From the Geniuses Who Brought You Two and a Half Men...
...The American version of the popular British series Shameless is rounding out its cast, somewhat disappointingly. Allison Janney will play a love interest for William H. Macy's lead, which is just fine and dandy. But Emmy Rossum, the cookie-faced star of Phantom of the Opera and Dragonball: Evolution, is playing the plucky young girl who tries to save her family, which is not great. Even not greater, is that Justin Chatwin, he of a one-ep run on Lost and an off-Broadway play I saw a couple years ago in which he was simply awful, will be playing Rossum's love interest. Much like he did in Dragonball: Evolution. Seriously. They were both in a movie about a dragon's balls and how they evolve. Spectacular, Showtime! [THR]
...Chuck Lorre, the visionary behind the delicate drawing-room farce Two and a Half Men, has had another pilot picked up by CBS. This one is called Mike and Molly, and is about an American couple that has problems with overeating. So it's basically about every American couple. [Variety]
...The much-anticipated Band of Brothers companion piece The Pacific is now officially set to premiere on HBO on March 14th. It will run for nine more Sundays after that, and then we will cry and pour another glass of bourbon and go sloppily read The Greatest Generation again. [THR]
...Smirking little pissant Daniel Tosh has been given a second season of his smirking little pissant of a show, Tosh 2.0, which is basically The Soup only about the internet and not funny. Comedy Central ordered 25 new episodes, which is the highest order they've ever given a weekly series. So now you can watch this kid laugh at his own jokes at least 25 more times. Yay! [Variety]
...Speaking of the wonder and glory of the internet, remember that Ashton Kutcher-produced, Mischa Barton-hacked-into series The Beautiful Life: TBL that tanked after two episodes? Well, they'll be airing the remaining three unaired episodes on the YouTube. The YouTube is an internet site where strange-haired teenagers post computer videos of themselves lip syncing to songs and talking unintelligently about issues of the day. So, this show ought to fit in there pretty darn well. [THR]
...USA is working on another quirky lite-crime series, this one based on a movie. Remember that movie from 1990 (almost 20 years ago... wowee), The Freshman, about Matthew Broderick being an NYU, uh, freshman who somehow ends up running errands for a mob boss, played by Marlon Brando? Well, yeah, that's gonna be their new series. It'll star Debra Messing as the freshman and Tony Shalhoub as the mafia boss, and then Anthony Michael Hall might come out and do the Lindy. Characters welcome! [THR]
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