News Briefs: The Voice of Elmo Is No Longer Accused of Having Sex With a Minor

By Tim Surette

Nov 14, 2012

WE TAKE IT BACK NEWS

... The now-23-year-old man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer for Sesame Street's Elmo, of engaging in an underage sexual relationship with him when he was 16 years old has recanted the claim just a day after the internet exploded over it. The unidentified man now says it was a sexual relationship between two consenting adults, which falls in line with what Clash in responde to the allegation. You may now resume playing with your Tickle Me Elmo dolls. [NY Times]


BUSINESS TIME

... The MacGyver movie that's been in the works for a few years has taken another step toward reality. New Line is talking to Saw franchise director James Wan about helming a feature film about the mulleted gadget master. It's still a long way from coming to a movie theater near you, though. [Fox News]

... TV Land has ordered 10 more episodes of The Exes, bringing the show's second season to a total of 22 episodes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Super producer Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec (showrunner of The Vampire Diaries) are teaming up on an adaptation of the 1970s British sci-fi series The Tomorrow People. The series follows a bunch of young'uns who are basically the next stage of evolution and have special powers they use to fight bad guys. (Ahem, Heroes?) [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is eyeing a project from actor Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas) set behind the scenes of a daytime soap opera. The light drama would follow the actors and crew, whose offscreen lives are just as crazy as those of their on-screen counterparts. Duhamel got his start on All My Children, so the man knows a thing or two about long-lost twins and eyepatch-wearing uncles. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is looking to turn Disney theme park rollercoaster Big Thunder Mountain into a television show. It's gonna be one hell of a ride. (LOL!) [THR]

... MTV is giving Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino his own talk show. It would feature guests being interviewed by Vinny in his Staten Island home with his big Italian family around. Vinny was the most tolerable of the Jersey Shore stars, which is kind of like saying skin cancer is my favorite kind of cancer. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) has landed the big role of Axel Foley's son in CBS's reboot of Beverly Hills Cop. The show, produced by Eddie Murphy and showrunner Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort), follows Foley's son Aaron, a cop who's trying to establish his own identity away from his famous father. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kyle MacLachlan will guest-star on The Good Wife in a tip-top-secret role. MacLachlan, best known for his role on Twin Peaks despite what Entertainment Weekly says (they claim he's best known for Desperate Housewives), recently starred on Made in Jersey, which was quickly canceled by CBS. [EW]

... Nip/Tuck's Dylan Walsh will drop by ABC's Revenge for a few episodes. He'll play a rival to Conrad Grayson who has just as much bank. [EW]

... Arrow has booked Seth Gabel (Fringe's Lincoln Lee) to play a character based on the DC Comics villain Vertigo. His character won't be named Vertigo, however, and will undergo some changes for the CW show. [TV Line]

... Liza Minnelli is joining NBC's Smash, a show I totally forgot that existed until just now. She'll play herself, so I guess she's a pretty good choice for the part. Although Margo Martindale might be a better fit for the role. [NBC via press release]

... Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. has added a few more lesser-known actors to its roster. Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker will play a pair of agents, Gemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, who are whiz kids at science and technology, respectively. [THR]

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  • gvalley Nov 14, 2012

    And you would think that someone who's such a huge fanboy of Sesame Street as to actually have sex with Elmo would at least know HOW TO FUCKING COUNT. Sheesh.

  • gvalley Nov 14, 2012

    How about *ahem* every other comic book published since 1962?

  • katikool Nov 14, 2012

    "ABC is looking to turn Disney theme park rollercoaster Big Thunder Mountain into a television show" Hmmmm what will they do....

    A tale of men building a railroad through the Wild West? Nope, that's Hell on Wheels.

    Sheriffs, prostitutes, gold miners, and crooks again in the Wild West? Nope, Deadwood!

    Dwarves mining for gold? Sounds like Snow White...

    Cowboys and Native Americans? That's Into the West and every Kevin Costner movie ever made (that isn't about baseball, obvs)

    How can they make this original in the slightest?!? Maybe focus the show on those mountain goats or something...

  • bicelis Nov 14, 2012

    Seth Gabel returns! Yay!

    You know who would be best at playing Liza MInelli? Craig Ferguson.

  • saxyroro Nov 14, 2012

    Heroes esque? uhh MISFITS? In season 4 right now. How the quality has been as of late is a different story.

  • FringeFanatic Nov 14, 2012

    Seth Gabel as a villain on Arrow?! That's pretty cool. But I was holding out hope he'd be the lead for the upcoming Mantis flick that only exists in my head.

  • RKron Nov 14, 2012

    Seriously? Your superhero is an insect?

  • FringeFanatic Nov 14, 2012

    Not a Fringe fan?

  • safibwana Nov 14, 2012

    "The Voice"? Meh. I'd have gone with "The Hand Up Elmo's Ass".

  • Mate Nov 14, 2012

    And in a truly WTF moment, that should lead the WTF at the end of the week. Someone, somewhere has decided to reward Whitney Cummings with a talk show on E. Produced by none other than Chelsea Handler. Who, must have some serious blackmail on the execs of NBC and E. Because nothing else makes sense.

  • safibwana Nov 14, 2012

    There are some sexual favors that require 2 women.

  • ToddMurray Nov 14, 2012

    That's good news for Kevin Clash.

    Who doesn't remember Alpa Chino!

    Big Thunder Mountain. Seriously??

  • StickBoySalad Nov 14, 2012

    I could never figure out why nobody ever pointed out that Heroes was a ripoff of X-Men....

  • bicelis Nov 14, 2012

    You can rest in the idea that nothing on TV will ever be original. After the first drama, the first comedy, the first action and the first horror/mystery everything else is a derivative. No, actually everything after the first drama and the first comedy is a derivative. So yea, basically, there were only two TV shows that were original EVER.

  • KeithStammer Nov 14, 2012

    Everything is derivative of everything else. There are only so many ideas to be had.

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