News Briefs: Charlie Sheen's New FX Comedy Has a Premiere Date

RETURN OF THE SAD SACK NEWS

... FX has announced a new mega-sized comedy block for this summer, headlined by Charlie Sheen's Anger Management. Beginning June 28, FX will air a two-and-a-half hour set starting at 9pm. Back-to-back episodes of Anger Management will air from 9pm to 10pm, followed by Season 2 of Wilfred, Season 3 of Louie YAY, and Russell Brand's new variety show, Strangely Uplifting. Anger Management will start with two new episodes, and subsequent weeks will feature an encore presentation at 9pm and a new episode at 9:30pm for some really funky scheduling. [FX via press release]


THE REST OF THE SCHEDULING NEWS

... Discovery has announced the premiere date for its goofy reality competition show Unchained Reaction: March 18 at 10pm. In the series, hosted by Mythbusters' Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, two teams will build giant contraptions that set off chain reactions. Mythbusters will also move time slots to air with Unchained Reaction starting Sunday, March 25.at 9pm. [Discovery via press release]


A NEVER-ENDING WAVE OF CASTING NEWS

... An upcoming episode of Bones will feature Brennan writing a movie based on herself and Booth. Ashley Jones (The Bold and the Beautiful) will play Dr. Kathy Reichs and Jordan Belfi (Entourage) will play Special Agent Andy Lister in the movie-within-the-show. [TV Line]

... Marin Ireland, who played white-girl terrorist Aileen on Showtime's Homeland, has been cast in Season 2 of AMC's The Killing. She'll play the touch-cookie sister of Detective Holder. Is anybody going to keep watching the show after the outrage over Season 1's finale. [TV Line]

... You can all relax now! George Lopez is making his way back to television! Lopez is working with Lionsgate on a multi-camera comedy about... a Latino family. Let's see what network has the cojones to pick this one up. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jamie Chung (meow!) has been cast in Fox's spy pilot The Asset. In the thriller, Ali Larter plays a sexy CIA agent. That's all you need to know. Chung will play a CIA employee who's an expert at polygraph tests. Holy moly, this is the sexiest CIA agency ever. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Victor Garber (Alias) has been cast in NBC's Notorious. The soapy drama revolves around a woman who goes undercover within the wealthy family that raised her to solve a murder. Garber will play the cranky old patriarch. Elsewhere, Charlie's Angels' Rachael Taylor will join ABC's 666 Park Avenue, about a haunted apartment building in New York. Taylor's casting completely cancels out the fact that the awesome Terry O'Quinn is also on the show because she is not a very good actress (and I'm basing that only on Charlie's Angels but feel it's okay because I'm still in pain from watching that show). [Deadline Hollywood]

... Missi Pyle (The Mentalist, but I'll always remember her from GalaxyQuest) has been cast in Fox's comedy pilot Prodigal Bully. The show is about a young boy who is blessed with both brawn and brains. Pyle will star opposite Mike O'Malley as the boy's mother. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Desperate Housewives has booked Quantum Leaper Scott Bakula for an arc. He'll play Bree's conservative lawyer and defend her against a murder charge. [TV Line]


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For every good show that AMC creates, they seem to balance it out with a dud. Although I'm not a watcher of Mad Men, I believe all those who speak of its (former?) greatness. And while I'm not one of the rabid, over-the-top superfans of The Walking Dead, I find it well made and a good hour of TV. Breaking Bad, of course, is among the very best shows on TV and only gets better each season.



And then you have things such as Hell on Wheels, which really seemed to not know what it wanted to be or how to get there. If it was aiming to be Deadwood Lite, it failed. But The Killing, ohhh... The Killing is the one show that really demonstrated how badly AMC can muck things up. From spending a full half season chasing an obvious red herring suspect -- come on, the teacher wasn't even a main cast member -- to the wasting of a full episode (almost 8% of the season) doing nothing more than looking for the detective's missing son, and then, in the ultimate middle finger to the viewers, failing/refusing to resolve the murder which it *promised* to do. Their executives should have watched the first season of ABC's excellent Murder One to see how to deliver on the only promise that really mattered. I may or may not return to The Killing. The fact that I could even debate that with myself shows how badly they screwed up. (Great cast, though, no doubt about that.)



I laugh/groan every time I see AMC promoting itself as the best maker of quality dramas on TV. I guess they don't get FX where they live.

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Brennan writing a movie based on herself? I hope she writes characters that aren't as arrogant as her.
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"She'll play the touch-cookie sister of Detective Holder." Was that supposed to say 'tough-cookie' or is she a bakery fetishist?



The Asset is sounding better with each week.



In defence of Rachael Taylor (but only a very tiny bit), she was good in Grey's Anatomy, even though it was only for a few episodes.
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Heh heh, sack.



Unchained Reaction sounds like a fun show, but that title makes little sense. I think they were trying to be too cutesy.



Damnit, when is Victor Garber going to be on another show where he can kick some ass and make awesome threats?!? Sick of these roles he's been getting since Alias, there's not enough Jack Bristow in my world!
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"Damnit, when is Victor Garber going to be on another show where he can kick some ass and make awesome threats?!? Sick of these roles he's been getting since Alias, there's not enough Jack Bristow in my world!"



No truer words have been spoken (for at least an hour or so).

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Touch-cookie?
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Ok Tim, yesterday you referred to Lucy Liu as hot and today it's Ali Larter as sexy. I'm seriously starting to question your taste in beauty. I'm holding out hope that you were being sarcastic both times.
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they are hot, if ur gay just say it
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Of course I will keep watching The Killing. It's a great show. It's better than The Walking Dead's first half of Season 2 and Hell on Wheels. Why do people watch those shows? If any outrage was warranted, it would have been for those two shows.



The Killing is vastly better than most network shows and cable shows for that matter. The only exceptions in my opinion are Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Modern Family, Fringe, and Damages.
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I would have liked to see Kathy Reichs play herself on Bones!
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So wait.... In NBC's Notorious, a woman goes undercover WITHIN the family that raised her. As what, the long lost fictional twin of the girl they raised and would completely recognize?? Or maybe the new maid who wears a sunglasses all the time? Maybe I'm missing something....



Hold on... she's pretending to be the new maid's daughter! OHHHH... that's MUCH better.
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I'll always remember Missi Pyle from GalaxyQuest and as Betty Bee on Pushing Daisies. Bzzz!
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thank you for the spoiler, tim, now i know that it'll be a murder charge against bree))
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I'm excited for Louie and Wilfred but on I don't know what to think about Charlie's new show. As for The Killing, I'll watch it till we find out who the murderer from s1 is and then I'll be done with it.
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I was so happy when the director thanked Missi Pyle in his speech for The Artist. I know they usually thank cast members, but it was still nice to have her name said in thanks on the Oscar stage. Now I need to see that movie.
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It looks like FX has a bunch of original content coming out this summer, they're really growing up. While I am hesitant about Sheen and Brandt's new shows, both Louie and Wilfred are great dark comedies.
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Well unfortunately I found the ending of The Killing JUST intriguing enough to keep watching for now. I must be the only one who thinks like this, and I've just escaped from an insane asylum.
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Chances are they pulling a Lost on you.;) In the end it turns out to have been nothing more than a character study.
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That's a bad thing? It's the only type of shows I like. Story means nothing without convincing character development. Character studies are the best possible way to explore the setting. None of it means anything unless we can care for and relate with the characters.
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Is it a bad thing? Not necessarily, depends on what you were promised or what you expected.
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No I will not keep watching the Killing unless they give me a bloody good reason to. I will watch the premiere but if the murder isnt resolved then it will be done for me
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Whatever keeps Always Sunny, The League, Archer, and Louie on the air I'm for. Haven't finished S1 of Wilfred yet, so far it's pretty decent. I preferred Mark Loves Sharon, though.
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I'll always remember Missi Pyle from the Josie and the Pussycats movie.
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