News Briefs: A The Walking Dead Zombie Tried to Kill President Obama

WHAT THE? NEWS

... An actress named Shannon Richardson who's played bit parts on The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries has been indicted for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg in May. The letters were full of pro-gun statements and threats to anyone who tried to take Richardson's guns away. A snippet from one of them: "Anyone who wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die." Ricin, made famous by Breaking Bad's Walter White, is a deadly poison that's difficult to trace and takes a few days to kill those who come in contact with it. Small-time actress Richardson played a zombie on The Walking Dead, and must have inhaled a little too much of that prosthetic glue to try to pull off something like this. [NBC News]


BUSINESS TIME

... Showtime breaker one-niner this is T-diggity the Mermaid Slayer, Roger. Expect a lot of that made-up radiospeak in Showtime's latest project in development, Heartland Trucking. The drama follows truckers in the Midwest and a family-run trucking business that's also involved in criminal activities. [Deadline Hollywood]

... USA's Graceland premiered last night to decent numbers. The drama, about undercover agents from different government departments who live together in a safehouse, drew 3.3 million viewers despite going up against the NBA finals (go Spurs, or should I say, don't go Heat!) and having its pilot available online for a few weeks. Burn Notice's final-season premiere was up from last year, with 4.3 million viewers. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has given a straight-to-series order to The Black Box, from Mystic Pizza writer Amy Holden Jones. The 13-episode series follows a female neuroscientist who struggles with mental illness. Sounds hilarious! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The upcoming movie Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will reunite a pair of Community actors, as Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase have both signed on to appear in the film. I'm sure everything will go great. [Zap2It]

... Paige Davis of TLC's Trading Spaces has joined the A&E comedy pilot Whitey. David Koechner stars as "Whitey," a conservative guy in his 40s who doesn't understand the country's changing values. Davis will play his wife. [Deadline Hollywood]


JENSEN ACKLES NEWS

... Supernatural's Jensen Ackles and his actress wife Danneel Harris (One Tree Hill) had a baby girl! And they named it Justice Jay Jensen. Congrats, guys. And yes, this is a slow news day! Have a good weekend, everybody. [Zap2It]

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Oh my goodness... the dumb shit people post. "Guns kills" "swords were not made for killing..." last I checked it takes a finger to pull a gun's trigger and swords were made filleting steaks. Rocks kill people too, are you going to ban rocks too? If you don't like guns, don't own one, but don't take away the good citizens right want to have them. I guess when laid in that situation, the anti-gun people will just sit there and let the turd win.
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yo its in the constitution that we have our guns to handle the usa if it trys to hurt the people in anyway, so i agree with him this makes sence and i am cristian in gods blood i belive that he is right that the us gov. has no right to take our guns
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I agree Tim, don't go Heat.
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where does it say it's your god given right to carry guns? in fact the bible says otherwise. it says ON THE VERY FIRST COMMANDMENT that thou shalt not kill. and guns kill.

makes me think of this comic i saw online where god is reacting to things that are being done in his name and his is PISSED.
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Free will is given to us by God. Gun owning by the constitution. If you don't like guns, don't own one. Very Simple.
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Guns don't kill people, people do.. Its just a tool, like swords and knives. It is the human who commits the murder, not the weapon.
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yeah but the difference with swords and knives is they aren't made to kill. yes they can kill but they aren't made specifically for that. guns are made to kill and only kill.
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Jensen Ackles <3
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Looking past the overall utter stupidity of the god & guns crowd, I love the irony that the woman is becoming known for playing a zombie, given that christianity is known for the ritualizing of blood drinking & flesh eating while worshiping a dude that they like to think rose from the grave.
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I'll look past the fact that you made a very uneducated and ignorant statement in regards to the Christianity part. Either you're overly sarcastic or uneducated. Just so you know Christians don't believe in drinking blood or eating flesh. It is a metaphor, not a literal thing.

That is all.
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Lighten up there, Sparky. Of course it's a metaphor for them. Be that as it may, having dozens of "praise the lord & pass the ammunition" fundamentalist nutbags in my family that I have to deal with, It's a disturbing metaphor that among many other things, makes them very creepy, very hateful people.
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Not all of them are. I know a lot of Christians who are loving and kind people. The ones who spew hate and are creepy give the others a bad name. The ones who spew hate and such obviously aren't practicing their beliefs. Christians are to love and not judge from my understanding. The mistakes of a few create a bad name for the rest. Not all are like that.
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The overwhelming number of mind numbing Christian idiots is a fact that no one can ignore, and they'll go batcrazy over a Christian that actually love and care about other people and are not part of hardcore inyourface-rapers species. If they were to form their own opinion and not fall for the peer pressure at first sign of a hell raising crowd I might actually consider the fact that there are nice Christians out there.
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I don't know how to PM on this site...never done it before.

I also come from a long line of Christianity. THis would be an interesting discussion. If you know how to PM me, maybe you can help me figure it out.
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Tell you what Sir: If you would like to continue this conversation in PM so that we can stop spamming, I'll go ahead & oblige, but you will need to loose your assumption that I don't come from a long life of christianity in order not to waste both my time and yours.
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I don't think your comment 'looked past' anything at all
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as in Justice Jay Jensen Ackles? I love him in Supernatural but that is one ridiculous-sounding name. I'm sure she's totally adorable though and Dean- I mean Jensen's- little girl will not take crap from name-callers in grade-school. :)
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Maybe the writer meant to say Justice Jay Ackles and accidentally wrote Jensen in place of Ackles. That would make more sense...
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hot tub time machine 2 how freaking retarded.... and all the stupid people posting on here...
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Aren't "constitutional" and "God" given rights a bit of a paradox? Did god write the constitution that gave gun-nutters the right to threaten to shoot a president in the face? Is she part of a 237 year old militia that guards, with a flint-lock rifle, against the British taking over again?

Seriously...
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I was just going to write about this...
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................... What the ?!
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I just don't understand how they think threatening people is going to strengthen their case. Serious infection of the dumb, that is.
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Haha.. Got to love the Americans. Entertainment level: pro.
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If you actually keep up on the news she framed her husband. I doubt it had anything to do with what was actually in the letters-she was just trying to get her husband thrown in prison. They are now getting a divorce surprise surprise.
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EXACTLY, crazy like a CHRISTIAN ROCK STAR in San Diego. Google "CHRISTIAN ROCK STAR in San Diego" if you don't know what I mean.
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" News Briefs: A The Walking Dead Zombie Tried to Kill President Obama. "

I thought Dick Cheney had gone hunting again. :)
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Are you familiar with the term "alleged," Tim, or "allegedly"? Just because someone was indicted for a crime doesn't mean he did it. That's the whole point of a trial. There was someone arrested in a previous ricin case a few weeks ago who, it turns out, was cleared. Props for referencing a 20-plus-year-old movie (Mystic Pizza) without any fanfare though.
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The terms aren't ones typically used in news reporting because they don't dismiss any libel concerns. So long as the information is cited/credited, Tim's simply relaying it. Word-of-mouth via the Internet, if you will.
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The reason that first guy was arrested and cleared was ALLEGEDLY that this new suspect, his wife, tried to frame him for the crime. Since Tim wrote that this woman was indicted for the crime, Tim and the site are clear of libel concerns - he didn't say she was guilty or convicted, just "indicted", therefore he doesn't need to use "allegedly".
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I think you're referring to a different case from what I was thinking. In the case I was referring to, the initial suspect was an Elvis impersonator.
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That is a similar situation, but instead of husband and wife, it was an online feud where Kevin Curtis, a Mississippi Elvis impersonator, was detained by the FBI in connection with a different ricin letter case, and later released when his online nemesis was indicted for it instead.
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and yes, I'm well aware of how stupid 'online nemesis' sounds, but the whole case is incredibly stupid.
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There are 2 cases of this.
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Lol..yeah...God gives us guns..sure.
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Ha ha ha. These people... God is always on their side!
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hahah don't mess with their imaginary friend
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I'm sure that if they sit down calmly and respectfully with Ms. Richardson, they'll discover her true intent, and that of all the intelligently masked posters for that matter, to kill SECRETARIES! Those bitches of either or both genders - no discrimination here - have had it coming for years. It's merely a conspiracy of evolution proportions. First all they had to dodge was male advances (or in simpler terms, cock) and now it's chemical warfare at work or, guns if they reply in person to the senders. Feminists rejoice. A united and targeted workplace at last.
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it seems to me that the lower the IQ the more obsessed americans are with their guns. am I wrong about that? I must be... 'cause that alone would be a strong reason to change the laws. ah, what am I talking about... it's the country that believes having sex for money is criminal unless you record it so everyone can watch, then it's fine.

you don't make sense, americans.
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only those with low IQs believe in stereotypes such as "the lower the IQ the more obsessed americans are with their guns"

I find it interesting how some people from other countries love our shows (why else come to this site that mainly reviews american shows) yet love to bash America.

At least other countries aren't bashed. I am not a fan of bashing other countries since most, if not all, have many good and bad aspects (countries, their citizens, their laws, etc..)
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oh, you want a serious discussion about this? I was just making fun... but sure, why not: low intelligence = more violent is not a stereotype, it's a fact. do you "believe" in science? (see? now THAT'S a stereotype, the religious american not putting any trust in the scientific method) I'm not going to argue about this with you, if you're interested look it up.

don't complain to me about country bashing, I'm from germany. seriously, whatever you got, I can one-up you on that. I on the other hand wouldn't complain about it, because we earned it and we deverse so much worse. even though I didn't exist back then, I do feel the guilt and the shame. that never goes away.

your country has done pretty seriously fucked up stuff as well, not on an as big a scale as mine, sure... but still enough to earn being made fun of. especially since you people keep going on about how you're the "greatest country" on earth, please... nobody but you believes that. and doesn't that make it a bit icky? also, look at the history of my country if you want to know where national selfobsession can go, you should be more careful about that.

some of your laws are rediciculous, I'm sure we can agree on that, there isn't much common sense at work there... but if you ask me that's mainly because the most active political forces are the conservative nutjobs while the sensible liberals are rather apathetic. in politics. in your media, especially tv, it seems to be the other way around. and there we are: yeah, you make great tv... the people creating shows are usually pretty smart and good natured and you have the resources to make it look awesome. be proud of that, it's a good thing and something your country gets judged by as well... and you need the balance, just imagine if all you had was your politics, wouldn't that stink?

neither my love nor my hate are blind... just because you love one aspect of a country, doesn't mean you have to love all of it and same goes the other way around, it's always a good idea to be critical. and sometimes you have to cleanly seperate the aspects. that's why it's totally possible to both love your tv shows and make fun of your society at the same time. "bashing" I think is a bit strong... it was light-hearted humour, no "kill all americans"-battlecry.
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I come here to discuss tv shows (or "play with friends") and not bash other countries, debate politics, or discuss religion. Occasionally I get drawn into those discussions (since many make annoying comments that stereotype Americans) but frankly I have better things to do today then get sucked in by your rant.

As I stated previously, "At least other countries aren't bashed. I am not a fan of bashing other countries since most, if not all, have many good and bad aspects (countries, their citizens, their laws, etc..)".

Since I didn't spell it out for you, yes, I include America in the generalization that all countries have many good and bad aspects.....etc.. That being said, I do wonder why so many people immigrate here (legally and illegally)..

I skimmed the comment but if it was light-hearted fine but there are many of them and it gets old. Let's all (I'm being sarcastic and don't really want that) make light hearted jabs at the French, the Germans, the any country...after awhile it is tiresome and just comes off as ignorant. I'm not saying YOU always do it but that it is frequently stated and I just happened to respond to your "lighthearted humor".

Extremist on either end (left or right) are nut jobs

Have a great day

the end;-)

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sure, no problem. I see we're basically in agreement (your first comment seriously did not seem like it)... don't be too annoyed over those kind of comments, I mean the ones that aren't intended to actually hurt anybody's feelings. embrace your national quirks, we all have them. sometimes they're funny and amuse other countries, that's just part of living on a planet where the population is devided up in nationalities. nothing wrong with that. once they're meant to do harm, there's reason to fight them.
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Shoo gurl...
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Tim, dude what do you have against Mermaids? according to animal planet they're great people and true Southerners to boot
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"Go Spurs, or should I say, don't go Heat!"

Bingo. I like the Spurs, but I much more hate the Heat.
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Who sends letters these days? Couldn't she have sent the ricin attached to an e-mail?
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Someone who thinks it's a good idea to send poison through the mail is not someone I want with guns.
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But those are probably the ones who buy guns.
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seriously?
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2???An actress tried to kill Obama with ricin??? This sounds like April's Fool day :)
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2? There must be some kind of mistake. I've watched the first movie, twice, and still can't find the humor in it after a few of my friends stated it was the funniest movie ever. Is my funny bone broken?
since I don't follow Hollywood Coupling... Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris are married and have a child? That's too many good looks in one household.
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Oh yeah, I totally forgot about Paige Davis. The main reason I remember anything about Trading Spaces is that Ty Pennington tried to run a race in high heels & crashed hard. It still cracks me up to this day!
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Aww! Congratulations Jensen & Daneel :) I didn't even know they were pregnant. They seem like a pretty cool couple. Wonder how many of the fangirls/boys out there are gonna want Jensen's baby girl to marry Jared's baby boy.

What the? News is right...zombie assassination attempt is about the last thing I expected to read today.
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I think Justice is such a pretty, meaningful name for a baby girl. Congrats Dean!
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Hot Tub Time Machine 2? It's official: Western civilization is dead.
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congrats to jensen and daneel, justice is a bit of a strange name but hey too each their own who am i to question one of the winchester brothers.
i actually liked hot tub time machine, looking forward to the sequel.. i keep forgetting to watch graceland gotta check that out.
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' Ricin, made famous by Breaking Bad's Walter White'
Ill just be that guy and say no to this statement and say it was the Markov assassination that made it famous. but anyways her plan was stupid because unless Obama and Bloomberg licked their fingers or got a paper cut her plan would fail b/c Im pretty sure it has to be inserted into the body some how (ingestion, injection, inhalation ect.) for it to work. Also how the hell did she obtain it?
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it can be made from caster beans, but your right, breaking bad did not make this famous or known
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aren't caster beans illegal?
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No, they are not, except in a few local jurisdictions. Also "castor" as in "castor oil", made from the very same seed.
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I mean attempting to assassinate the president is pretty illegal. She probably wasn't too worried if the beans were.
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yeah that's true.
idk ive never gone out looking for illegal substances so I don't know how hard it is to come by these things. And it is sad isn't it.
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Yeah I understood what you meant Gilda, but crack is illegal too and there's still a ton of it going around everywhere. Honestly you can a hold of anything you want if you look a little. It's sad but it's true.

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by my statement I meant if they were illegal wouldn't it be hard to get them. but yeah in the long run she wouldn't care
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Thanks for making my day:D
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GO SPURS!!! My 2nd favorite team!
the heat--lol, sounds like a bad movie
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So Obama & Bloomberg were supposed to EAT the letters? Or smoke them?
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don't f*ck with the second amendment (but ricin is not the way to send a message)
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A-men! Anthrax is the better way to send a message. Or was it a massage? Either way as a European I envy your second amendment, especially the gun laws in Texas for example. Where I come from we don't even have a constitution...
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"constitutional God given right" so the Constitution was created by God? Old or new Testament... =)
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psychos often quote the word "God" which has nothing to do with guns imo
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Probably Old. It's the one in which God is all vengeful and stuff. That God probably loves guns, too.
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Gotta 'love' people who know the second amendment by heart but haven't read the what the first amendment says about religion.
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Well, to be fair the crazy lady didn't say anything about hating other religions, just that God wants her to have guns. And apparently chemical weapons.
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Let's be nice, she is from Texas...
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Let's be fair, all states and all countries have their "good" and "bad" people. At least in Texas we can protect ourselves from the "bad" people---I would of shot that letter!! lol, j/k I actually I toss all mail into the trash unless it's from a family member (yes, some older ones still send letters), the IRS or my bank.
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I know. When someone starts using the name of God to justify violent actions things begin to get scary. Because as far as they're concerned they aren't only justified in doing it, but their actions are actually good. Not the way to voice your opinion on the gun issue Richardson.
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"And on the third day God created the Remington bull action rifle so that man could fight the dinosaurs, and the homosexuals."
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This quote made me laugh ; where does it come from ?
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Mean Girls, it's a movie from a few years ago staring Linsay Lohan before she went nuts. It's also got Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and a number of other recognizable faces. It's a pretty funny movie.
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Thanks, I'm gonna take a look at it !
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Didn't you know the constitution writers were all prophets of God? I'm pretty sure it says so in the Bible. If not, maybe I should create a new religious sect that says so and get rich quick...I mean, inform the masses of the glorious word of God.
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Uhhh, what bible are you reading? Pretty sure the bible was written before the constitution, meaning it could not have spoken about the constitution because it was a long way away from being written. Unless your magical god can suddenly time travel. I swear, the more i scroll down, the more i lose faith in humanity. I mean really, are you trying to be stupid, or does it just come naturally? I'm really curious.
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Worst audition for Breaking Bad ever.
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Lol
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Doesnt the black box sound like Do No Harm 2.0
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