A broadcasting legend is set to step down. ESPN has announced that Brent Musburger will call his final game on Jan. 31, doing play-by-play for the Georgia-Kentucky college basketball matchup. Musburger’s career took off in the ’70s as he anchored the CBS NFL pre-game show. After being let go by CBS, he was quickly scooped up by ABC Sports and has transitioned into a role with the affiliated ESPN as well.
Want more of The Middle? Your wish is granted as TV Line reports that the long running ABC sitcom has been picked up for a ninth season. The Middle moved to Tuesdays this year and has given the network its most watched sitcom in the time slot in five years.
X-Men are invading the small screen. While many are aware of the upcoming Legion series for FX, Fox has also reportedly ordered an untitled Marvel action-adventure series from former Burn Notice chief Matt Nix. According to The Wrap, the show will center on a family who have a child with mutant powers and are forced to go on the run and team up with an underground collective of mutants in order to survive.
Everything old is new again! Netflix has announced plans to bring back the former Bravo series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. According to EW, the reimagined series aims to move to the Big Apple with plans to “turn the Red States pink one makeover at a time.”
NBC has given a pilot order to a big screen update of the 1991 film What About Bob? However TV Line reports that there is a twist with the central characters being female and the sitcom being titled What About Barb? The film featured Bill Murray as a clingy psychiatric patient who worms his way into his doctor’s [Richard Dreyfuss] family vacation. No word yet on casting.
At the young age of 76, Patrick Stewart is one of the busiest actors working today. Stewart currently stars on as the British alcoholic newscaster Water Blunt on the Starz hit series Blunt Talk. He just finished once again reprising his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the new Wolverine movie Logan. And he is currently starring on stage in the West End in the drama No Man’s Land with his good friend and fellow X-Men cast mate Ian McKellen. Stewart told us he pinches himself every day and feels so fortunate with all the fun and work that he’s experienced this year.
Catch Patrick Stewart in Blunt Talk Sunday nights 8:30/7:30 on Starz.
After stepping into Wolverine’s superhuman shoes for a fifth time in X-Men: Days of Future Past, you might think that the novelty of playing the character has worn off on Hugh Jackman. And you would be wrong. Jackman thinks the X-Men franchise will be around for a long time, and he admits he’d feel a bit hurt if he wasn’t invited back.
Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for over a decade. Over the course of the years, Jackman has played the beloved superhero character five times, and he is returning for a sixth time when the film, The Wolverine, opens in theaters on July 26.
One would think that after all these years, Jackman would be growing tired of it. But Jackman told us that he loves playing Wolverine more than ever, despite feeling the aches and pains of making the film. Jackman also said that he thinks The Wolverine will stand out because it focuses on more than just mutants flying around. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hugh Jackman)
Comic book creator Stan Lee is truly an American treasure. Lee is the brainchild behind some of the most iconic comic book heroes of all time, including The Hulk, X-Men, Spider-Man, and our favorite, Iron Man. Forty to fifty years since their creation, these heroes are as popular today as they ever were.
We spoke to Lee, who told us he thinks think it’s strange that The Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man are all still around and thriving. Lee also said that he doesn’t think that the Marvel films could have been made 15 to 20 years ago because the technology wasn’t available. (Click on the media bar below to hear Stan Lee)