather than try to pass off an identical character with a different name?

    (The mere fact of recasting a role doesn't bother me, but that may be because I'm used to theatre. If we declared that once the actor in a play's original run had 'made the role his own' it could never be re-cast then… well, I suppose they'd have to put on many more new plays, which wouldn't be all bad…)

  • Mark Carroll

    Well, that's interesting.