News Briefs: Breaking Bad and Modern Family Lead the WGA Awards Nominations

"YEAH BITCH" IS AWARD-WORTHY DIALOGUE NEWS

... The nominations for the WGA Awards were announced today and it was a banner day for well-written shows! Competing in the drama category are the writing staffs of Breaking Bad, Homeland, The Good Wife, House of Cards, and Mad Men. On the comedy side, it's the scribes of 30 Rock, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Orange Is the New Black, and Veep. A full list of nominees is available at the WGA's website. [WGA]


BUSINESS TIME

... Sophisticated man channel Esquire Network, home of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Sex and the City reruns, might have a new series actually worth tuning in for. Have you ever wanted to combine Friday Night Lights with Kid Nation? Bam! Friday Night Tykes! The 10-episode docuseries follows the world of San Antonio's Texas Youth Football Association, which includes screaming parents, angry little kids, and drunken fans. The reality show about 8- and 9-year olds preparing for a life of concussions starts January 14. [Esquire Network via press release]

... Incredibly specific ratings time! The CW's Arrow hit a series high in viewers 18-34 last night with a 1.2 in its target demo. It was also the most-watched episode of the series since February with 3.24 million viewers. However, it still wasn't a big enough audience to top NBC's broadcast of a bunch of lights on a Christmas tree being turned on. [CW via press release]

... Are you going to be bored over holiday break? Looking to climb the mountain of pop-culture relevance? Then tune into AMC beginning December 27 for back-to-back marathons of its big hits Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. The first four days will be devoted to the story of Walter White, and then zombies will take over the channel on New Year's Eve and continue through the following day. Don't start 2014 without knowing whether or not Walter White became the lazer-tag king of the Southwest! [AMC via press release]

... E! has ordered the perfect show for itself in Botched, a reality series that profiles bad plastic surgery. Congratulations, E!. You have just completely swallowed your own Botoxed tail. [EW]

... Will Ferrell was supposed to co-anchor ESPN's SportsCenter on Thursday as part of the sports highlight show's quest for relevancy beyond Buffalo Wild Wings television screens during last call, but his appearance was scrapped when potential news on the sexual assault case involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston threatened to conflict with it. Ferrell was scheduled to appear in character as Anchorman's Ron Burgundy; more scotch for the mascots roaming the halls of ESPN. [THR]

... Oh History, you are so busy these days! The network that gave us The Bible is developing a miniseries based on the events surrounding Jamestown, the colony that birthed America, using Benjamin Woolley's book Savage Kingdom: Virginia & The Founding of English America as source material. Miniseries are a major era of History right now, with short series based on African general Hannibal, the Revolutionary War, Roots, and the life of Houdini all in the works. [THR]

... Well, I don't think we need to worry about Mob City being a thing. TNT's short series debuted last night (I gave it a tepid review) to only 2.3 million viewers. That's not terrible for TNT, but it's right in line with its most recent failures Monday Mornings and King & Maxwell. [Deadline Hollywood]  



CASTING NEWS

... This is, without a doubt, the best news you will hear all week. Chris Elliott, currently of Eagleheart and formerly of cult comedy Get a Life, will guest-star on Season 5 of Community. Oh sweet Lucifer you have heard my incantations and the blood of the sacrificial lamb has reached you. Elliott will play the disgraced founder of Greendale College. I'm so happy I'm crying. [TV Line]

... Dianna Agron will appear in Glee's 100th episode, according to Glee God Ryan Murphy's Twitter. Murphy has invited all of the show's original cast members to return for the event, and so far Agron, Heather Morris, Mark Salling, Amber Riley, and Harry Shum have all said yup. The link is probably worth a look to see the collective smashing of hands on the keyboard that Glee fans did in excited reaction to the news. [Ryan Murphy's Twitter]

... Esai Morales has joined the HBO pilot Brink, a dark comedy about the possibility of a third World War. Morales, who starred on Starz's Magic City, will play the president of the United States and join a cast that includes Tim Robbins, Jack Black, and Pablo Schreiber. [Deadline Hollywood

... Alan Ruck, better known as Ferris Bueller's pal Cameron and let's all forget that he had a brief part as a minister in the pilot of We Are Men, has joined the USA pilot Novice. The drama follows a recent college graduate who finds himself working for a Korean organized crime syndicate. Ruck will play the guy's dad. [Deadline Hollywood]


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The Brink--never heard of it but it sounds interesting
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Wasn't there mention of a Terminator series?
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Boy has Brink become must-watch.

Glad Agron is gonna be back on Glee, hope whatever the drama is is smoothed over and what still like to know what the drama is. with the stories surrounding Lea Michele I'm inclined to think it's all her fault and this show is clearly bad for my masculinity.

Chris Elliot on Community sounds great.

I wonder if it's the TNT stigma or people just knew to avoid the show regardless of network.

Was the CW advertising that episode of . of Arrow as the introduction of Barry future Flash or just a normal spike in audience? Barry was dope (glad I didn't remember him as the a-hole from Glee to skew my judgement) and look forward to trying a Flash pilot or series or whatever.

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Season 5 of Community is still 13 episodes long, right?

Because I swear I've heard about 20 different guest stars for this season.
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Esai Morales may be one of the most underrated actors working today. I have never seen him give a bad performance and enjoyed his work on NYPD Blue and The Family with Jimmy Smits and Edward James Olmos.
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Wow, I feel badly for you BB fans. On one hand, a good show (I never watched it, but I have heard), and on the other, a DOOL, Terrorist Style, with a suddenly moronic female professional too dumb to use birth control on her first **** with a known terrorist, not knowing whom he had shagged (AIDS, Carrie?) or whom his wife had slept with (AIDS, Carrie?).

Which will it be? If the WGA is made up of the same stupidly moronic caliber of writers that write Homeland................well, as I said, I feel badly for you BB fans.

Now, we KNOW everyone in the world is stupid enough to vote for MF over Veep, don't we? Yes, we do.
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This is so boring, so predictable. Breaking Bad, Homeland.... Breaking Bad, Homeland.... Breaking Bad, Homeland......... (believe me, I could go on and on)
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Yup.

Modern Family, Veep.........et cetera ad infinitum. And the award goes to:

prove me wrong, puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!
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I consider 5 million overall viewers for a basic cable show to be a success (double that for a major network). Half that, 2.5, to be borderline success with renewal dependent on that 18-49 demo and costs, etc. Half that, 1.25 would, should be a failure. 2.4 for Mob City should be considered decent enough, but other factors, like the aforementioned cost, could kill it with that.

King and Maxwell deserved a chance.

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I felt like King & Maxwell was fairly pathetic unfortunately. Perception's first season was not nearly as strong as its second though so I was prepared to give K&M's second season a chance had it been given one.
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It wasn't great, but potential to be better was there. Chemistry among the actors was good. I like Dichen Lachman and she may have become a regular in a second season. She was better here than in Last Resort too. It's better than Franklin and Bash, which mostly annoys me and has forgettable cases. It's all partly why it deserved a chance.
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haven't tried Franklin & Bash as I avoid courtroom dramas. just Leverage, Rizzoli & Isles and Perception. Perception I think has become a legitimately good show whereas Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage were / are mediocre at best with a few exceptions.
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Correction, 2.3 for Mob City - Still decent.
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No Game of Thrones? Only Futurama and The Simpsons selected for the animation category? Ridiculous.
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Alan Ruck is a decent guy... glad he found work. I enjoyed him on Spin City and Persons Unknown

His guest spot on Justified was also pretty good
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Alan Ruck is great, though to me....he'll always be Cameron..Ferris Buellers best mate!
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Oh definitely, I was just stating some of his lesser-known roles :-)
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LOL I remember kid nation!
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Eagleheart is arguably the least consistently solid member of the Eagleheart-Childrens Hospital-NTSF:SD:SUV:: trio but its current season has been better than usual so far. I'm glad Chris has found additional work on Community as well, even if it's only a one-shot deal.

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Brink sounds ineresting. I like Esai Morales. Alan Ruck was great in Ferris Beuller's Day Off and Spin City.
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Woohoo! TBBT is not nominated. Justice!
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"This is my domicile and I shall not be harrased"......"Bitch"
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CHRIS ELLIOTT ON COMMUNITY YESSS!!!!!!
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Did you pass?
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Let's just about place bets that the Chris Elliot ep. of Community will be an all time fave. Really the best guest star choice ever for Community I feel. But I know I'll still have to watch it, haha.
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Obviously you mean second to Nathan Fillion... Right?
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Elliot > Fillion any day of the week.
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I'm sure he'll be great too but for completely kooky crazy, I doubt anything will beat Elliot. :D
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Am I the only one bothered that Orange Is the New Black is supposed to be a comedy?
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I really wanted Mob City to be a thing! I loved the first two episodes; the fact that they were so different made for an enthralling hour and a half. I hope Frank's enthusiasm can keep TNT from canning it.
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