News Briefs: Rashida Jones Has Ladyballs
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Rashida Jones, who is departing Parks and Recreation midway through Season 6, is developing a dramedy for The CW with her sister, Kidada Jones. The series, titled Ladyballs, revolves around two friends who have been estranged for a while, but are reunited when they realize they’ve been dating the same guy. So they decide to humiliate him on the internet instead of just argue-singing about it, and when the video goes viral, they make the truly American decision to turn the idea into a business. [THR]
… Speaking of The CW, the network sure were busy today. It’s currently developing a Fame-esque series with Fame star Debbie Allen. The project will be set in Los Angeles, not New York, to set it apart from the original. Apparently the lack of ’80s fashion wasn’t enough. [THR]
… Sylvester Stallone is in talks to join a potential TV series based on his hit movie franchise Rambo. The project, from Entertainment One and Nu Image, is still in the early stages, but Stallone would work with the show on a creative level and could potentially reprise his iconic role. I don’t really want to be the person to say this, but isn’t it about time we stopped with the remakes, and the sequels, and the adaptations? Have we seriously run out of all the good ideas already? Oh wait, just kidding, we still have Ladyballs. [THR]
… Comedians Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari will have the opportunity to poke fun at James Franco when the actor/director/artist/author/worst-Oscars-host-ever appears on Comedy Central for a roast in his honor. [Entertainment Weekly]
… Seriously? Of course this would happen now that I said that. You can add television host to that list of Franco’s titles, because he’s set to host a TV series about art on Ovation TV. Titled James Franco Presents, the series is a one-hour, 10-part series in which Franco will explore the world of art, from his gallery exhibits to his students’ films. It’ll also involve a bunch of other stuff that he thinks is important, like his own video diaries. [Deadline Hollywood]
… Disney made a string of announcements today, starting with a Season 4 renewal for the live-action comedy series Kickin’ It, which will premiere in 2014. Meanwhile, Season 2 of Disney’s hit series Dog With a Blog will premiere September 20 at 8:30pm with an episode about the first day of school. [Disney via press release]
… Syfy is continuing to expand its reality programming slate with Camera Ready, an all-new reality competition series about costume designers stretching their imaginations as they compete in challenges to create outfits for film, television, and music videos. [Syfy via press release]
… Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black‘s critical darling, will guest-star on NBC’s Parks and Recreation as a love interest for Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford. She’ll appear in the fifth and sixth episodes of Season 6. Something tells me she’s more than capable of handling Pawnee’s biggest man-boy. After all, once you cut off a man’s tail, there’s really nothing you can’t do. [THR]
… It’s a big day for Orphan Black actors, because Dylan Bruce has joined Lifetime’s new Flowers in the Attic adaptation alongside Kiernan Shipka and Heather Graham. He’ll play Bartholomew “Bart” Winslow, the husband of Graham’s Corinne. [TV Line]
… Omari Hardwick (Dark Blue, Breakout Kings) has landed the lead in Starz’s new original series Power, about a Manhattan nightclub owner who caters to the city’s elite in a number of ways. In addition to running his after-hours establishment, Hardwick’s character, James “Ghost” St. Patrick, also leads the most lucrative drug network in New York. Oh, and the best part? The series is from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. I bet you want to watch it now, huh? [Starz via press release]
… Hey, Chuck fans, listen up: Morgan Grimes is finally returning to your TV sets. Joshua Gomez, who played the terribly endearing best friend of Chuck Bartowski on NBC’s fan-favorite series, is guest-starring on the sixth season of Castle as a murder suspect who claims to have traveled from the future to prevent a cataclysmic event. Which, I guess, is probably better than trying to explain the Intersect. [TV Line]
… Stephen O’Reilly and Kimiko Glenn have been cast in Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black. O’Reilly will play Christopher, the fiancé of Lorna (Yael Stone) who was discussed throughout Season 1 but never seen, and Glenn will play someone named Brooke Soso. [Deadline Hollywood]
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