Northern Exposure is coming back! And other news stories.

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Dr Joel Fleischman is moving back to Cicely, Alaska. Variety reports…

Original series star Rob Morrow will reprise his role as Dr. Joel Fleischman, who returns to Cicely, Ala., for the funeral of an old friend. Once there, he finds a new set of quirky characters and reunites with old ones.

Morrow will also executive produce in addition to starring. Fellow original series star John Corbett is attached as a producer, though he is not set to appear in the revival at this time.

Josh Brand will write and executive produce, with Morrow, John Falsey, and Ben Silverman executive producing. Universal Television will produce. Brand and Falsey co-created the original series. The duo also co-created the medical drama “St. Elsewhere” as well as shows like “A Year in the Life,” “Going to Extremes,” and “I’ll Fly Away.”

I’m generally anti-revival. I don’t think many of them ever capture the spirit of the original and it’s difficult for older shows which connected to specific tones and themes in the then-current zeitgeist to again make it work.

But, a Northern Exposure revival excites me. After watching the first two seasons of the original recently, I was surprised at how well the show holds up today. The sensibility of the show was fairly timeless, but tonally the things it was doing connect surprisingly well with current cultural trends - the show was very much about community and all of the accepting age/gender/cultural diversity that comes with that. The only thing that felt out of step was the pace of the show, which was admittedly part of its charm. It has a lethargy to it which is completely unlike the current fast-paced US broadcast sensibilities.

Premise-wise, I like that they are looking to bring Joel back to mix with a cast of old and new. A couple of the cast members have since passed and it makes sense to me that there would be a sense of generational change.


The high-concept CBS summer series Salvation has been cancelled. Never heard of it? You’re likely not alone.

“Salvation” focused on an MIT grad student, a tech superstar, and a low-level Pentagon official after they discover a staggering truth – that an asteroid is just months away from colliding with Earth. Together, the three are forced to work desperately to try and prevent the asteroid’s arrival and the possible destruction of the entire planet.


As part of the Fox purchase by Disney, the Mouse will have to sell off some of its assets, which includes its regional sports networks. Enter: Amazon.

The digital giant, which already has a foothold in sports via NFL Thursday Night Football rights as well as soccer and tennis, is among a cluster of media companies and private equity firms in the running. Citing unidentified sources, CNBC said first-round bidders for the full portfolio include P.E. firms Apollo Global Management, KKR and Blackstone Group as well as local TV station groups Sinclair and Tegna.

The value of the RSN portfolio has been estimated at $20 billion, but no dollar figures have been reported in connection with the bids. CNBC said Fox has not submitted a bid in the first round, but could enter the second-round bidding, which will get under way after Thanksgiving and proceed until the end of the year. At an appearance this month at the New York Times Dealbook conference, Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch said the company “will be inquisitive” as to the RSNs.


Did you know Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, and Jennifer Lawrence were all up for roles in True Blood?


The Lonely Island team have a new show for Hulu from February 8 called Pen15. I presume it is about stationary salespeople or something.


Some trash talk from an ABW reader yesterday on Twitter, concerned I was not dedicated enough to acts of wrongdoing while playing Red Dead Redemption 2:

I will do better. I promise.


US network TV Land has cancelled its last remaining original series, Teachers. What is the future of TV Land? Nobody seems to know.

TV Land had seven original scripted series. Since then, it has canceled three, migrated four to Paramount Network and has not greenlighted new shows, bringing its original slate from 7 to 0 in less than two years.

There had been chatter that TV Land may revert to its original business model of being exclusively a home for classic sitcom reruns. That does not appear to be the case, at least not for now, though there are no originals in the works.


And that’s it for today.