News Briefs: Britney Spears Is Joining The X Factor as a Judge


JUDGE ME BABY ONE MORE TIME NEWS

... It's finally happened! I think! Britney Spears has signed on as a judge for the next season of The X Factor. The former pop star will get paid $15 million for her opinions as the Fox talent show looks to bounce back from a disappointing first season. And what better way for both Britney and The X Factor to attempt a comeback than to put their hopes on each other's downward trajectory existences? [E! Online]


EMMY NOMINATIONS!!!! (sorta)

... The daytime Emmy Nominations have been announced! ABC's General Hospital grabbed 23 nods to lead all shows, followed by Sesame Street and The Young and the Restless, which each earned 16. Battling it out for Outstanding Drama Series will be All My Children, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless. Other nominees include a bunch of other shows you can never watch because you are too busy having a job to pay off student loans for your useless Sociology degree. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... VH1 has renewed Mob Wives for a third season with an early 2013 target premiere date. The reality program has become a modest hit for the network in its second season, increasing its numbers considerably from the premiere season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... FX is developing a drama based on Heartsick, the first in a series of novels from Chelsea Cain, and it sounds pretty heavy. The books follow a hot female serial killer who just so happens to be in a relationship with a cop. "So how was your day, honey?" "Oh fine. Just trying to find out who this crazy serial killer is, babe." [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC Family is in talks to develop a project from Ashley Tisdale. Sigh. The High School Musical actress would executive-produce The Keys, about a young female detective who gets involved in a case off the coast of Florida. Seriously? Ashley Tisdale!? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Indian media giant Reliance is getting into television. The company will fund the drama Republic of Pirates for NBC. Based on a book, Republic of Pirates is a period piece set in the 1700s, when pirating was cool. Lots of networks are developing pirate projects at the moment, and I don't think any of them will work unless they air on cable networks that allow boobs and cursing. In other words, get ready for another spectacular NBC flop. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Cougar Town's Josh Hopkins will make a guest appearance on TBS's Men at Work. This comes on the heels of word that TBS might save Cougar Town from cancellation. If TBS doesn't save the flailing ABC series, I think we can all blame Hopkins for making a bad impression. [TV Line]


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So it seems "The X Factor" turns out to be "failure", what a joke.



Ashley Tisdale I really thought could break out of the ABC Family/Disney Channel type of thing, I think her management needs to take a harder look at what they're up to. The slim deets there sound like a wannabe Veronica Mars.
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Hot females are great. Serial killers are pretty great -- uhh, for TV, anyways. FX is great. All in all, Heartsick sounds, uh, great (unless she kills people with poison or love or something lame for TV).
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I have the queasy feeling that FOX is equating the success of The Voice with Aguilera, and thinking "we need our own late 90's-early 00's pop starlet, THAT'S the solution!" I think not, dopes.



Wow. Chelsea Cain's from my city (as well as Tim Surette's). I thought Heartsick was just a big seller locally because people were already familiar with Chelsea due to the column she once had in the paper, but then here's this.
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I'm in the UK and I've got some of her books too - they're good. I'm looking forward to the TV show (if it actually gets made).
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"Heartsick" had me at 'hot female serial killer.'
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Wait, when did pirating stop being cool?
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:D



When they became underfed Somalian pirates on extremely ugly industrial ships with guns? Liking pirate-pirates however is always cool ;)
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FX Making a Female Version of Dexter .. wow ! i hope its a success ..

the main character named Gretchen , she is sexy and intelligent seriel killer

they really have to find a great actress to play the role !

i am thinking Ali Larter or Evangeline Lilly to play the lead role
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Ali Larter is a good shout - how about Tricia Helfer? Smart, incredibly sexy and intimidating, she'd be perfect.
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good choice ! i want her to kill me anytime !
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At this point just having a daytime drama is going to get it nominated for an Emmy.



NBC seems to have forgotten that pirates weren't enough to save Crusoe--and that was also based on a book!
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When will NBC learn??? They tried and failed with Playboy and they do it again... some shows are better on cable networks, its a fact. Imagine if sex and the city or Game of thrones wasn't on HBO and on ABC or NBC ,,,,
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Yeah you're right, if Sex and the City wasn't on a cable network it'd be rubbi.... hang on second, lets try this with Game of Thrones...



Yeah you're right, if Game of Thrones wasn't on a cable network it would be rubbish.

Yep, that one sounds about right.
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