Running Wilde Gets Run Out of Town

By Tim Surette

Dec 14, 2010

... Fox has officially pulled Running Wilde from its schedule. We all knew this was coming what with the show's dismal ratings and unfunny comedy, but it's still bewildering to see a show with such talent (Will Arnett, David Cross, Mitch Horowitz) stink as badly as it did. I'll miss the potential, but not what I saw. There's no word on when the final five episodes will air, but consider it canceled. [EW]

... Jimmy Fallon is being groomed to become the next person to get totally shafted in some horrible late-night mess. According to one report, NBC is already molding Fallon to take over as host for The Tonight Show when Jay Leno is put out to pasture. [NY Post]

... Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel has been given a two-year extension on his contract as host of Jimmy Kimmel Live. This is good news, because Kimmel is actually fun to watch. [NY Times]

... Hugh Jackman was injured while performing a stunt for his entrance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He zip-lined right into the stage... with his face. Ouch. Now we're even for Viva Laughlin, Hugh. [NY Times]

... The U.S. adaptation of Brit sci-fi hit Torchwood is finalizing its cast, with the latest addition being Mekhi Phifer as CIA agent Rex Matheson. Phifer was last seen on Lie to Me. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime is going with House of Lies, a dark comedy starring the awesome Don Cheadle. The show, based on the book "House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time," follows a management consultant as he steals watches and tells people the time. Figuratively speaking, of course. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Adam Scott (Party Down, Parks and Recreation) is producing My Son Gomez for NBC. The show is about a womanizing bachelor who takes in a youngster. My guess is his life will be turned upside down, lessons will be learned, and the two will become the best of friends! Hooray for predictability! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Virginia Madsen, who was once nominated for an Oscar, will step into the acting vortex known The Event. Madsen will play the widow of a senator who takes his post and vows to maintain his legacy. She will probably also have some really horrible lines of dialogue and possibly be involved in a plotline that takes 40 minutes when it could have been solved in two. [Deadline Hollywood]

... David Hasselhoff is taking his talents to England. Days after it was announced that his reality series was pulled after just two episodes, the Hoff has been announced as the new judge for Britain's Got Talent. Sorry, Britain. But feel free to keep him as long as you like. [Guardian]

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  • Maximum_Taco Dec 19, 2010

    I hope Fallon tells NBC to shove it and moves to TBS to follow Conan. That would be hilarious.

  • Notusedname Dec 18, 2010

    I think it's too bad that Running Wilde got cancelled, but it only goes to show that humor is a funny thing. While i liked Running Wilde it riddles me that 30 Rock and The Office wasn't cancelled as quickly as Lonestar and My Generation was, talk about bad humor.

  • riley_cooperman Dec 17, 2010

    Horrible show. Nowhere near as good as Arrested Development.

  • Dudekotka Dec 16, 2010

    Running Wilde was far from unfunny. You really can't expect another Arrested Development from Mitch, in interviews he said FOX wanted something as far away from AD as possible, same with Sit Down Shut Up, which starred way more AD alumni, so there's that. Kind of don't care if it gets canceled though, as that gets Arnett, Cross and Hurwitz (not Horowitz) back to focusing more on the AD movie script while there's still interest.

  • PiperPrueLover4 Dec 16, 2010

    @skidoo369: Christ, calm down.

  • skidoo369 Dec 16, 2010

    if you found Running Wilde 'unfunny', your wife must be so lucky to have you telling hilarious jokes all the time. no, wait, with such a poor sense of humor... you must be single. it's not because you don't 'get' Arnett's humor that you have the right to judge it. this article should be strictly informative, we don't care about your opinion, that's poor journalism. that being said, i'll admit this was definitely not a show for Fox's audience. Likewise, I'm afraid another great comedy show (Raising Hope) might also get canceled, for the same reason. This type of shows should be on HBO or showtime, just like Curb your enthusiasm, because their humor is edgy and not for everyone, and certainly not for those who watched 24 or american idol.

  • Tom3345 Dec 15, 2010

    That's so stupid about Running Wilde. It's by no stretch a great show, but I was looking forward to watching the remaining episodes because there's nothing on between now and January. They should just air them all in December to get it over with.

  • Merinwe Dec 15, 2010

    Your blurb on Torchwood is incredibly misleading. It's not a "U.S. adaptation" of Torchwood. It's the fourth season of Torchwood set in the United States. The people they are casting will be starring with John Barrowman and Eve Myles.

  • suzieqster Dec 15, 2010

    I am so disappointed that Running Wilde had been cancelled. Will Arnett is one of the most talented actors around, and his comedy timing is unbeatable. Too bad he was stuck with a miscast leading lady, and the always annoying David Cross, who is just too irritating to watch. The daughter was wonderful, as was the kooky foreign neighbor. Hopefully, Will Arnett will have another, better, TV

    show. I'll keep my fingers crossed...

  • Writerpatrick Dec 15, 2010

    The only surprise about Running Wilde was how long it took them to cancel the show. NBC is going to loose the Tonight Show if Fallon takes over. He's only good at reading other people's lines and doesn't have much of a natural ability for comedy as Leno or Conan does. Both Kimmel, who's a good candidate to take over for Letterman, and Furgeson are beating him. I suspect they'll wind up pulling in someone else to take over the show. Ellen might be willing if they pay her well enough, although she seems to like daytime.

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