Jennifer Lopez Developing New Reality Talent Competition Show, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' Renewed and More TV News
There's no network set for the projects, but 'American Idol' producer Simon Fuller is on board. Of course, his involvement leads to the question of whether or not Lopez will continue as a judge on 'Idol' next season. She's only signed on for this year, but most reviews of her performance on the show have been positive.
In other TV news ...
• 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' has been renewed for a third season. The show will continue through 2012. [EW]
• HBO is producing Jennifer Egan's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel 'A Visit From the Goon Squad' as a TV series. The book follows the lives of a group of characters who meet in San Francisco's '80s punk rock scene. [Deadline]
• Disgraced memoirist James Frey will appear on 'Oprah' again. It'll be his first appearance on the show after the talk show host laid into him in 2006 for faking details in his former Oprah Book Club pick 'A Million Little Pieces.' [NY Post]
Grammer will star in 'Boss,' an eight-episode drama series on Starz. According to Variety, Gus Van Sant will to direct the pilot.
The 'Frajer' -- sorry --'Frasier' actor will play the powerful mayor of Chicago in the series Variety described as "a modern-day 'Spartacus.'"
Writer Farhad Safinia did the script on speculation and has been working with Grammer to polish the project.
Well, the interest meter just moved up considerably because West Wing Emmy-winner Allison Janney will co-star with Matthew in Mr. Sunshine. Mr. Sunshine is an ABC pilot they'll be filming, and it's about a guy who reaches his 40th birthday and wonders if he can continue just getting by on his charm and nonchalant style.
Mr. Sunshine is set in San Diego, where Perry's character manages an aging stadium. Janney is playing Crystal Cohen, the lady in charge of the place. That's right; she's Matthew's boss.
Uma Thurman is set to star alongside Paddy Considine and Jonathan Pryce in My Zinc Bed, an adaptation of David Hare's 2000 play expected to air on HBO sometime next year.
The movie focuses on an alcoholic, Considine, who has an affair with his boss' wife, played by Thurman. Hare is involved with the project, which is being directed by Anthony Page, who has directed for television several times, including the Masterpiece Theater miniseries Middlemarch.
Hare's other projects include the screenplay for The Hours, for which he received an Oscar nomination in 2003.
Thurman previously appeared on HBO in 2003's Hysterical Blindness.
[via TV Filter]
The New York Post is reporting, based on one of Rosie O'Donnell's recent faux-haiku blog postings, that she's unhappy she won't be in charge of The View when she joins the weekday yakfest on September 5. The Post quotes a snippet of this post, which reads:
i saw the new view promos
and found myself in the position
i loathe most
it will be hard 4 me
2 not b
it is already
and we have only just begun
As we've readily seen so far this year, Michael Scott is an egotistical maniac. However, we have seen at times his more "human" side as well as his frailties. Upon arriving at the office one morning, he discovers a foul stench and sees that someone did a number two right on his carpet. He can't stand the smell, and immediately gets the cleaning lady to come up and clean, but it still reeks, and he then arranges to have the carpet removed and replaced with another one.
Michael is aghast that someone would do this to him because he thought was a beloved figure at Dunder Mifflin. He begins thinking about the previous district manager Ed Truck, who was not exactly popular with Michael or the rest of the staff. As his office is being cleaned up, Michael decides to sit at Jim's desk, and Jim ends up moving to the back and shares space with Kelly, who talks his ears off while he tries to work.
Michael tries to joke around with the staff, including a "raid" with Dwight in the accounting section, but everyone is too focused on their jobs. He continues to wonder why someone would do that do him by calling it an act of "terrorism." In order to pump up the staff, he starts a sales contest with the winner to get $83 out of his pocket. However, no one is very interested, and he decides to punish everyone by having them sit quietly, despite the ringing phones.
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