Showtime just released a damn fine cast list for its ‘Twin Peaks’ revival

Monica Belluci, Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, David Duchovny, Robert Forster, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Koechner, Trent Reznor, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Vedder and Naomi Watts all may not seem like they have a lot in common, but come next year, they will all have the same TV show on their resume.

Showtime released the full cast list for its upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival Monday, and it’s full of all of the above actors plus a lot more. In total, there’s 217 actors on the list.

This photo provided by NBC shows David Duchovny as Sam Hodiak in a scene from the episode, "Home is Where You're Happy," from the new NBC television series, "Aquarius." Duchovny plays a Los Angeles police detective working a case involving Charles Manson which premieres Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 9 p.m. EDT. (Vivian Zink/NBC via AP)
David Duchovny in NBC’s “Aquarius.” (Vivian Zink/NBC via AP)

News of a reboot of David Lynch’s groundbreaking 1990 TV show has been swirling for a while, but the new show has finally finished filming, according to Deadline.  The new episodes will pick up 25 years after the original series and will feature a mix of returning cast members and those listed above. Kyle MacLachlan, who played FBI Agent Dale Cooper in the original series, was the only previously confirmed actor on the list.

The big question, though, is if there will be an “X-Files” tie-in with the addition of Duchovny. One can dream. Just, hopefully not like this.

New episodes should premiere on Showtime sometime in 2017.

Check out the new ‘Doctor Who’ trailer

The trailer for the new season of the BBC’s “Doctor Who” just dropped, and it looks great (the series returns to BBC America on Sept. 19).

Star Peter Capaldi says, “Soaring through all of time and space, series nine sees the Doctor throw himself into life with a new hunger for adventure. The Cosmos is there for the taking, thrilling, epic and enticing, and his to play in. But he’s almost reckless in his abandon. It’s almost like he’s running from something, something that if it ever catches him will turn his life upside down.”

See if you can spot clues as to what the Doctor and Clara will be up to this season. The network promises that “the pair meet new and old monsters, and go on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Vikings villages, a global Zygon uprising, and leads them through hidden alien dens, to the very end of time itself.”

And while you’re at it, give us your best guesses as to the identity of the young girl played by Maisie Williams (Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones”) is at the end — the one who asks, “What took you so long old man?”

The Doctor’s daughter, maybe?

TV Pilot Watch 2015: ‘Grandfathered,’ Fox

John Stamos, left, and Josh Peck star in "Grandfathered." ERICA PARISE  /FOX
John Stamos, left, and Josh Peck star in “Grandfathered.” ERICA PARISE /FOX

Stars: John Stamos, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster

Genre: Comedy

Network: Fox

Premise: Stamos portrays Jimmy, a playboy restaurateur who learns he fathered a son named Gerald (Peck) during a decades-ago one-night stand with Sara (Paget Brewster). Not only that, but Gerald’s got a toddler daughter with a friend he’s crushing on, Vanessa (Christina Milian).

Pilot Watch: This is a lot to dump on Jimmy in one episode and, frankly, it’s a lot to dump on viewers, too. Jimmy takes too readily to his new role of grandpappy, perhaps to ingratiate himself to Sara, for whom he still carries a torch. Fairly generic scenes with the baby in Jimmy’s restaurant try too hard, and the chemistry between Stamos and Peck is lacking. The pilot is sweet, but it’s very generic and, unfortunately, not very funny. Still … PAGET BREWSTER, right?

I wanted: … the word “Grandfathered” to never be used as a verb. Still, it’s better than the show’s working title, “Grandpa.”

Check out this trailer and let us know what you think of “Grandfathered.”

TV Pilot Watch 2015: ‘The Grinder’ Fox

Fred Savage, left, and Rob Lowe star in "The Grinder," a sitcom premiering on Fox this fall. RAY MICKSHAW / FOX
Fred Savage, left, and Rob Lowe star in “The Grinder,” a sitcom premiering on Fox this fall. RAY MICKSHAW / FOX

Stars: Fred Savage, Rob Lowe

Genre: Comedy

Network: Fox

Premise: Lowe plays Dean Sanderson, a childish and spoiled actor famous for portraying a lawyer in a network drama called “The Grinder.” When his show ends, he returns to rural America to visit his brother, Stewart (Savage), an uptight and inexperienced actual lawyer, and weasels his way into his brother’s practice.

Pilot Watch: Lots of fun. Savage and Lowe clearly enjoy playing to their familiar (stereo)types — Savage gets frustrated at his brother’s antics and fails to understand why he’s the only one who does. Lowe, still calling himself “The Grinder,” charms everyone he meets (including a judge and jury he’s got no business arguing in front of). He firmly believes that spouting catch-phrases and dialogue from his show is enough to win a case.

William Devane is terrific as the boys’ father (also a lawyer), who inexplicably sides with Lowe’s character most of the time. The rest of the family, including Mary Elizabeth Ellis as Savage’s wife (she used to date The Grinder) and a couple of generic kids don’t add much to the pilot, but the battle for the children’s hearts and minds between Savage and Lowe could provide plenty of comic fodder. And it should continue to be fun watching Lowe’s and Savage’s characters learn from each other.

I wanted: More.

Check out this trailer and let us know what you think of “The Grinder.”

Does the X in ‘The X-Files’ stand for eXhausted and BotoX?

Photos emerge from production of the iconic television series’ reboot.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson shoot a scene from
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson shoot a scene from “The X-Files” reboot. ED ARAQUEL /FOX

Entertainment Weekly just shared a clandestine peek at the production of the upcoming “The X-Files” limited-series reboot and it’s got some great info (hey — we knew the truth was out there).

There’s a photo gallery with pictures of stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson; he looks a little tired and worse for the wear, while she seems to have had what they call in the industry, “some work done” (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

But the best news is that the reboot seems to be continuing the original series’ penchant for casting interesting guest stars. In some of the photos, we see “Community’s” Joel McHale and — even better — Annet Mahendru, Nina from “The Americans.”

There’s even a peek at the title page of the first new script, called “My Struggle,” written by series creator Chris Carter (an occasional visitor to the Austin Film Festival). The show will return sometime in 2016 to Fox.

Are you a fan of “The X-Files?” Are you excited for the reboot or do you think it’s better left alone?

Me? I want to believe.