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More pilot and casting news from the major networks

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 30th 2007 4:02PM

tvCourtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here's some pilot and casting news from the major networks:

First of all, the FOX drama pilot NSA Innocent is now Company Man, and has cast Jason Behr in the lead as a man hired by the NSA to spy on his own company. Annie Wersching of General Hospital will play his wife.

Heather Locklear has been cast in the title role for the ABC comedy pilot See Jayne Run, about a tough career woman trying to balance work and motherhood.

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Top Model's marriage under a microscope

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Mar 29th 2007 3:41PM
Natasha is getting bullied and its not right. There is a fine line between completely deluded and a wicked gut instinct.
Many women have problems distinguishing between the two when it comes to analyzing the relationships of themselves and others. Thank god we have the cameras on 24/7 on America's Next Top Model to further investigate this.

On reality shows there seems to be a bully mentality, where the majority of the cast members focus on one person of interest to berate and mentally annihilate. On America's Next Top Model, this person has become Natasha. We have visited this situation before when she first revealed that she married her husband at 18, nearly 21 years her senior.

I am starting to have more compassion for Natasha and am going to change my tune out of principle. Maybe I'm a different blogger lately.

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America's Next Top Model: The Girl Who Takes Credit

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 29th 2007 12:22PM

(S08E06) Renee was playing some serious mind games with the large figured models this episode when she dropped the comment saying "there would never be a plus-sized model on the cover of Vogue."

The worst part is, Diana and Whitney seemed to have consumed the bait as they both performed pretty poorly this week.

Renee is either utlizing a very clever strategy or she's just plain rude and happens to be the beneficiary of the results. I'd be willing to wager on the latter.

I'm seriously running out of ways to call Renee evil and we're only six episodes into the season. I thought Satan was appropriate but somehow it doesn't quite do her justice. I think I'm just going to start calling her Lord Voldermort and be done with it. From now on Renee, who remains my pick to win this thing, will be referred to as Lord Voldermort or "she who we do not name". I think it's a better fit for her.

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More folks join new pilots

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 28th 2007 4:03PM

tvSorry, gang, I've been away for awhile so everyone stand back while I dump a big pile of casting news all over the floor (try not to get any on you):

John Michael Higgins will star in the new ABC comedy pilot The Thick of It, and by "new" I mean it's yet another remake of a British sitcom. It's being helmed by Arrested Development creator and will also star Oliver Platt, Alex Borstein (Family Guy) and Michael McKean. The pilot is being directed by Christopher Guest.

Also, on ABC, Mark Moses of Desperate Housewives has joined a comedy pilot as a senator whose daughter (Michelle Trachtenberg) falls in love with a staff member (Eric Christian Olsen) of his rival.

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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Baseball

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 27th 2007 11:47AM

everybody hates chris(S02E18) This wasn't the funniest episode of Everybody Hates Chris, but I did like how it explored the dynamic between Chris and his father.

Kurt Vonnegut once told McSweeneys that a male writer should never write about his father: "you learn about life by the accidents you have, over and over again, and your father is always in your head when that stuff happens."

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Talk Talk: Quentin Tarantino, Rainn Wilson, Joss Stone, Newt Gingrich

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2007 5:41PM
  • Will FerrellCharlie Rose: Newt Gingrich and Bill Bradley
  • The Daily Show: Senator John Kerry
  • The Colbert Report: John Perry Barlow
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Will Ferrell and Kings of Leon
  • Jay Leno: Quentin Tarantino, Pete Rose, and Mika
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Andy Dick, Ivanka Trump, and Nas (repeat - wait a second, they're showing this for the third time in a month??)
  • Tavis Smiley: Ice Cube and Eddie Glaude
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Robin Williams, Christian Slate, and Panic! At The Disco (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Rainn Wilson and Joss Stone
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Lizzy Caplan and Taking Back Sunday (repeat)

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Smallville: Combat

by Kevin Kelly, posted Mar 23rd 2007 7:34AM
Smallville: Combat
(S06E17)
You know you're in for a very special Smallville when it starts out with a WWF-style cage match, an extremely gratuitous shot of some very large boobs, and an all-out brawl between Clark and a Zoner who seems stronger than he is. It's like a Bizarro world version of the show starring everyone's favorite Kryptonian. Zowie.

Basically, it's Fight Club meets Smallville meets ... well, Superheroes Gone Wild. Toss in Lois chomping at the bit for a story, and you've got half the makings of a regular old episode of Lois & Clark, or is it just me? Although I don't remember Teri Hatcher donning red leather and claiming to be a wayward stripper from down the street who has a penchant for loving the ladies. Plus, did you catch the way Lois claimed she does a killer "Stars and Stripes" routine? Hello throwback to an old episode.

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Supernatural: Heart

by Brett Love, posted Mar 23rd 2007 7:00AM
Jared Padalecki, Emmanuell Vaugier, Jensen Ackles
(S02E17)
I was looking forward to this episode for two reasons, only one of which panned out. First, like Dean said, "Werewolves are badass." From American Werewolf in London right up to the recent Dresden Files episode "Hair of the Dog," I like stories involving werewolves. "Heart" can now take a well deserved spot in that long line of lycanthropic entertainment.

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America's Next Top Model: The Girl Who Changes Her Attitude

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 22nd 2007 12:05PM

America's Next Top Model Cycle 8 Episode 5(S08E05) I mentioned that I thought the title to this week's episode was in reference to Renee. I know, it wasn't too much of a stretch considering she is the body in the house who could most benefit from an attitude adjustment.

Turns out my premonition was right. Renee made a concentrated effort to be nicer to the girls in the house this week. Sure the drawing she lovingly gave Jael looked liked it was doodled by a mentally challenged chimpanzee with no arms, but it was a move in the right direction, and I can't fault her for that.

What I can fault her for is reverting from "the girl who changes her attitude" back to "the girl who wants to bleeping beat them all bleeping down" -- all by minute 24 of the show. Really Renee? You can go from being nice to the girls to wanting to do physical harm to them that quickly? I think a more appropriate title for this episode would have been, "The Girl Who is Bipolar."

Of course, I'm still picking her crazy ass to win.

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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates DJs

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 10:04PM

Everybody Hates Chris(S02E17) Remember when I said I couldn't review this show anymore? Well, I have the CW again, so it's all good. Hopefully it won't be removed from my cable again.

My love for this show may have just increased ten fold. This episode was not only well-written and well-acted as usual, but it actually contained a reference to Night of the Lepus, probably the best movie ever made about gigantic killer bunnies. I'm not sure I believe Chris' real father actually had an irrational fear of rabbits, but it provided a nice B story about how willing Julius is to be there for his kids, even if it means passing out at a magic show.

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More pilots, more casting

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 19th 2007 1:02PM

tvJaime Ray Newman has been cast as the lead in the new CW drama pilot I Am Paige Armstrong. Newman plays a congressional aide who decides to run against her crooked boss.

The comedic drama Babylon Fields, about a town where the dead have come back to life, recently added Kathy Baker to the cast. Baker will play a housewife who must contend with her zombie husband, whom she killed with an ax.

Kevin Dunn has been added to the ABC comedy pilot Sam I Am, about a woman (Christina Applegate) suffering from amnesia who must piece her life back together.

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Supernatural: Road Kill

by Brett Love, posted Mar 16th 2007 8:33AM
Jensen Ackles, Tricia Helfer, Jared Padalecki
(S02E16)
The Supernatural team brought us something a little different this week. We got under way in much the same manner as we usually do for a monster of the week episode, but I don't think the episode ended up where most of us thought it was going. High marks for Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) in her heavily promoted guest starring role. Take away the blond wig and the red dress and she's a completely different woman.

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Smallville: Promise

by Kevin Kelly, posted Mar 16th 2007 12:34AM
Smallville - Promise
(S06E16) The wedding bells that have been ringing in the promos for this episode also sound like funeral bells ringing, is that a coincidence? We may never know. Anyhow, it's finally here, the Lex & Lana wedding that we've all been dreading/waiting for.

Did that scene of Lex and Lana watching the ultrasound creep anyone else out? It's scary to know what might come ripping out of that womb. I keep picturing that scene from Alien over and over in my head. I also hope that the photo Clark whipped out the window didn't end up decapitating someone in Malaysia. He really put some heat behind it.

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Veronica Mars cancelled?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 15th 2007 11:07PM
Veronica MarsThe axe has fallen. Well, sort of. The network still has to confirm it but many solid sources have told E! Online's Kristin Veitch that Veronica Mars would not be coming back for a fourth season.

The CW show has been struggling in ratings since its premiere on UPN. However, a good fan base helped get the show renewed up to a third season even though it moved around the schedule a bit. Many fans and TV critics were optimistic that the Gilmore Girls/Veronica Mars pairing would work well for both shows and bring in enough ratings. However, it seems it wasn't enough to secure a fourth season for this gem of a show featuring Kristen Bell.

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America's Next Top Model: The Girl Who Cries All the Time

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 15th 2007 12:40PM

tyra banks(S08E04) Looking at the title of this week's show I was 100% positive the girl who cried all the time was going to be Renee.

Although she's my controversial pick to win the entire competition, I couldn't agree more with some of the comments in my previous posts that called Renee "a whiny, bitchtastic pain in the butt who thinks she's tough, but in reality, cries too much and needs therapy." I'm paraphrasing.

Instead, the title was in reference to Brittany, which came as a bit of a surprise to me since she's been pretty nondescript until this episode.

In my opinion, Brittany had a pretty decent reason to be crying and complaining. Being a guy, I can't claim to know the distress that accompanies having fake hair stitched into your scalp, but it sounds about as appealing as being beaten repeatedly in my nether regions with a meat tenderizer, which is the exact opposite of awesome.

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