NEWS: 'Twin Peaks' Delayed, Finola Hughes, Kim Zimmer, Robert Newman, 'Urban Cowboy'

Twin Peaks reboot pushed to 2017, co-creator Mark Frost says
The revival, announced by Showtime in October, was originally slated for a 2016 premiere.

“A lot of people always look back at Twin Peaks and say that was the start of this explosion we’ve had in good television drama, but we did it in a time when there were still only three networks,” said Frost. “The challenge for us is to try and come back and raise the bar above what we did the last time. We’re coming back with season three of Twin Peaks after a 25-year absence. We’ve finished the scripts, we start production in September, and that will be coming out on Showtime sometime in 2017.”

Finola Hughes returning to General Hospital earlier than expected?
Soap Opera Digest is hearing that Finola Hughes (Anna), who's been on hiatus from GH, will be back sooner than expected; Anna's sojourn to Ireland was slated to last until Hughes returned in September.

Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman.
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Guiding Light actors Kim Zimmer and Robert Newman reunite in Pittsburgh CLO's 'Gypsy'
For a long time, neither Zimmer nor Newman knew the other was interested in or was being considered for the CLO production.

“We were both in the dark,” Newman says. “By the time she signed on, I knew they were approaching her.”

Though they are doing this show together for the first time, it's not the first time they have appeared on stage together.

Earlier this year, they performed the lead roles in the musical “Curtains” at Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., along with Amanda Rose, who will play the grown-up Louise in “Gypsy.”

In mid-May, Zimmer and Newman were part of the ensemble for “Putting It Together,” a revue of Sondheim songs in a joint production of the Delaware Theatre Company and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington.

FOX orders Urban Cowboy pilot
Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox Television will co-produce. In a statement, legendary producer Robert Evans said, "In the 35 years since I made the original Urban Cowboy, country music and the influence of Texas has gone stratospheric. The timing could not be better to continue this story in the television world... And what an ace team of collaborators we have on board to make it happen."

Luther creator Neil Cross to revive 1970s sci-fi series Sapphire & Steel
“I’m planning to — it looks like I’m going to — relaunch Sapphire & Steel,” Cross told the Nerdist Writers’ Panel podcast. He added that it was “a late ’70s science fiction horror show, which had incredibly low budgets, so every single episode was a bottle episode where the enemy is time itself. So it would tell ghost stories and monster stories but in every episode somehow time was the villain.” Cross, who has also written for MI-5 and Doctor Who, described the lead characters as “proto Mulder and Scully.”

The Cosby Show, The Dukes of Hazzard and the Ethics of Reruns
"If you believe that pop culture matters, then it matters even when it’s uncomfortable (and sometimes for the very reasons it’s uncomfortable). The Cosby Show is a legitimate piece of American history. It advanced the representation of black families and culture on TV and–however ugly the irony now–showed a generation of kids an African American dad as a wise, successful father figure."

2015 Call for Submissions for Brooklyn Web Fest and Content Creators Conference
2015 is Brooklyn Web Fest’s inaugural year and screenings will take place Oct 9th and 10th at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO. A series of panels will be presented as part of the 2015 Content Creators Conference and will cover subjects including fundraising, production, distribution, marketing, promotion, monetization and more.

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