Netflix has commissioned 26 episodes of a television series called 'House of Cards,' which will star Kevin Spacey and be executive produced by director David Fincher. According to a Friday press release, you'll be able to put 'House of Cards' in your Netflix queue in late 2012.
Netflix going from content-delivery system to a content-creation company raises a lot of questions in my mind, but the primary one is this: Won't this lead to a lot of studios taking their shows and movies off Netflix at some point?
Deadline reports that Neflix outbid premium cable networks for the drama by offering a two-season, 26-episode commitment. The company had previously said it wasn't interested in getting into original programming, but with competitors like Amazon nipping at their heels, it seems like a smart move.
In other TV news ...
• Could Ricki Lake return to TV? Depends on what Katie Couric wants to do. If the CBS anchor doesn't renew her contract and heads to daytime instead, Lake's out of luck. [Broadcasting & Cable]
• Joan and Melissa will be back for more hijinks in 2012. WE tv renewed the mother-daughter duo's reality show for a second season. [The Hollywood Reporter]
• Another taxidermy show? As Sarah Palin might say, you betcha! The Discovery Channel announced a new special called 'Taxidermy USA' that's scheduled to air March 31. Do we really need to explain what it's about? [Discovery]
James Callis, otherwise known as 'BSG' scientist Gaius Baltar, will work alongside former costar Jamie Bamber in the series, Deadline reports.
The series, headed by 'BSG' mastermind Ron Moore, follows cops in a world where magic is real -- think 'Harry Potter' meets 'Law & Order.' Also on board, according to Deadline: former 'The Deep End' star Matt Long.
Several other stars booked pilots, including 'Greek' star Amber Stevens, who will play a psychiatry intern on 'Weekends at Bellevue,' 'Without a Trace' star Enrique Murciano, who will play a detective alongside Minnie Driver in 'Hail Mary,' and 'Lost' alum Rebecca Mader, who will play a "bitchy" drug rep in 'Work It.'
In other TV news ...
• Gwyneth Paltrow is currently filming her third episode of 'Glee.' In next week's episode, the actress gives sex counseling to Emma and her new hubby, played by John Stamos. [Entertainment Weekly]
• Kevin Spacey, TV star? It could happen. The actor is reportedly attached to star in a new series being directed by 'The Fighter' director David O. Russell. 'House of Cards' is based on the book and British miniseries of the same name and follows a British politician angling for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's job. [Deadline]
• '30 Rock' had presidential aspirations for its 100th episode, which films next week. The production team reportedly wanted Bill Clinton to cameo, but were turned down by the former president. [New York Post]
"I'm a 46-year-old guy. According to your performance in that movie, I'm supposed to drop out, start smoking dope and work in a Burger King window, and that's beautiful," said the host on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on COM). "We all should just be staring at plastic bags," he added (as do two teenagers in the film).
"Isn't that your day job?" Spacey replied with a smirk. The host countered, "You realize the entire time you're talking to me, I'm just picturing you naked with rose petals all over your body," referring to Lester's fantasies about a high school cheerleader.
Spacey obliged, swapping seats with the host. "Jimmy, how the hell are ya?" he asked Fallon in pitch-perfect Carson tones. "Do you enjoy doing the show every night, is it fun?" Fallon answered, "We have a lot of fun guests, talented guests, like the great actor Kevin Spacey."
"Monologues can be tough, though, can't they?" said Spacey/Carson. "I just like sitting here watching you suffer."
He then demonstrated his impressionist skills with a spot-on Morgan Freeman imitation: "Morgan Freeman," he began in low, soothing tones, "sounds almost god-like. He can be talking about almost anything. And if he takes just the... right amount of... pauses, it can sound a little like poetry."
According to Vulture, Spacey is looking to pull double duty by producing and starring in the series, but his big screen career might keep him behind the camera with another actor possibly taking on the show's lead role.
Co-producer Rod Lurie is clearly hoping that Spacey finds the time to star in the show, telling Variety, "It really is a perfect marriage between an actor and a role."
For those who don't want to know what happened in Recount, I won't reveal any spoilers until after the jump. Of course, if you don't already know how the election turned out, you've either been in a coma or are woefully out of touch. Suffice to say that Recount doesn't rewrite history. The ending is exactly as it was in 2000.
- At 8, ABC has Remember The Titans.
- CBS has repeats of CSI: Miami and Without A Trace, then a new 48 Hours Mystery.
- NBC has the disaster flick 10.5 (to warm you up for the sequel coming up, I guess) at 8.
- Over on FOX, two new episodes of Cops, followed by a new America's Most Wanted.
- Cartoon Network has a new Zatch Bell at 8, followed by a new Naruto.
- Also at 8: HBO has Batman Begins, the best one so far.
- At 10, IFC has a new ep of The Henry Rollins Show.
- There's a new Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo on Cartoon Network at 10.
- At 11, FOX has a new Mad TV.
- NBC has the season finale of Saturday Night Live at 11:30, with Kevin Spacey and Nelly Furtado.
- Also: TV Land is showing an Andy Griffith Show marathon all weekend.
It seems that the big guns are being pulled out for the last few weeks of Saturday Night Live. First, it was announced that Tom Hanks, who will probably be promoting his movie The DaVinci Code, would be hosting the May 6th episode along with musical guest Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now we learn from the fan site drivingmrspacey that actor Kevin Spacey will be hosting the May 20th season finale.
Spacey, who will be starring as Lex Luthor in this summer's Superman Returns, hasn't hosted SNL since 1997 (at least according his IMdb entry). This will place him far down the leader board in a tie with, er, Lindsay Lohan.
If you have been reading Jonathan Toomey's SNL reviews this year (and I know you all have), you know that this season has been a bit of a hit-and-miss, with the highlights being the pre-recorded sketches and the TV Funhouse cartoons. Let's see if the combined power of Hanks and Spacey will get the writers pumped to produce some great comedy.
[Thanks to Anthony for the tip]
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