NBC Pins The Rock for '80s Pro-Wrestling Drama

The Big News
… If NBC is going to get back on the top turnbuckle, this will be the show to get it there. The network is developing a drama about the "golden age" of wrestling during the 1980s, when beasts like Hulk Hogan and The Iron Shiek made it cool to wear tights and put a man's head between your legs (although to be fair, a lot of New Wave music made that cool, too). Dwayne Johnson, aka former wrestling star The Rock, will executive produce, and he's awesome so I have no doubt this too will be awesome. It will be just like Mad Men, but with less talking and more Camel Clutching. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Syfy, the network that loves to hate its viewers, has released the premiere dates for a few of its fall shows. Sanctuary bows on October 7, Scare Tactics scares on October 10, and Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files fakes it on October 19. They've also got this original movie called Zombie Apocalypse that sounds pretty awful on October 29. Can't wait. But when do the networks' shows that are actually good (loose definition) end? Glad you asked! Finale dates: Eureka (September 19), Alphas (September 26), Haven (September 30), Warehouse 13 (October 3; 2 hour finale). In December, Syfy's 4-hour Neverland original movie will air. I get the feeling this is about Peter Pan and not Michael Jackson, so it will probably be boring. There. Don't say I never did anything for you. [Syfy via press release]

… After TNT heard that Syfy announced its premiere dates, it remembered that it has shows, too. And premiere dates! Leverage swindled a fourth season that will start on November 27. The Closer's season 7 drops November 28. You can watch season 2 of Rizzoli & Isles on November 28. And Southland walks its fourth beat on January 17. [TNT via press release]

Casting News
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) is in talks to recur on NBC's Law & Order: SVU as one of the Law parts. [Deadline Hollywood]

Greg Grunberg (Heroes) already crashed a plane into Hawaii on Lost, but he's still returning to the island(s) state. He'll guest star on CBS' Hawaii Five-0 for a mini Heroes reunion with cast member Masi Oka. They'll reminisce about that one good episode they had. [TV Line]

… ABC's upcoming Charlie's Angels is recruiting Isaiah Mustafa, aka The Old Spice Guy. He'll play the former fiancée of one of the broads. [TV Line]

… NBC's upcoming Prime Suspect has bolstered its cast with the comedic stylings of Jay Mohr. He'll play an assistant DA, because DA's are hilllllarious. [EW]

The Rest
… Discovery is developing a reality show called Carfellas, about ex-cons in the used car business, because they've made shows about every single other thing in the world. Video preview in the link. And it's ridiculous. [EW]

… Sad news. Uncle Frank of Jimmy Kimmel Live! has passed away at the age of 77. Frank Potenza, a former NYPD officer and host Jimmy Kimmel's biological uncle, became Kimmel's security on the show and frequently appeared in comedy bits. [Washington Post]

… After that bummer news, lets end on something that will send everyone home with a smile. Oxygen's The World According to Paris, a reality show starring Paris Hilton, has been canceled. [Hollywood.com]


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I am sad to hear about Uncle Frank. Rest In Peace, Uncle.
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Oh no. That's terrible news for Jimmy Kimmel.
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I watch wrestling every week, but I have my doubts that a wrestling drama will be worth watching even if the Rock will be involved.
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TNT nothing good but syfy have very good series its a shame they decided to cancel Eureka. Anyway thanks for the finale dates, and for Nbc Hulk Hogan was my idol and still is, a second not that old is undertaker.Here we`re talking about more than 20years ago. It was our dad/ daughter quality time. Loved every minute
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I'll miss Uncle Frank. RIP
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How the entire criminal community does not have the "leverage team's" photo's by now is hilarious. Seriously, how are they able to fool anyone (besides the guy at blockbuster) at this point???// I was sad about Frank. Thanks for the Paris cheer-up!!
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not to be mean to Anthony Anderson, but Andre Braugher would have been an awesome replacement for Jesse Martin on original L&O.
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I'm really looking forward to seeing Greg Grunberg on Hawaii Five-0!
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I haven't watched Kimmel Live in a while, but I'll miss Uncle Frank. Also, the wrestling show sounds okay.
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I wonder if Warehouse 13 and Misfits will have an extra, Christmas episode, like both shows had last year?
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Neverland doesn't sound so aweful; but yeah, the rest of Syfy's fall schedule does.
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the TNT stuff, you make it sound like those are premiere dates, but i'm assuming you meant finale dates? i don't know about the rest since i only watch Rizzoli & Isles, but it'd be kind of stupid to only air so many episodes then take a month or so off to air the rest since there's only supposed to be 13 episodes for season 2 and then 15 for season 3 next summer. confusing.
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I was wonderng about that, myself, since I thought we were already watching the second season of Rizzoli & isles and the newest season of Leverage. With all of the season breaks, especially the long breaks, I have a tough time remembering what season we're in.
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I hope Andre Braugher plays Frank Pembleton.
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YES! I will actually watch it if he does. One of the greatest characters on TV!
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Meh.
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Hey. I don't watch anything on Syfy right now. Self high five. And cheap plug for Jay Mohr new podcast. His stories about Jerry Maguire and Picture Perfect were amazing. Action was the best show around.
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Try Alphas, it really is very good.
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Hey man, Heroes had more than one good episode. They had at least two.
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1.5....
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Rememebr that HUGE fight at the end of season 1? Oh man, that was great.
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