"I think he's probably one of the best story structuralists there is," she said of her husband. "I'm very character-oriented, so sometimes we clash with story and character."
More specifically, while he will sometimes feel inclined to force a character into a great story, she has to believe it within that character's personality to engage in those story elements.
Mos Def Books 'Dexter' Arc, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Guest on 'Oprah' Final Epsiode and More
Mos Def's multi-episode arc will see him play a born again ex-con who "seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence," according to The Hollywood Reporter. As expected, Dexter "will reveal the truth of who he really is."
The actor joins Colin Hanks as one of Dexter's season six nemeses.
In other TV news ...
• Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will appear on the 'Oprah' finale. The husband and wife team will chat with Winfrey as she says goodbye after 25 years. The final episode is scheduled to air on May 25. [TV Guide]
• Seth Gabel has been promoted to series regular on 'Fringe.' The 'Dirty Sexy Money' actor has recurred on the Fox sci-fi drama for the past two seasons as Lincoln Lee. [TV Line]
• 'Falling Skies' hasn't even premiered yet and already TNT is considering a season 2. The network is reportedly looking to hire a showrunner for the potential second season. [Deadline]
The 88-year-old beat out phenomenons like 'Glee,' Conan O'Brien and James Cameron for the title, which was voted on by the 102 news organizations that comprise the AP.
The star's time in the sun isn't up -- she was just nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award (after receiving a lifetime achievement award last year) and has two books coming out in 2011.
In other TV news ...
• The legal woes continue for 'Jersey Shore' cast member Ronnie Magro. The reality star was indicted on one count of assault stemming from an incident last September where Magro knocked a man out after an altercation on the boardwalk. Magro could face up to five years in prison. [The Hollywood Reporter]
• Will Smith is developing a China-set crime drama for Fox. The female-fronted action series will follow a college student in China. Chinese-born filmmaker Eva Jin is also involved in the production. [Variety]
• Nicollette Sheridan dropped abuse claims from her lawsuit against 'Desperate Housewives' showrunner Marc Cherry. Sheridan claimed Cherry hit and emotionally abused her before she was let go from the show. [EW]
Development Roundup: Fox Nabs TV Version of Will Smith's 'Hitch,' Epix Scraps Nashville Drama and More
The 2005 film, about Smith's kinda-smarmy but ultimately charming date doctor, is being turned into a TV series by Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment. 'The Proposal' writer Pete Chiarelli will write the script for the one-hour show.
Smith has tried to bring the movie to the small screen before -- it was adapted into a half-hour comedy for CBS three seasons ago, but ultimately didn't make it to air.
In other TV development news ...
• Premium cable channel Epix has scrapped plans for its first scripted series, 'Tough Trade.' The Nashville-set drama revolved around three generations of a Nashville music dynasty, and a pilot was shot nine months ago. Industry sources are questioning whether Epix is ready to produce its own scripted series. [Deadline]
• WEtv is adding to its reality show ranks by ordering a new series about working mother/stand-up comedian Tammy Pescatelli. The network is expected to launch the six-episode show alongside a Joan and Melissa Rivers reality show in January. [The Hollywood Reporter]
"I want to know what you do to keep this flame burning," Winfrey asked. Will played the shy, embarrassed husband while Jada jumped right in with "How saucy do you want to get, Oprah?" "Hey, we got kids in the green room," Will wisecracked.
Really, though, what does Jada do? "I always surprise him," she said. How? She might send him a sexy picture of some sort. And if they're on the set of 'Hawthorne,' "we might take a little break" she said.
The big question now is not when or why, but who. Who will Warners choose to play Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, the two super secret agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), and even if the casting is perfect, as a follow up, how will they inevitably screw it up? The track record for well-loved TV shows being rejiggered for the silver screen is awful.
"He gave me a boost. [He said], 'If you dream of something ... Los Angeles is the right place to go.' And, I thought, 'Hey, why not?' I just moved out and now it's history. I guess it worked out," Marini said.
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Right on the heels of Ellen being named as the replacement judge for Paula Abdul on American Idol comes this news: she's being sued by various record companies. You know the segment at the start of the show where Ellen dances onstage and often in the audience? Yup, it looks like she's been playing those songs illegally (over 1000 times), and the record companies don't like it.
What's interesting is that the spokesman for TelePictures (they produce Ellen's show) says they've been trying to work with the record companies for months to get a resolution to the issue.
I've seen this concept before. I think it was a storyline for the pilot of Torchwood.
I'm surprised it's taken Will this long to start producing content for the genre. His breakout flick, Independence Day, was science fiction. His follow-up, Men In Black, was science fiction. In fact, every movie he's starred in that has done well at the box office was science fiction. If he decides to make a cameo appearance on this show (perhaps as a victim), it could lead to the Sci Fi Channel getting their highest ratings ever.
The reason why I ask is because of the way the producers formatted the show this year. They did a nice job of grouping those technical awards together, threading them through the life cycle of a film's production. Believe me, it helped; instead of dragging out new presenters for each and every category, one set usually presented a few at a times (poor Will Smith was out there presenting the post-production awards almost as long as host Hugh Jackman was on stage). But somewhere around 10:30, I was still looking at the clock and trying to count how many categories were left.
- I don't have anything against Ali Larter as an actress, but I really hate her character(s) on Heroes,. It doesn't look like I'll like her character in Obsessed much more.
- Sure, there's 24 hours of A Christmas Story, but how about a fireside viewing of L.A. Confidential instead? Cinematical Seven takes a look at unconventional holiday movies.
- I really wanted the mysterious new Will Smith movie, Seven Pounds, to be good. Unfortunately, it does not look like I'll be getting my wish. Read Cinematical's review here.
- Want to be a part of the filming of Funny People, Judd Apatow's next movie? Cinematical tells you how to live the dream.
- Have you ever wondered what Star Wars would look like as a silent film? No? Well, some guy did. Check out a fan-made Star Wars silent movie.
I've found four people on the list that I think should be there: Barack Obama, Tina Fey, Sarah Palin, and Michael Phelps. If you wanted to stretch it you could include Thomas Beatie, the pregnant man, but I'll stick with the other four. It's obvious why Obama and Palin on the list. Fey is on there for not only winning several awards but also for being a major player in the intersection where the election met pop culture. Phelps won 300 gold medals at The Olympics.
Like most red-blooded Americans, I love lists. We do a lot of them here at TV Squad and you'll see them at many sites every single day of the week. But I think that sometimes the lists go too far. I mean, what's the point of listing the top 50 or top 100 of something? Isn't that a little bit too many spots? Instead of getting down to the nitty-gritty (say, a top 10 or top 25), you ended up not only listing the best, worst, most, least (or whatever the list's topic is), you're just listing all of them.
Case in point, this Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities.
Today on TV Squad Daily:
- Drew Carey is on top of the world. So was Humpty Dumpty.
- Does endorsing donuts make Rachael Ray an evil person?
- Will Smith wants to make the movie Hitch into a TV sitcom. (Oops! Okay, so in the video I said "Switch" instead of Hitch. And great, now that song is going to be in my head all weekend.)
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