News Briefs: NBC Might Go 10/90 With a Roseanne Barr Sitcom

By Tim Surette

Jun 29, 2013


... NBC is banking on Roseanne Barr still having some sitcom appeal left in her. The network is in talks to pick up a comedy starring Barr in one of those awful 10/90 deals, a contract that tests the ratings of a show for 10 episodes, and then if a certain threshold is reached, the network orders 90 more episodes. It's been done with some Tyler Perry sitcoms, Anger Management, and a new FX comedy starring George Lopez. I shouldn't have to tell you that all of those shows are pretty lame. The proposed series would star Barr in a multi-camera family comedy, and NBC would be the first major network to give the 10/90 strategy a shot. This is a sad day for television. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Discovery is expanding its Shark Week slate with a late-night talk show called Shark After Dark, a wrap-up of the day's programming with shark experts and shark enthusiasts and shark worshippers and shark lovers. But it's not even being hosted by a shark, so who cares. Shark Week starts August 4, and Shark After Dark will air each night. [Discovery via press release]

... The Once Upon a Time spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will be longer than expected. The series was originally conceived as a 13-episode miniseries, but now it's going to get extra episodes. How many? We don't know. But the idea is to break the traditional model of ordering 13 initial episodes with a chance of getting a "back 9" and just order a set number of episodes, and that's it. Open and closed. [EW]


... The Good Wife is upping its sexy factor with the addition of Hunted's Melissa George in a recurring role next season. George will play the in-house counsel of Governor Florrick. George also appeared in Grey's Anatomy and Alias. [TV Line]

... Beverly Hills, 90210 vet Brian Austin Green is joining FX's Anger Management as the nemesis to Charlie Sheen's character. This sounds right. [Deadline Hollywood]

... They grow up so fast! Lots of Glee cast members won't be returning to the series as credited regulars in Season 5. Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes), and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) are all expected to see a lot less screen time next season. Same goes for Dianna Agron (Quinn)—though to be fair, Agron wasn't all that present in Season 4. There's a chance that all five actors might return in a guest capacity, but who wants to be that person who graduates from high school and then just hangs out around the campus? Wait, what? This is Glee and a couple of these characters have already been that person? Okay, well, who wants to be that person twice? Because that's just sad, man. [TV Line]

... This technically isn't really news yet, but Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller has let it be known that he would like David Bowie to appear in Season 2, as Hannibal's uncle. [E! Online]

... Duck Dynasty is adding a cast member next year: the beardless Alan Robertson! Alan is Phil's oldest son, and will join the family company as the head of public relations. He's like that normal daughter in The Munsters except the Munsters weren't as weird. [E! Online]

... Game of Thrones has cast Prince Oberyn Martell. Chilean actor Pedro Pascal will play the brash, charismatic prince from Dorne who comes to King's Landing looking for love and friendship. Or is it bloodthirsty revenge? I can never remember! [EW]

... Lost's Rebecca Mader will guest-star on the upcoming final season of Syfy's Warehouse 13. The actress with an affinity for science-fiction will play... I don't know! No one is saying. But she'll be around for one episode. [TV Line]

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  • 2wksnotice Jul 02, 2013

    Does anyone have insight into why networks like these 10/90 deals? I'm really curious.

    I can see the benefits for the cast and crew: stability, ability to do long-term storytelling, lower risk, better ability to cast and hire, etc. It would also help a drama or thriller do long term storytelling. (Although so far, they seem to be sit coms.)

    But what are the benefits to the network? Why take so much risk and give up so much power? Is it a lure for a really big star (could make sense for Tyler Perry, but not Roseanne). Is it just a really big financial discount? Is the demand for syndicated shows so big that it doesn't matter if a show is crappy?

  • Gold_Ruby Jul 01, 2013

    The Bowie/Hannibal thing has to happen. It is absolutely perfect.

  • JetixMasterDan Jul 01, 2013

    How is the Glee news news when they all appeared in less than 5 episodes this past season? Frankly the only one slightly surprising there is Puck since he is going to college with Finn. And I suspected Heather Morris wasn't returning, which is why they had her get a college scholarship halfway through what is supposed to be the same school year that she was held back in.

  • lynna12000 Jul 01, 2013

    10/90 isn't a bad idea. It gives the writers and actors a 10 episode chance to stay employed for another 4 years. (figuring an average of 20 episodes per season) How often have networks cancelled shows that have potential after only one or two episodes?

    There are long lived shows that if they started now, wouldn't have made it more than a few episodes. Yet the networks gave them a chance to develop the characters. And now have major hits.

    At least it isn't another reality/singing/dancing/talent show.

  • hockeyrick Jul 01, 2013

    Bowie on Hannibal???
    How cool is that????

  • hockeyrick Jul 01, 2013

    BAG on anger mgmt., one altercation with Sheen's BS and he will lose some teeth! BAG is a cool guy!

  • Taccado Jun 30, 2013

    Ah...Melissa George. It feels like yesterday when I saw her the first time in Thieves. I remember I thought she was a terrible actress, but it didn't stop me from having a massive crush on her. In fact, it was probably one of my first big ones on an actress. Understandably, she holds a special place in my heart, and therefore I've tried to watch her as much as possible. I won't mind that she stops by The Good Wife, one of the best shows on TV.

    Now I will spend a few minutes staring at the picture of her.

  • JT_Kirk Jun 30, 2013

    Because Roseanne is known for being a stable, consistent person who will deliver a steady level of responsible work long after the first 10 episodes. Great choice NBC, while you're at it, could I interest you in a timeshare on the moon as well while prices are still low? You can't even air your best shows for a hundred episodes without getting the fits.

    I'm rolling my eyes at the "sexy" in-house counsel for newly-elected serial cheater Peter Florrick, that's a really soapy move from The Good Wife. Is this how every new season is going to start now, a big soap-opera mistake that has to be undone quickly?

  • wingsabre Jun 30, 2013

    Imagine if NBC had gone 10/90 with Heroes...

  • current Jun 30, 2013

    Roseanne? Where is the rapture when you need it.
    Melissa George was crap in Hunted but if anyone wants to really build some bile for her, I suggest you get your mits on The Slap. She plays a most hateful nut job of a mother in it. Or if you just like to drool at her, it has boob scenes aplenty - although also with nursing scenes just to make one feel conflicted.

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