J.J. Abrams' New Show is... Pulpy

... J.J. Abrams is busy working on another new show, this time in the world of crime dramas. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot—the same shingle behind Fringe and Lost—is pitching Pulp, a crime drama set in a "slightly heightened reality, a-la Pulp Fiction." I don't really know what that means, but if Michael Ausiello says it, it must be true. [TV Line]

... CBS aired the whateverth-annual People's Choice Awards last night, and winners included Glee for favorite comedy, House for favorite drama, Hawaii Five-O for favorite new drama, S#*I My Dad Says for favorite new comedy, and S#*! My Dad Says for the "Tim Can't Believe This Show Won an Award" Award. The rest of the winners (Neil Patrick Harris! Jane Lynch! Conan O'Brien!) are listed in the link. [People's Choice Awards]

... Dichen Lachman, the exotic beauty last seen on Fox's canceled Dollhouse, will soon confuse our taste in women in Starz's upcoming U.S. adaptation of Torchwood. Lachman will guest star in the pilot episode. Also, All My Children's Alexa Havins has joined the series as a regular. [TV Line]

... You're gonna need a drink, Paula. And some Vicodin, Xanax, and whatever else you inject into your dopamine receptors. Paula Abdul's Live to Dance performed admirably in its premiere, but last night's follow-up episode dropped a quarter of the initial audience, with a 1.8 rating in the adult demo and 7.7 million viewers. The new series was dismissed by critics, and it appears audiences have decided to pass on it as well. [THR]

... ABC is teaming up with the 51st state, a.k.a. Canada (oooh, burn you hosers!), for a new cross-border co-production. Tentatively titled Combat Hospital (hee hee, really?), the show is set in a military hospital in Afghanistan. As it did before with Rookie Blue, ABC will split costs with Canadian network Canwest to produce 13 episodes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Katy Perry is guest starring on CBS' How I Met Your Mother. That's really all I have to say about that. [Orlando Sentinel]

... Remember that set-in-the-1960s series about Playboy bunnies that was circling NBC? It's now headed to production, as NBC has ordered a pilot. Titled Playboy, the drama would follow the ladies who worked at the famous Playboy club in Chicago during the sexual and moral revolutions of the era. It's like Mad Men, but without a brain. [Deadline Hollywood]


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These awards prove that the so-called "people's choice" award is S#*I
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The adaptation (or reboot) was when the show was under Fox. That was cancelled and Starz picked it up to be a continuation or the original show... however there was some confusion there to as some producers did refer to it as a reboot...
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it is not a US adaptation of Torchwood. It IS Torchwood, just filmed in different places. I think it is pretty bad that a website devoted to television would mistake that.
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The Playboy series actually interests me. Obviously it won't have any nudity, but it's the lifestyle and attitudes that make that period interesting.
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It took a premium cable network (AMC) to realistically and reliably portray a show about people working in advertising. Unless they've got some special deal with the FCC how is network TV supposed to realistically and reliably portray a show about people working in porn?
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I was all set to hate the US Torchwood, but I may have to have a look at it now.
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Oh you Canadians are so sensitive (come on, I'm joking!)! But really, you talk about Canadian stereotypes and your username is hockey9927?
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Congrats to Hawaii Five-0, Fringe, Lie to Me and Tim Roth!!!
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go jj, awesome
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Dichen Lachman was also on an episode of Hawaii Five-0, but i don't know if that was before or after NCIS LA
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It's not a US adaption. It's a US+UK continuation.
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Any news about TORCHWOOD is good but for the record Dichen Lachman was last seen in NCIS LOS ANGELES not DOLLHOUSE. Don't really care about JJ anymore he has so many projects running at the same time that they can't possibly succeed because he's split between all of them.
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Well, hockey9927, I smiled when I read that :) Katy Perry on HIMYM will be strange.
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Pulp sounds interesting and hopefully better than Undercovers was.
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Please stop saying the"U.S.Adaptation" of Torchwood...it's the same show with a few new cast members. Just because the show will be airing on Starz does not make it a US adaptation...the show has the exact same writers it just won't take place solely in Cardiff
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Bleep My Dad Says is funnier than a lot of the rubbish out there including HIMYM which is a joke now. Yeah creating a show based on a twitter feed isn't the best idea but it is alright.
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Personally, I like shows that are set in a "slightly decelerated reality," but hey, that's just me... oh and 'S#*I My Dad Says' winning an award (any award) is further proof that the apocalypse is coming, lol.
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Comments like that really prove wrong the stereotypes Canadians have about Americans.....not. Does this guy actually think that he's funny?
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