News Briefs: Marilyn Manson Is Joining Once Upon a Time
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Marilyn Manson is guest-starring on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He'll appear—or at least his voice will appear—beginning in November. Manson will lend his vocal chords to Shadow, "a character whose voice will give life to the very essence of Neverland." According to creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, they wanted "someone with the vocal ability to make our skin crawl." Listen for Mason to make his debut in November. Uhhhh, BRB, canceling my vacation to Neverland ASAP. [Rolling Stone]
... NBC has ordered for four more scripts for Sean Saves the World and somewhere a baby unicorn just died. [Deadline]
... Vince Gilligan has some deep thoughts about piracy, but here are the basics: "Dear internet, Shame on you for downloading Breaking Bad illegally. But thanks for your help in raising awareness of our show! P.S. Netflix, you da bomb. XOXO Vince" [Variety]
... BBC America has greenlit Intruders, an eight-episode series based on Michael Marshall Smith’s 2007 novel The Intruders. From Glen Morgan (The X-Files, Final Destination), the series explores a secret society that's dedicated to finding immortality by stealing the bodies of other people. I watch The Vampire Diaries and being immortal is so not what it's cracked up to be—just saying. [Deadline]
... Lifetime is bringing back Betty White's Off Their Rockers, the hidden-camera reality series starring elderly ladies and gents playing pranks on young whippersnappers. The series had was canceled by NBC earlier this year. [THR]
... The CW has renewed America's Next Top Model for Cycle 21. The currently airing cycle will crown America's 20th "top model" on Friday, November 15 at 9pm. The winner's reign will be finite, of course, but since no premiere date for Cycle 21 has been announced, enjoy your time in the spotlight, nameless, faceless person I don't know! [The CW via press release]
... Roseanne can rent a car now: The series turned the big 2-5 today. I never really watched it, but I couldn't let such milestone go by without at least mentioning it. I also enjoy making people feel really old. Did it work? [Vulture]
... Kelly Clarkson and Michael Buble will headline a pair of upcoming holiday specials on NBC. On Wednesday December 11 at 10pm, Clarkson will learn the true meaning of Christmas in a program based loosely on Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol. Meanwhile, Michael Buble's annual holiday singalong will air Wednesday, December 18 at 10pm; even though it's said to be "in an intimate setting," I'm 89 percent sure they don't mean his bathtub. [NBC via press release]
... ABC is developing a Philip Marlowe project from Castle creator Andrew Marlowe and Michael De Luca. Inspired by Raymond Chandler’s famous detective, the project is a stylish update set in contemporary Los Angeles. [Deadline]
... Discovery's been hard at work on a new penguin special called Penguin: Waddle all the Way. Sadly, it's not a sequel to Jingle All the Way, as I'd originally thought. It's a special from award-winning filmmaker John Downer, who used animatronic penguins to infiltrate "the elusive world of penguins." The special, which promises to get at the dirty, seedy underbelly of penguin society, airs November 23 at 9pm on Discovery. [Discovery via press release]
... Weeds alum Hunter Parrish has landed a guest spot on The Good Wife. He'll play Jeffrey Grant in the season's seventh episode, which airs November 10. Grant is a college student who wants to experience everything in life. During a major case of the sads, he's accused of murdering a female classmate he swears he's never met. [THR]
... Paul Adelstein has joined Marti Noxin's scripted Bravo series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. The pilot, based on the book series by Vicki Iovine, revolves around Lisa Edelstein's character Abby, who authors a best-selling self-help book series. As it turns out, Abby's not so great herself; she's hiding the fact that she’s separated from her husband (Adelstein) from everyone close to her. [Deadline]
... Amandla Stenberg, who played the brave and completely awesome Rue in The Hunger Games, has been cast as the teenage daughter of Orlando Jones' Captain Irving on Sleepy Hollow. She'll play Mae, and will first appear during the November 25 episode. The role is recurring. [THR]
... Lydia Rodarte-Quayle's back from her little ricin nap. The actress who played the poisoned meth-mover on Breaking Bad, Laura Fraser, has landed a regular role on ABC's upcoming 13-episode series The Black Box. The show is centered on a neuroscientist played by Kelly Reilly, who's haunted by her struggles with mental illness. Fraser will play Regan Black, the wife of Elizabeth’s brother, Joshua (David Chisum). [TV Line]
LET'S QUICKLY REVIEW TODAY'S FLURRY OF RENEWAL/CANCELLATION/SCHEDULlNG NEWS
... NBC has pulled the plug on Ironside and Welcome to the Family, but where's there is sadness, there is also joy, because the network has also announced premiere dates for Community and new drama Chicago P.D.
... Fox has ordered a full season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine AND given the show the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot.
... CBS really loves its new comedy lineup; the network has announced full-season pickups for The Crazy Ones, The Millers, and Mom.
... TNT has renewed Franklin & Bash for Season 4.
NEWS I CAN'T BELIEVE TIM FORGOT YESTERDAY TWO CAN PLAY AT THIS GAME, BUB
... Rider Strong and Danielle Fishel are getting married this weekend. Not to each other, obviously—what would Ben Savage think? But apparently the actors aren't too close these days, because they picked the same day to get married. And while I'm sad that I didn't get invited to either event, I'm super glad I don't have to choose which one to attend (Rider's, no question). [Too Fab]
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