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


... 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]


... 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]


... 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]


... 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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