Today show business news: Doogie is donning a wig on the White Way, the Boy Meets World update is a go, and there will be many more Amazing Spider-Man movies. Also: Gosling.
When his long-running, surprise-hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother ends this upcoming season, four-time Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris will finally get his chance to return to the proper Broadway stage. So what's he doing, some screwball comedy? A musical farce? A talky drama by Richard Greenberg or something? Well, no. He's doing Hedwig and the Angry Inch. As in he'll be playing the transgender rock singer from Berlin created by downtown theater artist and director John Cameron Mitchell. Famously, brilliantly created by John Cameron Mitchell, I should mention. So... that is ambitious, for Neil Patrick Harris! To be fair, he did play the Emcee in Cabaret to some acclaim, but that was ten years ago, before there was all this expectation about Neil Patrick Harris. Now there's this scrutiny and, I dunno, those are big glittery boots to fill. Can we really see him singing this effectively? Maybe, maybe not. But we'll find out soon enough either way! In related news, can't wait for Josh Radnor's production of Woyzeck! [New York Times]
Well, it's official. The Disney Channel has ordered the Boy Meets World update Girl Meets World to series, which is about Corey and Topanga having a kid and living in New York City. Gone is the blue-ish collar Philadelphia setting, they're in Manhattan now. Corey is his daughter Riley's (ugh, Riley) history teacher while Topanga, um, "owns a trendy afterschool hangout that specializes in pudding." She peddles pudding to children. Great. This is a Disney Channel show, may I remind you, so the premise was always going to be ridiculous. Riley has a best friend named Maya who I guess is the Shawn of this show. Weird old vizier Mr. Feeny is said to be making some kind of return, but in what capacity we don't know. Maybe Riley and Maya learn an important lesson about death? That seems like it could be distinctly likely. Anyway, enjoy the show, kids who are in no way old enough to even remotely remember the original! [Deadline]