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Save Our Stars: Actors We Want to Rescue from Bad or Blah Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 8th 2011 1:30PM
SOS ListIt happens every year: Disappointing new shows arrive on our TV screens, and they not only leave us cold, they also drag some of our favorite performers down into the muck of mediocrity. If only we could wave a magic wand and free these actors from disappointing or inconsistent vehicles!

As it stands, however, the majority of the shows listed below -- from 'Ringer' to 'American Horror Story' -- have been picked up for full seasons or given additional seasons. As you might imagine, this is not news that fills me with joy. I'd love to see the performers below released from their current gigs one way or another. I say this from love: If 'Ringer' killed off Nestor Carbonell's cop character, I wouldn't shed a tear. Rather, I'd rejoice at the idea that the actor would be free to be awesome on another (ideally excellent) program.

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Review: 'Terra Nova' Brings Dino Drama to TV, But Will It Live Up to Its Potential?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 26th 2011 10:00AM
Many expectations are riding on the scaly backs of the dinosaurs of 'Terra Nova' (8PM ET Monday, Fox). The two-hour pilot for this action-adventure series encountered more than its share of production hiccups and the entire enterprise chomped a whole lot of Fox's money.

The good news is, most that money is up on the screen (the cash that's not going to Steven Spielberg and the show's other 11 executive producers, that is). 'Terra Nova's' expansive vistas and action scenes look spiffy, and if you like to see humans battle dinosaurs in HD, you're likely to be satisfied by the workmanlike but effective story told in the pilot.

But the long-term future of 'Terra Nova,' which is set 85 million years in the past, hinges on which of two very different questions it's going to answer. If it chooses to focus on whether the generic Shannon family can rebuild itself, all the dino antics in the world probably won't save it from falling into a tar pit of predictable, sub-Spielbergian sentimentality.

The most interesting question 'Terra Nova' could answer is this: What problems and baggage does a society bring to its efforts to reinvent itself?

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Meet the Cast of Fox's 'Terra Nova,' Steven Spielberg's Pricey New Sci-Fi Show (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 9th 2011 6:00PM
Fox's 'Terra Nova' has made more headlines before premiering than most shows will snag in their entire TV life. Unfortunately, most of them have been about how insanely expensive the series has been to produce.

Fox's 'Terra Nova'

Some sites report that the pilot cost around $10 million, while other insiders claim that number is closer to $20 million. Either way, Fox realized that the Australia-based, Steven Spielberg-produced production -- complete with a large main cast and some prehistoric extras -- was an investment, which is why they've already ordered 13 episodes.

So what does $20 million (allegedly) buy you? The gorgeous sweeping landscapes of Australia are the perfect backdrop for this journey all the way back to dinosaur times. Yes, dinosaurs and people will be living together as humans from a not-so-happy future travel back 85 million years to recolonize.

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Casting Roundup: Jennifer Love Hewitt's TV Comeback and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2010 11:20AM
Jennifer Love HewittJennifer Love Hewitt is plotting her TV comeback just a few months after the cancellation of 'Ghost Whisperer.'

According to Deadline Hollywood, Fox is in talks to pick up a half-hour comedy starring Hewitt that's being described as a female 'Big Bang Theory.' Walt Becker, director of 'Wild Hogs,' will write the project with 'Nancy Drew' writer Tiffany Paulsen.

Becker has a fraternity comedy at TBS titled 'Glory Daze' and Hewitt can next be seen as a guest star on 'Law & Order: SVU' and NBC's 'Love Bites.'

In other casting news ...

Lee Tergesen will guest star on 'Castle.' The 'Oz' star will play Gates, a suspect in the Triple Killer ("3XK") case, the season's big investigation. Look for Tergesen to first pop up in episode seven. [Ausiello Files]

Judd Nelson has been tapped to play Chris, Lyndsey's ex on 'Two and a Half Men.' Look for Nelson to appear in the fourth episode of this season. [Fancast]

Geoff Stults will play a very well-endowed beau of Robin's on 'How I Met Your Mother.' The 'Happy Town' actor will debut in this season's fifth episode. [TV Guide]

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'Terra Nova' Updates: 'Avatar' Baddie Stephen Lang Eyes Role, Executive Producer David Fury Leaves

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 14th 2010 8:15AM
Stephen Lang, March 2010It's been reported that 'Avatar' star Stephen Lang is interested in playing a lead role opposite Jason O'Mara in Fox's big-budget, new prehistoric drama 'Terra Nova.'

According to deadline.com Lang is in talks to play the role of Frank Taylor, the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement. He was apparently an early favorite for the role but other commitments prevented him from pursuing it until he just became available and received an offer from the 'Terra Nova' producers.

The news comes shortly after it was announced that powerhouse executive producer David Fury ('24,' 'Lost') is leaving the series due to "creative differences." A source close to the production said that "he was beloved by the producers on the show, but it just didn't work out."

Fury will not be replaced, so showrunner Brannon Braga ('FlashForward,' 'Star Trek: Enterprise') will now be the drama's sole writing executive producer. The other executive producers, Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin, are remaining in place.

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TV Casting: Carrie Preston Joins 'The Good Wife'

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 16th 2010 12:45PM
Carrie PrestonCarrie Preston has booked a multi-episode role on CBS' award-winning legal drama 'The Good Wife.' In it, the 'True Blood' co-star will play Elsbeth Mann, the latest addition to Peter's (Chris Noth) legal team. And if that wasn't enough good news for one item, HBO announced yesterday that 'True Blood' will return for its highly anticipated third season on Sun., Jun. 13. [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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