News Briefs: Danny Glover's Making Time for NBC's Ironside

THIS MUST NOT HAVE BEEN THE SHIT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT

... Danny Glover is set to guest-star on NBC's newly re-imagined drama series Ironside as Frank, the father of Blair Underwood's Robert Ironside. He'll appear in flashbacks that will provide keen insights into Ironside's family history before Frank went to prison. [NBC via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Syfy's 31 Days of Halloween includes three new Syfy Original Movies. Some of them sound kind of boring, like Scarecrow, which airs October 5 at 9pm and is about a murderous scarecrow. Grave Halloween, on the other hands, sounds AWESOME. It airs October 19 at 9pm and Syfy's description is so good, I'm not going to bastardize it: "An American college student studying in Japan risks her own life to save the spirit of her dead mother who killed herself in the notorious real-life Suicide Forest." See? I told you! And lastly, Zombie Night, which is exactly what you think it is, airs October 26 at 9pm and stars Darryl Hannah. [Syfy via press release]

... ABC wants to know what life would be like for Americans had they lost the Revolutionary War back in the 1700s. They've put a project into development titled The Thirteen that will explore a contemporary world in which Americans are still at war with the British over their freedom. This brings to light several questions: If we lost the war, how did World War I end? Why did we stop at 13 colonies? Do we drive on the left side of the road? And more importantly, would we be forced to pay for a TV license, too? [Deadline]

... Happy Endings might be dead (a moment of silence, please), but the team that brought you Happy Endings is alive, well, and fixing to return to your TV sets soon. Casey Wilson, Jonathan Groff (not the actor), and June Diane Raphael have sold DINKS to ABC. DINKS, which is an acronym for “Double Income, No Kids,” is about a pair of thirtysomethings who find themselves struggling between life with kids and life without them. [Deadline]

... The Parents Television Council complained about Sons of Anarchy's Season 6 premiere like we all knew they would. And just like we knew he would, creator Kurt Sutter responded via a special "WTF Sutter" video today. Known for loudly voicing his opinions, and for generally giving those who disagree with him the middle finger, he appeared calm in the video as he spoke about the dangers of censorship, and about being a storyteller without any political or social agendas. His use of the F-bomb was also pretty limited. It was a very un-Sutter like WTF Sutter, but his muted demeanor did not go unappreciated. [EW]

... I'm going to leave this right here and you guys do whatever you want with it: Law & Order SVU believes they have a responsibility to do an Anthony Weiner sexting scandal-inspired episode, but the Weiner character will be Hispanic. Have at it. [NBC News]

... Fox has given a pilot order to The Middle Man, not to be confused with ABC Family's defunct fan favorite The Middleman. Ben Affleck is set to direct and executive producer the pilot so absolutely no one should be surprised when I tell you that it is set in Boston in the 1960s and explores the relationship between FBI Agent Rudy MacAteer and Mickey Flood, an Irish-American gangster and confidential informant. Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting, Medium) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Please leave your casting choices in the comments. [Fox via press release]

... Woody Allen wil be presented with the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes. Do you think he can top Jodie Foster's rambling, probably drunk, speech from last year? [Variety]


CASTING NEWS

... Jake Gyllenhaal is set to appear on Inside the Actor's Studio September 19. I hear he talks about Heath Ledger, so excuse me, I need to go set my DVR. [Bravo via press release] 

... This is sort of casting, right? Christine Baranski has signed on to reprise her role as Leonard's mom on The Big Bang Theory this season. She'll appear via Skype in the October 10 episode, as her commitment to The Good Wife, which shoots on the East Coast, makes in-person appearances a little difficult. All the more reason for one of those scientists to invent a teleportation device. [TV Line]

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I thought it was Don Glover. I wasn't a fan, but Ironside holding him off the side of a building from a wheelchair...I wouldn't hate that.

I do hate the show, though. It's bad. A bad show. A bad, bad...bad show. Just...
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In the SVU episode the spanish version of weiner should be called Carlos Danger who uses the internet alias "Anthony Weiner"
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The US doesn't have to pay for TV licenses but it does have to put up with PBS pledge breaks.

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Danny Glover has ben too old for shit for a decade and a half now, his voice sounds like a record needle picking up whispers once it skips off the album onto the center of the platter. Nothing in that sentence will make sense to anybody under the age of 30, not even "Danny Glover".

Oh Kaitlin, you're so cute that you think Siffy's Grave Halloween won't suck donkey flop. It's still a Siffy movie, after all.

The Thirteen sounds like a clumsy idea for ABC, they are the wrong network for that idea. And your points about the "what if" questions are going to weigh heavily, very wise.

Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael? No, those two cannot star in the same thing, they each need structure and balance when acting or they go off the rails easily (see SNL, NTSF:SD:SUV:: for examples), they are too similar, it'd be exceptionally grating. Oh, it's on ABC? Perfect.

Didn't SVU already do an Anthony Weiner sexting episode once when he was a congressman? When politicians are recycling their storylines, SVU is going to eat its own tail.
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"...........is going to eat its own tail."

"Plot" for Siffy's next movie?
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Do we drive on the left side of the road?
Yes, you would drive on the correct side of the road not the right side. Also cheese wouldn't come in a can and you'd be able to pronounce aluminium correctly.
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Correct side?!? It's interesting how do you decide that.
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You're going to throw down the gauntlet on the various differences and who is superior? Seriously? Guess what Cool Britannia, 72% of the world's total roads flow with traffic on the right and it was a Brit named it "aluminum". What else you got? I'm admittedly an unabashed anglophile, so if you're going to get us, get us with something really good. Something like multi-party representative politics, universal healthcare, EU participation, nationwide rail, multi-layered public transit, firearms prohibition, phenomenal university systems, unparalleled Asian cuisine, proper football, the girls on page 3, ...
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Just because 72% of the world is wrong doesn't mean the other 28% should join them in being wrong.

And if you bothered to read your own article you'd see he called it alumium. Yes, the name changed several times but the US decided to stick with a version that's roughly 200 years out of date. I know, Americans being linguistically backwards, what are the odds?

As for the Page 3 Girls, well every country has politicians so seeing tits in newspapers isn't anything unique.

"Something like multi-party representative politics, EU participation, nationwide rail, multi-layered public transit" Obviously you've never actually been to the UK if you think these things exist

Damn forgot the most important things Americans would have had if they had lost the war of independence; self-deprecation and a sense of humour.

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Wow, definitly have your knickers in a twist. Jeebus, you never made it past the cutesy slur to see that my comment was mostly positive. And you accuse Americans of having no sense of humor.

I lived in the UK for a year, London & Portsmouth, and believe me, compared to the US, the UK has far more to boast about in the areas I mentioned.
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Kaitlin's orginal question was, what would be different if War of Independence had ended differently. You're the one that got pissy about it.
Like I said, no sense of humour. Also no sense of honour or colour.
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and 75% fewer dentists.
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I like her works, but don't consider myself to be a fanboy. Jodie Foster was great in that speech.
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Thanks for the Golden Globe link to Jodie Foster's good-bye speech.
I don't think she was drunk and she wasn't rambling either. To me she made sense and she managed to integrate both sarcasm, bitterness and warmth and classiness alike. And I'm no fan boy, I hated Foster for Nell for roughly ten years.
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If you lost the Revolutionary War, then you would have nationalised health care and Breaking Bad wouldn't make any sense...
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And also we'd all be under German rule.
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Ironside was horrible.

I like Underwood and Schreiber, but it really was unwatchable.
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Since Season 3 of The Big Bang Theory, Leonard's Mother been off the map after that... I am not even sure she knows Leonard & Penny are back together. I know the weird relationship between son & mother, not telling every details going on into their lives.. It's glad she's back and finally getting to know Leonard is back into serious relationship with Penny...

And, I think they should bring back Penny's Father since season 4... I don't think he knows his wish finally came true about Leonard & Penny staying together.

Wow! the only parent on the show knows about the whole gang and every details... Is Sheldon's mother! She has been written into several plots involving around her son and the gang... Of course she knows about Leonard & Penny are back together... And, it's something she's knows of them before their own parents does...
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Is it just me or does Ironside seem a little bit ridiculous?
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I like Leonard's mom and I was hoping for her return but I don't like that it's on Skype.

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I actually might not mind seeing Grave Halloween. I read about Aokigahara about a year ago and thought to myself I wonder why there hasn't been a movie about it... I'm not expecting much from Syfy though lol

The Thirteen sounds like it could have promise

if I was any part of Happy Endings, I'd stay away from ABC.. like how if I was Joss Whedon, I'd stay away from Fox.

as soon as I read the name Ben Affleck I assumed it was about mob stuff in Boston.. very predictable, and I won't watch it.
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And you think Siffy is the right company to make a movie about it? The worst part is that the movie will stink, and then anybody who wants to make a better movie about it will be compared to Siffy's craptastic version.
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no, I even said I'm not expecting much from Syfy lol which is basically like saying indie movies would be better.
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Skyping in guest appearances seems to be a trend. First Colbert on The Office, now this. I hate it.
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I can't recall Raj's parents ever appearing in the flesh. And then there's the X-Files episode from season 2 where Mulder consulted with the Lone Gunmen over a video conference, plus any number of SAT-COM conferences on NCIS. Guest appearances via skype is probably no more a trend than characters using cellphones instead of payphones.
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All of those examples would be expected in law enforcement agencies. Raj's parents of course live in India, so that makes complete sense. The problems with Skyping in resolve from the fact that it's made up to be a full guest appearance that is anything but. An unfullfilling barely existent appearance that doesn't satisfy the audience. The audience feels as if they've been fooled. And I don't think any of those examples you gave were built as major guest appearances either. Characters usually don't appear when spoken to over the phone either; it's usually just used to move the plot forward.
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And also skype acting is pretty bad usually.
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More thumbs-up!!!
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I'm not touching that one.
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ABC's The Thirteen sound interesting. Always been a fan of alternative history. If done right, this could be good but is probably a better fit for cable.
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I think we should ask that all offensive content be pulled from TV shows. I'm all for 58 minutes of commercials and 2 mins of show which would only consist of the opening and closing credits.
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I find commercials offensive.
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Awww, I love Happy Endings and Casey Wilson and kind of JD Raphael, but DINKS? In what world would anyone think people would want to watch a sitcom called DINKS?
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If the show is actually good, who gives a shit what it's called?
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Maybe when the title is a derogatory way of describing asians, particularly chinese & vietnamese, then people start to care
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One great example of a show name that torpedoed it: Terriers. It was a great show, but people thought it was about dogs and ignored it to its demise.
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Most of the population, I'd say.

I, and I'm sure a lot of people on this site, give almost every new show a try because I'm just a big fan of TV shows. So for me, yes, it's about quality whether it sticks in my viewing rotation or not.

But I'd say the majority of TV watchers decide what shows they try out based on its name and premise. So unless DINKS is actually a popular and likable term among women in their 30s (as a male in my 20s, I'd never heard of it before), I can't see it drawing in viewership.

So many shows get poor ratings (and therefore, cancelled) because of poor marketing by the network/studio, and a big part of marketing is the name of the show. It's the same reason a show like Terriers didn't work out (among other reasons, I guess). A lot of those who watched it really liked it, but most people probably didn't even give it a shot because the name makes it really hard to advertise (I remember seeing one or two advertisements of the show, and both showed a terrier dog with Donal Logue and MRJ just in the background). Except for maybe the occasional dog-lover who later feels misled thinking the show was about terrier dogs, who is that kind of advertising going to attract? Same went for Arrested Development and a bunch of other shows.

I can just imagine all the terrible commercials and advertisements a show called DINKS get. And I'd want to punch something if at any time I hear someone say "Hey, did you watch DINKS last night? DINKS is hilarious!"
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Almost everybody, to some degree. A bad title can torpedo a good show because a bad title keeps people from viewing and then talking about the show. TV is fairly shallow, and it's trained its audience to think that way.
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Single females in their 30s, which is ABC's target audience.
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People who don't want to see standard issue sitcom kids? That would certainly include me.

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Wouldn't that be a TV licence?
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I'm tempted to try out the new Ironside, but isn't "the hero's father is a prison inmate" an even bigger cliché than "the hero's sister is a compulsive gambler"? About the only way this could be a bigger cliché is if Frank was sent to prison for killing Ironside's mother.
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Did not make it through the pilot. So, so bad.
Don't waste your time.
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I watched the pilot and it should be in your dead pool. "Shoot the hostage in the leg" BLAM!! Sure he was a douche, but c'mon! Typical NBC crap, so it'll probably make it. Underwood has not made good decisions since LA Law and this is no exception. He's a badass, but cops with legs are much more efficient, IMO...
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Really murderboy... It's bad? I was looking forward to it! :(
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Well, it wasn't good.
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Whomp whomp. So much for that!
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MORE THUMBS-UP!!!
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It's so boring!
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I can't get past the fact he's a wheelchair bound cop.
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Culture is slow to change. It's only been 46 years since the concept was introduced. Give it a little more time to sink in.
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46 years, really? And its most amazing that both crippled detectives just happen to have the ironic name Ironside--Dead Pool!!! Trust me!
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TV dead pools are for children who have nothing better to do than root for other people's failure. It's not like a show has never improved upon a pilot. And CSI is going into season 15.
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