News Briefs: Once Upon a Time Is Adding Three Frozen Characters
... I haven't seen this Frozen movie that's all the rage among 10-year-olds and some people whose judgement I question, but apparently it's huge, so naturally Once Upon a Time is milking it, seeing as how Disney and ABC are part of the same mega-corporate family. The fairy-tale drama is in the process of casting a trio of characters from the movie, including Queen Elsa, her sister Anna, and Kristoff. Of course, Oncers got a glimpse at Elsa in OUAT's Season 3 finale, so that part shouldn't be much of a surprise. Who would you cast as the trio? [TV Line]
... George Clooney is getting into television! Sort of. Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, which he runs with Grant Heslov, has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, and Smokehouse will produce and develop drama and comedy series for Sony. Finally, Clooney gets his big break! [Deadline]
... Sunday's broadcast of the Tony Awards on CBS drew 7 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, which broke even with last year's event in total viewership but fell in the ratings, meaning the Tonys' native audience is just getting older and young'uns do not appreciate the art of the stage. [TV Line]
... Comedy Central is debuting its new stand-up show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail on Wednesday, July 23 and HOO BOY look at the comics it's got lined up to make you laugh: Weird Al Yankovic, Marc Maron, Steve Agee, TJ Miller, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Anders Holm, Doug Benson, Jenny Slate, Kyle Kinane, Jim Gaffigan, and MORE. For those who don't live in the Los Angeles area, The Meltdown is one of the premiere stand-up showcases in Tinseltown, and is hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley). [Splitsider]
... Here's your Sutton Foster fix for the day. Behold the new trailer for TV Land's Younger, about a woman who poses as a 20-something gal and asks old-woman questions like, "What's LOL?"
... If you're still holding out hope that Fox's romantic comedy Us & Them—the comedy based on the U.K. show Gavin & Stacey and starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel—would eventually make it to your TV screen even though the series was shelved, it's time to give up. The six episodes that Fox produced will never air, despite initial thought that they might surface sometime this summer. [TV Line]
... James Tupper has been promoted to series regular for the fourth season of ABC's Revenge. The actor, who also starred on Men in Trees and most recently appeared on Resurrection, plays David Clarke, a man who was presumed dead but, as of the Season 3 finale, is very much alive. Will his presence interfere with Emily's plan for REVENGE? Will this show go on for 23 seasons of revenge planning? [TV Line]
... Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic has found its lead. Yaya DaCosta, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model, will play the singer and eventual drug addict which still makes me sad today. I remember slow-dancing with Molly Jenkins to "Greatest Love of All" at my junior high school prom, and I can still remember her telling me, "Get your hands off me, creep." Ahh, memories. [TV Line]
... A&E's adaptation of The Returned is putting together a pretty impressive cast. (It still won't be as good as the awesome original French series, though.) Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed) has joined the Carlton Cuse project and will play Rowan, a woman who never quite got over the death of her musician boyfriend, even though 10 years have passed. Also joining the show are Sandrine Holt (Hostages) as Julie (Victor's pal from the original) and Agnes Bruckner (24) as the sheriff's deputy. A&E hasn't set a premiere date for The Returned, which is set in a small town that's shaken up when the dead return to life, but the network has ordered 10 episodes. [Deadline]
... John Doman (The Wire, Person of Interest) is joining Showtime's steamy drama The Affair, which stars Dominic West (another Wire alum! McNulty and Rawls, together again!), Joshua Jackson, Ruth Wilson, and Maura Tierney as a pair of couples whose relationships are impacted by some extramarital straying. Doman will play Tierney's father. [Deadline]
... British comedic actor Rik Mayall passed away suddenly at the age of 56 in his home in London. Mayall was best known as anarchist Rick from the 1980s landmark British comedy The Young Ones, and also appeared in Blackadder. Stateside, he played Phoebe Cates' rowdy imaginary friend in the movie Drop Dead Fred. [BBC]
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