Neil Patrick Harris Gets Smurfy

... Neil Patrick Harris' comeback is officially complete. The How I Met Your Mother star and awards-show host will be adding Smurf Wrangler to his resume, as he's been cast in the upcoming movie Smurfs: The Movie (clever name!). The flick is a mix of live-action, animation, and Hollywood desperation, and Harris will play the lead live-action character. So no blue Barney in white hot-pants. Drats. [Deadline Hollywood]

... I never really knew Rob Lowe to be much of a comedian. Even after he was in that Austin Powers movie. But apparently NBC thinks he's funny (or famous) enough, because he's now part of the cast of Parks and Recreation. Details on his role are still a secret, because no one wants spoilers for a show like Parks and Recreation. That sound you just heard was me rolling my eyes. [EW]

... Remember when that politician grilled NBC's Jeff Zucker for not having enough African-Americans cast in major roles on the network? Zucker sure does. Blair Underwood is set to play the President of the United States in the upcoming NBC serialized drama The Event, following in the footsteps of other famous black presidents Morgan Freeman, Tiny Lister, and Terry Crews. In other news, The Event—about a plot to assassinate the president (of course)—is looking pretty darned good. [Variety]

... Emmy-winner Debra Messing is returning to her comedy roots with a new role on ABC's pilot Wright vs. Wrong. I'd write my own take on what the show is about, but I can barely tell what it is from this description: "[It's about] a driven conservative pundit who tries to maintain her public persona despite facing her own vulnerabilities." Sounds... well, I don't know what that sounds like. [THR]

... Reality TV Doom #1: A casting company is looking for proud Southsiders from Chicago to probably cram into a house, stereotype themselves, and fight with each other while cameras roll. The casting call asks, "Are you sexy, crazy, fun, outgoing, outrageous, love to make things exciting, always up for an adventure, and a huge Sox fan who think the Cubs suck?" Damn, I'm all those, but I only consider myself a larger-than-average Sox fan. [Huffington Post]

... Reality TV Doom #2: Sarah Palin is shopping a reality show. She's paired with producer Mark Burnett to pitch a show about her home state and her family for all the world to see. One executive describes it as "Planet Earth meets Alaska meets her family." When asked for comment, Planet Earth killed itself. [THR]

Comments (4)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
Mar 05, 2010
Rob Lowe is the only thing on the list that sounds real promising. I hope NPH can pull off the Smurfs but I will not hold my breath. Sarah Palin doing a show in Alaska could mean that she would at least be there and not in the lower 49. Silver lining found.
Reply
Flag
Mar 04, 2010
looking forward to the comedy with debra messing.
Reply
Flag
Mar 04, 2010
The Smurf movie sounds stupid, even with NPH. With Rob Lowe's looks I'd guess he's playing the mayor. Even though, in my experience, real mayors are not nearly so handsome. A reality show about her family would be the final nail in the coffin of Sarah Palin's political career. She should stop immediately and run the other way.
Reply
Flag
Mar 04, 2010
I don't understand why people keep trying to get Sarah Palin in the public eye. It's disturbing. I hope her show fails.
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook

  • 7:00 pm
    NFL Football Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
    CBS
  •  
    NFL Football Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders
    CW