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

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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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