News Briefs: Game of Thrones' Renly Baratheon Will Play Charles Manson for NBC

By Tim Surette

Jun 21, 2014


HELTER SKELTER NEWS

... Gethin Anthony, known throughout Westeros as the actor who played Game of Thrones' would-be king Renly Baratheon, has landed a role so sinister that shadow baby assassins would go crawling back up into Melisandre if they ever met his new character face to face. Anthony will play psycho-philosopher and cult leader Charles Manson in NBC's upcoming miniseries Aquarius. The project stars David Duchovny as an undercover cop going after some young kid—Manson—who's brainwashing others to start a cult. Also joining the cast are Grey Damon (Friday Night Lights) as Duchovny's partner, and Emma Dumont (Bunheads) as one of Manson's followers. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... Rian Johnson, the excellent director of the excellent Breaking Bad episodes "The Fly" and "Ozymandias" and the films Brick and Looper, has landed one of the most desirable jobs in all of Hollywood. He'll direct and write Star Wars: Episode VIII, taking over for J.J. Abrams, who's currently directing Episode VII. Wow, there's an actual chance that these movies won't totally suck! [Variety]

... Syfy's wacky holy-war drama Dominion started off its run okay but definitely not great, with just under 2 million viewers and a 0.6 rating. The Season 2 premiere of Defiance fared about the same, with just over 2 million viewers and a matching 0.6. [Syfy via press release]

... HBO has expanded Looking's second season to 10 half-hour episodes, up from eight in Season 1. The comedy about gay men in San Francisco will return in early 2015. [TV Line]

... Amazon has officially ordered a pilot for Really, starring Sarah Chalke and written and directed by (and also starring) Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar. Well, we already knew this thing was ordered, but Amazon announced today that it will debut Really during its next pilot sampling period. The comedy follows a group of friends whose lives are disrupted when two of them have an affair with each other. Selma Blair, Lindsay Sloane, and Rob Delaney also star. [Amazon via press release]

... The final season of Glee will probably leave New York and take place at McKinley High. Probably. [TV Line]

... The word "Adorkable," originally coined to help promote Fox's New Girl, has been accepted as a real word by Collins English Dictionary. Its official definition is "socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way." [THR]


CASTING NEWS

... The Simpsons has booked Will Forte to play one of its most mysterious characters. The SNLer will make a guest appearance in Season 26 as King Toot, the never-before-seen owner of the music shop that's adjacent to Moe's Tavern. He and Moe do NOT get along. [TV Line]

... Mary Steenburgen will join the cast of Orange Is the New Black when it returns for Season 3, and she's got some 'splainin' to do. The Oscar-winner will play the mother of Pornstache Mendez (Pablo Schrieber), so she'd better be able to explain how she raised a young man to be so awful (and awesome). [TV Line]

... Cheyenne Jackson will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Royal Pains. The theater actor and 30 Rock alum will drop by the August 5 episode as a perfume dealer who loses his sense of smell, which is not good for business. Jackson has also made appearances on Glee and Behind the Candelabra. [USA via press release]

... I cannot tell a lie! Aussie Jason O'Mara (Terra NovaVegas) will be playing the truest American of them all, George Washington, in History's Revolutionary War miniseries Sons of Liberty. The six-hour series follows the Founding Fathers as they kick England's butt and create a nation where guns are awesome. Also starring are Henry Thomas, Michael Raymond James, Ryan Eggold, and Dean Norris. [EW]

... Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s J. August Richards is joining Lifetime's original series The Lottery. The drama is set in a post-apocalyptic world where women are unable to have children, so the government holds a lottery to select 100 women to stuff with fertilized embryos. Richards will play Deputy Secretary of State Nathan Mitchell, who travels overseas as a foreign diplomat. [Variety]


REQUIRED READING

... Freaks and Geeks is one of the best series ever made, so of course Fox canceled it after one amazing season. Creator Paul Feig has released his an excerpt of his character bible from the show, and it's pretty damn fascinating. [Slate]


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  • GirishKrishna1 Jun 23, 2014

    A far greater stupidity than that of Looking is that of Orange is the New Black classified as a comedy! Seriously! Come on!

    Looking at history, only a handful of great tv directors have gone to make anything remotely good on the big screen with a huge budget. So, not really excited about Star Wars 8.

  • ben45tpy Jun 22, 2014

    Wow I didn't know Rian Johnson directed those Breaking Bad episodes. Now he's he gets to do what all promising genre directors do - abandon their personal vision and get assigned to a creaky old franchise. Hey I'm sure he'll knock ep 8 out of the park but it won't be as personal as his own movies.

  • ginger131313 Jun 21, 2014

    Didn't we sing King Toot in the episode where Homer buys Lisa the pony? (Season 3)

  • CJ42090 Jun 21, 2014

    I have no idea why Looking is classified as a comedy. It has humorous moments here and there but it's pretty much a straight-forward drama.

    Glad to see Gethin Anthony getting some prolific roles, though I kind of wish he wasn't playing Charles Manson. :-/

  • ben45tpy Jun 22, 2014

    For some reason nobody gets that a show less than a half-hour long can be a drama.

  • ionee24 Jun 21, 2014

    Awesome! I can't wait to see Renly being more scary than the shadow babies.

  • ludoTV Jun 21, 2014

    I don't care what Jason O'Mara does so long as he never returns to The Good Wife. That was painful. I think he is Irish rather than Aussie BTW

  • antmorris3511 Jun 21, 2014

    :) He mustve been awful. I've never seen TGW, but JM looks better than ever.

  • ludoTV Jun 22, 2014

    I am sure it wasn't the actor per se. The character was abysmal.

  • hockeyrick Jun 21, 2014

    No kidding Cory, back to building models with the old style glue??&????

  • Locutus-of-Borg Jun 21, 2014

    Being an idiot again, are we Tim?
    Omara is Irish. You should kill yourself and save us from your unending stupidity

  • ben45tpy Jun 22, 2014

    That must be the hive mind speaking, Picard would never think anything like that. Hang in there Captain, we'll save you!

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  • Locutus-of-Borg Jun 21, 2014

    sorry if you dont like the truth. it was meant to be rude. get over your pretentious self

  • bluemorphotat Jun 22, 2014

    Just to clarify then: you are being rude on purpose. Ok...

  • antmorris3511 Jun 21, 2014

    Why don't you start reviewing shows (to make things fair and balanced) rather than calling Tim stupid for disagreeing with you.

  • MiraTellia Jun 21, 2014

    Looking was a comedy? I watched that show, but had no idea it was trying to be funny..

    If Ryan Murphy thinks it's the location that's the problem with Glee - he needs to buy a clue.

  • thekaitling Jun 21, 2014

    Looking is 30 minutes, which therefore somehow qualifies it as a comedy in TV world. It had humorous moments, but it's definitely more dramatic. Girls is in the same boat.

  • torque_smacky Jun 21, 2014

    No no no. If Freaks and Geeks had been on Fox, only two episodes would have aired and only six would exist.

  • mrjimmyjames Jun 23, 2014

    and it probably would have aired on a Friday

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