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News Briefs: Walton Goggins Is Guesting on Community

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

… Get ready for awesome news in 3… 2… 1… Justified‘s Walton Goggins will guest-star on Community. He’ll play Mr. Stone, a mysterious man who tempts the study group with an interesting offer. Could it be… the opportunity to erase Season 4 from memory? Community still doesn’t have a return date, but now it has Goggins, making the wait even more painful. [TV Guide]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… A&E has ordered the reality series Crazy Hearts: Nashville. It’s another one of those shows that follows musicians as they try to “make it.” [A&E via press release]

… NBC is developing Former Fat Girl, a comedy based on the book 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl. The series is being produced by Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions, and would center on a woman in her mid-30s who’s lost a lot of weight and is entering the dating scene with her new trim body. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are responsible for fifty percent of television created today, and that figure might increase now that ABC has purchased First Timers, a comedy from The Neighbors producers Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker. The series would follow a guy and a gal who form a business partnership. [Deadline Hollywood]

 

CASTING NEWS

… The likable Jason O’Mara has time-traveled for three of his biggest gigs, warping back to prehistoric days and fighting dinosaurs (and viruses and birds) on Terra Nova, zapping back to the 1970s in the occasionally outstanding U.S. remake of Life on Mars, and whooshing over to the 1960s in CBS’s Vegas, but his next role will see him journey all the way to 2013! O’Mara has landed an important recurring role on CBS’s legal drama The Good Wife, playing an Irish lawyer looking to join the corporate ranks. You know what this means: native accent! [Deadline Hollywood]

… More native accents! Starz has added a pair of Scottish actors to its upcoming series Outlander, a drama about a WWII nurse who time-travels back to the days of highland warriors in Scotland. Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) and Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) will play nephew and uncle in Clan MacKenzie. [Starz via press release]

… Elizabeth Hurley will next be seen on E!’s pilot The Royals. The drama is a rare foray (for E!) into scripted television, and follows a fictional royal family. Hurley will play the Queen. And because Hurley is British, you know what that means… another native accent!!! She last appeared on Gossip Girl. [Deadline Hollywood]

The Arsenio Hall Show returns to televisions on Monday, September 9 (check your local listings for channels), and he’ll have guests! Including Chris Tucker (Monday), Ice Cube and Lisa Kudrow (Tuesday), Magic Johnson and George Lopez (Wednesday), Mark Harmon and Penn & Teller (Thursday), and Angela Bassett (Friday). And they’ll all be using their native accents! [Arsenio Hall Show via press release]

 

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

… Remember! It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Totally Biased with W. Kumau Bell return tonight on FXX (the second X is bolded for effect). So reroute your DVRs, search your cable guides for FXX, and don’t panic. There’s a good chance FXX is still listed as Fox Sports Soccer. [A message from me to you]

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News Briefs: LeBron James Fancies Himself a Producer Now, Is Developing a Sitcom at Starz

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

YOU DON’T GET RINGS FOR TV, LEBRON

… Traitorous NBA superstar LeBron James will executive-produce Survivor’s Remorse, a scripted half-hour comedy series he’s developing with Starz about two men from the streets of Philadelphia who rise to fame and then must deal with the consequences and hardships of being famous.  [Starz via press release]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… In case you were having too much Labor Day fun and missed CBS’s big news yesterday, the network and Time Warner have finally reached an agreement after what felt like a bajillion years, ending the weeks-long blackout. Programming resumed just in time for everyone to sit down and wonder what the hell is happening on Under the Dome. [CBS via press release]

… Fox officially announced today that “Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning multi-platinum singer, musician, songwriter, composer and film/television and Broadway actor” Harry Connick Jr. will join Season 13 of American Idol as the third and final judge alongside Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban.  [Fox via press release]

… TV fans in New York, it’s your lucky day. Paley Fest, the TV festival held annually in Los Angeles by the Paley Center for Media, is coming to New York this year, from October 2-6. But there’s a twist: Only series that are produced in New York will be there. Confirmed panels include Orange Is The New Black, Elementary, The Americans, Small Empires With Alexis Ohanian, The Outs, and Boardwalk Empire. [Paley Center for Media via press release]

… Production on One Life to Live has been suspended indefinitely while Prospect Park, the company that produces the newly revived online version of the soap, settles a lawsuit with ABC. Meanwhile, All My Children, which was also rebooted by Prospect Park, is still chugging along. [LA Times]

 

CASTING NEWS

Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale will guest-star in the third season of ABC Family’s comedy series Baby Daddy, airing sometime in 2014. There’s no word yet on who she’ll play, but we do know that Hale was cast after she mentioned to series star Tahj Mowry that she’d like to appear on the series. Baby Daddy will air its summer finale on September 4 at 8:30pm. [ABC Family via press release]

… Gil McKinney, most recently seen as Sam and Dean’s grandfather on Supernatural, has been cast in the recurring role of Prince Eric on Once Upon a Time. He and Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) will both first appear in Episode 6, aptly titled “Ariel.” [TV Line]

… Jason Priestley has now joined the ever-growing cast of CSI‘s 300th episode. He’ll play a casino mogul whose reputation was ruined so badly that he became a crazy recluse. Bethany Joy Lenz of One Tree Hill signed on last week, not long after it was announced that Marg Helgenberger would be reprising her role as Catherine Willows in honor of the milestone event. [EW]

… Broadway vet Will Chase (Smash) is joining Nashville as Luke, a country music star and potential love interest for Connie Britton’s Rayna Jaymes, because that girl apparently doesn’t already have enough men in her life. [Broadway.com]

… Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. the Mountain a.k.a. the Super Mean Older Brother of the Hound, has been recast  on Game of Thrones. Again. After a brief portrayal by Conan Stevens in Season 1, and by Ian Whyte in a few episodes of Season 2, the latest iteration of the character will be played by Hafthor Julius Bjornsson in Season 4.  [Zap2It]

… Ben and Kate’s Dakota Johnson and Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam have landed the coveted roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Not long after the announcement was made, the internet did what the internet does and now a bunch of crazy people have signed a petition to recast the leads because they’re not the actors the fans wanted. Internet, you so crazy. [Variety]

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News Briefs: J.J. Abrams Is Developing Westworld for HBO

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

WESTWORLD IS THE BESTWORLD

… J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan (the executive producer of Person of Interest, and also the brother Christopher Nolan) are developing Michael Crichton’s cult film Westworld for HBO and probably a lot of money. Westworld was a 1973 film about an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement park, for those of you (me) who have no idea what the hell I’m talking about. Someone in the know, please tell me if I’m missing out by never having seen this film, and whether or not you are excited by the prospect of it coming to your TV. [Variety]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… Former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller is re-teaming with Zev Borow, a former writer for the NBC series, for a new cop drama. Bad Guys is about an NYPD detective named Lea Morris who is also a single mother, and her father, a recently paroled ex-con who wants back in to her life. The project just landed at Fox. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Showtime has acquired Jay-Z’s Made in America documentary about the two-day Budweiser “Made in America” festival he organized in Philadelphia last year. It will premiere Friday, October 11 at 9pm, for those so inclined. [Showtime via press release]

… The series finale of Futurama on September 4 will be validated by an online pre-show and a post-show, both hosted by Chris Hardwick because duh. The pre-show will feature series creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen, as well as several cast members. It will begin at 9:30pm. The second half-hour will feature co-executive producer Patric M. Verrone and supervising director Peter Avanzino, and will be available immediately after the series finale ends. [THR]

… Robin Wright has directed an episode of Season 2 of House of Cards [Indiewire]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Ben Feldman (Mad Men) is, much like every other good-looking male these days, heading to The Mindy Project. He’ll appear in multiple episodes as an arts and culture writer who thinks Mindy’s tastes are kind of terrible. But because this is The Mindy Project, he’s also a love interest for Mindy. I’m not keeping track of how many that is this season, but me thinks it’s time to create a chart. [TV Line]

… Josh Groban will guest-star in an upcoming episode of The Crazy Ones, CBS’ new comedy starring Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and James Wolk. Groban will not be playing himself like Kelly Clarkson does in the pilot. He’ll be playing a character from Sydney’s (Gellar) past named Richie. [EW]

… Russell Tovey (UK’s Being Human) has been cast in Looking, HBO’s new half-hour comedy about a group of gay men living in San Francisco. He’ll play the recurring role of Kevin, a kind of video-games wunderkind who achieved financial success at a young age.  [THR]

 

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News Briefs: Rob Thomas Is Bringing Les Misérables to TV

August 31, 2013 Leave a comment

DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?

… Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars and the man responsible for making Kickstarter a hot-button issue (but with good reason!), is now bringing a present-day version of Les Misérables to television. Whuck? Yeah, I know, but just hear me out. The project, which has landed at Fox, revolves around a lawyer who runs an exoneration program, all the while fighting to evade the consequences of his own wrongful conviction from a long time ago. He is, of course, constantly trying to remain one step ahead of a US Attorney who just refuses to let anything go. Now let’s play cast the pilot! Michael Muhney as the lawyer! Ken Marino as the US Attorney! Ryan Hansen as … anyone, I don’t really care! And of course, it goes without saying that Amanda Seyfried pretty much has to be in this, right? [Deadline Hollywood]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… NBC has purchased a new comedy project about a bowling league from Krysten Ritter, Liz Vassey, and Aaron Kaplan. The project centers around a group of friends who have a Wednesday-night bowling league, but after two of the members break up, neither wants to give up the league.  [Deadline Hollywood]

 


CASTING NEWS

… Back in July it was announced that Ellie Kemper would be guest-starring in Season 9 of How I Met Your Mother, but Kemper has since had to pull out due to a scheduling conflict. But before you go and get all sad, don’t. Because Anna Camp has graciously volunteered to take her spot as Cassie, one of the most attractive (duh) guests at Robin and Barney’s wedding. [TV Line]

… Casting for CSI‘s 300th episode is heating up. On the heels of the news that Marg Helgenberger is returning, is the announcement that One Tree Hill alum Bethany Joy Lenz will be guest-starring in the milestone episode. Lenz will play a “sexy, seemingly normal-looking mother of two.”  [TV Line]

… Casting for Ron Moore’s new series Outlander is also making headway. Stephen Walters (Layer Cake) and Annette Badland (Doctor Who) have each booked recurring roles on the series, adapted from the book series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. Walters will play Angus Mhor, who drinks heavily and is always ready for a fight. Badland will play Mrs. Fitzgibbons, an intelligent woman who holds Castle Leoch together. [TV Guide]

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News Briefs: Lisa Kudrow Is Joining Scandal

August 30, 2013 2 comments

JUST DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

… Lisa Kudrow has joined ABC’s Scandal in a recurring capacity for Season 3. The Friends star and Mad About You scene-stealer will play … well, we don’t know because Shonda Rhimes doesn’t want us to know. But we can tell you that she’s going to be a politician.  [Deadline Hollywood]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… FX has ordered a drama pilot starring Paul Giamatti. Hoke, written and produced by Justified‘s Scott Frank, is based on Charles Willeford’s Hoke Moseley novels. It’s set in Miami in the ’80s and Giamatti plays the titular homicide detective who might just be a tiny bit off his rocker. Looks like it fits the FX Equation for Success: At Least One Recognizable Face + Dark Comedy + Some Sort of Crime Being Committed By Someone Who May or May Not Be the Lead = Success! Count me in!  [Deadline Hollywood]

… Valerie Harper, who was given three months to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year, isn’t letting the cancer get the best of her. She’s joining Dancing With the Stars!  [TMZ]

… Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead does not watch the series because he claims he doesn’t really like looking at himself.  [EW]

… There’s going to be a Luther movie!  [Daily Mail]

… Attention all four people who watch Breaking Amish: LA! TLC has ordered two more one-hour episodes of the series. They’re set to air back-to-back on Sunday, September 29 at 9pm, and will serve as a season finale. The second hour will be a reunion show, hosted by NBC’s Michelle Beadle. [TLC via press release]

… Disney XD has renewed Crash & Bernstein, a live-action comedy about a boy and his puppet, for a second season, set to premiere October 7 at 7:30pm. [Disney via press release]

 

CASTING NEWS

Suits is in the middle of its summer half-season, but when the series returns this winter, you might recognize a familiar face in the mid-season premiere. Michael Phelps, bazillion-time Olympic medal winner, is guest-starring as himself when Scottie (Abigail Spencer) tries to land him as a client. Word on the street is Phelps is the one sports client Harvey could never close. Side note: If you follow series star Patrick J. Adams on Instagram, you already know that this is not the first time Phelps has visited the set. [EW]

… Mekhi Phifer has joined Showtime’s House of Lies as Dre, a successful business mogul.  [Deadline Hollywood]

…  John Noble is returning to The Good Wife in Season 5. But how? Isn’t he dead? Yep! Noble’s Matthew Ashbaugh was murdered in Season 4 and he appeared mostly through flashbacks in his episode, so how exactly does he return? Is he a ghost? Is this an entire flashback episode? All good questions. None of which I have the answer to. Sorry! [TV Guide]

… There’s about to be one less good-looking brunette for Rayna to make out with in Nashville, and one more person to keep track of in Westeros. Michiel Huisman has joined HBO’s Game of Thrones for Season 4.  [TV Line]

 

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News Briefs: Walton Goggins Is Developing a Series for Fox

August 29, 2013 Leave a comment

I SUPPOSE HE KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT DRUGS

… Walton Goggins, who is currently starring as Boyd Crowder on FX’s Justified, is developing a drama project about the world of Mexican drug cartels for Fox. Gringo, which Goggins is writing with Adam Fierro (The Shield), will follow an American cop and his Mexican wife as they move south of the border and become involved in the cartel wars. Goggins is not currently attached to appear in Gringo, so it doesn’t look like he’ll be leaving Harlan—alive or dead—any time soon. [Variety]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… Breckin Meyer, who created TBS’s Men at Work and who plays Franklin on TNT’s Franklin & Bash, has sold the single-camera comedy Thursdays to NBC. The project revolves around a group of guys—naturally—who have a weekly Thursday night guys dinner. I don’t want to play the girl card here, but seriously, bro? Would it kill you to create a series that isn’t just about dudes hanging out being dudes?  [Deadline Hollywood]

… Mark your calendars! FX announced today that American Horror Story: Coven will premiere October 9. Jessica Lange is playing the witchy mother of Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett is playing Marie Laveau, a character loosely based on an influential woman from the 1800s, and Kathy Bates is channeling the infamous 1830s New Orleans socialite/serial killer Madame LaLaurie. [TV Line]

… One might have expected Patrick Dempsey to finally announce his own decision regarding his future at Seattle Grace once co-star Sandra Oh announced she was leaving Grey’s Anatomy. But he remains cagey about whether or not he’ll return after his contract is up after Season 10.  [TV Line]

 

CASTING NEWS

… AMC has pulled the patented CW move of hiring from within. David Morrissey, who plays The Governor on AMC’s The Walking Dead, has been cast as the lead in the network’s new drama pilot Line of Sight, about a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a horrific plane crash. AMC is claiming Morrissey will return for Season 4 of The Walking Dead, because both series film in Atlanta, but there’s no reason to believe the Governor won’t die simply because AMC made one simple statement. Come on, guys, this is The Walking Dead we’re talking about. [Deadline Hollywood]

… More details have emerged regarding Demi Lovato’s stint on Glee. It looks like the X Factor judge will be romancing Naya Rivera’s Santana in Season 5. Lovato will first appear in the Beatles tribute episode, and the duo are rumored to be performing “Here Comes the Sun.” [People]

… Zeljko Ivanek (Damages) is joining the cast of Revolution in Season 2. He’ll play the meticulous scientist Dr. Calvin Horn, per series creator Eric Kripke.  [TV Guide]

… Justin Bruening (Grey’s AnatomyAll My Children) has been cast in ABC Family’s new series Ravenswood as Benjamin Price, a teacher not completely unlike Pretty Little Liars Ezra Fitz, as it’s said Benjamin is able to connect with his students as both a teacher and a friend. Let’s hope Mr. Price steers clear of the whole teacher/student romantic relationship thing, though. We don’t want ABC Family to become that network. Bruening will first appear in the October 22 series premiere. [THR]

… Sarah Jane Morris (NCIS), who can be seen in A&E’s drama pilot Occult, will be guest-starring as the Victim of the Week on Criminal Minds this fall. She’ll appear in the sixth episode of Season 9. [TV Line]

 

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News Briefs: Joshua Jackson Is Returning to TV in The Affair

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

HE’S CHEATING ON OLIVIA NEWS

… Joshua Jackson has signed on to co-star in Showtime’s new drama pilot The Affair as Cole, a hard-edged cowboy (!!!). The project, from Sarah Treem (House of Cards) and co-creator Hagai Levi (In Treatment), is an exploration of two marriages and an affair that disrupts them. In the project, Jackson’s wife Allison, played by Luther‘s Ruth Wilson, has an affair with Dominic West’s Noah, whose family is vacationing on Long Island. Maura Tierney plays Helen, Noah’s long-time wife and the mother of his children. How anyone could cheat on Pacey Witter is beyond me, but then gain, Jimmy McNulty’s pretty great too. [Showtime via press release]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… Today’s all about (sorta)-big returns, I guess; Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, has sold a pilot to Amazon. Titled The After, the project picks up immediately after the apocalypse. Not a lot is known about the project, but Carter is set to write and direct the pilot. [THR]

… Syfy has given a cast-contingent pilot order to 12 Monkeys, a drama series about a time traveler from a post-apocalyptic future (what is with all this end-of-the-world doom?) who returns to present day to eliminate the source of a plague that will eventually destroy the human race. It’s based on the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, because we’re incapable of coming up with original ideas and have already remade everything worth revisiting. [Deadline Hollywood]

… FX is jumping on the shows-that-talk-about-shows bandwagon by ordering three episodes of Anarchy Afterword, a half-hour series that will be released online immediately after the east coast airing of Sons of Anarchy. The installments will be released after the Season 6 premiere, the fifth episode, and the season finale. The series will be hosted by Chris Franjola (Chelsea Lately) with series creator Kurt Sutter, and various celebrity fans and cast members will stop by to discuss the episodes. If all goes well, there’s a possibility FX will follow suit with an online after-show for American Horror Story: Coven. [THR]

… Jay Baruchel (Undeclared) has sold a semi-autobiographical comedy to ABC. The project, which Baruchel will write with Jesse Chabot, follows a successful actor who shuns the life of the rich and famous to move back home to Vermont. He buys a house down the street from his mom and invites his childhood best friends to move in.  [Deadline Hollywood]

 

CASTING NEWS

Bunheads‘ Sutton Foster has been cast in the Season 8 finale of Psych as a middle-school teacher who might be hooking up with a middle-school gym teacher. The finale, which was voted upon by fans of the series, will see Gus (Dule Hill) visit a dream therapist in order to find out the source of his night terrors. [TV Line]

… Reeve Carney, most recently seen as Spiderman in Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, has been cast in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful alongside Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, and Eva Green. Carney will play Dorian Grey in the eight-part drama series about the origin of some of literature’s most famous monsters. [THR]

 

TODAY IN BREAKING BAD NEWS

… Anna Gunn has had enough of the Skyler White hate and wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times shaming everyone who’s been hateful towards her, and towards Skyler. Anna Gunn: 1, The Internet: 0. [NY Times]

… Gennifer Hutchison, the writer of Sunday’s intense Breaking Bad episode, was interviewed about how the episode came to be. And trust me, if you’re a Breaking Bad fan and you’re not still talking about the episode, you might want to revisit it and then read her interview, because damn. [Vulture]

 

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR REUNIONS

… The cast of Bunheads reunited on August 17 to film one last dance number as a goodbye to the series, which was brutally canceled in July by the same network that allowed The Secret Life of the American Teenager to live for five seasons. [BuzzFeed]

The Shield‘s Strike Team reunited a few weeks ago. Michael Chiklis posted a photo on Twitter of himself, Kenny Johnson, and Walton Goggins at a friend’s birthday party. I guess Ronnie’s still in prison.

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