News Briefs: HBO Orders More of Vice's Guerrilla News

By Tim Surette

Jun 14, 2013


... HBO has renewed its investigative news program Vice for a second season. The series, an offshoot of the magazine, takes cameras to places where cameras normally aren't allowed, like North Korea (they were responsible for Dennis Rodman's visit to Mr. Cuckoo Dictator over there) and child-soldier camps in Africa. It's sorta gonzo journalism, but also sort of shock TV. HBO has asked for a 12-episode second season to air in 2014. [HBO via press release] 


... Sons of Anarchy is no stranger to bouts of comical violence, but now it's going to have a dedicated space for comic-book violence. BOOM! Studios will be publishing a series of six Sons of Anarchy comics starting this summer. The comics look like they will rewind the series a bit back to when Clay was president and Jax still had long hair, and follow the daughter of an old SAMCRO member who seeks protection from the club. [Comic Book Resources]

... Worried your teenage daughter might grow up to be an upstanding citizen? Don't worry, MTV renewed Girl Code. [The Wrap]

... Oh no! The Voice had its lowest ratings ever on Tuesday! (Muahahahaha...) [Deadline Hollywood]


... Actor Wes Bentley (the weird kid from American Beauty) has been cast in Ryan Murphy's upcoming pilot Open for HBO. The series is a provocative look at human sexuality (as all of Murphy's projects are, in some way). Bentley, who your little sister knows as the guy from The Hunger Games, will play a cocky man who thinks he knows everything about sex. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime's Nurse Jackie has announced what was pretty apparent to fans throughout the fifth season: Eve Best, who plays Jackie's friend Dr. Eleanor O'Hara, will not be returning for the dramedy's sixth season. According to producers, it was Best's decision to leave, as she wanted to stay in her native U.K. The actress actually left the series before the fifth season, but taped prerecorded sequences to keep her character in the series. [TV Line]

... Cinemax's interesting-sounding pilot Quarry, about Vietnam vets who get recruited to be assassins in the early 1970s, has added to its cast. Stellan Skarsgard, father of True Blood's Alexander, Hemlock Grove's Bill, and Vikings' Gustaf, will play the series' criminal overlord who pulls the disenchanted war vets to the wrong side of the law. Just greenlight this one now, okay Cinemax? [TV Line]

... FX's untitled comedy pilot from Andrew Gurland just got a lot funnier. Jenny Slate (Kroll Show) and Brett Gelman (Go On's Mr. K) have joined the project which stars Judy Greer and Nat Faxon as a couple that agrees to an open marriage in an attempt to save their relationship. Slate and Gelman will play friends of Faxon's character. Greer, Faxon, Slate, and Gelman in the same show? This NEEDS to get made. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago PD has dropped Melissa Sagemiller from its cast. Remember her in Sleeper Cell? Mama mia! [TV Line]

... You know that Smash reunion you asked for? Well, it's happening! Megan Hilty, who played Ivy in the doomed musical drama, will join the cast of NBC's new comedy Sean Saves the World, where she'll once again act alongside her Smash co-star Sean Hayes. Hilty will play Sean's best friend, replacing Lindsay Sloane. [TV Line]

... Jason Alexander is headed over to TV Land. That sounds about right. The former Seinfeld star will reunite with fellow Seinfeld star Michael Richards on Kirstie, a new comedy starring Kirstie Alley. In Kirstie, Alley plays a Broadway star who reunites with the son she gave up for adoption. Richards plays her driver, and Alexander will play her agent in a potentially recurring role. [TV Land via press release]

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  • lalaforever1989 Jun 15, 2013

    FUCK! Super bummed about O'hara not coming back for season 6. Though we all knew it was coming. The new blonde doctor is super annoying. :-(

  • ludoTV Jun 14, 2013

    I liked how you characterised Stellan Skarsgard as father of hunk1, hunk2 and hunk3 while he is the actor with the long and established career... I think he'd like it too, he's a funny guy... I liked him in Pirates of the Caribbean...

  • tnetennba Jul 11, 2013

    When I read "father of True Blood's Alexander", I was thinking that this is ridiculous. Stellan is a better actor and is (I hope) still far more famous. But since he has THREE sons in significant roles in American shows, it would have been weird to not mention that in some way.

  • ludoTV Jul 12, 2013

    Indeed this is after all...

  • Whedonrules Jun 14, 2013

    Good news about 'Vice' - very interesting program to make you feel awful.

    Brett Gelman, Jenny Slate added to Judy Greer/Nat Faxon pilot - sounding better and better. I love Brett Gelman if only for 'Eagleheart'.

    'Masters of Sex' looks better and sounds like a much better idea than 'Open'. When is the world going to realize Ryan Murphy is quite overrated? His shows start well than almost immediately start digging themselves graves from which they never emerge because his show crews have no idea how to sustain quality. He has yet to run a show that has been good from beginning to end. Now he changes the story every year on "American Horror Story" to keep it from happnening on that show so maybe he's learning. Oh wait, that isn't a show, its a mini-series - my bad. Love that HBO is scurrying to catch up with Showtime for once. Mark my words, this is going to be 'Showtime''s year.

  • efonsecajr Jun 14, 2013

    Enjoyed VICE as a web news show and its even better now that its on HBO. This is good news.

  • JT_Kirk Jun 14, 2013

    Gee, NBC pinned all their hopes on The Voice next season and now it's going to tank, who could have guessed that repetitive singing shows get stale quickly and doubly so when you constantly hammer them? Oh, everybody? Ok. Enjoy being below Univision again next season, NBC.

    Greer, Slate, Faxon, and Gelman sounds like the most shrill, obnoxious, over-the-top sitcom possible. I hope they have excellent directors and writers, most of those folks are talented but feed off going off the rails acting, especially when fueled by others.

    TV Land's sitcoms are starting to feel too pathetic now, like a sitcom actors' retirement home when they can't get work elsewhere. "America loves these guys, but everything else we put them in ends up tanking, so let's just make a generic '90s-style sitcom with them in it and have low expectations about the results!" By the way, TV Land's "The Exes" is having a preview episode for its next season this weekend, my DVR tells me.

  • current Jun 14, 2013

    Swedish actors as Vietnam vets? Surely all the Swedes did was watch their famous chef during this period - later popularized by The Muppets. Swedish actors are becoming the equivalent of the old blacking up days, except violence is now the role for these.
    This being irony in the truest sense, considering Swedes are one of the kindest peoples on the planet these days. Quick fact; they average a 10% gifting of wealth/income yearly to charity.

  • tnetennba Jul 11, 2013

    Alexander has already played an American soldier in Generation Kill. But he was at least able to speak with a good enough American accent. I don't see Stellan doing that.

  • lostcause78 Jun 14, 2013

    Eh isn't Stockholm still smoldering from the week long riots?

    Sounds pretty standard world citizen-ish to me. :)

  • current Jun 14, 2013

    Like I said, irony rules with Swedes:p

  • Geek_Queen Jun 14, 2013

    "...about Vietnam vets who get recruited to be assassins in the early 1970s..."

    That sort of sounds like a darker version of The A-Team tv series. (Yes, I'm weird.)

  • Whedonrules Jun 14, 2013

    Glad I'm not the only one who made that connection.

  • Geek_Queen Jun 15, 2013

    Likewise. ;) I even had scenes playing out in my head.

  • sleepy-sonic Jun 14, 2013

    Spin off to Chicago Fire after only one season???

  • Loooooooooooost Jun 14, 2013

    Greer, Faxon, Slate AND Mr K!?! I want to watch this right now.

  • zeofan1 Jun 14, 2013

    I had a friend some Murphy's works up pretty well. Everyone in Murphy's shows is someone he's been, wanted to be, or hated. His work is masturbatory in the purest definition of the word.

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