News Briefs: Cougar Town Has a Season 5 Premiere Date

By Kaitlin Thomas

Nov 01, 2013


VIEWING PARTY AT MY PLACE! B.Y.O.W.

TBS has finally announced a premiere date for Cougar Town's fifth season: Tuesday, January 7 at 10pm. That gives you a couple of months to stock up on plenty of wine. Get a nice selection so that you'll never have to leave the house once it premieres. Oh yeah, and here's a nifty promo, too:


BUSINESS TIME

... Lady Gaga will play host and musical guest on the November 16 episode of Saturday Night Live, while Josh Hutcherson will host with HAIM as his musical guest on November 23. I don't want to publicly shame anyone, but at least two people who work for TV.com didn't know who Josh Hutcherson was. In related news, 100 percent of the people polled while writing this story didn't know who HAIM was/is, so. [NBC via press release]

... According to preliminary ratings, 18 million people watched the sixth and ultimately final game of the World Series last night. That's down a couple million from Game 6 two years ago. This begs the question: WTF were the rest of you doing? [Variety]

... Fred Durst is teaming up with The CW to develop a drama set in the 1990s (because that was so long ago), about a young artist with a rotten home life who forms a wildly successful band. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and no. Wait, one more: NO. [TV Guide]

... The Real, a new daytime talk show, is coming to Fox-owned and -operated TV stations, as well as BET, in 2014. The one-hour series will be hosted by Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry-Housley. BRB while I Google all of those names (except Tamera, obviously, I grew up in the '90s). [Telepictures via press release]

... Fox is developing Street Soldier, a limited event series starring Peter Facinelli as Eddie MacKenzie—a former boxer, drug dealer, and enforcer for Whitey Bulger. The show will chronicle his life and how he was able to extricate himself from Bulger's crew without being killed. It's based on MacKenzie’s memoir, Street Soldier: My Life As An Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob. That sounds way more exciting than my memoir: Sweatpants: A Love Story. [Deadline]

... Time Warner lost 306,000 subscribers last quarter, largely as a result of this summer's CBS blackout. Which reminds me, I need to call DirecTV. [Variety]

... This Sunday, The Simpsons will pay tribute to actress Marcia Wallace, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 70. Wallace voiced Bart's teacher Edna Krabappel on the series, a role which won her an Emmy in 1992. Fox will replace a repeat of American Dad with the Season 3 episode “Bart the Lover,” which offered a sympathetic take on her character. It will then air the all-new episode "4 Regrettings and a Funeral," which will conclude with a tribute card from the producers. [EW]

... Amazon has ordered two drama pilots. Bosch is based on Michael Connelly's book series about an LAPD homicide detective (to be played Titus Welliver) who's pursuing the murderer of a 13-year-old boy while also standing trial for his own murder charges. The After comes from Chris Carter (The X-Files) and follows eight strangers who are brought together by mysterious forces and who must help one another survive in a violent world. The eight strangers will be played by Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar, and Louise Monot. [Deadline]

... George A. Romero has turned down several offers to direct The Walking Dead because he thinks the series is too much of a soap opera with only the occasional zombie. Hey, what gives HIM the right to— oh, right. [Blastr]

... Getting On, HBO's new series starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Mel Rodriguez as the put-upon doctors and nurses of a Long Beach extended-care facility, will premiere November 24 at 10pm. The show is based on the British dark comedy of the same name.  [HBO via press release]

... Starz is teaming up with Owen Wilson, Rene Balcer, Fred Berner, and Regina Lee to develop an hour-long drama called WonderWorld. If you're sad because you just reread that and it didn't say Waterworld, join the club. The series is set in the 1980s and centers on two FBI agents who infiltrate the violent, mob-controlled porn industry. And just like that, my sadness is gone. [THR]


HOLD UP, THIS IS KIND OF SERIOUS NEWS

... Showtime has hired a bunch of famous people (and a few actual reporters) to trek around the world and report on global climate change via first-person accounts. The project is called Years of Living Dangerously, and will feature Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, and Ian Somerhalder, among others The series, from James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (yep), premieres in April 2014, but we've got a trailer for you right now:


[Showtime via press release]


CASTING NEWS


... The Tomorrow People (which terribly underused the talented Jason Dohring last night), has tapped Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) to guest-star opposite Robbie Amell as an ULTRA agent. Her character, Hillary Cole, is a new recruit who's brought in as a rival to Stephen, and who's described as being a paranormal version of Tracy Flick, Reese Witherspoon's character in Election. Little do Hillary and Stephen know, only one of them will make it to the next stage of their training. DUN DUN DUN. [Zap2It]

... Missi Pyle (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Kurt Fuller (Supernatural) have both booked guest spots on The Crazy Ones. Pyle will play Melora Evans, the daughter of Simon's (Robin Williams) former colleague, and Fuller will Mitchell Payson, an uptight executive who's thinking of hiring the firm. [EW]

... Matt Passmore, who starred in A&E's The Glades (R.I.P.), has landed the lead role in an untitled USA pilot. He'll play Neil Truman, an investment banker who's struggling to rekindle the spark in his mostly stagnant marriage. His wife, however, is a hussy who's been seeing a male escort (MALE ESCORT!), and when Neil discovers this, he has to decide whether his marriage is even worth saving (MALE ESCORT!). [TV Line]


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ACTORS DOING WEIRD STUFF NEWS

... I never pass up an opportunity to talk about Taylor Kitsch and his alter ego Tim Riggins. You can ask anyone who's ever met me. Which is why I'm telling you all about Kitsch's recent visit to Colorado, where he crashed a Denver Broncos' practice to screen his new film Lone Survivor. I'm sure Jason Street a.k.a. Scott Porter, a true Broncos fan (he even has the Crocs to prove it), was just a litttttle bit jealous of his former bestie. [Denver Broncos.com]

... Connie Britton wants to return to American Horror Story. [Rolling Stone]


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  • xtrcy17x Nov 14, 2013

    Oh good. I'm happy for Abed. :)

  • snakegriffin Nov 07, 2013

    I thought Kate/Jack killed the MiB!

  • sweetsaintz Nov 05, 2013

    Am I the only one who's surprised that Cougar Town is already in Season 5?! Great to hear abt Aldis Hodge, missing Leverage already. And yes, why isn't Jason Dohring on a better show!

  • kkdondon1977 Apr 07, 2014

    I love Cougar Town!! I will follow it to any station!!

  • terminaltrip421 Nov 01, 2013

    looking forward to a Gaga SNL. I was disappointed when it wasn't announced earlier, someone on IMDB said there were rumors she would be host and musical guest. I know who josh Hutcherson is and I don't like him. In related news I don't care for jennifer lawrence anymore either. the hunger games was transparent in its pseudo-psycho message, predictable and most of all effing disturbing. blood splatter from hacking up kids 12 and under? seriously, WTF!?

    what was I doing instead of watching baseball? wishing boring-ass baseball wasn't on instead of my favorite Fox shows.

    one of the dish companies is or just was going through a blackout too because CBS in addition to others began to demand more. I hope it's affecting everyone who left time warner. that's what happens when you cause them to cave rather than stand up to the content providers.

    I enjoy it when a celebrity speaks out against a show I think is undeserving in the praise it receives. . coincidentally both times it's been AMC shows with Billy Zane on Breaking Bad and not Romero on The Walking Dead.

    Alexa Vega totally did something to her face. the number of young women that have has become unbelievable.

    if matt passmore's the lead dude from the glades I welcome a chance to see him in something else.

    so friday night lights is where film-killer-kitsch came from, eh? I say that despite the fact that I enjoyed john carter and battleship's terribleness certainly wasn't his fault, he was enjoyable in the few times he was given a chance (the opening of the movie, after that the film fell flat on its face.)

  • ionee24 Nov 01, 2013

    Everyone has the right to an opinion, even George Romero.

  • osdawaya16 Nov 01, 2013

    I'm one of the 306k subscribers the TWC lost, but it wasn't because of the CBS blackout - they lost me before that. It was because of a ridiculous price hike. The only channel I miss is BBC America.

  • jtjr26 Nov 01, 2013

    Loke this chow. Penny Can !!!

  • KennethJP Nov 01, 2013

    does this mean she;s the one that everyone had voted for on "who's passing away on the simpsons" ?

  • ludoTV Nov 01, 2013

    Underused talent is a shame - So good that Titus Welliver is getting a show... he is always excellent whether in a good show (The Good Wife) or a terrible one (Touch)... and someone give Jason Dohring a worthwhile one too... Ringer was so atrocious and had a bunch of decent actors to enact some of the most awful TV writing ever... Poor Ioan Gruffudd and Nestor Carbonell too

  • zeofan1 Nov 01, 2013

    Depends on what part of the 90s (the 90s are the new 80s after all). But I share your apprehension at the premise. Getting On sounds like something I'll watch; and good on Fox for letting the Simpsons tribute Marcia Wallace like this.

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