News Briefs: Chris Meloni Is Returning to TV... on a Sitcom

CASTING NEWS

... Christopher Meloni will star in the Fox comedy pilot I Suck at Girls, based on a book written by the guy who squatted down and gave us S#*! My Dad Says. Meloni, best known for his many seasons on Law & Order: SVU, will play a man who is forced to take a more active role in his kids' lives when his wife enrolls in law school. The comedy is being produced by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), which I suppose is a bonus for some people. [TV Line]

... I'm putting this in here because I love her. Jasika Nicole, who played Astrid on Fox's Fringe, will make a guest appearance on ABC's Scandal. We don't know who she'll play, but we know she'll appear in the 19th episode of this season. Is this the right place to say that I think Scandal is actually kind of good even though I've only seen one episode? [Shonda Rhimes' Twitter]

... Cinemax's Strike Back has added to its cast. Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives) will join Season 3 as a rogue operative (obviously). Milauna Jackson and Robson Green have also signed on for Season 3. [Cinemax via press release]

... Mandy Moore will get a series one of these days, dammit. Now she's on board the CBS drama pilot The Advocates, playing a lawyer who teams up with an ex-con (Ben McKenzie) to fight for the little guys who need help more than most. Moore was recently booted off the ABC redo of Pulling, where she was replaced by Kristen Schaal. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And your host of GSN's revival of Minute to Win It is... Apolo Anton Ohno! [GSN via press release]

BEHIND-THE-CAMERA NEWS

... The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara, who was recently kicked off the show by AMC, has landed safely at Fox TV Studios. Mazzara has signed a deal to develop cable series through his new production company. This means Mazzara, who was responsible for The Walking Dead's big turnaround (and also its current lull), could end up with some shows on FX, where he worked on The Shield for six years. [Deadline Hollywood]

... I don't normally write anything about television directors in News Briefs, because directors: overpaid do-nothings, RIGHT? But this is an exception because the guy I'm about to mention just won an Academy Award for doing his thing. Life of Pi director Ang Lee will helm FX's drama pilot Tyrant, a politically tinged show following a family of Americans that get drawn into the affairs of the Middle East. Lee will also produce the series, joining Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff and Six Feet Under producer Craig Wright in the credits. This is almost a shoo-in for a series order. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE LEFTOVERS

... Netflix has finally secured its deal with AMC for the upcoming new season of The Killing. The streaming video service will get all episodes of the drama three months after the Season 3 finale airs on AMC. Netflix was rumored to be resurrecting the show as an exclusive before AMC stepped in and grabbed it for itself. [Deadline Hollywood]



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Meloni did well under Lawrence when he had an appearance on Scrubs.
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Is he seriously straight-up lounging shirtless on a fluffy white rug? Why not lose the pants and go full 70s p0rno?
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Love Ang Lee ever since Tiger & Dragon. :)
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Wow, I didn't know Mazzara worked on The Shield. That guy is all kinds of awesome!
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It's not as if Christopher Meloni hasn't been on a Fox sitcom before. Who else remembers Brother's Keeper, one of the numerous sitcoms Fox put on Sunday nights at 9:30 after Married With Children?
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He was also on the sitcoms The Fanelli Boys on NBC in 1990 and The Boys on CBS in 1993. Hmmm, Boys, Boys, Brother and Girls......I detect a pattern.
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Meloni is one of the most badass actor out there! As Keller he was AWESOME, I really was disappointed by his character in True Blood, a few episodes and then goo(ne) Let's hope a sitcom will work for him! He deserves better than a few roles in some Comics movies
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Christopher Meloni will always be Chris Keller! Also, on that note, I will definitely watch a show with him in it, I've always adored him. He's a funny guy.
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Dougray Scott would be better known as film actor, he was the bad guy in IM2
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" I think Scandal is actually kind of good even though I've only seen one episode? [Shonda Rhimes' Twitter]" - does this mean Shonda Rhimes has only seen 1 episode of scanda? =)
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Choosing Mandy Moore for the lead female role in a CBS drama seems way out of left field. The last movie I saw her in was A Walk to Remember back in 2002, and it looks she's done nothing but romantic comedies since then. I'm very skeptical about the "lawyer" part as well.
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That what makes it a fun choice) I mean CBS procedurial with Disney princess (Tangled enyone?) as a lead - at least it wont be bland)
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In the article about Mandy Moore, is the Ben McKenzie that was mentioned the same BK that's currently on Southland? If so, I'm (kinda sorta) glad he may be moving upward to more high-profile shows but I'd hate to see him leave Southalnd, where he's been so good for so many years.
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It's the same Ben, and Shawn Hatosy ("Sammy") has also booked a pilot on CBS. This is believed to be Southland's final season.

The series(?) finale is actually shooting this morning: http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2013/03/possible_finale_of_southl.php
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Love Ben McKenzie, and Southland is seriously the best police drama on television today, brilliant, gritty and risk-taking work. I will be truly sad to see it go. Few series have felt so realistic or delivered as many truly emotional moments to me as this one, and it will be missed.
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Chris Meloni plus Bill Lawrence equals Yes Please!!
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i liked Christopher Meloni's in scrubs .. the crazy Dr. Dave Norris
even though he appeared in few episodes he made an impression
he reminded me of Robin Williams's Patch Adams but more crazy
lets see how he do in Fox ..
i doubt fox can keep a comedy in their pants , they just pull it out and rip it off !
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Chris Meloni + Bill Lawrence = I'm in for the 4-episode test, at least.
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Oh, you already posted my mathematical equation.
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So AMC is basically that jerky kid on the playground who doesn't let anyone else play with his toys, right? AMC gets bored and tosses aside The Killing, Netflix asks if they can play with it, and then AMC is all "No mine mine mineminemiiiiine!!" and renews it. We all still win because we get more Joel Kinnaman, but AMC is kind of a brat.
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Not only that, but AMC is the kid who lets other kids play with his toys until the adults notice and the twerp puts an end to one kid playing with the toys to show he's the kid in charge(see Walking Dead and other dramas AMC runs).
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Ok, I'm confused. I thought "Boom Goes the Dynamite" was the last episode of Scandal's season two. When will be the next one? Or is Shonda talking about season 3?
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yea, this season is 22 episodes long
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Really? That's fantastic! Thanks for info :)
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yep! you're welcome
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The next new episode will air on Thursday. It will be episode 16.
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Never seen Scandal, but I'd watch a series with Jasika Nicole as the lead character, she was always underused on Fringe, but when she had the chance she could be the star of the episode ( Making Angels)
I just watched Banshee and now that I'm caught up, I've watched the Pilot of Strike Back, I'll try to catch up before Summer
Glad Glen Mazzarra has found work..Season 3 has been crazy good.
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If you can get your hands on the original series of Chris Ryan's Strike Back (2010), the one that aired in the UK on Sky1 and focused on John Porter (Richard Armitage), I highly recommend it. It is grittier than the series becomes once Cinemax is collaborating (less T&A and slick polish for certain) but Armitage is fantastic, the story is fast-paced with nothing wasted and as a big fan also of TWD I enjoyed seeing Andrew Lincoln is a very different role from Rick Grimes. IMO it is the best series thus far. Is Sullivan Stapleton confirmed to return for another series of Strike Back? His contract was only for two series...
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Good! Maybe people will shut up about Meloni coming back to SVU.
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That doesn't sound very promising for Meloni. He certainly isn't known for his terrible True Blood role (which wasn't really his fault), but this sounds like it could be worse. At least he'll be in Man of Steel this year.
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Astro's back! And I was gonna say something about Chris Meloni redeeming himself after his True Blood character, but I don't think he's about to do that here.
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Meloni is great, but that sitcom sounds pretty bare bones as a concept. Meloni's turn in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle is one of the funniest performances I've ever seen, he was awesome on Scrubs, and was great in Wet Hot American Summer. I'd hate to see a talent as good as his get wasted on a generic sitcom playing a normal TV dad, he's got too much range for that. Bill Lawrence is pretty damned welcome news, but Fox is of course the sitcom-killer, and the source is Justin Halpern who let his brilliant but foul-mouthed father get turned into a 1-dimensional sitcom joke.
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Unless I'm missing something, how does he suck at girls if he's competent enough to have a wife for several years?
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There's a verb missing in the title, which is "raising", not "pulling".
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Girls are not the same thing as Women.
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It makes me proud to support (re:pay too much money to) Netflix every month when they save awesome shows like The Killing :)
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