News Briefs: Carter Bays Denies Reports That How I Met Your Dad Is Still Alive
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... UPDATE: How I Met Your Mother co-creator Carter Bays has taken to Twitter to refute an earlier report from TV Line that claimed the How I Met Your Dad pilot was being redeveloped for next season. "I don't know why I keep reading articles about this, but since nobody bothers asking us: We are really, truly not working on HIMYD anymore," he said. Look, I don't want to take all the credit here, this was really a group effort. Well done, guys! [Carter Bays' Twitter]
20th Century Fox refuses to let the How I Met Your Mother's spin-off How I Met Your Dad die; it's like the studio is Ted and the show is Ted's love for Robin. The project is now being redevelop after CBS passed on it in May because HIMYM co-creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays are committed to keeping the franchise alive at all costs. Should the show move forward, it will be with a new cast, as the original How I Met Your Dad actors' contracts expired last month. Guys, I think we all know how I feel about this, so let's bypass all the keyboard-smashing, swearing, and Lesbian Robin jokes and just skip to the part where we offer suggestions to fix this. HOW DO WE STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING? [TV Line]
... Syfy has ordered a pilot based on Lev Grossman's popular book series The Magicians. The potential series hails from Sera Gamble (who's responsible for Baby getting the shaft for a few years on Supernatural—UGH) and John McNamara (Prime Suspect), and it's a one-hour drama following 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they once read about as children is real and poses a grave danger to humanity. [Syfy via press release]
... The Halle Berry-starring sci-fi drama Extant debuted last night and its ratings were not quite out of this world. The series premiere pulled in a 1.6 among adults 18-49 and drew 9.58 million viewers, which isn't bad—but compared to last summer's Under the Dome premiere (3.3, 13.53 million viewers), it's nothing to write home from the space station about. [Variety]
... You've already seen the first teaser (featuring a very familiar voice) for Doctor Who's eighth season, and now we have the first image of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in the Season 8 premiere. What do you think? This is just begging for a caption, right?
... Lifetime has ordered a new drama pilot based on Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series of books. The first book, The Clan Of The Cave Bear, is set in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals banged their heads on rocks and shared the Earth with early modern humans who were probably developing the first IKEA. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have signed on to executive produce the project alongside Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). [Lifetime]
... Rumors have been swirling for days, but it's now official because Twitter says so: Rosie O'Donnell is returning to The View. And I say: Who cares? [ABC's Twitter]
... Lifetime has released the first image of former America's Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta in character as Whitney Houston, from the upcoming biopic creatively titled Whitney Houston. Angela Bassett is directing the film, which is scheduled to premiere in 2015. Clicketyy-click the link to check her out as Whitney on the 1987 album cover for Whitney! Whitney! [EW]
... Lucy Griffiths (True Blood) is departing NBC's new comic book series Constantine. Griffiths played Liv in the series based on the Hellblazer comics; the character is introduced in the pilot and was supposed to play a pivotal role in the battle between good and evil. NBC has opted to move in another direction with the show, and Griffiths' character is being written out in favor of Zed, a different character from the comics who becomes John's righthand woman. [THR]
... Elementary is beefing up its ranks for Season 3! Gina Gershon (Rescue Me) has joined the cast as Elana March, a socialite who Joan suspects is running a drug cartel—and I believe that was a nixed Gossip Girl storyline, actually. Also joining the series this season is English actress Ophelia Lovibond as Kitty Winter, Sherlock’s new protégé. [TV Guide]
... You can add Ali Larter to the list of actors who won't be reprising their roles for Heroes: Reborn. The actress, who played multiple characters on the original series, says she's too busy with TNT's upcoming Legends right now to do other projects. Plus, who wants to say yes to show that dissed Hayden Panettiere? [TV Guide]
... Major Crimes has cast Ryan Kennedy (Defiance) as Ricky Raydor, the son of Mary McDonnell's Captain Sharon Raydor. He's a Stanford graduate and a software engineer on the verge of his first buyout. He'll appear in this season's ninth episode, titled “Sweet Revenge,” and he'll have a few choice words for his mom regarding the possible adoption of her ward. [TV Line]
... Vulture has examined those pesky things we like to call ratings and the weird phenomena of DVR time-shifting. To find out which of your favorite shows perform well belatedly (like Orphan Black), check out the link! [Vulture]
... You've got to hand it to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss! They sneakily slipped a coded Doctor Who message into the credits of Sherlock. [Radio Times]
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