News Briefs: Charlie Sheen Probably Got Selma Blair Fired from Anger Management

... Don't mess with THE SHEEN! Following Charlie Sheen's weekend tantrum over his Anger Management co-star Selma Blair, Blair has been canned from the show. Sheen had threatened to quit the show if Blair wasn't fired after word got back to Sheen that Blair had been talking smack about his work ethic. Producer Lionsgate apparently sided with the troubled star (I guess I should specifically say Sheen, since Blair ain't no saint) and released the following statement today: "We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to Anger Management and wish her the very best." Well one way to wish her the very best is to not fire her. That's like kicking someone in the crotch and then saying, "I hope you don't get kicked in the crotch!"  [THR]


... Amazon will not follow Netflix into the binge-watching fad. When the online giant officially gets into original programming with the launches of online-exclusive series Alpha House, Betas, and a handful of children's shows later this year, it won't do so by releasing the entire season all at once as Netflix did. A model for releasing the individual episodes has not been determined. [The Wrap]

... I spell Jennifer Love Hewitt D-I-V-A. A third-season renewal for Lifetime's The Client List is on hold because Hewitt, get this, wants her real-life fiance and father of her unborn child, actor Brian Hallisay, to be the father of her character's baby on the show when Hewitt's pregnancy gets written into the series. Hallisay is already a cast member on The Client List, but producers haven't made up their minds on how they want to handle Hewitt's pregnancy. I guess Hewitt is trying to write the show for them. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has ordered the animated holiday special How Murray Saved Christmas, from The Simpsons executive producer Mike Reiss. Based on a children's book, How Murray Saved Christmas tells the story of a cranky deli owner who fills in for Santa Claus during the holidays. It's set for a December 2014 debut, which is like 10 years from now. This will turn things around, NBC! [NBC via press release]


... HBO's drama pilot The Leftovers has beefed up its cast with a rare bit of TV casting for one actress. Liv Tyler (that elf lady from Lord of the Rings, that daughter of that rock star) has joined the project, starring opposite Justin Theroux. The drama comes from Damon Lindelof and follows those left behind after the Rapture takes all the righteous away. Tyler, in her first major TV role, will play a woman who becomes the target of a cult. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox can finally reveal one of the worst-kept secrets surrounding its upcoming animated series Axe Cop: Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson) is providing the voice of Mr. Axe Cop. Due to some contractual nonsense, the network wasn't allowed to confirm Offerman's involvement beyond his status as producer, but now we finally know what we already knew we knew! Other famous people speaking for the series include Megan Mullally, Patton Oswalt, and Ken Marino. Axe Cop will debut in July with the launch of Fox's Saturday night cartoon block Animation Domination High-Def. [TV Guide]

... Oscar nominee John Hurt has joined FX's vampire pilot The Strain, from Carlton Cuse and Guillermo Del Toro. Hurt will play the owner of a pawn shop who may be the only one who knows what's going on with the sudden viral outbreak the show is built around. Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro were previously cast in the series. This needs to be greenlit immediately. [Deadline Hollywood]

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