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'Smallville's' Lex Luthor is 'Saved By Zeroes'

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 26th 2010 2:29PM
Michael Rosenbaum and Jonathan SilvermanThe actor who formerly played Lex Luthor on television's 'Smallville,' Michael Rosenbaum, is set to star in a half-hour comedy series on Syfy about ... wait for it ... a former science fiction television star from a show with a cult following. It's a case of "art imitates life."

The project is called 'Saved By Zeroes' and also stars Jonathan Silverman, who hasn't been in any science fiction shows that I recall, unless you count 'Weekend at Bernie's II.' The premise is that the two co-stars blew all their money from the sci-fi show that made them famous and have to work conventions to make ends meet.

The premise sounds cute but is definitely an example of "channel drift" since it is only tangentially related to science fiction. Here's to hoping that Rosenbaum's new gig doesn't keep him from making at least one cameo as Lex Luthor during the series finale of 'Smallville' in 2021 (or whenever it ends).

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SyFy Hopes 'Saved By Zeroes' Is the One

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 26th 2010 10:30AM
For the last decade or more, the entertainment industry has been increasingly fueled by geek power, as films like 'The Dark Knight,' 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Avatar' have dominated the box office, and TV shows such as 'The Big Bang Theory' have celebrated geek power. Now, the latest hero of pop culture is about to emerge, in perhaps the least likely form of all: Lex Luthor.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, former 'Smallville' star Michael Rosenbaum, who played the sinister Luthor for seven seasons, will be headlining his new brainchild 'Saved By Zeroes' for SyFy. Slated to co-star Jonathan Silverman ('Weekend at Bernie's'), the half-hour comedy will follow the adventures of two former sci-fi TV stars who, after years of living high on the hog, are now down on their luck and work to get their lives back in order by appearing at fan conventions.

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In Case of Emergency's painful session - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2007 9:05PM
If there's any part of the press tour that's hard it's a situation like this: imagine being in a room with the cast of a show no one really likes much, extolling its virtues to disbelieving ears. To fill the boredom, the uncomfortable stars and creators start cracking jokes that no one thinks are funny. On top of that, there aren't enough questions to fill the time, so reporters start getting creative in order to keep the discomfort level at a minimum.

That's what I got when I sat in on the panel for the new ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency.

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In Case of Emergency: Pilot (series premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 4th 2007 7:03AM
David Arquette(S01E01) I'm not sure how I feel about this show. It's not bad. It's not good either. It's just there, wallowing in a sea of blandness. Honestly, what was so creative about this show that it deserved to get made? Maybe there's some sharp writing in upcoming episodes that wasn't displayed here. Which would be understandable of course. It is the pilot episode and you need to explain what the show is all about: four high school friends reuniting under unusual circumstances. That's a unique idea... right? Not even close.

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ABC offers a preview of its fall schedule

by Anna Johns, posted May 31st 2006 11:41AM
abc logoYou can get a really good idea of ABC's fall schedule right here, where Yahoo! has posted clips from 12 of ABC's new shows for the fall. Clips include Brothers & Sisters (Calista Flockhart), Day Break (Taye Diggs), Men in Trees (Anne Heche), The Nine (Scott Wolf), Six Degrees (created by J.J. Abrams), Traveler, Betty the Ugly, Big Day, Help Me Help You (Ted Danson), In Case of Emergency, Let's Rob..., and Notes from the Underbelly.

Some early thoughts after the jump:

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ABC picks up 3 dramas, 3 sitcoms

by Anna Johns, posted May 11th 2006 8:14AM
abc logoAhead of next week's Upfronts, where the networks lay out their fall schedules, ABC has announced it's picking up a handful of new dramas and sitcoms for next fall. Also, NBC is expected to pick up Tina Fey's new comedy and put it on Thursday nights. Oh, and NBC canceled Teachers. Shocker.

Details, details, details on ABC's pick-ups:
  • The Nine, a drama following the aftermath of hostages in a bank robbery;
  • Six Degrees, a drama about six strangers brought together by mysterious circumstances (Identity meets Lost?);
  • Day Break, a drama starring Taye Diggs as a cop who tries to figure out who tried to kill him;
  • In Case of Emergency, a comedy starring David Arquette, Greg Germann and Jonathan Silverman as a group of high school buddies who reunite when their lives intersect in some sort of comedic way;
  • Help Me Help You, a comedy starring Ted Danson as a troubled celebrity shrink;
  • Notes from the Underbelly, a comedy about how the life of a couple changes as they're expecting their first child.
There is a lot more speculation about the fall schedules for all the networks here in The Hollywood Reporter.

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More familiar faces sign on to network pilots

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 27th 2006 9:04AM
regina king pilotNames like Regina King, Madeleine Stowe, Christine Taylor and Jonathan Silverman should add some clout to all sorts of dramas and comedies being planned by the networks for next fall.

Here is the latest casting news from The Hollywood Reporter:

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