If we didn’t think that this streaming thing was getting out of hand, a new upcoming service called HBO Max has thrown down the gauntlet – at least for me – with a spin-off of “Grease” called “Grease: Rydell High”. It’s a bit convoluted in terms of whose producing it and who is presenting it, since it’s a Paramount Studios property but being shown on a Warner Brothers Studios platform. And this is after Fox (now Disney) produced a live version of Grease in 2016 (very fun). But the old fiefdoms of Hollywood are disappearing as everything is rapidly evolving and morphing into something else completely.
Anyhow, before I blurt out how all of this is making me wake up screaming at night, I’ll just try to focus on how it benefits us viewers: Hey, there’s going to be a Grease TV show! Of course, will it ever be as good without all the iconic actors? Doubtful. But if it’s as good as “Glee”, then I’ll watch. Of course, it could end up like “Grease 2”. Yikes.
There’s no information yet on the cast, creative team, when it’ll premiere or much of anything. Will they film it at Venice or John Marshall High School here in L.A.? like the original? Or recreate it somewhere? And will we get the classic songs like “Greased Lightning” and “Summer Nights”?
Here’s the trailer for the original: