News Briefs: Bones Officially Has a Return Date


SCHEDULES N' THINGS

... Bones will return from hiatus on April 5 at 9pm, TVLine reports, replacing the outgoing The Finder. Only seven episodes remain in Bones' seventh season, which was cut short due to Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy. However, there are also four “bonus” episodes kicking around that will either run into the summer season or be added to Season 8. [TVLine]

... America’s Next Top Model returns Feb. 29, with a new spin: ANTM: British Invasion will pit seven American hopefuls against seven "determined imports." Models: They are a commodity, just like automobiles! [The CW, via press release]

... The 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover will be debuted on the Monday, Feb. 13 broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman. Not only will the cover model be revealed and interviewed by the old guy, but 10 other models will present that evening's Top 10. [CBS, via press release]


INKED DEALS

... Gavin O’Connor, who directed Warrior, has been tapped to direct FX’s Cold War drama The Americans. Get it? “Tapped?” As in phones? Because it’s a Cold War drama? Never mind. [Deadline]

... Courteney Cox will direct Tall Hot Blonde, a trashy Lifetime movie about “two people falling in love on the internet, but no one's who they're supposed to be.” [USA Today]

... Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has extended his deal with Sony TV, ensuring he will guide the show for the rest of its 16-episode order, until its series finale. [Variety]

... Bravo has officially ordered a second season of The Real Housewives of Miami. Yes, Marysol Patton will be back, which means so will her terrifying-looking mother. [WashPo]

... Mike & Molly’s Melissa McCarthy has sold CBS on a comedy pilot co-written and starring her husband, Ben Falcone. It’s about a guy who has to move back in with his parents after losing his shirt in the real estate market. McCarthy and Falcone met as members of The Groundlings sketch comedy theater in LA. [TVLine]

... Syfy is developing a spec pilot called Bob From Corporate, with Jamie Paglia and James Middleton, the guys behind Eureka, on board to executive produce. [Variety]

... Oprah will bring her day-after-the-Oscars special to OWN, in a two-hour broadcast that will feature interviews with The Help's Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer and Moneyball's Jonah Hill. We can practically feel you tingling with anticipation from here. [Deadline]

... BBC America has announced commencement of production on Copper, the network's first original scripted drama. It's a "gripping crime series set in 1860s New York City, centered on Kevin Corcoran, an intense, rugged Irish-American cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighborhood." It stars MI-5's Tom Weston-Jones. [BBC America, via press release]


CAST AWAY

... Bridget Regan, who starred in the syndicated fantasy series Legend of the Seeker, has been cast opposite Ethan Embry and Jack McLaughlin in NBC’s The Frontier, a Western drama set in the early 1800s. [TVLine]

... Mercedes Ruehl has joined the cast of HBO’s Luck for its second season. She’ll play Julietta Caligari, mother to Renzo. You’ll become acquainted with Julietta in an upcoming episode. [Deadline]

... Mike O’Malley, a.k.a. Kurt’s dad on Glee, will co-star in the Fox pilot he wrote and is co-executive producing. Called Prodigal Bully, it's about “a young boy genius who uses his brains and brawn to get whatever he wants.” O’Malley will play the dad. [Deadline]

... Angelina Jolie’s estranged dad, a.k.a. Jon Voight, and Elliott Gould have joined the cast of Ray Donovan, a Showtime pilot about “a professional ‘fixer’ for the rich and famous in Los Angeles.” [THR]

... Ellen Barkin is close to signing on for The New Normal, the NBC comedy pilot from Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler about a a gay couple and their surrogate. Barkin plays the surrogate’s mom. [Deadline]


LAWSUITS, PROTESTS, AND OTHER BAD BEHAVIOR

... The man who created the world of The Walking Dead, comic book writer Robert Kirkman, is being sued by a childhood friend who claims he was tricked years ago into relinquishing all ownership of the material, which he says he co-created. [THR]

... JCPenney has pledged its support to new company spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres, after a bigoted group calling itself “One Million Moms” threatened to boycott the clothing retailer because she’s an out lesbian. Seriously? What year is this? Get a life. [CBS News]

... Jersey City is refusing to let Jersey Shore shoot unless four police officers are stationed at “JWOWW and Snooki's home at all times.” [TMZ]

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Feb 13, 2012
Aww, Mike O'Malley is just so adorable. I wish he was my Dad.
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Feb 12, 2012
Don't those Million Moms realize that just about all clothing is designed, crafted or sold by gay people? Oh, maybe they are just upset that gay people can be happy (little play on words there... Gay.... Happy...)
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Feb 12, 2012
Just when I thought ANTM ran out of ideas...



Ohh love O'Malley...as Kurt's dad he's awesome, therefore I'll watch anything he's in...within reason.



One Million Moms...really?! There are kids starving all over the world, people roaming the streets w/o healthcare, bullying in schools at an all time high...and THIS is what they want to whine about?! Seriously?! Nothing is more frightening than a smiling, gem of a comedienne like Ellen Degeneres. The HORROR!
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Feb 12, 2012
If I ever become a police officer- it will be with the motivation of babysitting talentless, annoying reality stars but isn't that why every officer joins the force?
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Feb 11, 2012
Seriously, I do not have enough patience to wait almost two more months for Bones..
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Feb 11, 2012
O'malley rules in whatever he gets involved in!!!

Also, 1 gripe!\SAG awards- drama actor-from the SUITS????? SOA has no one that is as good as him????

And drama ensemble cast? Again, no SOA?

What are they watching?????????
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Feb 12, 2012
Hey...Patrick Adams is kinda awesome and SUITS is like one of the best new dramas of the year!
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Feb 11, 2012
May Syfy be damned forever!

I have NO confidence in them, they do not care about their viewers.

They cancelled way too many good shows, Stargate(s), Caprica, Eureka....
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Feb 11, 2012
Re: Melissa McCarthy pilot - is this the fifth show in the works about an adult moving back in with their parents? Or the sixth?
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Feb 11, 2012
"Gavin O'Connor, who directed Warrior, has been tapped to direct FX's Cold War drama The Americans. Get it? "Tapped?" As in phones? Because it's a Cold War drama? Never mind"



I was actually thinking more along the lines of "tapped" because it's what you do when you get submitted. You know, mixed martial arts, what Warrior was abou- yeah, never mind.
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Feb 11, 2012
one million moms need to join this century

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Feb 11, 2012
So what's going to happen with The Finder once Bones is back?
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Feb 11, 2012
Seriously, we need to stop with the sitcoms about adults moving back in with their kids. That's like the 4th one I've seen in News Briefs in the last 2 months, I think.



I like Ethan Embry, he has a specific acting style all his own, but he is the kiss of death for shows. Plus, a western right now seems like it'll get expensive, something NBC can't do what with their ratings flopping on the ground gasping for air like a dropped goldfish. But I'll keep an eye out for it.
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Feb 11, 2012
I wonder how many of those "one million" moms have gay children themselves. that is ridiculous
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Feb 11, 2012
So it's ok for you to believe what you want and be bigoted towards One Million Moms, whatever they believe, but not for them to believe whatever they believe, because that makes them bigots..... Oooh, right.....I see... there's a word for that...
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Feb 12, 2012
They can believe whatever they want...it's just something to be said about having your priorities in order. There is an epidemic of teens (mostly girls) with inexplicable tics...There is a growing bout of bullying going on in schools across the nation, illiteracy in many of the schools...if I were a mom, I'd think that issues like those would take precedence over who represents what store. I'm just sayin'. I'd want to be able to tell my kid that I worked to make their school a zero tolerance for bullying zone, or insured that their cafeterias were filled with healthy food choices, or made sure the school board didn't sweep under the rug the fact that a teacher was abusing his students...something important like that...not that I fought JCPenney's tooth and nail over who they used as a spokesperson.
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Feb 10, 2012
so is the finder cancelled or is it just a short season?
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Feb 10, 2012
I thought your tapped pun was in regards to MMA not phone tapping, booo. I liked Bridget Regan and Ethan Embry but I just don't think network TV is the place for westerns. NBC couldn't even handle airing Southland because it was too gritty.
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Feb 10, 2012
Yay Bones is coming back, but noooooo! I like the finder I enjoy the oddness :)
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Feb 10, 2012
JCPenney, you have now redeemed yourself for all of those annoying commercials where everyone's screaming, "NOOOO!"
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Feb 10, 2012
When I saw Bones finally had a date to come back I was like YESSS. Then I saw the date...it's sooo faarrrr awwaaaaayyyyy :( At least I have The Finder to occupy my time with (and I do really like it - YOU BETTER KEEP IT FOX). But still...APRIL?!? Thats like forever away...
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Feb 10, 2012
i actually am enjoying finder so much i forgot about bones pretty much. i hope finder finds a real place with fox and gets a real season. if they fool with it like they did firefly and others it wont obtain a following...
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Feb 10, 2012
I miss Bones....
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Feb 10, 2012
Ah, that sounds really great for SyFY.... OR, they could just not cancel Eureka and quit being arses.
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Feb 10, 2012
We need a Save Eureka campaign.
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Feb 11, 2012
I concur.
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Feb 10, 2012
I didn't even know Vince Gilligan had to do that with Sony. Whatever, as long as Vince is creating this masterpiece I'm happy. It's his show and no one could produce it better than him. Now when will it return? I am having serious withdrawal symptoms.
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Feb 10, 2012
Hey, Bones returns on my birthday :) I know it doesn't matter, but still :)
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Feb 11, 2012
Gotta say, it shall be an awesome gift! I hope you have a great birthday :)
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Feb 10, 2012
It does to you! Happy birthday!
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Feb 10, 2012
Happy Birthday several days early!
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