News Briefs: Deadwood's David Milch Is THIS Close to Returning to HBO With a New Drama Pilot

By Kaitlin Thomas

Jul 26, 2013

SHOW ME THE MONEY!

David Milch, the creator and brilliant mind behind shows like Deadwood and Luck, is nearing a green light at HBO for his drama pilot The Money. The project would tell the story of a dynastic New York media family and has been described as being typical Milch. Preliminary casting is underway; someone please alert Ian McShane. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Not wanting to be upstaged and replaced in our crazy hearts by the recent shenanigans of fellow child star Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an exclusive 90-minute post-rehab interview. The interview is set to air August 18 on OWN, Oprah's cable network. But that's not all, OWN is also producing an eight-part documentary series featuring Lohan that will air in 2014. Take that, Bynes! [EW]

... Some guys you may have heard of named Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen are teaming up for Cinemax's The Knick, a new series about Knickerbocker Hospital and the doctors and nurses who push the boundaries of medicine in downtown New York in 1900. Production begins in September and the series will debut in 2014. [Cinemax via press release]

... The Talk's ratings continue to impress the people who watch The Talk. The show recently attracted its largest audience to date since its premiere three years ago. According to Nielsen estimates, The Talk averaged 2.62 million viewers last week, up from 2.544 million during the week of June 24. [Variety]

... Ignoring my pleas for a competition-based reality program in which the 75 country music awards shows that currently exist fight to the death for the chance to be crowned the One True Country Music Award Show, ABC and the Country Music Association have announced that the 47th Annual CMA Awards will be televised live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 6. [ABC via press release]

... Charisma Carpenter, she of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Veronica Mars (seriously, I can keep going) fame, is set to host a new true-crime series on Investigation Discovery called Surviving Evil. The show premieres August 28 at 10pm and presents the true stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and survived. I suppose Carpenter probably knows something about that after all those times she stared down vampires and monsters and giant evil snakes and survived. Except that one time she didn't... [Investigation Discovery via press release]

... HBO's new comedy series Hello Ladies is probably exactly what you just imagined in your head while reading this sentence. The show stars Stephen Merchant (of the U.K. version of The Office and HBO's Extras) as Stuart, an awkward web designer from England who recently relocated to Los Angeles to seek excitement and romance. The series premieres September 29 at 10:30pm. Christine Woods (Go On), Nate Torrence (Get Smart), and Kevin Weisman (Alias) are also set to star. [HBO via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) is set to return to Fox's New Girl for two episodes early in Season 3. Wever plays Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) college girlfriend, with whom he rekindled his romance late in the show's second season. Considering Wever is only booked for two episodes, I have a good idea as to who Schmidt chooses in the Cece vs. Elizabeth battle. But then again, this is Schmidt we're talking about, so it's entirely possible he'll choose his driving moccasins and sharkskin laptop sleeve. [EW]

... Peter Weller (ALIAS: RoboCop) will guest-star in Season 6 of FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy. He'll play a ruthless ex-cop who's now working at the port in Stockton, and who has a run-in with the boys of SAMCRO. I predict this will turn out well. Weller previously directed five episodes of SoA. [THR]

... Rome actress Indira Varma has been cast in the fourth season of HBO's Game of Thrones as Ellaria Sand, the promiscuous lover of new character Prince Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal. [EW]

... Esai Morales (NYPD Blue, Caprica) is joining Criminal Minds as Matt Cruz, the new BAU section chief. He will make his first appearance in the third episode of Season 9, which premieres September 25 at 9pm. [TV Guide]


REQUIRED READING

... What makes Franklin & Bash such a perfect pop-culture punch line? From its stars who are just famous enough to its storylines full of throwback hijinks, Vulture breaks it down. [Vulture]

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  • dbryant74 Oct 17, 2013

    Finish Deadwood!

  • CharmedOneP391 Jul 26, 2013

    Aw, Cordy. To be fair, she didn't survive Charmed either and was even killed by a Big Bad. so maybe she's not THAT equipped to host Suriving Evil, ;)

  • Baiken Jul 26, 2013

    David Milch is a fucking bastard ! he should be banished from the television ! (exactly ... I saw Deadwood and luck)

  • current Jul 26, 2013

    Ian McShane in The Money would be great stuff. Can just see him joining a board meeting and saying, "Hello Kittens".
    Love Clive Owen but can't see Knickerbocker being a Glory in a turn of the (stomach) century medical thingy.
    Be good to have Peter Weller onscreen. I'm guessing someone saw him in Dexter and it'll be a similar character.
    And Indi' in GoT. I wonder if a usurper will steal her sparklys and say, "what once was yours...".

  • sheikyerbouti1 Jul 26, 2013

    FINISH DEADWOOD! then we`ll talk.....

  • Loooooooooooost Jul 26, 2013

    I am so interested in The Knick it is not even funny. Can't wait for Robocop to be in SoA! Oh, Tim, I need your help. I missed the special finale of Life's Too Short, figured I'd catch it on Demand, but it isn't there. I even searched for it on the cable box. I am not especially technologically savvy, hence why it has taken me 6 minutes to write this whole comment out.

  • terminaltrip421 Jul 27, 2013

    utorrent from it's official site then the piratebay.sx with javascript disabled.

  • JT_Kirk Jul 26, 2013

    Remember back when Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan did something for a living? When they were actors? You younger folks may not actually remember a time when that was a thing, when they weren't just self-destructive overpartying monsters.

    Steven Soderbergh is making a Victorian-age ER?

    Charisma Carpenter? No, you can't keep going, sorry.

    Peter Weller is also alias Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

    Damn, that Vulture article is really rough, glad I'm not technically famous! That said, F&B; ate the shit this season, adding Heather Locklear (talk about technically famous) and changing the format has crushed F&B;'s balls, it used to have its own voice while ripping off Boston Legal, now it is just a copy of lawyer show 7G with a few wackier elements and a beach house.

  • efonsecajr Jul 26, 2013

    This reminds me. I still have Deadwood on my to watch list. I love westerns.

  • MarkFromOregon Jul 27, 2013

    Always love of new folks discovering that show. Such a classic. I recently leant the series to a buddy and he now thinks its one of the best shows ever.

  • Lars900 Jul 26, 2013

    Goddamn it, I read the title too fast and thought he was this close to returning Deadwood :/ Still nice news though.

  • dark7angel Jul 26, 2013

    Indira Varma was my fancast for Ellaria!!! I'm so happy she got the role!!! :D

  • dragon22a Jul 26, 2013

    Indira Varma is a good actress. She was great on Torchwood, what little we saw of her that is, and was also good on Human Target. I've never seen Game of Thrones but she seems like the type that would fit in well, very regal in look and sound.

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