Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Nick@Nite and TV Land May Highlights; Ice Cube Producing 'Welcome Back, Kotter' Big Screen Movie

Nick@Nite and TV Land announced their May programming to us and we will break it down for you as best as we could! They will continue to air the 90-second sitcom At the Poocharelli's Tuesdays at 9:57 p.m. in May. The series debuts on April 11. Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2 also continues in May, with the season finale on May 9. There will be a marathon prior to that day from 9 to 11 p.m. Also, on Mother's Day they will re-air the finale and showcase classic moms Roseanne and Clair Huxtable in Roseanne and The Cosby Show. And finally, Nick@Nite will have a four day marathon of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, showcasing famous famous. For all that and more, click here.
TV Land in May will have the season finale of Living in TV Land, with the episode on Davy Jones. They will also re-air the special that inspired the series, Living in TV Land: Dick Van Patten. TV Land will ask classic moms, "mother, may I?" during the week of May 8. A five night marathon featuring June Cleaver, Carol Brady, Florida Evans, Mrs. C, and Lily Munster/Morticia Addams. TV Land will also countdown the Top 10 Moms during that week and it will re-air on Mother's Day right after a special marathon of Nick@Nite's Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2. TV Land will reair the Top 10 TV Cars special followed by classic episodes of Miami Vice and Knight Rider. And an all-new special, TV Land Top 10 Dynamic Duos will air May 31 followed by an episode each of Andy Griffith and I Love Lucy. It'ss a full boat for TV Land in May, and you can follow all that in details here. TV Land will welcome Benson on June 3-4 with a 48-hour marathon before settling into its every night at 11 p.m. slot starting June 6.

Welcome Back, Kotter might be coming to the big screen very soon. Ice Cube is set to star and produce the movie which is a revival of the classic '70s sitcom starring Gabe Kaplan as Mr. Kotter. Kotter also starred John Travolta as one of the students. Kotter reruns can be seen currently on AmericanLife TV every Saturday night and anytime on In2TV online. As for the remake, Dimension Films has completed a deal to turn the classic ABC series into a feature film, with Ice Cube producing and playing the title character. Tom Brady (The Hot Chick) is finalizing a deal to write the script and direct. The movie will be produced by Cube, his Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez and Andrew Lazar. The hope is to shoot in the fall.
Cube, a product of the inner city, sparked to a project that allowed him a return to the 'hood. "There was no bigger fan of the original show than me, and I'm very excited to be able to put a new twist on it," Cube said.
Dimension head of production Richard Saperstein will shepherd Kotter with senior veep Matthew Stein and director of development Alex Franklin. The film will be played for laughs, with a tone comparable to School of Rock.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our pilot review of The WB sitcom Modern Men, which debuts this Friday at 9:30 p.m.

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