News Briefs: Becki Newton Is Getting Weird at Fox


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... Ugly Betty and How I Met Your Mother alum Becki Newton has been cast to star opposite Happy Endings' vet Zachary Knighton in the Fox comedy pilot Weird Loners. Newton will play Caryn Goldfarb, a dental hygienist and one of four strangers who unexpectedly end up as roommates in a townhouse in Queens. I'm sorry, but I don't buy Newton in this role for one second. Weird? Loner? Yeah right. Still, with both Newton and Knighton signed on, this weird little pilot is starting to sound more appealing by the minute. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer will spend some extra time with his fellow Islander Andy Samberg when he directs Brooklyn Nine-Nine's season finale, which starts production next week and will air on Tuesday, March 25. Schaffer is the last member of the comedy trio to stop by the 99th Precinct; Jorma Taccone helmed helped the series' Thanksgiving episode. [THR]

... The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has finally realized that it effed up when it combined the Emmys miniseries and TV movie categories three years ago and will now reverse that decision. The split comes as a result of a petition that was started by FX—I assume it was posted on Change.org, like all important petitions are—and signed by several big names in the TV industry, including HBO. This is really great news, but where the hell is the petition to separate the Golden Globe supporting acting categories? That's a petition I will gladly sign. [Emmys]

... A&E's Beyond Scared Straight—a docuseries following at-risk teens who get up close and personal with convicted felons while spending quality time at their local jails—will return for its sixth season on Friday, February 28 at 10pm. I don't want to tell you what to watch (just kidding, of course I do), but Hannibal Season 2 also premieres on Friday, February 28 at 10pm. Choose wisely. [A&E via press release]



CASTING NEWS

... Molly Shannon is set to co-star in ABC's new untitled family comedy pilot from Brian Gallivan (Are You There, Chelsea?). The potential series follows Teddy, a father who moves his family to New Hampshire and opens a group of tourist cottages. Shannon will play Cathleen Burke, Teedy's wife and the mother of his six kids (SIX! KIDS!) who's kind of pissed when her husband quits his job without consulting her. In someone's defense here, he probably did try to consult her, and then she probably rolled over and told him "not tonight" because ohmygodsixkids. [THR]

... Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire's Owen Slater) has landed a role in CBS's untitled drama pilot that's being produced by John CusackThe project explores the world of power and money on Wall Street, and Cox will play Jackson, a hedge fund trader who fought in Iraq and has a general desire to do good. Gee, I really hope Wall Street doesn't change him. [Deadline]

... Tim Meadows, of Saturday Night Live and the widely accepted best movie of all time Mean Girls, has been cast in NBC's new pilot Marry Me. The single-camera comedy stars Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Ken Marino (Party Down) as a newly engaged couple. Meadows plays Kevin, a good friend of Wilson's character Annie. [Deadline]

... Steve Kazee, who won a Tony Award for Once, will star opposite Morena Baccarin in ABC's medical drama pilot Warriors. He'll play play Clay, the husband of Baccarin's character Tory who just returned from a nine-month tour in Afghanistan. [TV Line]

... So many people have signed on to guest-star in the second season of Ray Donovan that you'd think they were giving away free cake over there. On second thought, free cake might be all the show has to offer; I know I'd be more inclined to watch it if it were accompanied by Showtime-sponsored cake. Anyway, Kip Pardue (Mad MenRemember the Titans) is the latest actor to join the Showtime drama. He'll play an FBI agent names Volchek who works for Hank Azaria's big shot character James Cochran. Maybe he'll get me some cake. [THR]

... Mike Tyson will appear as himself in an episode of Franklin & Bash. [EW]

... Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey will lend his voice to Phineas and Ferb in a special Grand Prix-themed episode on March 1. I've been told March 1 marks a made-up holiday called Platypus Day. Is this a thing now? Are we just inventing our own holidays? Because if so, I officially declare No Pants Friday a thing. [Disney via press release]

... Ioan Gruffudd (Ringer) has joined the new ABC drama pilot Forever, about a New York medical examiner who will literally live forever. I don't even have the energy to make fun of this one, guys. Hit the comments with your own jokes. [TV Line]


REQUIRED READING

... I'm not saying this will now be TV.com's spoiler policy, but EW makes some good points regarding the rules of details about TV shows on the interwebs. It's definitely worth a read. [EW]


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Very good article on the spoilers. There will never be a standard set of rules though especially on the internet.
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I hope Becki Newton gets a good show which will run for a while. Her shows always get cancelled but she is so nice to look at.
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Heroes is coming back. HEROES IS COMING BACK!!!!
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Speaking of Becki Newton, does anybody know if The Goodwin Games are cancelled or renewed? I want to know! That show was great.
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It was cancelled quite a while ago. In fact, given how long Fox put off airing it, I think they knew it was a lemon with no hope of renewal right from the start.
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Spoilers. Yes, yes, No need to be a douchebag about it. But there is a fine line, books are fair game. However, let us all remember especially those that insist on absolutely no spoilers what so ever. These are TV shows, no need to get butt hurt over it.
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Couldn't have found a better picture of Molly Shannon, huh?
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Years ago TV.com has a spoiler alert thing for our blogs and comments. The reader would click on the bracketed SPOILERS and the line would open up so they could read it. I deal with spoilers by trying to avoid articles about a show until I see it. It doesn't always work, but I deal with it. I guess British TV doesn't worry about it. In a recent Graham Norton Show Graham said who the killer was on Broadchurch and nobody gasped.
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After reading about Sleepy Hollow's premise I rolled my eyes and thought WTF is this preposterous insanity of a show? And yet, I was wrong and it turned out to be pretty good (at least IMO) so I may give FOREVER a chance esp. as Gruffudd is a decent actor and he was watchable even in that disaster that was Ringer (sorry Buffy! I so wanted it to be good and do well...)
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It's a shame that Ioan Gruffudd is continuing his losing streak. He is a decent actor but has never had a noteworthy role, except in those two Fantastic Four films which were less than fantastic. And now he is joining a show that will be dead on arrival. I guess TV.com will perform the autopsy to find out cause of death.
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Great job finding the absolute worst image of Molly Shannon ever. What, her rectal exam video wasn't clear enough for you, Kaitlin?
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I disagree, her skin doesn't look as bad from the harsh sun in that one; nor her neck skin as wrecked, nor her eyes as glazed. It's brutal, no doubt, but not quite as brutal.
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Funny = up-vote.
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Yup. EW pretty much nailed it on the spoilers. The basic principle is that if you know, don't be a douchebag, and if you don't know know, defend your ignorance and don't expect the world to pause until you catch up. Love it.
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Pretty much, although some of those windows were too big even, and anything based on a book is fair game ALL THE DAMNED TIME. "You didn't read it? That's your fault. This is how it's interpreted." Still, there is some level of buffer if you know you're talking to a noob.
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Agreed. One of the points I most agree with is that those who complain most (see post below regarding GoT) about spoilers are themselves spoiled. The best line is the last, using the west coast as an example of those who watch it later. Get over yourselves.
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I'm a west coast person, this is one of the things about life you as a viewer have to take some responsibility for yourself on, or suffer the consequences. You have to know that east coast fans will want to talk about something after they've seen it, that's human nature, and reporters will want to comment, that's journalism, so if you don't want to be spoiled, you have to WAIT 3 HOURS BEFORE GOING ON THOSE SITES! It's not rocket surgery, folks, just take some responsibility for yourself and accept that others will be talking about it on the internet. If you are a west coast viewer and come across spoilers before it's aired in your timezone, and those spoilers matter to you, whose fault is that for looking??? YOURS.
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The Phineas and Ferb episode will supposedly have the hosts of BBC's Top Gear lending their voices too. Very surprised about that. I wonder if they knew what the show is.
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I disagree with a lot in that spoiler article. If you want to discuss things that are going to happen on Game of Thrones, then do it at a place that's specifically for book readers who want to discuss the show. There's no excuse for posting spoilers about future episodes at a TV site.

"Don't be a douchebag" they say, but you really are a douchebag if you insist that you have the right to post spoilers in a TV forum just because we could also have found the information in the books. The reason we still haven't read the books, even after learning that they exist, is that we don't want to spoil the TV show.

To use phrases like "the red wedding" IS to post spoilers. Once you realize that Melisandre isn't one of the people getting married, you can guess that it's going to be a bloodbath. And someone always provides other pieces of the puzzle. In this case, someone said that "Catelyn has made a lot of mistakes already, and she's about to make a very big one", the week before Catelyn agreed to go to the wedding.

You know what, I hate these partial spoilers even more than I hate full spoilers. I would rather know that Walder Frey and Roose Bolton are going to murder Talisa and all the Starks and Tullys at the wedding (except Edmure), than know that the wedding is known as the red wedding and that it was a huge mistake on Catelyn's part to agree to go there. If I know about the massacre, I can at least focus on how it's going to happen. But if I've been given these partial spoilers, I'll be thinking about THEM during the scene.

They say that if people like me get our way, then everyone is completely unable to talk about anything. That's absolutely ridiculous. You can still talk about EVERYTHING at a forum for book readers. At a TV site, you can still talk about what you thought about the episode. How was the acting, cinematography, etc? Was it good TV? You can even talk about in what ways it was different from the book. Just don't be a douchebag.
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The site ate my longer reply, so the short version is:

That's a very self-important viewpoint there. The world doesn't revolve around you, the story has already been out there, it shouldn't wait for you to catch up, the world shouldn't sanitize itself for any one viewer.

Fans of a story and its adaptation shouldn't be so concerned with "what happens next" but with "how will they interpret what happens next", that's what matters.
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It's not "catching up" when the episodes haven't been aired yet, or even been filmed.

The argument that the information is already "out there" makes sense when we're talking about information that people have good reasons to find. It doesn't make sense when we're talking about information that people have a good reason to avoid.

In a book forum, you're talking to people who are likely to have already sought out the information. In a TV forum, you are (mostly) talking to people who are likely to have avoided it.

And what's this about "one person"? Millions of people are watching the show without reading the books first.
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PS - you know what this is like? This is like those people who complain about not wanting to hear how the sport they recorded turns out because they didn't make time to watch it yet, ONLY IT'S FOR YEARS AT A TIME AND THEY'RE SPENDING EVERY DAY SITTING IN A SPORTSBAR. Fans will talk about what fans know, that's the way of fandom. The rest of the world shouldn't have to dance around your needs, the fans shouldn't have to accomodate your specific request for blinders.
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Oops, apparently the hockey game that I said would be played on Tuesday has already been played. I hope I didn't make anyone miss it. I was sure that I had read Tuesday 1 PM Swedish time (=7 AM in eastern North America). But that was completely wrong.
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"...you want the world to not talk about something they're interested in because you haven't seen a version of it yet..."

Incorrect. They can talk about it 24/7 for all I care. I just don't want them to do it at a place that's SPECIFICALLY for discussions about the version I'm watching.

In your sports analogy, you should have chosen a sports bar in eastern Canada that has advertised that the olympic hockey final that starts on Tuesday at 7 AM will be shown at 7 PM Tuesday evening. I'm saying that a person who goes to that sports bar at 7:30 PM and shouts out the result is a douchebag. You're saying that everyone else in there are douchebags. Not only that, you're saying that they're illiterate douchebags because they have chosen to watch the game without reading about it first.
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My example is exactly the way it is, you want the world to not talk about something they're interested in because you haven't seen a version of it yet, and yet you're sitting around in a place where fans of it are acting upset that they're talking about it.
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It's not like that at all. But this branch of our conversation is a lot like this one (with me as Jerry, you as George).



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If they never film the episodes, if the show gets canceled, does that mean the stories will forever be spoiler-territory for you? That's ridiculous, of course. You want the world to revolve around when you watch television, not when the stories first exist and enter the zeitgeist, but when your specific adaptation is released.

"And what's this about "one person"? Millions of people are watching the show without reading the books first."
- First off, that's not speaking well of them, now is it. Secondly, not all of them are moaning because of a spoiler, nor do you make an argument about them as a group objectively, only as a group that you yourself are a member of - a very subjective stance indeed.

Any information you can get on Wikipedia or Google before it's filmed is not a spoiler so long as it's from the original material and not gathered from leaked production content. If you want to avoid conversation about future plotlines, create a forum strictly banning such topics and stay in that little hole, and pray that it works because 99 out of 100 times there will be someone who accidentally steps over that spoiler line anyway.
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"That first paragraph is so bizarre. I know you don't think that I would be against "spoilers" for episodes that will never be filmed because the show has been cancelled. So your argument appears to be that since it would be OK to give away details that will never be filmed in that situation, it's also OK to give away details that have been filmed in our current situation."
- Well, your original point was that the reason it's a spoiler is because they haven't shown you the episode yet, despite the story having already been released. So my point was that your "spoilers" are conditional upon you expecting to view the show, conditional spoilers aren't spoilers, it's not a spoiler unless it's a spoiler to everybody outside of production, otherwise it's just a spoiler TO YOU.

And yeah, if one doesn't read, it doesn't speak well of them, that's how it is in life, even today.
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That first paragraph is so bizarre. I know you don't think that I would be against "spoilers" for episodes that will never be filmed because the show has been cancelled. So your argument appears to be that since it would be OK to give away details that will never be filmed in that situation, it's also OK to give away details that have been filmed in our current situation.

I don't quite follow the logic in that argument, but it's probably because the world revolves around me and it's making me dizzy.


"First off, that's not speaking well of them, now is it."

Here you are suggesting that the people who prefer to only watch the show are somehow inferior to those who prefer to read the books first. This is both offensive and absurd.


"...not all of them are moaning because of a spoiler..."

So? That doesn't mean that they're OK with it. And even if there's a person who's OK with it, that's not a reason to give the rest of us information we'd rather avoid.

In the last paragraph you're saying that nothing from the books (the "original material") can be considered a spoiler (for the TV show, I assume) if it has been posted anywhere on the interet. So every detail from the books that you can find e.g. in a forum or a wiki that's specifically for people who have already read the books, is not a spoiler for the TV show. I reject this because, as you know very well, the show follows the books closely enough that if you give away plot from the book before the show has reached that point in time, it's very likely that you're giving away plot from the show as well.
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Becki Newton, After seeing her in Goodwill Games, will watch her in anything
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Wait, Morena Baccarin's playing the wife of a guy who just got back from Afghanistan? Major deja vu vibe (this is a tongue twister).
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No, Morena's character is the one who just got back from Afghanistan.
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