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News Briefs: HBO Orders More of Vice’s Guerrilla News

NEWS ABOUT NEWS NEWS

… HBO has renewed its investigative news program Vice for a second season. The series, an offshoot of the magazine, takes cameras to places where cameras normally aren’t allowed, like North Korea (they were responsible for Dennis Rodman’s visit to Mr. Cuckoo Dictator over there) and child-soldier camps in Africa. It’s sorta gonzo journalism, but also sort of shock TV. HBO has asked for a 12-episode second season to air in 2014. [HBO via press release]

 

BUSINESS TIME

Sons of Anarchy is no stranger to bouts of comical violence, but now it’s going to have a dedicated space for comic-book violence. BOOM! Studios will be publishing a series of six Sons of Anarchy comics starting this summer. The comics look like they will rewind the series a bit back to when Clay was president and Jax still had long hair, and follow the daughter of an old SAMCRO member who seeks protection from the club. [Comic Book Resources]

… Worried your teenage daughter might grow up to be an upstanding citizen? Don’t worry, MTV renewed Girl Code. [The Wrap]

… Oh no! The Voice had its lowest ratings ever on Tuesday! (Muahahahaha…) [Deadline Hollywood]

 

 

CASTING NEWS


… Actor Wes Bentley (the weird kid from American Beauty) has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming pilot Open for HBO. The series is a provocative look at human sexuality (as all of Murphy’s projects are, in some way). Bentley, who your little sister knows as the guy from The Hunger Games, will play a cocky man who thinks he knows everything about sex. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Showtime’s Nurse Jackie has announced what was pretty apparent to fans throughout the fifth season: Eve Best, who plays Jackie’s friend Dr. Eleanor O’Hara, will not be returning for the dramedy’s sixth season. According to producers, it was Best’s decision to leave, as she wanted to stay in her native U.K. The actress actually left the series before the fifth season, but taped prerecorded sequences to keep her character in the series. [TV Line]

… Cinemax’s interesting-sounding pilot Quarry, about Vietnam vets who get recruited to be assassins in the early 1970s, has added to its cast. Stellan Skarsgard, father of True Blood‘s Alexander, Hemlock Grove‘s Bill, and Vikings‘ Gustaf, will play the series’ criminal overlord who pulls the disenchanted war vets to the wrong side of the law. Just greenlight this one now, okay Cinemax? [TV Line]

… FX’s untitled comedy pilot from Andrew Gurland just got a lot funnier. Jenny Slate (Kroll Show) and Brett Gelman (Go On‘s Mr. K) have joined the project which stars Judy Greer and Nat Faxon as a couple that agrees to an open marriage in an attempt to save their relationship. Slate and Gelman will play friends of Faxon’s character. Greer, Faxon, Slate, and Gelman in the same show? This NEEDS to get made. [Deadline Hollywood]

… The Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago PD has dropped Melissa Sagemiller from its cast. Remember her in Sleeper Cell? Mama mia! [TV Line]

… You know that Smash reunion you asked for? Well, it’s happening! Megan Hilty, who played Ivy in the doomed musical drama, will join the cast of NBC’s new comedy Sean Saves the World, where she’ll once again act alongside her Smash co-star Sean Hayes. Hilty will play Sean’s best friend, replacing Lindsay Sloane. [TV Line]

… Jason Alexander is headed over to TV Land. That sounds about right. The former Seinfeld star will reunite with fellow Seinfeld star Michael Richards on Kirstie, a new comedy starring Kirstie Alley. In Kirstie, Alley plays a Broadway star who reunites with the son she gave up for adoption. Richards plays her driver, and Alexander will play her agent in a potentially recurring role. [TV Land via press release]

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