News Briefs: ABC Orders an X-Files-like Drama With a Terrible Name

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.... AND THE TRUTH IS THIS IS ONE AWFUL NAME FOR A TELEVISION SHOW

... ABC has ordered a new paranormal drama about a secret organization that solves mysterious cases the CIA and the National Security Agent can't. It sounds a lot like The X-Files, and is being targeted for a 13-episode summer run. But I've teased the name of the show long enough that all you care about is what it is, so brace yourselves, for this makes The Mob Doctor and Cougar Town sound like majestic christenings. Are you ready? It's called... Weird Desk. Seriously. It's so bad I think I like it. [Variety]

BUSINESS TIME

... ABC is also developing Jenni, a multi-camera family sitcom centered around Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. She'd star as a working class single mom trying to raise a family and fight gender and racial barriers. This would go great with nothing. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jennifer Love Hewitt is working with Lifetime to develop a drama based on an entry on a blog (ugh) called Derfwad Manor. In the post, the bored housewife dreamed about being a polygamist and marrying A-list movie stars, I think. In the show, the blogger will see fame and attention from her post and tries to pretend it's real or something? Hewitt, what the hell is this? [Deadline Hollywood]

... If you see a pig flying, don't be surprised. E!, the home of 30-cent television programs that follow airheads in high heels and Juicy Couture sweatpants, is developing a scripted supernatural drama. The untitled project follows a young male lawyer who dies and tries to pursue a relationship with a woman who is very much alive while he works in limbo for the department that judges those who have died. E! is the dumpster of cable television reality crud, so this makes zero sense. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rihanna, perhaps you've heard of her, is producing a reality television series for Style called Styled To Rock. The 10-episode season will see a dozen fashion designers compete and make things for celebs. This is a much stupider name than Weird Desk. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Paleyfest, the annual mini-festival in Los Angeles featuring weeks of panels honoring specific shows, has announced dates and the first three panels for the 2013 gathering. This year the event will take place from March 1 to March 15, and confirmed for panels will be HBO's The Newsroom, ABC's Once Upon a Time, and NBC's Revolution. Meh, meh, and bleh. [Paleyfest Twitter]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker will guest star on New Girl. She'll play a woman that loves broken-hearted men, so the male roommates vie for her attention by pretending to be super dumped and damaged. Which brings us to the question of the day: Who would you rather snuggle with? Brooklyn Decker or Zooey Deschanel? [EW]

... It's a The Office reunion on The Mindy Project! B.J. Novak, who played Ryan on the NBC comedy, will drop by Mindy Kaling's new Fox sitcom for a few episodes. He'll play a professor of Latin who may be a love interest for Mindy. [Vulture]

... More Mindy news, but not as joyous. The show has officially written off the much beloved Stephen Tobolowsky as The Mindy Project continues to shake things up (Amanda Setton's Shauna was let go from the show, and Anna Camp's Gwen was downgraded to recurring recently). Tobolowsky played Dr. Marc Shulman, Mindy's boss. [Hitfix]

SHOULDA USED A CROSSBOW

... A man shot his girlfriend with a rifle after they argued the plausibility of a zombie apocalypse following an episode of The Walking Dead. Why? Because people are stupid. [CBS News]

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I want to snuggle with Agent Scully on The Weird Desk.
I would like to do other things with Brooklyn Decker on The Squeaking Mattress.
(Agent Mulder can watch both.)
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Weird Desk sounds like the title of a foreign TV show, like a Japanese show, after it's been translated. Was "Strange Cases" taken?
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I hope Weird Desk is better than its name!
The New E project could be intriguing!
Can't wait to see Brooklyn Decker on New Girl!
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It's almost Time Desk: The Chronicles of Dean Dangerous...
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at least it doesn't have a censored swear word in the title. thank bleep my dad says for starting that trend.
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as awful as "how to live with your parents (for the rest of your life)"?
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How is a Han Solo in Carbonite desk weird? Granted, the majority of the smuggler pirate's body has been hollowed away for a footwell, and whenever working you're constantly staring at a grimacing, frozen person... I retract my statement.

Anyway, it's not a very good title for a show.
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It reminds me of the Futurama scenes where they spoof "Twilight Zone" They have their own fake-show "Scary Door"

Scary Door / Weird Desk
Similar in concept
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I was thinking more an old police precinct desk, but I like yours better.
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The truth is out there? Sounds a lot like Fringe too...
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If the weird desk has weird props pop out of the drawers occasionally and starts to grow red frizzy hair out the top of the desk and empty pill bottles of steroids keep appearing on the floor underneath the desk, then, yea, its a Weird Desk.
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I think we are judging too soon. I for one can't wait to see what is so strange about this desk. Cabinets instead of drawers? Left handed handles? Maybe it eats people? I hope it's a talking desk and it has a fantastic rapport with the the main character, who's catch phrase is "desk you so weird."
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Could stop laughing when I heard the name Weird Desk. Am still laughing.
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About PaleyFest, it's more like Awesome, cool and okay.
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the weird desk.........that is just terrible.... i am still laughing
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Weird desk, weird name. The concept sounds interesting, going into the direction of X-Files or Warehouse 13 so I would probably take a look. However given this years treatment of the best new show by ABC (Last Resort) I won't. ABC will have a very hard time of convincing me to ever again tune into that channel once Last Resort has finished it's short run.
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I'm now convinced that all ABC execs have "a working class single mom trying to raise a family and fight gender and racial barriers" tattooed on their ass, so that when these nobody's come along thinking that their life is so interesting it should be a TV show and begin the contractually obliged ass-kissing the tagline is none-to-subliminally farted on to their retinas.

Widow Detective can breath a sigh of relief, it no longer has the most ridiculous name! Well done Weird Desk you are now the Pilot Inspektor Lee baby name equivalent of TV shows. Actually forget that, at least Jason Lee put a little effort into thinking of Pilot Inspektor as his kids name. Seriously, Weird Desk? Did they just ask the closest 12 year old? Why not Strange Table or Odd Counter, or how about Bizarre Escritoire?

Didn't Jennifer Love Hewitt play a scantily clad happy-ending masseuse on Lifetime? Do you think she play a scantily clad happy-ending blogger too? Here's hoping!

I know E! is basically run by chimpanzees but that show actually sounds like it has some potential, proving they stick some humor in there and don't take it seriously. I could picture Tyler Labine featuring in there somewhere, although E! network would be a huge leap backwards (off a cliff) for his career.
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....aaaand let the creepy!Mulder meme commence! Now!
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I thought the Client List would return for a second season, then why is Jennifer Love Hewitt looking at another show?
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Better Names for 'Weird Desk"

- Top Secret
- Restricted
- Secret Chronicles
- Classified
- Quixotic
- Special Activities Division (haha SAD)
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Quixotic. I like that.
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So do I! Lol. The meaning of the word kind of fits with the show premise "foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals", I mean if it's going along the lines of X-Files and Fringe it's going to be out there and the main characters will without a doubt solve cases with foolishly impractical means in the pursuit of knowledge of how/why these things happened. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge fan of the X-Files, but it was campy at it's best, and derailed on logical means quite early into the second season :-D
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How 'bout FRINGE!!!!!!!!!!
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Lol. I believe that one is already taken. Unless you want a copyright lawsuit, gonna have to say FRINGE wouldn't be a better name for 'Weird Desk'
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I love the polls but I would like to see a Both, None, All of the above or None of the above option please and Thank you
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If "Weird Desk" is the best name you can come up with, considering the X-Files and it's close ally in Fringe...i find this horribly disappointing and certainly believe that the writer's strike a few years back clearly did nothing to serve up any talent on that front. This is there revenge, apparently. Well played, writers. I can think of at least 3 far more appropriate titles spooked, lights out, the quiet and it's eleven at night where i'm at. But i digress, don't listen to someone who may actually watch this and then feel bad posting about on facebook.

also, J Love still has a career? i thought that died with 'Ghost Whisperer'...or 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'...
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- Weird Desk? It could work as a name, if the show is similar to the campy sci-fi movies made in the 1950s.

- Oh, E! I can't even come up with a witty comment to that one. The only thing to say is that it sounds like a terrible idea. You got me with that piece of news, Tim. Gave me the biggest laugh all week.

- Brooklyn Decker vs. Zooey Deschanel? Can't decide. However, I would like to see them wrestle. And I'm not talking about one of those ridiculous bikini wrestling matches in oil (or mud, Jell-O, whipped cream...), but a real lucha libre type of match with costumes and all. (Don't judge me.)
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I won't judge you. But if you're looking for a judge for the wrestling match...
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This is such a weird news article...
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at first i though the title was weird dick , so in my mind i said WTF ?
but then i wore my glasses and read the title it says Weird Desk so i shouted WTF !!!
and my voice echoed all around the neighborhood ..

ooh my god how ABC is so stupid not to realize how stupid this sounds !
someone is high from new desk paint i am sure of it !
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Love the polls, but where is the "both" option. Can't wait to maybe watch Weird Desk!!
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This has to be the weirdest news briefs I've ever read.

What happened to Hewitt's last show on Lifetime? Was that canceled?

Justice would be to see the murdered girlfriend get back up and chew her boyfriend's ass to death.
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Between the fiscal cliff anf this Hewitt pitch being seriously considered, I'm sick and tired of the world being broken all the time.
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That's not a picture of the real desk from Weird Desk, right? Because it's definitely a weird desk, and a show with that title ought to heavily feature a weird desk or else it's false advertising, but it's a little too weird. Plus it's Han Solo, and he is too cool to be turned into a desk.
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A drama named Derfwad? A Drama instead of a comedy? Really?? OK, whatever...but on the surface, methinks the guys that named a drama Derfwad Manor are quite possibly derfwads themselves...Just sayin' is all.
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The E! show actually sounds kind of amusing. Doubt if they can make it as quirky as, say, Pushing Daisies, but the concept has the same general vibe.
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I would be okay with the title Weird Desk if it's going to be lighthearted, along the lines of Eureka or something. If they're going for a serious, X-Files vibe I'd bet dollars to donuts that it gets a title change before hitting our TV screens.
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Huge fan of the X-Files but theres no way in hell I am watching a show called "Weird Desk" for two reason 1: The title is stupid 2: Dont make a show thats suppose to be like the X-Files because it'll fail
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I hope they don't call the JLH show Derfwad Manor. That would be be really stupid.

They should get Weird Al to appear on Weird Desk.
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I really like Deschanel... I really like Simone... I love Decker.

Weird Desk is more lame than stupid... and no, not lame OR stupid enough to be great. It... just... sucks.
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With all the crappy shows being made I have a very crappy show idea that needs to be made into a crappy show. "The Culper Ring" a spy Dramedy that follows the spy agency started during the American Revolution by George Washington. The modern version uses celebrities as Agents, the story revolves around a recently fired Sports star who joins the agency. His training officer is a Charlie Sheen type actor who had a very public "Melt Down" (in reality he orchestrated it so he could quit acting and be an agent full time). The comdey comes from the other agents who are modeled after "famous" people like Kim Kardashian and the Jersey shore cast who are secretly heroes who save the country on a daily basi.
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You need to add creepy Duchovny in every photo now....So creepy.
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Thirded.
In fact, Tim, you should just hide random pics of him all over the site, see who can spot them.
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Hey I had a major crush on Mulder. I would never miss x-files. But Duchovny as a real person yes creepy and really a douchebag.
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Seconded!
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I was hoping someone would say this. Consider it done.
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Wasn't JLH's last job giving handjobs? Is this is a step up or down?
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Hannah Simone FTW!
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Is that even a question. Brooklyn Decker who is astonishingly attractive, seemingly intelligent and most importantly dresses like an adult. Or the girl who dresses like a toddler and has to ask her phone if it is raining outside.
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I'm going to have to buy (steal) an 84-inch TV to watch Brooklyn Decker.
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