J.R. Ewing is Returning to Television

... Larry Hagman, the veteran actor who played J.R. Ewing in the super-soap Dallas, is returning to television as a resident of Wisteria Lane. Hagman will play the beau of Lynette's mom (Polly Bergen). Coincidentally, a Dallas remake is in the works. [The Hollywood Reporter]

... We've already seen the worst examples of humanity become the focus of reality shows, so why not have a show with pretentious jerks who think they're the best? Princeton University will be the setting of Ivy League, which follows students at the prestigious college. I didn't think there would be a group of reality-show people I'd avoid more than The Situation and company, but I was wrong. [Daily Princetonian]

... Rumors have been circulating that Lindsay Lohan is in line to appear on the next edition of Dancing With the Stars. Those rumors are hogwash, says her rep. Phew, glad we solved that one. [NY Daily News]

... We last saw Mandy Patinkin on Criminal Minds, and next we'll see him in Showtime's Homeland. The drama follows a CIA agent (Claire Danes) who believes a decorated war hero might actually be a spy for the bad guys. Patinkin will play the CIA division chief. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Alan Ball had a project called All Signs of Death in the works at HBO, but the premium cable network has killed it. The black comedy was about a slacker who joins a crime scene clean-up team. Note to self: name next television project Greenlight This Show. [The Live Feed]

... Discovery Science has acquired the U.S. rights to An Idiot Abroad, the show from Ricky Gervais and his demented brain that sends his idiot friend Karl Pilkington to exotic locations. Look for it next month. [The Futon Critic]

... NBC has cut down on Love Bites. The romantic comedy anthology series has been hit with all kinds of problems, and the network has cut the show's order from 13 episodes to nine episodes. We'll see if it even hits the light of day. [The Live Feed]

... FX is developing the comic Powers, about a cop who investigates crimes in a city full of superheroes and supervillains, into a TV series. This would be great news, except for the fact that one of my screenplays is centered on the exact same idea (mine is better, of course). [Comic Book Resources]


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Wasn't there a seen in Dallas when Ewing had to cut off those boat tops to save that girl he was in love with? That was my favorite episode! http://www.ttopsetc.com
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Soooo, wait, who are the "bad guys" in Homeland again? Seriously, this American thing of calling people they're at war with bad guys is incredibly distracting. At least back in the Cold War they had a proper name. I guess "guys with no money in caves" doesn't sound as epic as "reds", but bad guys is just generic and mean spirited. Also, yay for Powers getting the Walking Dead treatment (note to Tim: no, it wasn't) and An Idiot Abroad getting US airtime. It's the most fun AND the funniest show I've seen on TV in a while.
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Polly Bergen is still alive? I remember her guest-hosting Good Morning, America (or was it A.M. America) and playing Richard Long's wife in Death Cruise, and even then she was reminiscing about being on Playhouse 90. Who knew?
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lindsey is to busy getting into trouble I really think her carreer is down the drain. I doubt we will see her on anything except gettingi into trouble over and over again.
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Karl Pilkington has his own show? Crazy!!
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