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DeKnight Tunes Up for "Viva Laughlin"

CBS musical-mystery series Viva Laughlin (based on the superlative BBC skein Blackpool) has received a rare infusion of fresh blood in the form of a former Joss Whedon staffer.

Steven DeKnight (Angel), late of Smallville, and Tyler Bensinger (Cold Case) have joined the staff of Viva Laughlin as showrunners and executive producers on the series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there had been rumblings that Sony, BBC, and network CBS that they would insert another producer or two to run Viva Laughlin alongside executive producer Bob Lowry. Lowry will himself stay on board the genre-melding series, which stars Lloyd Owen, Madchen Amick, Melanie Griffith, Carter Jenkins, Eric Winter, Ellen Woglom, D.B. Woodside, and Hugh Jackman.

Personally, I think the series needs some major improvements and quickly. I was a huge fan of the original Blackpool but this US remake feels awfully forced and not incredibly likely to catch on with mainstream America. Can DeKnight turn this sinking ship around? Stay tuned.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Yeah, Jake, no matter how many links you post to Viva Laughlin clips or whatever is going to make me tune in to this show. Sorry but it's true. It looks like a mess and one that is destined for the garbage can after a few episodes even with DeKnight's involvement.
Anonymous said…
I don't think even Steve can save this.
The CineManiac said…
I really hope that DeKnight can do something with this show. When I heard the premise I was ecstatic, as I'm a big fan of musicals and Jackman. Now everything I hear says it's a huge mess.
So here's hoping it's another '______' and not another 'Cop Rock'
(That blank spot is for a successful Musical Television series, unfortunately I couldn't think of one)
Anonymous said…
Cinemaniac,

Sadly, I don't think this show will fill your expectations. The version of the pilot that I saw was pretty horrible. That said, the original is great so I suggest trying to find a copy of that instead. You'll be much happier!
The CineManiac said…
Thanks Bela,
I'll look for it.

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