News Briefs: Cold War Spies and Keri Russell Are Coming to FX

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING NEWS

... If you love Felicity and commie bastards, then you're going to flip your lid over this! FX has given a series order to The Americans, a drama about Russian spies living in suburban America in the 1980s. Keri Russell (Felicity) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) will star as KGB spies posing as a newlywed couple near Washington, D.C., and Noah Emmerich (The Walking Dead) will play an FBI agent. The 13-episode debut season will premiere in early 2013, and it will be good. [FX via press release]


TV SHOWS BECOMING MOVIES NEWS

... The BBC is celebrating the 50th birthday of cult sci-fi show Doctor Who with a one-off made-for-TV movie detailing the creation of the program in the early 1960s. Very cool! Look for it next year on BBC Two and internet torrents everywhere. What other shows would you like to see get the same treatment? Lost springs to mind first for me. [BBC News]

... Another classic sci-fi TV character is getting the movie treatment. But this one eats cats. 1980s sitcom ALF is being retooled for the big screen as a combination live-action and computer-graphics feature. Yep, it's from the same people who made The Smurfs movie. [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... NBC took advantage of its Olympics coverage to give new comedy Go On a head start (watch the pilot HERE), and it totally worked. More than 16 million viewers tuned in to see the Matthew Perry comedy or failed to change the channel after they passed out on the couch, good for a 5.6 rating in the adult demo. Considering it aired at 11pm, those are boffo numbers. Go On officially premieres (with Episode 2) on September 11. [EW]

... Perry Farrell, frontman for Jane's Addiction and head honcho for Lollapalooza, is sick of all this reality judging crap but not sick of the music. He's currently shopping a series idea that would feature music performances without some overrated pop star pretending to know what they're talking about. Just music, no judges. Great idea! And one that will never work. [EW]

... Season 2 of TNT's Dallas will be back sooner than you think. After debuting in June for Season 1, the family soap is moving forward to January 2013 for Season 2. Dallas concluded its first season last night with [spoiler!] some ridiculous "OMG she's not his daughter, she's his enemy's daughter!" bull-honky. No word on whether or not she was wearing an eye patch. [TNT]


CASTING NEWS

... The wonderful Ray Wise (Robocop, Twin Peaks, Reaper) is paying a visit to Criminal Minds. He'll play an evil doctor who operates on patients who don't want to be operated on. Good luck getting repeat customers, buddy! [TV Line]

... More Matthew Perry news! Perry will return to The Good Wife this season to reprise his role as Mike Kresteva, despite headlining NBC's comedy Go On. Look for him in one or two episodes of the CBS drama. [Zap2It]

... And it wouldn't be News Briefs without some New Girl casting news. Winston's getting a sister, and she will be played by America's Next Top Model finalist Keenyah Hill, marking the first time anyone from the reality show has ever done anything, ever. [TV Guide]


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I like Dallas, but it's going to do badly on January.... I mean, there's just too much competition that month with all the fall shows.
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it all depends how strong the new shows are, and if they get pick up for a full season, the new shows this fall look pretty weak I am checking out six of them Elementary (cbs) Arrow, Beauty and the Beast (cw) 666 Park Avenue Nashville Last Resort(abc) I only suspect half of these will get pick up, Body of Proof will be on mid season schedule but I would watch Dallas over my fall shows!!
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A movie about the creation of Doctor Who? I can't imagine it'd be terribly action-packed, but hopefully they'll find something interesting to say beyond what's in the wikipedia entry. A movie about the creation of Lost, really? Some guys throwing darts on a corkboard full of notes on Gilligan's Island? For me, I'd love to see a movie about the genesis of Star Trek, through the NBC cancellation and the lean times in the '70s, the frustrations of Paramount taking away control with the movies, and then Roddenberry's ultimate regenesis with Next Generation - that'd be a great flick, and even action-packed since Roddenberry had been a cop and a WWII pilot then airline pilot who survived 2 crashes.



ALF, the movie? They've been talking about doing that forever, and after that godawful TV movie what's the point? There's nothing interesting about ALF in the span of 2 hours, it's the fact that he's a day-to-day alien that makes him interesting.



Ray Wise an evil doctor? No, that's so hard to believe! You know what I love about Psych? They cast Ray Wise as a GOOD GUY for once, so lazy watching him get cast as evil scumbags. Ray Wise is the American Udo Kier.
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actually a film about the making of the LAST season of Lost would be interesting, though brief. I picture it like this...



"Well, for the season finale we exploded an atomic bomb. I'm all out of ideas..."



"I know! We'll surprise them by NOT giving out the answers we promised, and we can fill up half of the season with an alternate world that seems to mean something important to the gang on the island but really doesn't..."



"Sound's like a plan, dude! Lets go surfin!"



"Right behind ya!"
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i'm skeptical that a period piece about russian intelligence (played by an american and a brit) spying in america can be pulled off on a cable channel.



lost is the show that shall not be named.



i dislike live action / animation mix ups. the smurfs being a prime example why.



i may be the only one other than perry farrell who would watch reality shows if it weren't for the judges and annoying hosts, but that still constitutes an audience.



i thought ray wise was known for guest starring in things. that's how i knew him.



and yeah a number of the ANTM girls have done things before, the lowliest of which will now probably be starring on New Girl. Zing!



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Whether or not I like Keri Russel is 100% dependent on her hair style, so we'll see.
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I know you're trying to be witty about the america's next top model people but it'd be kind of a lie to say none of them have done anything..there's a few that have at least had some one off episodes on shows such as veronica mars and what not but one of the contestant's that's becoming a slowly rising actress is analeigh tipton who was one of the main ensemble in last year's "crazy stupid love" and the indie flick "damsels in distress"...also 8 episodes of the show "hung"..so though i do appreciate the wit because well....a lot of the people on that show are UGGGHHHH -worthy...it's still incorrect to say they've all done nothing..
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Yaya Decosta, from season 3 of America's Next Top Model played Cassandra on All My Children, was on Ugly Betty, and was recently seen as Anita, Foreman's married girlfriend on House.
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I love VMars to death but those appearances don't really count cos they were in-house.
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oh good point...forgot about that....so long since vmars had been on air i forgot what network it was on
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Felicity? Commies? I'm in! Also, The Muppets proved that puppets still work. CGI ALF sucks! The Hub just used the puppet for bumpers. It looks great.
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