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TV News Roundup – May 2010 – Week 3

TV News Roundup – May 2010 – Week 3

CBS picks up ‘$#*! My Dad Says’
CBS has picked up “$#*! My Dad Says” for the fall season. The show is based on material by Twitter phenomenon Justin Halpern. The well-received pilot starred Ryan Devlin (“Cougar Town”) as the young lead, based on Halpern, opposite William Shatner as the opinionated father who is the central character. Sitcom veteran James Burrows directed the pilot.

Will Any of These New Shows Save NBC?
With its ratings in the toilet and prime time roster trashed by the failed Jay Leno experiment, the upcoming television season is make-or-break for NBC. Based on the trailers for the shows it has coming up, is there any hope? Below are the trailers for all 12 of NBC’s new programs that range from superhero dramas and procedurals to sitcoms and things about lawyers. If you were McDonald’s or Procter & Gamble would you gamble on any of these?

‘Glee’ kicks off four-city tour in Phoenix
Pricey tickets get fans covers of ‘True Colors,’ ‘Bad Romance’
The cast making up the popular Fox show’s band of singing teens launched its four-city tour Saturday in Phoenix, anxious to bring the theatrics of a major network show to a relatively smaller stage. While the show’s battling adults, played by Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison, were not part of the stage production, their absence was filled by taped messages to the audience. After an opening act by the excellent dance troupe Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, Lynch took to the screens snarling that the night’s entertainment was about to make the audience ill.

Fox adds Spielberg’s time-traveling dinos to its 2010-11 lineup
TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With the majority of plant and animal life extinct, devotion to science has brought mankind to the brink of destruction, but has also provided its only hope for salvation. Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race … possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past.

Fox developing ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ animated show
Fox is developing an animated series based on the 2004 movie “Napoleon Dynamite,” the network confirmed. Napoleon Much of the original cast is on board for the TV version, including Jon Heder and Efran Ramirez, along with filmmakers Jared and Jerusha Hess. Clearly if Fox greenlights the project, it will be destined for its Sunday lineup.

‘Chuck,’ ‘V’ renewed for next season
NBC, ABC series expected to receive 13-episode orders
NBC’s “Chuck” and ABC’s “V” will get renewed for next season. Both Warner Bros. shows were on the bubble for a pickup due to borderline ratings, but sources say the shows will be back next season on their respective networks. Though modestly rated, “Chuck” has been NBC’s steadiest show on Monday nights after “Heroes” sank in the Nielsens. While ABC’s “V” was a steady performer on Tuesdays after “Lost” since it returned from hiatus and its most recent episode climbed slightly in the numbers. Both shows are expected to receive 13-episode orders.

Alaina Huffman Video Interview STARGATE UNIVERSE and Kino 25: Drop the Sirs
If you’re a fan of Stargate Universe, you’re going to enjoy this video interview with Alaina Huffman.  Unlike a typical junket interview that lasts four to five minutes this is an extended interview. She talked about how things are going on season two and what it’s really like on set, conventions, Comic-Con, twitter, being a series regular for the first time, what happened when she told the producers she was pregnant, and more. If you’re watching SGU, you’re going to like the behind the scenes stories.

Heroes is dead, but NBC picks up Batman-like Cape
The Cape is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (ER) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, Life on Mars) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, Flash Forward). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes The Cape his son’s favorite comic book superhero—and takes the law into his own hands.

Official: NBC cancels ‘Law & Order’
After a flurry of last-minute talks, NBC has officially cancelled “Law & Order,” concluding the show after 20 seasons. The network also renewed spinoff “SVU” and has ordered yet another series to extend the franchise, “Law & Order: Los Angeles.” A source close to the talks said discussions between the network and executive producer Dick Wolf ran late into Thursday, with NBC ultimately deciding to end the flagship “L&O” due to the cost of ordering another season of the ratings-challenged veteran drama and the strength of the network’s new shows.

Director Joss Whedon Talks GLEE, Neil Patrick Harris, and His Directing Skills
Now that Neil Patrick Harris is a bona fide Whedon regular, Whedon joked, “I am so tired of that guy.  Why do they always make me direct Neil?”  On a more serious note, he gushed, “Neil is a constant pro, and a dear friend . . . I feel like he’s one of those people who expresses the way I wish I could express myself.  He’s like a muse.”

Secrets of the alternate U.S.A. from Fox’s Fringe
Last night’s episode of Fox’s Fringe—the first part of the season finale “Over There”—revealed the alternate universe in its full glory, and we were teased with its differences: zeppelins, Richard Nixon on a half-dollar coin, Martin Luther King Jr. on the $20 bill, The West Wing in its 11th season … on Fox. We were also treated to the alternate lives of our favorite characters, including alt-Olivia (Anna Torv), who had red hair, a tattoo and a boyfriend; and Walternate (John Noble), who appears to be the secretary of defense of the United States, working out of Liberty Island in New York. But what about that map of the alternate United States we glimpse in his office?

ABC goes superhero and picks up No Ordinary Family
Regardless of what happens with NBC’s Heroes, a new group of superheroes will grace our TV screens this fall now that ABC has picked up No Ordinary Family. The superhero family action series stars Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Fantastic Four) and Dexter’s Julie Benz as a dad and mom, who, along with their kids, develop superpowers after a plane crash in the Amazon River. No Ordinary Family comes from Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone) and Jon Feldman (Tru Calling) and also stars Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett, Tate Donovan and Autumn Reeser.

Spartacus prequel show coming, minus star with cancer
Pre-production is underway on a six-part prequel to Starz’ hit original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.” Production on the second season of “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” was postponed this spring to allow Andy Whitfield, who played the title character in the first season, to be treated for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in New Zealand. His doctors indicate that the actor is responding well. Whitfield will appear in the prequel briefly. But Lucy Lawless and John Hannah take center stage in this story of the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus arrives as a captured Thracian slave. With the title still to be determined, the prequel will begin production this summer in New Zealand, and is slated to air on Starz in January 2011.

Comic creator sues for $60 million over Heroes carnival storyline
Just a day before NBC announced the cancellation of Heroes, a comic creator sued NBC and Tim Kring’s Tailwind Productions, claiming they ripped off the “carnival of lost souls and outcasts” used in the show’s fourth season. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, Jazan Wild (aka Jason Barnes) claims the traveling carnival that menaced the final season of the NBC drama is “virtually identical” to the one depicted in his 2005-2006 comic series Jazan Wild’s Carnival of Souls.

BSG’s ‘Apollo’ gets back to sci-fi in BBC’s Outcasts
Battlestar Galactica’s  Jamie Bamber is back on TV, and it looks like he’ll get to use his English accent this time: He’s been cast in the new BBC America series Outcasts, a sci-fi series about survivors from a destroyed Earth and their drive for power, politics and sex as they settle in on a new planet. The sci-fi soap was created by MI-5′s  Ben Richards and is being co-produced by BBC America, BBC and Kudos Film & Television.

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Scott is an art director, writer and comics creator living in Los Angeles. He has been a pop culture maven from a very young age. His very first job was as a manager of a comic book store. He spent several years working in a video store, and yes, we are talking VHS tapes. A student of literature and Writing, he brings his obsessive love of comic book trivia, movie history and science fiction/fantasy writing to bear on the work he does for CoolShite.

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  • Posted: Friday, May 21st, 2010
  • Author: Scott From LA
  • Filed Under: News,TV News


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