News Briefs: Showtime Orders a Roadie Comedy from Cameron Crowe (and J.J. Abrams, Because J.J. Abrams Is Everywhere)

By Tim Surette

Jun 19, 2014


... Showtime has ordered an hour-long pilot for Roadies, a potential half-hour comedy from Cameron Crowe (SinglesAlmost Famous). The series would follow a rock and roll tour as seen through the eyes of the... anyone want to take a guess? Yes, roadies. Crowe will write and direct the pilot, with J.J. Abrams on board as an executive producer. The project is a co-production between Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV. [Showtime via press release]


... Nickelodeon has renewed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: CG Childhood Destroying Edition for a 20-episode fourth season that's set to air in 2015. In related news, Jason Biggs is out as the voice of Leonardo, and will be replaced by Seth Green. [Nickelodeon via press release]

... More than 11 million people pretended to like soccer and tuned into Team USA's first match of the World Cup on Monday, making it the most-watched men's soccer game ever on ESPN. That's well up from the average of 4.1 million viewers who've feigned interest in the World Cup so far. The most-watched soccer contest in the U.S. is still the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands, which drew 24.3 million Americans who were suddenly interested in the sport. [Sports Illustrated]

... Bryan Cranston has settled on a tentative title for his memoir: Say My Name, which is probably a reference to one of his famous Breaking Bad quotes. Kaitlin had a better idea for his memoir title: "Fuck You and Your Eyebrows." Off to to get this changed STAT. [EW]

... The final season of Boardwalk Empire will jump forward seven years to the Great Depression, says actor Michael K. Williams (Chalky White). The HBO drama will be set in 1931, 10 years before the real-life Nucky Thompson landed in jail, but just before his power started to diminish. Of course, the network has yet to confirm all of this. Are we really going to trust an actor? (When that actor is Omar Little, I say yes.) [Den of Geek]

... ABC's Extreme Weight Loss has been renewed for a plumped-up fifth season. The pickup is for 13 two-hour episodes plus three special editions of Extreme Weight Loss: Love Can't Weight, which is a dumb title that should be illegal. The specials will help three couples lose some lbs in time for their weddings. And no, you can't just cut off your legs! [ABC via press release]

... The first wave of Teen Choice Awards nominees have been released, and based on the list, kids love Pretty Little Liars. The ABC Family series was nominated for Best Drama, Best Actor (for Keegan Allen and Ian Harding), and Best Actress (for Lucy Hale and Troian Bellisario). The Vampire Diaries also made a big splash, with nominations in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi category for Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi show, Best Actor (for Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder), and Best Actress (Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham). For the rest of the nominees, go somewhere that gives a damn. I mean click over to the official site! We love the Teen Choice Awards OMG! [Teen Choice Awards]

... Jay Leno is receiving the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, finally proving what I've thought all along: Mark Twain is an idiot. [Variety]

... Andi Dorfman, the current star of ABC's The Bachelorette, has quit her job as Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County, Georgia. Now she can pursue her dream of becoming a professional bachelorette. [US Weekly]


... Martin Sheen (The West Wing's president, Apocalypse Now) is joining the new Netflix comedy Grace and Frankie. The series stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as enemies who become entangled when their husbands announce that they're in love with each other and will get married. Sheen will play one of the husbands. [THR

... Mixology's Adan Canto has been cast in the Amazon pilot Hysteria opposite Mena Suvari. What's Hysteria you say? Let's find out together: Hysteria follows a doctor (Suvari) who investigates a mysterious epidemic among high school girls that might be spreading via technology. Umm, pass. [THR]

... Showtime's Masters of Sex has made a guest-starring date with Erin Cummings (Detroit 1-8-7). Cummings will play a prostitute with a "get the job done" attitude, which is a lot better than those prostitutes who don't finish the job. A prostitute who doesn't finish the job is a bad prostitute! If all goes well, her character might recur on the show. [Variety]

... Vikings has added a trio of actors for Season 3. Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) will play Emperor Charles of France, and will probably get his butt kicked by Ragnar and his Viking brothers. Kevin Durand (Lost's Keamy) will play a character known as the Wanderer, and he too might get his butt kicked by Vikings. And Morgane Polanski (The Ghost) will play Princess Gisla, the daughter of Emperor Charles. Something different might happen to her butt due to Vikings. [History via press release]


... There's going to be a True Blood musical, maybe! 

... Take a look at these five teasers for the second season of FX's The Bridge and see if you can understand anything about them. 

... The new trailer for Cinemax's The Knick looks outstanding. 

... Ryan's suggestions for even more international Breaking Bad remakes might be the best thing that has ever appeared on this web o' sites. 

... Rectify is returning for Season 2 (my fawning review will be up after it airs), and if you don't know what this show is, read Sadie's reasons for why you should be watching it. Because the show is REALLY good.

... There are some new twists coming to Big Brother.

... There's a terrible new trailer out for TNT's Legends, starring Game of Thrones' Sean Bean.

... And finally, the staff's dream Emmy nominations continue, with Best Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

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  • mrjimmyjames Jun 20, 2014

    And here I assumed Bryan Cranston's memoir would be named after his time prancing around in his underwear on Malcolm.

  • mrjimmyjames Jun 20, 2014

    Is Mark Twain's prize for impersonating a comedian?

  • mrjimmyjames Jun 20, 2014

    Leno: Did you see this in the newspapers? Anybody?

  • mrjimmyjames Jun 20, 2014

    Surely this news will destroy the unstoppable Mutant Turtles franchise.

    But seriously, I can't believe it's 2014 and that still exists...and there's a movie. Wow. The eight year old me would have been excited I guess.

  • numberonecubsfa Jun 19, 2014

    Wonder why Jason Biggs is bowing out of the show. Does the announcement indicate a reason?

  • WavSlave Jun 19, 2014

    Another show with the JJA rubber stamp on it? Nice, there's another time slot that won't get penciled in. Fool me five or six times in a row...

  • michellichand Jun 19, 2014

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: CG Childhood Destroying Edition

    Someone is clearly NOT watching the actual show.

  • torque_smacky Jun 19, 2014

    Tim doesn't watch half the things he complains about.

  • TrevPlatt Jun 19, 2014

    "More than 11 million people... like soccer and tuned into Team USA's first match"

    Drink the kool aid and join the rest of the world...

    One of Us, One of Us, One of Us, One of Us...

  • edshrinker Jun 19, 2014

    Any sport where people are out in the streets celebrating a scoreless tie...

    The real football begins in about a month.


  • Loooooooooooost Jun 19, 2014

    Tim, you sound angry. This was the best News Brief yet!! I loved it, every blurb had some bye to it, but the last one was the best: "Something different might happen to her butt due to Vikings."

  • nOsIdaeHyM Jun 19, 2014

    ...Showtime's Masters of Sex has made a guest-starring date with Erin Cummings...

  • rishabhpb Jun 19, 2014

    Damn, you got there first.

  • nOsIdaeHyM Jun 19, 2014