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Announcing The New Gilligan's Island Pilot

Updated on May 7, 2014

(Below photo below) is the "possible" line-up of the main cast members for the New Gilligan's Island pilot, suggested by hubber, sheilamyers. Now do not get ahead of yourself. I said that these were "possible" celebrities who will get the main roles.

Steve Carell, Professor's son, "Jimmie Newton"

  • Anna Farris, the Howell's great granddaughter, "Sissy Cash"
  • Anne Hathaway, Ginger's niece, "Scarlet Monroe"
  • Chris Hemsworth, new Gilligan
  • Jessica Alba, Mary Ann's granddaughter, "Kathryn C. Moon"
  • Kevin James, Thurston Howell, III's, nephew, "Thomas Hindenburg"
  • Sinbad, new Skipper

The original cast of Gilligan's Island


Cast of the original "Gilligan's Island," from left, Russell Johnson, as the professor; Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III; Natalie Schafer, as Mrs. Howell III; Alan Hale Jr., as the skipper; Bob Denver, as Gilligan; Judith Baldwin replacing original cast member Tina Louise, as Ginger, and Dawn Wells as Mary Ann.

These are the front-runner celebrities who are going to read for the roles in the New Gilligan's Island

Steve Carell, of the Office fame.
Steve Carell, of the Office fame. | Source
Anna Farris of Scary Movie 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Anna Farris of Scary Movie 1, 2, 3 and 4. | Source
Anne Hathaway of Princess Diaries and Get Smart
Anne Hathaway of Princess Diaries and Get Smart | Source
Chris Hemsworth of Thor
Chris Hemsworth of Thor | Source
Jessica Alba who starred in Dark Angel and movies such as Good Luck, Chuck.
Jessica Alba who starred in Dark Angel and movies such as Good Luck, Chuck. | Source
Kevin James of Grown Ups, and best-known for The King of Queens
Kevin James of Grown Ups, and best-known for The King of Queens | Source
Sinbad, one of the funniest stand-up comedians in show business
Sinbad, one of the funniest stand-up comedians in show business | Source

Celebrities who still might land a major role in the New Gilligan's Island film with the exception of Beyoncé Knowles who was told to leave by sheliamyers for h

Zach  Braff, of Scrubs
Zach Braff, of Scrubs | Source
Beyoncé Knowles, singer, actress, wife of rapper, Jay-Z
Beyoncé Knowles, singer, actress, wife of rapper, Jay-Z | Source
Bruce Willis, of Die Hard movie fame
Bruce Willis, of Die Hard movie fame | Source
Dan Patrick, formerly of ESPN, and friend of Adam Sandler
Dan Patrick, formerly of ESPN, and friend of Adam Sandler | Source
Jack Black, School of Rock and Shallow Hal
Jack Black, School of Rock and Shallow Hal | Source
"Jelly Bo," trained chimp.
"Jelly Bo," trained chimp. | Source
John C. McGinley, Scrubs, Platoon, Talk Radio, and Ground Floor
John C. McGinley, Scrubs, Platoon, Talk Radio, and Ground Floor | Source
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, Magic Mike, Dazed and Confused
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, Magic Mike, Dazed and Confused | Source
Nicholas Cage, The Rock, Ghost Rider, and Valley Girl
Nicholas Cage, The Rock, Ghost Rider, and Valley Girl | Source
Pamela Anderson, Barb Wire, Scary Movie, and everyone's favorite: Bay Watch, which also starred, David Hasselhoff
Pamela Anderson, Barb Wire, Scary Movie, and everyone's favorite: Bay Watch, which also starred, David Hasselhoff | Source
Tom Hanks, Castaway, Forrest Gump, Busom Buddies, Splash
Tom Hanks, Castaway, Forrest Gump, Busom Buddies, Splash | Source

Fellow hubber, sheilamyers and I were chatting recently

and it occurred to us that someone needs to write, produce, direct, and present the "New Gilligan's Island," to a generation of people (young people) who do not know what (a) Gilligan's Island really is when brought up in conversations.

Of course, this hub is merely my personal observation of how it might be "if" someone with power, money, and clout were to actually do this production and put it on NBC Television.

And if someone really goes through with a film of the "New Gilligan's Island," then the credit all goes to sheilamyers because it was her idea to begin with.

Thanks, Sheila.


Ideas for the New Gilligan's Island

Have you heard the latest? I, along with fellow hubber, sheilamyers, are joining forces to produce, direct, write and cast the New Gilligan’s Island pilot for NBC.

Most everyone remembers Gilligan’s Island when it was a hit sitcom on CBS. Well this time around, Sheila and I are going to pitch our idea to NBC. Just to show that we are fair. And simply because NBC needs all the help they can get.

We anticipate a long spring and summer with all of the production work on this project, so do not think harshly of us if we do not show-up regularly on HubPages. Oh, there is one the great parts of doing this sitcom pilot. Both of us will publish various hubs about being first-timers at this show business thing. From what we have seen on television lately, it cannot be that tough. (e.g. Two and a Half Men; Two Broke Girls, and Mom.)

First order of business is the plot for the New Gilligan’s Island. We have several ideas.

  1. The new crew of castaways are once-again stranded on a deserted island, but this time, they are forced to strand themselves by a crew of troublemaking Al Qaeda gunmen. Of course, the (new) castaways are frantic to get back home, but this getting stranded on purpose was all part of the Al Qaeda plan to meet with other American mobsters and stage a take-over of New York’s biggest financial icon: Wall Street.
  2. The new U.S.S. Minnow II, owned by new Skipper, has new Gilligan, who is not a bumbling, happy-go-lucky “Average Joe,” with a soft heart and head full of wisdom takes up where the movie, “Escape From Gilligan’s Island,” left off with the original castaways back in the real world that has changed from sane to insane causing the castaways want to return to the same island they called home for over ten years.
  3. This time, the new Gilligan, is not a bumbling shell of a man, but a mature, intelligent man who devises a way to get home for good, but not before the majority of castaways are lured into believing that one of the Professor’s grandson’s flimsy escape plans will work. So new Gilligan to the rescue? Wait and see.
  4. (Drama) New Gilligan is dying of an unknown disease and as a last request, he asks his right-hand man and best friend, the new Skipper, to contact all of the (new) castaways and take him to the island they once called home. In a heart-stopping ending, can the Professor’s grandson with such a high IQ, create a cure for new Gilligan’s disease?

Noticeable changes in the New Gilligan's Island:

We are going to have these actors memorize real-life lines as if “they” were really stranded on a deserted-island.

Example: new Gilligan: “Hey, Skipper! You got that coconut milk I asked for?

new Skipper: Word up.

new Gilligan: You and that slang. Now hurry-up. We need to fix the coconut drinks before dinner.

new Skipper: I’m down with that, Gill. Hey, how are you gonna bust these coconuts?

new Gilligan: Over your head if you don ‘t get a move on!

New Gilligan will have a casual love interest in Mary Ann’s granddaughter, Jessica Alba, but since this is a family-type movie, there will be no hot love scenes, but a few kisses and some hand-holding.

Cameo’s by: Dawn Wells, the real Mary Ann, but she only comes by when the new castaways are on the other side of the island looking for a new food source. Mary Ann is now the C.E.O. of a nationally-known women’s magazine in the states and she was on her luxurious yacht on a two-month vacation when her captain spotted some smoke rising from where the new castaways were camped. She stopped just long enough to see if there were people sending up smoke, but her hectic schedule wouldn’t allow her to stay the night.

D.B. Cooper, the first skyjacker, walks out from the jungle when he hears the new castaways argue as they head to the other side of the island. (Ed Begley, Jr., plays Cooper) who says, “Darn it! Just when I had found the perfect hide-out!”

New Skipper and Gilligan actually try to fix the Minnow II, to make necessary-repairs to get everyone home. Plus, out of frustration, they almost come to blows. Real life. Real action.

There will be a mad-dash when the casting-call is sent out to all of the talent agencies and personal agents in Hollywood and Los Angeles for established-celebrities to come by our offices and read the script that sheilamyers is supervising. Since she is a fantastic hub-writer, I think it best that her final script is the one the celebrities read in front of Sheila and myself. Notice we did not hire any high-price lawyers or public relations firms to help us handle these important details?

New Gilligan try-outs: Chris Hemsworth; Kevin Costner; Tom Arnold; Rainn Wilson and David Spade.

Actors who are vying for new Skipper: Eric Roberts; Sinbad; Brad Garrett and Mark Harmon.

Actors reading for Ginger’s niece, “Scarlet Monroe,”: Anne Hathaway; Scarlett Johanson and Jennifer Lawrence.

Actors reading for Mary Ann’s granddaughter, “Kathryn C. M oon,”: Jessica Alba; Patricia Heaton and Emma Stone.

Those reading for the Professor’s nephew, “Jimmie Newton”: Steve Carell; Tom Wopat and Ray Romano.

Reading for Thurston Howell, III’s nephew, “Thomas Hindenburg,”: Toby McGuire; Jon Hamm and Kevin James.

Actors competing for The Howell’s great granddaughter, “Sissy Cash”: Teri Polo; Anna Farris; Winona Ryder and Lindsay Lohan.

Depending on who gets what part, I will speculate on what the ladies and gentlemen, the fans of the original Gilligan’s Island will like about the upgraded-new version of this American iconic sitcom.

There will be plenty of shots with new Gilligan, “if” Chris Hemsworth going shirtless for the ladies. He will be casting a striking pose (with his long hair blowing in the island breezes) as he works on the U.S.S. Minnow II that the women fans will adore.

And the guy fans will drool over, Jessica Alba, another “if” she gets the role of Mary Ann’s granddaughter, “Kathryn C. Moon,” being filmed in a two-piece bathing suit for most of her scenes. And as an added-bonus, Anna Farris, “Sissy Cash,” will exchange heated-words with Alba, and they have one huge “cat fight,” turning over tables, getting wet sand all over themselves as they roll over and over and end-up at the beach.

Oh yes, sir-eee, there will be slap-stick action galore with Kevin James, a big “if,” he lands the role of “Stephen Hindenburg,” Thurston Howell, III’s. clumsy nephew as he does falls on his face, back, and in the ocean as he meanders about the island beating himself up for not having the sense to get the castaways off of the island.

For all stand-up comedy buffs, “if” Sinbad lands the role of new Skipper, the writers are going to include a fifteen-minute scene with him doing his best comedy routines to take the castaways’ minds off of their dilemma.

We tried to think of everything and everyone.

I guess you are wondering, will there be any animals in this pilot for, The New Gilligan’s Island? Are you serious? Plenty. We will negotiate with “Jelly Bo,” the trained chimp’s management company to have a major role in the production. He may even have the ability to talk, but that will be actor, John Goodman’s voice you hear.

“Jelly Bo,” will cause gales of laughter as he plays practical jokes on the castaways causing them to start accusing each other of acting too immature with the hilarious “Monkey shines,” pardon the pun.

In one side-splitting scene, “Jelly Bo,” sneaks in after new Skipper and new Gilligan actually repair the new U.S.S. Minnow II, and sabotages the repairs and this causes new Skipper and new Gilligan to really get into a good, old-fashioned fist-a-cuffs with, well, we aren’t telling you who wins.

At various times in the movie, we have decided to show selected black and white film cuts of the original Gilligan’s Island show. This will help this new version to be loved by old and new fans alike.

As of this writing, we have a list of actors who RSVP’d us to say they were unable to attend a script-reading to be considered for roles in our New Gilligan’s Island show.

Both Tom Hanks and Michael Douglas who hinted that they wanted to read for the new Gilligan role, were both obligated to other films, but said if there was a sequel in the works, to count them in.

Charlie Sheen was anxious to try-out for the Professor’s son, but FX threatened to sue him for breach-of-contract for bailing from his hit show, “Anger Management.”

We were blown-away when we received a call from Sean Connery’s agent asking if we would fly him in to read for the role of the new Skipper. We tried everything, but on our limited budget, we could barely afford Connery on an off-brand airline and his agent stormed out some profanity and hung-up on me.

Nicholas Cage called and asked if anyone (who was going to read) dropped out of the pre-production plans, to call his agent and he would read for any of the male roles because he was a huge fan of the original Gilligan’s Island show.

This is a list of celebrities who wanted to be a part of this huge production, but their hectic-schedules and media-obligations would not permit it.

Dan Patrick – formerly an air personality on ESPN, now has his own sports-talk show on television. Patrick is good friends with superstar, Adam Sandler, and has appeared in several of Sandler’s films, but he will not be a part of the New Gilligan’s Island.

Other stars who will not be a part of the production are: Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Willis, Zach Braff, John C. McGinley, Jack Black, Beyonce Knowles, and Pamela Sue Anderson.

We have already learned that show business is a heart-breaking job. I remember the morning when sheilamyers was running a casting call and had to tell Beyonce Knowles that her entourage was not allowed inside our small office. That, of course, made Beyonce cry because it is a known fact that whatever Beyonce wants. Beyonce gets. What impressed me about my hubber-friend, sheilamyers, was that when Beyonce called her husband, Jay Z, the successful rapper and entrepreneur to lean on Sheila and allow his wife to have the leading role as Ginger, but no dice. Sheilamyers stood her ground and told him, “I don’t care who you are. I am supervising this casting-call and what I say goes.”

Now that to me, is total domination.

Sheilamyers and I would like to take this moment to extend our personal invitation to the premier of this movie when it is finished in late 2015, around Christmas. And just for you, our friends and followers on HubPages, and the staff of HubPages . . .

We are going to do something for you and only you.

We are going to sell you, our followers and friends, and staff of HubPages your tickets with $2.00 taken off the original price as a gesture of saying thank you for supporting us and this project.

If you see anyone who wants a ticket who are not on HubPages, or works for HubPages, their ticket price will be only $45.00 reserved, $43.00 general admission. Children under 15 $40.00.

We will be looking for you at the premiere. Location of theater to be announced later.


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sue,

      You are a gem of a hub-writer. I appreciate your comments and I am looking forward to having you as a follower.

      Have a peaceful night.


    • Sue Bailey profile image

      Susan Bailey 

      4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      If only. I loved that show all those years ago. Great hubs by the way and thanks for the fan mail

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Catgypsy,

      Thank you for your encouraging words. Oh, do not worry. I will remain as humble as I am now and I can say that for sheilamyers as well. I cannot wait for the premiere at, oops, almost "spilled the beans."

      Catgypsy, kiss your little ones for me.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Sheila,

      Oh, I don't want more than 5%. You get the 95% because I recall this was YOUR idea, and I love to reward "Idea People."

      We might redo Gunsmoke or some other show soon. But let's get this one filmed first. Oh, that reminds me. I need a new tux for the Oscars.

    • catgypsy profile image


      4 years ago from the South would be some show! Good luck and don't forget us when you become a famous producer!

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      4 years ago

      You have to take your fair share of the credit. You wrote the original hub about Gilligan's Island and we threw ideas back and forth. I love the way you wrote this one. If I didn't know better, I would've thought it was real.


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