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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Developments for Three of the Best-Ever TV Shows With (Tenuous) SF Connections

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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I’ve been reluctant to write about the Golden Girls LEGO project, as, in spite of my personal obsession with the show, it has little to nothing to do with San Francisco. However, four of SF’s drag queens staged line-by-line remakes of classic Golden Girls episodes for years, and since they won’t be able to do it after Cookie Dough’s untimely passing, San Francisco deserves to have a new toy. The AV Club noted that the idea requires 10,000 supporters to move forward and it’s barely halfway there, so if you appreciate “Shady Pines, Ma!” references and want a spiky Danish-designed palm tree on your miniature lanai, give them a nod.

Meanwhile, the planned 2016 Twin Peaks reboot has been languishing since David Lynch announced that he won’t be involved. Set 25 years after Special Agent Dale Cooper’s first encounter with Laura Palmer in the Black Lodge (and consistent with the show’s internal chronology), it appears that the project itself is in limbo, although not the backwards-talking or zigzag-floored variety. So the surviving members of the primary cast got together and recorded a #SaveTwinPeaks video about what the heavily forested Eastern Washington town would be like without the auteur director, using clumsy metaphors to help you identify them. San Francisco, of course, has its own Twin Peaks —
two of them, in fact.

While I’m beating the tenuous San Francisco television connections to death, here’s one last one. Arrested Development is officially making a fifth season, with 17 episodes. Creator Mitch Hurwitz conceived of 2013’s Season Four (which Netflix released seven years after Fox canceled the sitcom) as the first part of a planned trilogy. Admittedly, the Bluth family of Orange County have virtually nothing to do with the Bay Area, but we could all use a little good news. Also, Carl Weathers (who played himself in four episodes) went to SF State, so there’s that.

[Via the AV Club; Pitchfork; the Hollywood Reporter]
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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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