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News Briefs: Alec Baldwin Will Continue Yelling at People, Now on MSNBC

August 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Alec Baldwin the former 30 Rock star has teamed up with MSNBC to develop a weekly news series slated to air on Fridays at 10pm. The show will feature a large dose of Baldwin’s liberal and often combative political opinions.  [Mediaite]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… Orphan Black executive producers Graeme Manson and John Fawcett won’t officially confirm that we’ll meet Clone Number 8 during Season 2, but they definitely haven’t said we won’t be coming face-to-face with yet another reason to give Tatiana Maslany all the awards. Of course, with that said, Alison is still the best clone and I’ll fight anyone who even tries to say it’s Cosima. [TV Line]

… Fox has a stage production of Glee in the works. It’s sort of funny when you recall that several members of the cast were Broadway stars before making the leap to TV on the series. I wonder how they’ll feel about this not-at-all surprising turn of events? Glee returns for Season 5 on September 26. [Playbill]

… Michael C. Hall has revealed that he almost turned down the role of serial killer Dexter Morgan on Showtime’s Dexter, a part that has earned him five Emmy nominations. Apparently, he had no desire to do another TV series, let alone one where he once again had to spend a lot of time around fake dead bodies (Six Feet Under had wrapped production a few months before he received the Dexter script). It’s cool, dude, we get it. Dead bodies are creepy. But thank goodness you got over that real quick. [E! Online]

… They say that if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. And NBC is once again trying to say goodbye to Jay Leno. The network announced today that Leno’s tenure as host of The Tonight Show will officially be over as of February 6, 2014. Of course, we all know what happened last time, so I won’t rehash it for fear of jinxing Leno’s exit, but here’s hoping Jimmy Fallon gets to stay longer than nine months. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Isaiah Washington  the former Grey’s Anatomy star told TV Line that his new series, The 100,  is going to take The CW to the next level. And while I’m all for The CW getting some respect—Arrow is fantastic, guys—Washington went on to equate the series with the AMC dramas Mad Men and Breaking Bad. While The 100 might have promise, I don’t necessarily think it’s on par with Don Draper and Walter White’s starring vehicles. [TV Line]

… WWE is very proud because it reached a record 20 million viewers in a single week. This is across all WWE programming, from SmackDown to Raw to Wrestlemania 29 to Main Event to something called Total Divas on E!  [Variety]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Casting is really heating up for M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines. On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Greta Lee had joined the project comes the news that Juliette Lewis has also signed on. She’ll play Beverly, a bartender who speaks her mind and doesn’t necessarily trust the town of Wayward Pines.  [Deadline Hollywood]

… Lost alum Rebecca Mader is set to guest-star in the Season 5 finale of Drop Dead Diva, as a dominatrix who hires Grayson to represent her when a client tries to get away without paying. [TV Line]

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News Briefs: The Friday Night Lights Movie Is One Step Closer to Being Real

August 9, 2013 Leave a comment

TEXAS FOREVER, Y’ALL

Connie Britton told Ladies’ Home Journal that she is in possession of the script for a potential Friday Night Lights movie. There’s no word on what such a film would be about, but if it’s not Matt and Julie’s wedding, with Landry on guitar and Riggins standing around looking handsome, then I don’t really see the point—can you imagine what that father-of-the-bride speech would be like?  [Huffington Post]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… The twittering public has spoken, and apparently we used up all our funny during the first wave of the Sharknado craze: Syfy announced today that after reviewing 5,000 Twitter submissions, the sequel to Sharknado will be called Sharknado 2: The Second One. Is it Sharknado fatigue or are we really just that unimaginative? As previously announced, the sequel will be set in New York City and air sometime in July 2014. I hope the network lets Twitter help cast the film, too, because that would make this whole disaster worth it. [Syfy via press release]

… Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur has assured fans that no one person is going to swoop in and attempt to replace Ann Perkins in Leslie Knope’s heart. Several characters will try to fill the holes left by Ann’s departure, including Retta’s Donna, who will be seeing a lot more screen time in Season 6. I can’t think of a single thing that is wrong with this situation. [TV Line]

… Katherine Heigl is finally ready to return to TV. She’s signed on to star in and produce a new drama from Alexi Hawley, who has written for Castle and Body of Proof. [USA Today]

… GSN has renewed the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted The American Bible Challenge for Season 3. It is an hour-long program and, apparently, GSN’s highest-rated series of all time.  [GSN via press release]

… Hell hath no fury like scorned Time Warner Cable customers! But not even the CBS blackout can keep fans in New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles from watching Under the DomeApproximately 14.6 percent of the illegal downloads of Monday’s episode were torrented in those three markets, an increase from last week’s 10.9 percent.  [Variety]

… Eva Longoria is executive-producing a new multi-camera comedy that’s in development at NBC. The project is currently untitled, but was inspired by the life of Laura Berman, a sex educator and relationship therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network (or so Google tells me). As such, the series will follow a sex and relationship therapist’s attempts to navigate a relationship with her ex-husband, his new girlfriend, and her own mother.  [Deadline Hollywood]

 

CASTING AND MORE CRAZY EYES YESSSSS MORE CRAZY EYES NEWS 

… Bobbi Bernstein’s got nothing on Uzo Aduba Crazy Eyes; Aduba has been upped to a series regular for the second season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. The news comes not long after her cast mates Taryn Manning and Danielle Brooks were also promoted to series regular status. [Deadline Hollywood]

Game of Thrones alum Tobias Menzies has been cast in Ronald D. Moore’s new drama series Outlander. He’ll play two characters, one by the name of Frank Randall in 1945, and one bye the name of Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall—one of Frank’s ancestors—in 1743. Outlander is based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. [THR]

… Syfy’s Haven is adding two recurring guest-stars. Emma Lahana (Emily Owens, M.D.) and Christian Camargo (Dexter) will join the cast when the series returns for Season 4 on September 13 at 10pm. Lahana plays Jennifer Mason, an off-kilter young woman who begins hearing voices in her head, and Camargo is Wade Crocker, the charming estranged half-brother of Eric Balfour’s Duke. [Syfy via press release]

… Also adding a double dose of new blood is Covert Affairs. The USA drama has cast English actress Sheeta Indrani and actor Richard Short (666 Park Avenue) as Sana and Reese, respectively. Sana is a sophisticated Indian woman befriended by Annie, and Reese is an Irish rocker who somehow gets mixed up in Annie’s world. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Adam DeVine of Workaholics has been cast in a recurring role on Modern Family as a male nanny for Baby Joe. DeVine’s character,  might soon be involved with Sarah Hyland’s Haley. [TVGuide]

… Greta Lee (Girls) has been added to the cast of Fox’s miniseries Wayward Pines. Lee will play Ruby, a waitress at the only coffee shop in the town of Wayward Pines. Personally, I don’t trust towns that only have one coffee shop. Seems very suspicious. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Kathy Griffin is set to guest-star in an upcoming episode of Kirstie Alley’s new TV Land series Kirstie. She’ll play herself. The episode will find Kathy moving in to the same apartment complex as Alley’s character Maddie, and apparently some paranoia about not being the most famous person living there ensues.  [The Wrap]

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News Briefs: MTV Forced Daft Punk to Cancel on Colbert, So Colbert Threw a Celeb-filled Dance Party

August 8, 2013 Leave a comment

NOT SO LUCKY NEWS

… French house music duo Daft Punk was all set to make a rare appearance on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report last night when all of a sudden MTV nosed its way in and said “adieu” to that. Daft Punk is also scheduled to perform on MTV’s Music Video Awards, and network, upon realizing that DP was booked on The Colbert Report, threatened to boot them from the much higher-profile VMAs if they stopped by Colbert’s show. Why? Greed and exclusivity, if I’m getting this story straight. The last-minute cancellation forced Colbert to think on his feet, so instead of going with five minutes of dead air he held a celeb-filled dance party to one of Daft Punk’s songs. Look out, Ellen! [New York Times]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… VH1 is sticking with its business plan of putting celebrity couples in front of cameras and editing in some drama with LeAnn & Eddie, starring pop-country star LeAnn Rimes and her actor-husband Eddie Cibrian of CSI: Miami and The Playboy Club. The reality show will follow the controversial couple—Rimes was married to another man when she started seeing Cibrian. You have to wonder about an actor whose acting career isn’t completely over taking part in a VH1 reality show, because the offers are going to dry up once his private life is plastered all over VH1, right? As for Rimes, this makes total sense for her because, well, she’s not the little starlet she once was. [VH1 via press release]

… Fox has ordered a pilot for Stuck, a comedy from Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation). The series, which Jones would executive-produce, is about a middle-aged woman stuck in a rut who gets her daughter hired at the bank where she works, and instantly sees her daughter become her boss. Jones, who will be leaving Parks and Recreation in its upcoming sixth season, will not star in Stuck. [TV Guide]

… Shonda Rhimes has another TV show cooking at ABC. Rhimes is working with Made in Jersey creator Dana Calvo on a new detective series set in Miami. Annnnnnd it sounds pretty rote: An unorthodox male detective is partnered up with a by-the-book female detective and they do some detecting. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Fox is eying another miniseries, this one called World War III. And it’s about World War III. There’s not much to detail here; a bunch of countries get pissed at each other and go to war against each other. [Deadline Hollywood]

… That TV adaptation of Heathers is dead. Bravo fed it bleach and isn’t moving forward with it. [Buzzfeed]

… Fox is developing a single-camera comedy from Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital, Burning Love) and his wife Erica Oyama (Burning Love) that’s based on the life of Dogfish Head Brewery owners Sam and Mariah Calagione. It will follow a couple that builds a company together from the ground up. [Deadline Hollywood]

… You were busy today, Fox! The network also bought a new comedy called… F.O.M.O., which the kids today tell me stands for Fear of Missing Out, a mantra for going out every night just in case something really amazing happens when you decide to stay in like a responsible adult. How to Make it in America creator Ian Edelman is behind the project, which follows a group of youngish people looking for more in life than their insurance sales jobs. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Pee-Wee Herman will be back on TV, sort of! Paul Reubens told The LA Times that he’s working on a new show that’s kind of like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and due in 2014. He said an official announcement was imminent. [LA Times]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) has landed the big role of Charlie’s long-lost lesbian daughter in Two and a Half Men. Right now the character is only slated to recur, but if things go well, Tamblyn will be promoted to series regular and make the big bucks. [TV Line]

… Jordana Spiro, who we’ll try to remember from My Boys and not The Mob Doctor, has been cast in FX’s pilot Tyrant. The much-anticipated Tyrant comes from Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and follows an American family that lives in the Middle East. She’ll play the wife of Justin Kirk’s character; Kirk’s casting was announced yesterday. [THR]

Last Man Standing will welcome a pair of guest stars from everyone’s favorite fowl-murdering family, the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty. Si and Willie Robertson will drop by the Tim Allen comedy’s season premiere on September 20. This will be their acting debut if you don’t count all the faked stuff from their “reality” show. [ABC via press release]

… Mindy of The Mindy Project is gonna see firsthand how the D.E.N.N.I.S. system works. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Glenn Howerton will guest-star on the Fox comedy as a mellow attorney who romances Mindy over multiple episodes. He’ll first appear in the fourth episode of Season 2. [E! Online]

… Sundance Channel’s The Red Road has added the fiery Tom Sizemore to its cast. The drama is about a cop who’s caught between a small town and a Native American tribe. Sizemore will play a scary drug dealer. Don’t get high on your own supply, Sizemore. [Deadline Hollywood]

Veronica Mars‘ Jason Dohring (Logan!) will make at least a guest appearance on The CW’s upcoming sci-fi series The Tomorrow People. In the series about teens with superpowers, Dohring will play an operative who used to work for the bad guys. [EW]

… Rachael Harris (The Hangover) has taken over the female lead in Fox’s upcoming comedy Surviving Jack. She replaces Alex Kapp Horner as the wife of Christopher Meloni’s character, a dad who gets hands-on with raising his son after his wife goes back to school. [Deadline Hollywood]

Chuck‘s Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) will drop by Hart of Dixie next season. He’ll play a handsome guy who gives the women of Bluebell the vapors, I do declare. [TV Guide]

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News Briefs: Sci-fi Fave Tahmoh Penikett Is Headed to Supernatural

August 8, 2013 Leave a comment

THANK THE GODS

… Continuing his quest to guest-star on literally every science-fiction series ever made, Tahmoh Penikett has booked a multi-episode arc on Supernatural‘s upcoming ninth season as the fallen angel Ezekiel. The Battlestar Galactica and Whedonverse alum will first appear in the season premiere, which series star Jared Padalecki was bursting at the seams to talk about at Comic-Con. Look, I’m happy Penkiett is making the science-fiction rounds, but is it too much to ask that he land a series regular role? Two words: Orphan Black. [Huffington Post]

 

BUSINESS TIME

…  Since Peter Capaldi was announced over the weekend as the next doctor on Doctor Who, the internet has erupted into chaos over the fact the producers have once again cast a white male in the role instead of joining the 21st Century. Today, author Neil Gaiman, the man responsible for “The Doctor’s Wife” and “A Nightmare in Silver,” announced on his blog that he knows of one black actor who has already turned down the role of the Doctor. Now, before we discuss anything else, I have one question: Who the hell would turn down a chance to be the Doctor? [Zap2It]

PBS announced today that Downton Abbey will return to the U.S. on January 5, 2014. If you’re a fan of the series, you know that means the show is still on a long delay from its across-the-pond airing. So if anyone dies in the Christmas episode, can you guys please just keep it quiet for, like, four months after it airs? Spoilers, man. [EW]

… Bravo continues to attempt to make the bold choice to leap from trashy reality TV to maybe-trashy scripted drama. The network has greenlit the new pilot Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, based on the Girlfriends’ Guide… book series by Vicki Iovine. It’s exactly what it sounds like, but in case you need me to explain it to you, I will. The series is about a self-help book author who is hiding the fact that she’s separated from her husband. She starts soliciting advice from her married friends and as they say in show business, the rest is history. [Bravo via press release]

… As you know, yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of Fox’s teen soap The O.C. Seth Cohen himself, Adam Brody, has stated that if there was ever to be a reunion, he’d like it to happen on a stage. We’re pretty sure he meant a theater stage and not a soundstage, because sure, that makes a lot of sense. [E! Online]

… Speaking of anniversaries, the 25th anniversary of Roseanne—yes, you read that right—is coming up, and WEtv is celebrating the occasion by airing what the it’s calling mini-marathons of the beloved sitcom for an entire month. Beginning August 12, you can hang out with the Connors from 5pm to 8pm Monday through Friday, and again on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Let’s reconvene here a month from now to discuss how old we all are. [WE tv via press release]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Perennial guest-star Mark Sheppard, most recently seen as Crowley on The CW’s Supernatural, will reprise his role from the White Collar pilot for seven of Season 5’s episodes. If you’ll recall, Sheppard played an art forger by the name of Curtis Hagen, who was apprehended by Peter with a little help from Neal. Ah, memories.  [Huffington Post]

… If you’re currently acting on a series that’s heading into Season 6, you may want to call your agent and make sure you’re still employed. Right on the heels of the announcement that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are exiting NBC’s Parks and Recreation comes the announcement that Amanda Righetti and Owain Yeoman will be departing CBS’s The Mentalist toward the end of Season 6. [TV Line]

… 24 alum Leslie Hope has booked a role of “tremendous importance” on NCIS. She’ll play Sarah Porter, a high-ranking Navy official, in the second episode of the new season, “Past, Present, Future.” She’s only around for hour, though, so don’t get too upset (yet), Tiva fans. [TV Line]

… Justin Kirk has joined FX’s in-development drama series Tyrant. I’ll watch anything from FX without any further explanation, but in case you’re less trusting than I am, here’s the rundown: Tyrant is about an American family who finds themselves drawn in to the workings of a turbulent Middle East nation. Kirk, who was the best thing about the later seasons of Weeds and who starred opposite a monkey in last year’s failed NBC sitcom Animal Practice, plays a sexy and mysterious American diplomat who may not be everything he seems. If the show sounds at all like the distant second cousin of Showtime’s Homeland, it’s probably because it’s from two of the series’ producers, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff. [Deadline Hollywood]

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News Briefs: MTV Orders a Reality Series About Virgins

August 6, 2013 Leave a comment

THE FUN IS IN THE CHASTE NEWS

… MTV has ordered four new reality series. The most exciting one follows young adults who remain unsexed and live their lives as virgins, whether they want to or not. It’s currently untitled. Also coming to MTV are MTV’s House of Food, where aspiring chefs compete against each other in cooking challenges and live in the same house; Snackdown, an afternoon series in which amateur chefs cook up regular snacks with panache; and The Ex and the Why, a talk show allowing former lovers to air out their grievances over their past relationships in front of the world. [Deadline Hollywood]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… Shark Week is still swimming strong, and last night’s kick-off drew the event’s largest audience ever. Except it was for a fake show about a shark that no longer exists. Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives drew 4.8 million viewers (or roughly three Sharknados) to put itself atop the list of the most-watched Shark Week programming in history. However, the whole thing—which was presented as a real documentary with only a confusing disclaimer—was a sham starring actors lying about a monster shark biting whales in half and eating fishing boats. Discovery Networks is loving fake science lately; another bogus “doc,” about mermaids, also earned huge ratings.  [Discovery via press release]

… Disney’s Teen Beach Movie isn’t doing too shabby either. The made-for-cable movie is now the second most-watched cable movie of all time (right behind High School Musical 2) after raking in 13.5 million viewers once delayed viewing numbers were factored in. Though to be fair, when High School Musical came out, there weren’t as many DVRs to bloat the numbers.  [The Wrap]

… The guys behind Last Resort are working on a new project at ABC. Karl Gajdusek and Shawn Ryan are teaming up for Freedom, a drama about a group of Ivy Leaguers who start the next activist movement against the government and corporate entities.  [Deadline Hollywood]

… E! is working on a new reality series following super rich 20-somethings from Beverly Hills found on the Tumblr blog Rich Kids of Instagram. [Deadline Hollywood]

… ABC has announced the premiere dates for a couple of midseason series. Resurrection, an emotional drama about the dead coming back to life (but not wanting to eat you), will debut March 9 at 10pm, taking over for fellow new drama Betrayal after it finishes its run. Also getting a premiere date: the reality competition The Quest, which will feature contestants running around in a fake Middle Earth-type land, fighting fake monsters and saving fake princesses. It starts January 2 at 8pm. [ABC via press release]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Ryan Seacrest needs to be working every minute of his life, so he has accepted the job as host of NBC’s game-show experiment The Million Second Quiz. The series features contestants competing on a trivia show for 11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds while they answer questions live from an hourglass-shaped structure in midtown Manhattan. A contestant who sits in the “money chair” will accrue 10 dollars for each second he occupies the seat, while another contestant sits opposite him. Viewers at home can also answer questions and face off against the person in the money chair by approaching the hourglass-shaped structure in person or answering questions online. [NBC via press release]

… Jaime Pressly of My Name is Earl fame and I Hate My Teenage Daughter infamy is headed to TV Land. Pressly will star in the multi-camera TV Land pilot Jennifer Falls, playing a mother who moves in with her own mother after getting laid off from a cushy job.  [TV Land via press release]

… All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter has landed a recurring role on NBC’s Parenthood. He’ll play a rocker with an attitude problem who records at The Luncheonette. [TV Line]

… Showtime’s upcoming adult drama pilot The Affair has booked Maura Tierney as a nice lady who gets cheated on. She’ll play the wife of Dominic West’s character in the pilot about an affair that ruins a pair of marriages. How could anyone even pretend to cheat on Maura Tierney? She’s adorable! [TV Line]

… FX’s Anger Management found a replacement for the fired Selma Blair (don’t you mess with, Charlie!) in Laura Bell Bundy. The blonde won a Tony for playing the lead in Legally Blonde: The Musical and has been featured in Hart of Dixie and How I Met Your Mother. [THR]

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News Briefs: Billy Bob Thornton Joins FX’s Fargo Adaptation

August 4, 2013 Leave a comment

YOU BETCHA NEWS

… FX’s long-gestating adaptation of the Coen brothers’ Fargo finally has a leading man. Billy Bob Thornton will play Lorne Malvo, a troublemaker who makes life for an insurance salesman really tough. The role is similar to the one Steve Buscemi played in the film. FX’s version is planned as a 10-episode limited run that’s inspired by the movie and features new characters and crimes. [FX via press release]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… The feud between CBS and Time-Warner Cable rages on and the losers are YOU. Well, if you’re a Time-Warner Cable subscriber, that is. As of this afternoon, several TWC markets have dropped CBS and its sister channels Showtime, TMC, Flix, and Smithsonian after a dispute over carriage fees. CBS has reportedly demanded a 600-percent increase in fees from TMC, and TMC is saying “No way, Jose.” Spats between networks and cable companies have happened before, but they’re usually resolved quickly when one mega-corporation budges. [Deadline Hollywood]

… What is it with you people and Sharknado!?!?!? After a decent run on television, the Syfy sharksploitation movie was promoted to special single-screening events in Regal cinemas in major cities, and those screenings have now sold out… prompting theaters to add more dates. Though it initially wasn’t a hit on Syfy, the movie, which is obviously about a tornado full of sharks, has increased its viewership in each of its two encore airings. [The Wrap]

… Great TV Alert: The most recent half-season of Breaking Bad is now available on Netflix. The final episodes begin next Sunday, August 11. [Netflix]

… CBS really wants to work with comedian Jim Gaffigan. After passing on Gaffigan’s single-camera family comedy last season, the network wants to redevelop the series and give it another shot. The scrapped plan means that the cast members who were originally slated for the pilot, except for Gaffigan obvs, have been let go. [Deadline Hollywood]

… A sci-fi drama pilot from newcomer writer Mickey Fisher has a bunch of TV types spinning their bow ties with excitement. Extant tells the story of a family with an android son and a possible alien baby on the way. [Deadline Hollywood]

 

CASTING NEWS

True Blood‘s Janina Gavankar is ditching the sexy vampires of Bon Temps for the sexy vampires of Mystic Falls, and who can blame her? Gavankar, who got butt nekkid on the HBO series as a shapeshifter, will play a character named Tessa who arrives in Mystic Falls ready to re-spark an old love. [TV Line]

… Why don’t you have a seat over here, Chris Hansen? You’re fired. NBC News hasn’t renewed the To Catch a Predator host’s contract, ending his relationship with the network that he’s been part of for 20 years. Now Hansen is free to interview with other outlets [TV Guide]

… Antonio Sabato Jr. will guest-star on an episode of Castle in the series’ spoof on a murder involving a cast member on a Saved By the Bell-type show. Antonio will play the grown-up version of the boy-hunk from a fake series called 2 Cool for School. [TV Guide]

… Comedy Central’s roast of James Franco will be hosted by one of Franco’s good buddies, Seth Rogen. The special will air on Labor Day—Monday, September 2. Sample roast: “James Franco you’re so cool and handsome that you can have any girl or role you want.” Because come on, how do you make fun of James Franco? [Comedy Central via press release]

American Horror Story: Coven, the next incarnation of the FX horror series, will bring back Alexandra Breckenridge. You may recall that she played the sexy young housekeeper who waved her ass in the air in Season 1. [Ryan Murphy’s Twitter]

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News Briefs: Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor Will Be Announced During a Live Special This Sunday

August 3, 2013 Leave a comment

HOORAY FOR TIME DIFFERENCES NEWS

… Cheerio, indeed! One of geek television’s biggest mysteries will be unveiled this Sunday when the BBC announces who will play Doctor Who‘s twelfth doctor. The reveal will happen live at 7pm  o’clock on BBC One during the Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor special. But America will also get the announcement live, courtesy of BBC America, which for us New Worlders means 2pm on the Least Coast and 11am on the Best Coast. Place your bets on who it will be, I’ve got money on Rowan “Mr. Bean” Atkinson. [BBC America via press release]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… Let’s keep it British with news from Fox that it will be adapting the U.K. drama Broadchurch. The idea is to make a “long-form event series,” and let me just stop right there to say DAMMIT NETWORKS JUST CALL THEM MINISERIES! You aren’t fooling anyone! Argh! Anyway, Broadchurch follows the investigation of the death of a young boy by some detective-types. Fox is eying the 2014-2015 season for its debut.  The original version premieres on BBC America next week. [Fox via press release]

… Fox is guessing that Glee will end in two years.  Anyway, the show has already been renewed for those two years, but if some breakout stars come along Fox would consider extending it. [TV Line]

… More Glee news: Network president Kevin Reilly says that Glee will address the absence of Finn Hudson, who was played by late actor Cory Monteith, in the third episode of the season. There have been lots of questions surrounding how Fox would handle Monteith’s death. [Variety]

… ABC is developing Travelers, from Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee. The science-fiction series follows a family who discovers that doors in their grandfather’s estate are portals to other times, trapping them in the house and sending them all over the place, space, and time. [Deadline Hollywood]

… WEtv has renewed Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas for a second season of 10 episodes to air in 2014.  [WEtv via press release]

… Bravo has renewed Million Dollar Listing NY, or as I call it, Every New York Listing, for a third season. The reality show follows real estate agents in New York. [Deadline Hollywood]

 

CASTING NEWS

… Fox has another miniseries coming up in 24: Live Another Day, and Chloe will be back for it. The network announced today that Mary Lynn Rajskub will reprise her role as systems analyst Chloe O’Brian in the sendoff for the action thriller. Look for it in 2014. [Fox via press release]

… Jennifer Lopez is thiiiiiis close to returning to American Idol as a judge. And Keith Urban is even closer, because he’s definitely returning. [People / Fox via press release]

90210‘s Trevor Donovan will guest-star on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. He’ll play a really, really, really bad best man. [THR]

 

JUICY GOSSIP ABOUT CELEBS MISBEHAVING

American Idol mastermind Simon Cowell got his friend’s wife pregnant! Ruh-roh. [TMZ]

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