News Briefs: ABC Orders an X-Files-like Drama With a Terrible Name

By Tim Surette

Dec 06, 2012

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.... AND THE TRUTH IS THIS IS ONE AWFUL NAME FOR A TELEVISION SHOW

... ABC has ordered a new paranormal drama about a secret organization that solves mysterious cases the CIA and the National Security Agent can't. It sounds a lot like The X-Files, and is being targeted for a 13-episode summer run. But I've teased the name of the show long enough that all you care about is what it is, so brace yourselves, for this makes The Mob Doctor and Cougar Town sound like majestic christenings. Are you ready? It's called... Weird Desk. Seriously. It's so bad I think I like it. [Variety]

BUSINESS TIME

... ABC is also developing Jenni, a multi-camera family sitcom centered around Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. She'd star as a working class single mom trying to raise a family and fight gender and racial barriers. This would go great with nothing. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jennifer Love Hewitt is working with Lifetime to develop a drama based on an entry on a blog (ugh) called Derfwad Manor. In the post, the bored housewife dreamed about being a polygamist and marrying A-list movie stars, I think. In the show, the blogger will see fame and attention from her post and tries to pretend it's real or something? Hewitt, what the hell is this? [Deadline Hollywood]

... If you see a pig flying, don't be surprised. E!, the home of 30-cent television programs that follow airheads in high heels and Juicy Couture sweatpants, is developing a scripted supernatural drama. The untitled project follows a young male lawyer who dies and tries to pursue a relationship with a woman who is very much alive while he works in limbo for the department that judges those who have died. E! is the dumpster of cable television reality crud, so this makes zero sense. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rihanna, perhaps you've heard of her, is producing a reality television series for Style called Styled To Rock. The 10-episode season will see a dozen fashion designers compete and make things for celebs. This is a much stupider name than Weird Desk. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Paleyfest, the annual mini-festival in Los Angeles featuring weeks of panels honoring specific shows, has announced dates and the first three panels for the 2013 gathering. This year the event will take place from March 1 to March 15, and confirmed for panels will be HBO's The Newsroom, ABC's Once Upon a Time, and NBC's Revolution. Meh, meh, and bleh. [Paleyfest Twitter]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker will guest star on New Girl. She'll play a woman that loves broken-hearted men, so the male roommates vie for her attention by pretending to be super dumped and damaged. Which brings us to the question of the day: Who would you rather snuggle with? Brooklyn Decker or Zooey Deschanel? [EW]

... It's a The Office reunion on The Mindy Project! B.J. Novak, who played Ryan on the NBC comedy, will drop by Mindy Kaling's new Fox sitcom for a few episodes. He'll play a professor of Latin who may be a love interest for Mindy. [Vulture]

... More Mindy news, but not as joyous. The show has officially written off the much beloved Stephen Tobolowsky as The Mindy Project continues to shake things up (Amanda Setton's Shauna was let go from the show, and Anna Camp's Gwen was downgraded to recurring recently). Tobolowsky played Dr. Marc Shulman, Mindy's boss. [Hitfix]

SHOULDA USED A CROSSBOW

... A man shot his girlfriend with a rifle after they argued the plausibility of a zombie apocalypse following an episode of The Walking Dead. Why? Because people are stupid. [CBS News]

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  • ted2332 Dec 07, 2012

    I want to snuggle with Agent Scully on The Weird Desk.
    I would like to do other things with Brooklyn Decker on The Squeaking Mattress.
    (Agent Mulder can watch both.)

  • Writerpatrick Dec 07, 2012

    Weird Desk sounds like the title of a foreign TV show, like a Japanese show, after it's been translated. Was "Strange Cases" taken?

  • TrueTvWatcher Dec 06, 2012

    I hope Weird Desk is better than its name!
    The New E project could be intriguing!
    Can't wait to see Brooklyn Decker on New Girl!

  • bendylegsnick Dec 06, 2012

    It's almost Time Desk: The Chronicles of Dean Dangerous...

  • JoshuaFraim Dec 06, 2012

    at least it doesn't have a censored swear word in the title. thank bleep my dad says for starting that trend.

  • JoshuaFraim Dec 06, 2012

    as awful as "how to live with your parents (for the rest of your life)"?

  • JT_Kirk Dec 06, 2012

    How is a Han Solo in Carbonite desk weird? Granted, the majority of the smuggler pirate's body has been hollowed away for a footwell, and whenever working you're constantly staring at a grimacing, frozen person... I retract my statement.

    Anyway, it's not a very good title for a show.

  • kanniballl Dec 06, 2012

    It reminds me of the Futurama scenes where they spoof "Twilight Zone" They have their own fake-show "Scary Door"

    Scary Door / Weird Desk
    Similar in concept

  • JT_Kirk Dec 06, 2012

    I was thinking more an old police precinct desk, but I like yours better.

  • Shauny89 Dec 06, 2012

    The truth is out there? Sounds a lot like Fringe too...

  • computerfix3r Dec 06, 2012

    If the weird desk has weird props pop out of the drawers occasionally and starts to grow red frizzy hair out the top of the desk and empty pill bottles of steroids keep appearing on the floor underneath the desk, then, yea, its a Weird Desk.

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