I normally don't report on people shopping projects around to networks, even if those people are J.J. Abrams, but damn is it a slow news day. So hey, Abrams and former "Lost" writer Elizabeth Sarnoff are waving Sarnoff's drama pilot "Alcatraz" under the nose of hungry execs.
Not much is known about the script except that it takes place on the San Francisco Bay island that once housed the worst of the worst offenders. A few years ago, Ed Harris took over Alcatraz, and Nic Cage had to bring him down with Sean Connery, but the show most likely won't recognize those events. Poisonous green balls or not, someone will buy this script quicker than you can say, "Abrams equals profit." (Deadline)
Fox has turned to Jamie Foxx to fill the offensively-unfunny-sketch-comedy-show shaped hole left by the cancellation of "Mad TV." The network picked up a twelve-episode order of "The Jamie Foxx Project," a half-hour sketch series that will skewer pop culture with a diverse cast of comedians, for mid-season.
Hopefully this won't delay the Skank Robbers film we were promised. Because we still want that. (Deadline)
"Tell them no MSG."
"Robot Chicken" creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich have decided to take the main premise of Matthew McConaughey classic EdTV and turn it into a interactive reality show. The duo is teaming up with Ford Motor Co. and Sprint Nextel for "ControlTV." The series, which will follow six weeks in the life of a guy in his twenties, enables the audience to vote, in real time, on every aspect of his life—from what he wears and eats, to where he works, to who he dates. What they can't decide on is what kind of car he drives and phone he uses. Ford and Sprint got the lock on those.
They say the audience can vote on every aspect of this guy's life, but I'm sure we'll get some pretty standard choices. What should he eat? A) Tuna Sandwich B) Cheeseburger C) Chicken Soup. What the demented viewing audience will want is an option D, which would be somewhere inbetween dog sh*t and spoiled milk. Hey, if you're going to let us decide, don't cuff our hands behind our backs. (Deadline)
Amanda Righetti, the red-headed eye candy of CBS's "The Mentalist," comes from a Utah-raised family with 7 siblings (6 sisters and 1 brother). That makes me jealous that I wasn't raised by a family of hot gingers in the mountains of Utah.
A word from Amanda: "Guys blow my looks up more than I ever would. I guess I have issues with myself. I don't think I'm as pretty as everybody thinks."
Perfect. That means guys with slightly below average looks still have a chance.
More pics of Amanda after the jump…
It seems like everything’s changed for Dexter this year. SPOILER ALERT!!! for people waiting to watch Season Four on DVD, but he’s lost his wife and his executive producers in one fell swoop. Chip Johannessen takes over for departing Clyde Phillips and Melissa Rosenberg, but continues their story from the death of Rita.
Over the summer, Johannessen told the Television Critics Association that new guest stars are coming in who will end up helping Dexter deal with grief. We’ve got Peter Weller (Robocop), Julia Stiles, Jonny Lee Miller and Shawn Hatosy. Could they each represent one of the five stages of grief?
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Don't be distracted by his off-putting facial hair. Conan O'Brien has a message of utmost importance to share with you. Namely, the name of his new show. Much like his parents did 47 years ago, he's made the regrettable decision of naming it "Conan." This show is going to sooo get its ass kicked during recess. (Vulture)
Check out O'Brien making the official announcement after the jump…
"Lone Star" is Fox’s biggest push for the new TV season. It’s their hour-long drama about a con artist playing both sides in the Texas oil industry. Relative newcomer James…
Before a single episode has hit the airwaves, Frank Darabont's "The Walking Dead" has been renewed for a 13-episode second season, Empire Online is reporting. Based on Robert Kirkman's acclaimed comic series, the first season will premiere October 31st on AMC. Filming for the second season is set for February of next year.
As with the comics, the show will chronicle a group of people struggling to survive in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. While the first season will take place during a summer in Atlanta, there is speculation that the second will take place during the winter, in keeping with the source material.
"It would be great not just to get out of the heat, but to present a different idea to the audience visually and tonally by having it be winter,” Darabont tells Comic Book Movie. "There’s some really cool stuff that Kirkman did, where they find the one zombie that’s frozen to the ground. I’d never seen that before and that’s really cool.”
You know what else would be cool, Frank Darabont? A prisoner whose jail cell is surrounded by zombies, casuing him to slowly run out of food and water. But that doesn't mean something so disturbing should be filmed! Actually, I was setting up a joke, but that prisoner thing is a good idea. You should go ahead and use that. Seriously, use it.
Hot off both an Emmy and a fictional Clio Award win, "Mad Men" is going stronger than ever. The fourth season has slyly reinvented the show and ably guided it out of the bummerific territory it normally explored. Rolling Stone stopped by the set and snapped off a few pretty cool candids of Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, and crew. My only complaint, needs more Blankenship.
Check out our favorite pics after the jump. Original gallery is located here.
Lucy Hale is a former American Idol contestant turned ABC Family it-girl with this past summer's hit show "Pretty Little Liars." If I'm not mistaken, that is the perfect title for any ABC Family show.
A word from Lucy: "Oh no, I’m through with trampolines. I broke my ankle on one and I'm terrified of them now."
That's how I feel about skydiving, tall buildings, dogs, trees, outdoors, indoors, breathing…
More pics of Lucy after the jump…
Previously on "True Blood": Sookie found out she's a fairy. Sam flashed back on a former life of crime. Eric prepared to go after, and probably get killed by, King Russell. Human kind reacted poorly to Russell killing a human anchor on-air. Arlene looked into mystical abortion. Jason admitted to Tara that he killed Eggs. Lafayette and Jesus dropped some V and had a shared vision of their voodoo relatives. Meth cook Crystal turned into a panther and broke into Jason's bedroom. Hoyt was attacked by Tommy in pit bull form and was saved by Jess. Eric made out with Sookie and then chained her up in his basement. Ok, on to this week.
More after the jump…
Last week’s breakdown of the new fall TV shows focused on sitcoms about couples. This week I’m sticking with the funny shows, but looking at the ones that are set in the workplace. There are surprisingly few of these — two to be exact — but one is worth checking out. While the other you might want to call in sick for.
WATCH IT: “Mr. Sunshine” (ABC), Midseason
And the big winners are…
“Sitcom” and “Drama” ruled the 2010 Emmys, with “Sitcom” taking home the Emmy for best comedy series, while “Drama” took home the Emmy for best drama.
The night's other big winners included actor, who won an Emmy for his role in “Drama,” and actress, who took home the award for best actress in a comedy series.
Highlights from the show included new Conan performing pointless skits, and singer singing a melodramatic song. (Collider)
See a list of all the Emmy winners I copied from another website after the jump.
If you watch "Mad Men" then you know how the previews for the following weeks' episodes are pure bullsh*t. All we get are cryptic phrases and the occasional highball glass smashed over dramatic music. John Duffy decided to edit a few "On the Next Mad Men" previews of his own using footage from familiar TV shows and movies. The "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" one above definitely has me intrigued. How will Charlie slap Dee's face off of her face?! Check out more of John's previews here. (BuzzFeed)
The final season of "Lost" was probably one of the most anticipated seasons of a TV show of all time. Each episode was fiercely debated and often maligned for either not answering enough or providing unsatisfactory answers. Regardless of how you felt about this last season, I think we can all agree that "Lost" is fairly unique among television and helped reintroduce sci-fi back into mainstream primetime (which might be a bad thing. Looking at you "Threshhold," "Invasion," "Flashforward," "V," etc).
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Sorry all you Fart Face fans, but the man behind the character you love so dearly is packing his fart face up and traveling on. Will Forte will not return to "Saturday Night Live" for the show's 36th season. Neither NBC nor Forte's people would offer a P.C. response as to why, but apparently the split is "amicable," like they always are according to lawyers.
The actor is now free to pursue other projects that aren't on Saturday night or live. The question is, can he remain relevant in movies for long if he's not continuely exposed to fans on "SNL"? MacGruber didn't do him any favors. I think Forte's a funny guy and all, but he's not exactly a household name like Will Ferrell was when he decided to jump Lorne Michael's ship. Unless your household is particularly fond of twisted, weird-ass sketches. In which case, your family should have dinner together more often. (Movieline)
Len Lesser (Left) | Kim Kardashian (Right)
Just when you thought Kim Kardashian couldn't sink any lower, she goes on Facebook and harasses an 87-year-old man. And not just any 87-year old. We're talking about Len Lesser, the guy who played Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld!"
Len Lesser called Burbank police last night after receiving a slew of calls from people who kept asking, "Are you Uncle Leo?" The 87-year-old couldn't take it anymore so cops came to his house.
While at Lesser's home, an officer intercepted one of the calls and asked where the caller had found the number. As it turns out, someone posing as Kim Kardashian on Facebook posted the information, not the reality/porn star herself. However, I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to throw Kardashain in jail until the whole thing gets sorted out, just in case.
In the meantime, Lesser should start answering his phone with "Vandelay Industries" in order to throw the callers off his trail. (TMZ)
Rob Thomas, Jon Enborn, and Dan Etheridge, the creators of the intelligent and hilarious, so of course now cancelled, "Party Down" have sold a pilot to NBC. "Temps" will focus on a group of recent college graduates who are forced to take a variety of oddball temp jobs to make ends meet. It will be single-cam like "Party Down" and "Community" (shows you love), not multi-cam like "Big Bang Theory" and "According to Jim" (shows your grandma loves).
Thomas is also currently working on an outline for a show at Showtime. He told TV Squad, "Right now it's simply 'Untitled Rob Thomas Spy Show. It's set in the world of corporate espionage." That project is supposed to be dark though, not funny. At least not "Ha ha" funny. "Temps" better be ROTFLMAO funny, that is if NBC makes the pilot, the pilot tests well, they pick it up to series, it airs, and people watch it so it continues airing. Tell your Nana we need her support.
"Who the hell are you to tell me what to do?"
HBO has released a behind the scenes look at their highly anticipated new drama "Boardwalk Empire." The show is executive produced by Terence Winter ("The Sopranos") and Martin Scorsese, who also directed the pilot. Steve Buscemi plays the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role.”
Cutting to the chase, it's going to be some old school gangsta sh*t from the mind of a "Soprano's" writer and Scorsese. We've all been waiting for the next compelling drama from HBO (if you're a girl, I know you think that's "True Blood," but it isn't), and I have no doubt that "Boardwalk Empire" will make our Sunday nights a little less depressing. Then the next morning you can go into the office and give your boss the high hat and Charleston your way out of that joint.
Check out the featurette after the jump…
This is the video that played when the writers for the now defunct "Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" were introduced at the Creative Arts Emmys this past Sunday. I would have accepted the job at Red Lobster if it were offered to me. Their cheddar dinner rolls are much better than TBS's. (Vulture)
And the Emmy goes to these links.
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This new "Dexter" promo trumps the "Blue's Clues" style one we posted last week. It doesn't give away too much, unless you're naughty and haven't caught up on last season. If that's the case, leave the office right now and camp out in front of your TV all day. Then when you're finished, come back and watch this promo. It'll get you totally amped for next season, as Dexter is in for a world of sh*t. It's going to be fascinating to watch him deal with the spoiler that I can't discuss because you've got more important things to do than stay up to date on one of the best shows on television.
"Dexter" returns September 26th on Showtime.
Check out the promo after the jump…
All us lucky folks saw it at Comic Con last month, and now it's lumbered onto the internets for you to devour. AMC has released the almost five-minute long trailer for their new series "The Walking Dead." If this doesn't make you crap your pants than check your pulse because you might be a zombie. Frank Darabont wrote and directed pilot and is exec producing the series alongside Gale Anne Hurd, the producer of Aliens and Terminator.
AMC also announced that the show will premiere Oct. 31 with a supersized 90-minute episode. That's right, on Halloween night. It's a calculated effort to keep all you man-children off the streets on an evening that's reserved for kiddies. Or better yet, terrorize your neighbors early and then make it back to the couch with your stolen loot for "The Walking Dead" premiere.
Check out the trailer after the jump…
Director Steven Spielberg is trying his hand at television (again) with an adaptation of the popular graphic novel series, "Locke & Key." Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Josh Friedman are all on board for the project which is still searching for a network.
First released in 2008, Locke & Key revolves around three kids who end up watching over a secret, spooky New England mansion filled with mystical doors that transport them to different worlds and give them special powers (like turning into a ghost).
The source material was created by Joe Hill, the son of author Stephen King. Fans of "Quantum Leap" will remember that it was actually Dr. Sam Beckett who was responsible for inspiring most of King's major works. Considering that Hill was probably heavily influenced by his father, I think it's safe to add "Locke & Key" to Dr. Beckett's long list of time traveling accomplishments, right along side saving Jackie Kennedy and inventing the Heimlich Maneuver.
Godspeed, Dr. Beckett, wherever you are. (Vulture via Movie Line)
Previously on "True Blood": Bill met with Sookie's dream friends. Sam curb-stomped Crystal's redneck father. Lafayette and Jesus took said redneck for help. Eric got permission from The Authority to ice The King. The King ripped out a newscaster's spine and basically declared war on humankind. Ok, on to this week.
We finally learn what Sookie is courtesy of Bill: a fairy (or well, part fairy). The gayest of all the mythological creatures. Apparently all the fairies were thought to be extinct thanks to vampires hunting them down for their sweet, sweet blood. Sookie wants to know if this is why Bill likes her, and he's like, "of course not" but we all know different, right? I mean, did you see how easily he pulled stripper tail a few eps back?
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HBO, "Eastbound & Down," Kenny Powers, and Danny McBride would like you to know that Twitter's KFUCKINGP has nothing to do with them. For more than a year, a comedy writer from NYC has been posing as fictional washed-up baseball star Kenny Powers and delighting followers with his clever, very McBride-like tweets. He isn't McBride though, as the actor himself told Vulture:
"Kenny Powers is a full-grown man, so he would never Twitter. But Kenny is also a man of the people. He doesn't care if the public feels the need to impersonate him. That just puts him up there with the big dogs like Santa and Elvis. Knowing that it's a very funny committed fan makes us proud."
That's a burn for all you bloggers out there. You grown-ass men shouldn't share your thoughts, grievances, and lazy Sunday night plans with the world. Sure, Anonymous NYC Aspiring Comedy Writer found some success with it, but he sacrificed his masculinity in the process. Fortunately Screen Junkies has raw male power to spare, so we're always tweeting the sh*t out of sh*t on our account HERE!!!!
"Eastbound & Down" returns to HBO September 26th, and it's Kenny Powers approved.
Here’s my latest brilliant assessment of the new fall TV shows. This week it’s time to scrutinize sitcoms about couples. While these sitcoms can sometimes be confused with sitcoms about family — which I have already broken down for you — these shows focus on the daily shenanigans of a particular couple, or couples.
Let’s take a look…
WATCH IT: “Perfect Couples” (NBC), Midseason
There's trouble a brew'n at TBS. Page 6 is reporting that Conan O'Brien's writers aren't happy with the pay being doled out by their new employer. Apparently they are under the impression that the network, which until recently conisisted of nothing but Atlanta Braves' games and old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, is swimming in cash.
"This is no surprise," said an insider. "One show was broadcast network; the other is basic cable. It's a different pay scale. It's not just writers; it's everybody."
Despite the complaints, no formal agreement has been made. The Writers Guild is still in talks with TBS, so it's possible that the network will find a way to come up with more cash. Perhaps they could stop paying homeless drifters to be in the George Lopez studio audience and just switch to a laugh track. Although in all fairness, the technology to create laughter for that show is probably a few years away.
Mark Wahlberg and his producing partner Steve Levinson are busy dotting i's and crossing t's on "Entourage" and the upcoming "Boardwalk Empire," but that doesn't mean they don't have time for porn. The two are working on a series for HBO that will delve into the porn business using actors and adult performers. James Frey, the guy who lied to Oprah about being a drug addict, will write the pilot. The New York Post has the dirty details:
"The plot will focus on a giant video company under siege from Internet competitors and a girl from the Midwest whose boyfriend convinces her to move to Los Angeles to become a star," the Post wrote.
"We're going to make a sprawling epic about the porn business in LA," Frey told the paper." We're going to tell the type of stories no one else has told before, and go places no one has gone before."
While still keeping it grounded in reality? Alright, Frey, I'll believe you this time, but if I find out you're lying to me again I'm going to be extremely disappointed. Portraying explicit sexual acts without the facts to back them up is irresponsible and appalling. Unless there's oil.
Is it October yet? Damn. I'm counting down the days until AMC premieres "The Walking Dead." Judging from the line at the Comic-Con panel, I'm not the only one. The network has released a ton of materials to whet our appetites — stills, cast pics, a plethora of behind the scenes videos — and they're keeping them coming.
Here we have a series of images showing Rick Grimes attempt to make it out of Atlanta alive on horseback. Shoot, that's hard enough to do without being surrounded by the undead masses. Things don't pan out well for him. Or the horse. The zombies obviously haven't watched Food, Inc.. (AMC)
Check out the ghastly new images after the jump…
A trailer for the new season of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" runs through all the weird sh*t that has happened in seasons past. Not sure if this to inspire viewers to watch, or to make them realize, "Why the hell did I watch this crap?" But before that thought can sink in, they hit us with the image of a jailed Justin Bieber. I have a feeling he's only in there because he wants to be. He's like The Joker.
Check it out after jump…