News Briefs: Deadwood's David Milch Is THIS Close to Returning to HBO With a New Drama Pilot

SHOW ME THE MONEY!

David Milch, the creator and brilliant mind behind shows like Deadwood and Luck, is nearing a green light at HBO for his drama pilot The Money. The project would tell the story of a dynastic New York media family and has been described as being typical Milch. Preliminary casting is underway; someone please alert Ian McShane. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Not wanting to be upstaged and replaced in our crazy hearts by the recent shenanigans of fellow child star Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an exclusive 90-minute post-rehab interview. The interview is set to air August 18 on OWN, Oprah's cable network. But that's not all, OWN is also producing an eight-part documentary series featuring Lohan that will air in 2014. Take that, Bynes! [EW]

... Some guys you may have heard of named Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen are teaming up for Cinemax's The Knick, a new series about Knickerbocker Hospital and the doctors and nurses who push the boundaries of medicine in downtown New York in 1900. Production begins in September and the series will debut in 2014. [Cinemax via press release]

... The Talk's ratings continue to impress the people who watch The Talk. The show recently attracted its largest audience to date since its premiere three years ago. According to Nielsen estimates, The Talk averaged 2.62 million viewers last week, up from 2.544 million during the week of June 24. [Variety]

... Ignoring my pleas for a competition-based reality program in which the 75 country music awards shows that currently exist fight to the death for the chance to be crowned the One True Country Music Award Show, ABC and the Country Music Association have announced that the 47th Annual CMA Awards will be televised live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 6. [ABC via press release]

... Charisma Carpenter, she of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Veronica Mars (seriously, I can keep going) fame, is set to host a new true-crime series on Investigation Discovery called Surviving Evil. The show premieres August 28 at 10pm and presents the true stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and survived. I suppose Carpenter probably knows something about that after all those times she stared down vampires and monsters and giant evil snakes and survived. Except that one time she didn't... [Investigation Discovery via press release]

... HBO's new comedy series Hello Ladies is probably exactly what you just imagined in your head while reading this sentence. The show stars Stephen Merchant (of the U.K. version of The Office and HBO's Extras) as Stuart, an awkward web designer from England who recently relocated to Los Angeles to seek excitement and romance. The series premieres September 29 at 10:30pm. Christine Woods (Go On), Nate Torrence (Get Smart), and Kevin Weisman (Alias) are also set to star. [HBO via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) is set to return to Fox's New Girl for two episodes early in Season 3. Wever plays Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) college girlfriend, with whom he rekindled his romance late in the show's second season. Considering Wever is only booked for two episodes, I have a good idea as to who Schmidt chooses in the Cece vs. Elizabeth battle. But then again, this is Schmidt we're talking about, so it's entirely possible he'll choose his driving moccasins and sharkskin laptop sleeve. [EW]

... Peter Weller (ALIAS: RoboCop) will guest-star in Season 6 of FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy. He'll play a ruthless ex-cop who's now working at the port in Stockton, and who has a run-in with the boys of SAMCRO. I predict this will turn out well. Weller previously directed five episodes of SoA. [THR]

... Rome actress Indira Varma has been cast in the fourth season of HBO's Game of Thrones as Ellaria Sand, the promiscuous lover of new character Prince Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal. [EW]

... Esai Morales (NYPD Blue, Caprica) is joining Criminal Minds as Matt Cruz, the new BAU section chief. He will make his first appearance in the third episode of Season 9, which premieres September 25 at 9pm. [TV Guide]


REQUIRED READING

... What makes Franklin & Bash such a perfect pop-culture punch line? From its stars who are just famous enough to its storylines full of throwback hijinks, Vulture breaks it down. [Vulture]

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Oct 17, 2013
Finish Deadwood!
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Jul 26, 2013
Aw, Cordy. To be fair, she didn't survive Charmed either and was even killed by a Big Bad. so maybe she's not THAT equipped to host Suriving Evil, ;)
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Jul 26, 2013
David Milch is a fucking bastard ! he should be banished from the television ! (exactly ... I saw Deadwood and luck)
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Jul 26, 2013
Ian McShane in The Money would be great stuff. Can just see him joining a board meeting and saying, "Hello Kittens".
Love Clive Owen but can't see Knickerbocker being a Glory in a turn of the (stomach) century medical thingy.
Be good to have Peter Weller onscreen. I'm guessing someone saw him in Dexter and it'll be a similar character.
And Indi' in GoT. I wonder if a usurper will steal her sparklys and say, "what once was yours...".
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Jul 26, 2013
FINISH DEADWOOD! then we`ll talk.....
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Jul 26, 2013
I am so interested in The Knick it is not even funny. Can't wait for Robocop to be in SoA! Oh, Tim, I need your help. I missed the special finale of Life's Too Short, figured I'd catch it on Demand, but it isn't there. I even searched for it on the cable box. I am not especially technologically savvy, hence why it has taken me 6 minutes to write this whole comment out.
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Jul 27, 2013
utorrent from it's official site then the piratebay.sx with javascript disabled.
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Jul 26, 2013
Remember back when Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan did something for a living? When they were actors? You younger folks may not actually remember a time when that was a thing, when they weren't just self-destructive overpartying monsters.

Steven Soderbergh is making a Victorian-age ER?

Charisma Carpenter? No, you can't keep going, sorry.

Peter Weller is also alias Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

Damn, that Vulture article is really rough, glad I'm not technically famous! That said, F&B ate the shit this season, adding Heather Locklear (talk about technically famous) and changing the format has crushed F&B's balls, it used to have its own voice while ripping off Boston Legal, now it is just a copy of lawyer show 7G with a few wackier elements and a beach house.
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Jul 26, 2013
This reminds me. I still have Deadwood on my to watch list. I love westerns.
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Jul 27, 2013
Always love of new folks discovering that show. Such a classic. I recently leant the series to a buddy and he now thinks its one of the best shows ever.
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Jul 26, 2013
Goddamn it, I read the title too fast and thought he was this close to returning Deadwood :/ Still nice news though.
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Jul 26, 2013
Indira Varma was my fancast for Ellaria!!! I'm so happy she got the role!!! :D
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Jul 26, 2013
Indira Varma is a good actress. She was great on Torchwood, what little we saw of her that is, and was also good on Human Target. I've never seen Game of Thrones but she seems like the type that would fit in well, very regal in look and sound.
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Jul 26, 2013
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Jul 26, 2013
Some people can't handle their shit. Smh
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Jul 26, 2013
in order for me to get excited about a new david milch project it needs to be far more like deadwood than luck. deadwood was a mother-loving butt-kicking western with an amazing cast. luck was about horse racing and gambling with an incredibly wasted cast. also though the mother-f'er leaves the series without a satisfying end after I get deeply invested in it and ...and ...and there'll probably be nothing I can do but you damn well know I would want to be able to do something. f'ing deadwood series finale *spits*

cinemax already has some original programming i'm just not watching right? clive owen in a 1900s piece sounds interesting to say the least. can he be someone who just came over on a boat though 'cause i don't want to be distracted by fumbling through an american accent. his work in hemingway and gelhorn was solid though in that regard, at least as far as I can recall.

no idea what "the talk" is. I think tim surette might have known that for some reason.

guess i gotta imdb all of those hello ladies people to see if I recognize any of them beyond whichever chick from "go on" that is.

Indira Varma and 'promiscuous role' on game of thrones sounds promising but i'd be stupid to get my hopes up me thinks.

I miss esai morales on caprica and caprica in general.
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Jul 26, 2013
Looking forward to Hello Ladies, could be hilarious.
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Jul 26, 2013
I would love to see Deadwood return. Can't get anymore realistic then that show. Some of the characters actually scared me !
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Jul 26, 2013
Jane was funny!
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Jul 26, 2013
I'd watch anything with Merchant in it! He's a damn funny guy!
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Jul 26, 2013
Oprah the media whore is so desperate for people to watch her failing network that she is devoting 90 minutes to Lindsey the Train Wreck Lohan. They both need to go away.
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Jul 26, 2013
Her version of the contrition tour station stop is the worst. The bad news is that by catering to the reality crowd and Tyler Perry's misogyny and stereotypes her ratings have increased.
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Jul 26, 2013
Lohan vs. Bynes, reminds me of that sketch from Robot Chicken where teen starlets fight each other Highlander style. Of course we had no idea back then that Bynes would hop on the bat crap crazy train right along with Lohan.
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Jul 26, 2013
When people act strange like Bynes, others need to step back and realize she could have genuine psychological problems that need to be medically addressed instead of treating them as eccentric or letting them get away with it because they're famous. Comedians are the worse for using someone like her in their material. It's like making fun of people who have Down's Syndromes. I felt the same about Michael Jackson in that he had genuine issues in his life that should have been recognized and left alone. Bynes should be too. She's supposedly in hospital getting looked at. If they find some actual mental issue, chemical, biological, or whatever, a lot of folks may regret their idiotic focus on her. If she is truly ACTING in they way she has with no underlying problems, then I guess she could be fair game for ridicule. I hate to think she actually chose to get on that crazy train.
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Jul 26, 2013
Sometimes I think, and actually hope that people like Bynes and Lohan have had a mental break because they can get help. I believe that Britney Spears may actually have fallen into this category. She seems to have gotten help and recovered.

However, sometimes I fear that these starlets are attempting to pull what I call a Barrymore. Drew Barrymore famously went a little off the rails for sometime and then came back to become America's sweetheart. I often feel that these child stars whose careers have hit a lull are trying to reproduce this. They act in a self destructive manner, bascially burning every bridge, destroying any image of them we once held. Then they come back and rise like the phoenix from the ashes. It all ends up being a publicity stunt.

Now Bynes may have a mental problem as you say, one which I believe Spears likely suffered from. Now her parents have taken a similar recourse and filed to take control of her life. This seems to have worked for Spears, I do hope that it works for Bynes, an actress who seemed to be making the leap to mainstream after Hairspray.

But the question then becomes will she accept the help and turn her life around. If she has a mental problem will she take her medication and accept therapy, if she has a drug problem will she go to rehab and stick with it, if she has a legal problem will she follow the judges orders?

One of my biggest problems with these types of starlets, in particular the likes of Lohan is that they refuse to do these things. Lohan has had infinite chances to get straight. Judges have given her passes on offenses that should have landed her in prison for months or years, not hours. Rehab has had no effect on her and she continues on this behavior.

Now maybe it is somewhat the media's fault. Maybe because the media gives these stars so much press, it encourages them to act out because they, and possibly their agents who should be fired because they are preying on true illness to gain more money, believe that any press and good press. Maybe they should simply be left alone, but really alone. I think that Bynes should leave Hollywood for a while, leave the public eye entirely. Go somewhere and get better, live a normal life in a normal town with normal people. The press will follow for a while but once they find it too mundane to print, they will leave her alone. In a few years maybe she'll come back, maybe not. Still I think that it is the best thing for her right now.
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Jul 26, 2013
Lohan is sad. She had potential to be a decent actress and possibly make a nice career for herself. I sort of think her family is partly responsible there - Divorce, mom and sister doing a reality show, etc. Where's her sister now? You may be right about all else.

My biggest memory of Barrymore is her pulling her top up in front of Letterman. I do not remember her doing much crazier than that. I think she just went through a kind of wild teenager phase and simply grew up.

The media/paparazzi need to stop going after these celebrities the way they do. They claim it's "the public's hunger" or something to justify stalking them. It should be illegal to do this - It's not, imo, freedom of the press. They should not do what the government can't do without probable cause. Being under a constant microscope like that could really mess with your head whether you want it or not. I think celebrities would be more inclined/able to get help if it were not the fear of extreme intrusion into their lives on everything they do or everywhere they go.
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Jul 26, 2013
She said its all an act and we'll all be surprised when the truth comes out... Whatever that means...

I for one miss the good ol' days of the Amanda show, what I like about you, what a girl wants, etc. I literally loved almost anything she was in. Same goes for Lindsay .
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Jul 26, 2013
Charisma Carpenter actually had a real life traumatic experience which is I'm sure why she's hosting. I don't remember the exact details but she & two male friends were attacked on a beach by a serial rapist. They fought back & at least one of the two friends was shot but survived.
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Jul 26, 2013
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Jul 26, 2013
Carpenter's own story is told in the premiere.
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Jul 26, 2013
I thought I had just read about this and am thinking it's funny the readers are more informed than the writer in this regard.
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Jul 26, 2013
I swear I read about this show ages and ages ago, and thought it would have premiered by now. But yeah, what Jossjunkie said pretty much sums it up. I'm not normally one for these types of shows, but at least it's finally one with an uplifting and inspiring message, instead of just being another horrible true crime story.
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Jul 26, 2013
Yeah and I'm sure it would provide some catharsis for her & the other victims featured to share their story, too. I'd be curious how she feels about it now after so many years. Benedict Cumberbatch had an awful kidnapping/attack happen to him & two friends and he wrote an article about it and said it helped.
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Jul 26, 2013
Charisma Carpenter actually does, i think she and her friends were raped and they died. I know its something like that
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Jul 26, 2013
More Milch is always good news.
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Jul 26, 2013
Wow, is it only me, or there is a lots of news today?
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Jul 26, 2013
The Carpenter series sounds very similiar to the series "I Survived" that aired here in Canada on the Bio channel.
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