March 6, 2015

Who Should be in The Expendables TV Show?

With yesterday’s announcement that an Expendables TV series is in the works, we’re all wondering just who would they get to star in it and what would the show actually be like.

It’s been described as “a fun action drama that unites iconic TV stars as a new team of highly-skilled heroes who are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist”. So far, so good.

Ok, so first off, who do we want in the show?

Mr. T is a given as The A-Team was just THE action show of the 80s; if any of the other cast members want in then that’s also cool.



Tom Selleck was Magnum PI and still looks the part so he could maybe be the leader of this new team.

Richard Dean Anderson is MacGyver… ‘nuff said. If he isn’t in it then just don’t bother.

If they can dig up Lee Majors, I’d love to see him even in a small role; you’ll remember him from the 6 Million Dollar Man and The Fall Guy. His name in that show was Colt Seavers; that’s the coolest damn name I’ve ever heard. He’s in.

David Hasselhoff from Knight Rider obviously has to make an appearance as he is one of the all-time great action TV show legends.

Don Johnson from Miami Vice: Why the Hell not!??

Lou Ferrigno is The Incredible Hulk; it would be great to have him in some capacity. He’d be cool as a bad guy or even just “the muscle”.

Bruce Campbell; having recently finished the popular action show Burn Notice he could definitely provide some comic relief.

I want Michael Dudikoff and maybe some other action stars to make appearances seeing as they missed out on the Expendables films. Give us Jeff Wincott, Cynthia Rothrock, Don Wilson, Jeff Speakman, Michael Biehn, Billy Blanks, Matthias Hues, Olivier Gruner and Michael Jai White to show up and bust some heads too!

I’m not sure if everyone has to be “older” but mixing it up with come current TV action heroes isn’t a bad idea.

I’d maybe cast Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton from TV’s Strike Back; this show is actually the perfect template for how to do a modern action show. It has humour, violence, real action and lots of sex.

Kiefer Sutherland is the legendary Jack Bauer from 24; how about making him said Big Bad terrorist and turn it on its head?

Although he was a bad guy in The Expendables 2, I’d love to see Scott Adkins have a major role on the show; something that would really cement his name as THE action hero.

So that’s some of my random casting decisions but what of the tone?

Well, it depends what they’re going for but I imagine they’ll go more for cheese as the movies haven’t exactly been gritty and frankly that’s just fine by me. They say it’ll be “fun” so we can expect plenty of humour and one-liners; let’s just hope we get a half-decent script with less self-referential humour.

As long as the show has plenty of hand to hand fights, shootouts and explosions then I’m happy.  We’ve said before that it could work as a TV show and if we could get the odd cameo from some of the rest of the team like Dolph or Sly then that would be rather cool too.

Anyone you’d like to see in it?

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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