'Anything For Love': Meat Loaf launches new reality competition series

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Meat Loaf launches "I'd Do Anything For Love … But I Won't Do That"

Meat Loaf launches "I'd Do Anything For Love … But I Won't Do That"

"Anything For Love": Meat Loaf (real name Marvin/Michael Lee Aday) has had an enviably long and varied career that spans film ("Rocky Horror Picture Show," 1975), Broadway ("Hair") and television ("Ghost Wars"). But in music circles, he'll forever be known for his 1977 rock-operatic album, "Bat Out of Hell," and 1993's chart-topping single "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)."

The song earned Meat Loaf his only Grammy in 1994, while the music video gave a big boost to director Michael Bay's ("Transformers," 2007) career. Now, almost 30 years later, the hit song is lending its name (and enigmatic lyrics) to a new TV competition series that will put relationships to the test.

Meat Loaf has teamed up with Nobody's Hero, the production company behind Netflix's "Nailed It!," to develop "I'd Do Anything For Love … But I Won't Do That," and the description of the series is wild. In each episode, two couples compete in a series of physical games designed to test their trust and faith in each other, and it's all inspired by/set to a soundtrack of classic hits and ballads performed live in studio by original and upcoming artists.

The rock legend himself will serve as both executive producer off-screen and as the "ethereal figure behind the madness" (per Deadline) on-screen. In a statement, Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash (the creative duo behind "Nobody's Hero") said, "For the most part, we want to create shows that are funny, clever and buzzworthy, but two out of three ain't bad" (a nod to another famous Meat Loaf power ballad). Meat Loaf added, "You took the words right out of my mouth."


Vampire spinoff: After being delayed by COVID-19, Season 3 of FX's vampire series "What We Do in the Shadows" is set to begin filming later this year in Toronto. But if you can't wait that long for new episodes, you might want to keep an eye on CW's schedule this summer.

CW and HBO Max (both owned by WarnerMedia) recently announced their first joint acquisition: "Wellington Paranormal," a comedy-horror series that first aired in New Zealand in 2018. It holds the distinction of being the first offshoot of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's 2014 mockumentary film that spawned the whole What We Do in the Shadows film and television franchise.

The TV series follows the (mis)adventures of officers Minogue (Mike Minogue) and O'Leary (Karen O'Leary), who both appeared in the film. They are hard-working members of the Wellington constabulary's paranormal unit and, under the supervision of Sgt. Maaka (Maaka Pohatu, "The Umbrella Man," 2015), they investigate any and all supernatural occurrences in New Zealand's capital.

CW gets first dibs under the joint agreement, so look for first airings of "Wellington Paranormal" to be part of CW's summer schedule; each episode will then be available for streaming the following day on the network's ad-supported digital platforms and HBO Max.

As for the long-awaited sequel to the 2014 film "We're Wolves," the werewolf-focused follow-up still seems to be up in the air. Back in 2019, Waititi humorously confirmed the lack of a firm timeline, saying, "'We're Wolves' is the film that Jemaine and I keep pretending that we're making," before explaining that the two co-creators have too much going on, with Waititi attached to several high-profile projects, including the upcoming film "Thor: Love and Thunder."


"National Treasure" TV: Ask any history enthusiast to name their favorite adventure films, and chances are "National Treasure" (2004) would be somewhere near the top of that list.

It famously featured a lost Templar treasure, Nicolas Cage ("Primal," 2019) as a cryptologist and even an "Ocean's Eleven"-esque plan to steal the Declaration of Independence in order to view a coded message on its reverse. It also seems the time is right to enjoy yet another history-themed treasure hunt.

Disney has officially greenlit a new TV series based on the movie franchise. The project hails from writers Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, who co-wrote the screenplays to both movies (the 2004 film and the 2007 sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"), and from franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has long been open to revisiting the concept as both a TV series and a third movie.

A script for a possible "National Treasure 3" movie is still reportedly in the works, but for now we can look forward to the TV series. Mira Nair of "Moonsoon Wedding" (2001) fame is attached to direct the 10-episode series, which will feature a new and younger cast, including its lead character, Jess Morales, "a 20-year-old DREAMer" per Deadline.

The series will explore the concepts of identity, community, patriotism and who gets to write history, as Jess and her diverse group of friends embark on an adventure to recover lost treasure and uncover her mysterious family history. That means we likely won't see an appearance by Cage's character, Benjamin Franklin Gates, in the TV series. That being said, should there be a third movie — and director Jon Turteltaub is working to make that happen — Cage and original cast members Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Harvey Keitel and Jon Voight are expected to reprise their roles.