News Briefs: Dr. Dre Is Developing a Crime Drama for FX


It's okay! He's a doctor!

BUSINESS TIME

... Dr. Dre may no longer just be making "phat rhymes" and "groovy beats" and "off-the-chain headphones" as the kids say. He could be making "ridonkulous bidonkadonk televizness" soon, too. The man who introduced the word "chronic" to white kids everywhere has signed a script development deal with FX for a crime drama set against the backdrop of the music industry in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Dre's N.W.A. buddy Ice Cube is still making movies and TV shows wondering if he is there yet. Now THAT's gangsta. [The Wrap]

... Fox has bought the television rights to The Beach, the (personal opinion: amazing, get a copy) 1996 novel from author Alex Garland that was later adapted into a (personal opinion: mostly disappointing) movie by Danny Boyle. The story is about a backpacker who goes to Thailand in search of a hidden remote beach and finds a community that lives totally off the grid. And of course things get all Lord of the Rings Dance Flies after that. Former The Secret Circle showrunner Andrew Miller is developing the project. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lifetime continues to be the remora fish of networks, feeding off the scraps of others. The home for ladies has greenlit Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, a dance competition show with Dance Moms "star" Abby Lee Miller serving as judge while kids show off their dance skillz. Lifetime has ordered 10 episodes and will debut them this fall. [TV Guide]


THINGS I MIGHT BE MORE INTERESTED IN THAN YOU NEWS

... FX's Archer and Fox's Bob's Burgers will do a crossover episode for Archer. That means double duty for H. Jon Benjamin, who provides the voice for both animated shows' lead characters. [EW]

... ESPN has announced that a second season of its slam-dunkingest touchdown-dancing home-run-trotting docu-series 30 for 30 will return October 2. Among the topics for this round will be super-athlete Bo Jackson, fastest steroid-taker Ben Johnson, and why athletes go broke. [THR]


CASTING NEWS

... Sharon Osbourne is threatening to quit her post as America's Got Talent judge after getting chippy with NBC. Osbourne is upset at the network for cutting ties with her son Jack Osbourne, who was supposed to be part of NBC's reality show Stars Earn Stripes. Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the firing came soon after, prompting Sharon to claim discrimination against her son. This is really a lot of fuss over a show that will last three episodes. [NY Post]

... Parker Posey, who was recently super amazing in a guest role on Louie, will guest-star on the Season 2 premiere of New Girl. She'll play a party girl who pours shots at a celebration to remove the cast from Schmidt's penis and if you don't watch the show this sentence probably seems pretty weird but it's really just adorkable LOL. [TV Line]

... TBS's sitcom Men At Work is adding cast members for Season 2. Former Frasier star Peri Gilpin will recur as the boss at the men's magazine where the guys work, and when a woman comes in to run things at a men's magazine, you know what that means! Hijinks and sexual harassment suits! Men At Work: It doesn't get any funnier than this unless you go anywhere else. [TV Line]

... Revenge has added former Greek actress Dilshad Vadsaria on a recurring basis. Vadsaria, who played Rebecca Logan on the raunchy college comedy, will play a financial expert named Padma who will work closely with Nolan. [THR]


TEAM EDWARD NEWS

... I know you are all still reeling from Kristen Stewart's sexual dalliances with a man who isn't her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. Well, R-Pats will finally talk to the public about their devastating breakup on the August 15 episode of Good Morning America, after he goes out and bangs like 20 million Twi-hards. This is important news, people! Syria can wait! [Zap2It]


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Never really liked Dre, but if the show's decent and doesn't have too much rap in it, sure.
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Any chance to see bob flipping burgers anywhere is very welcome!!
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keep their heads ringing...



as someone who reads nothing but internet articles the beach the movie was excellent. robert carlyle, tilda swinton, leonardo decaprio and everyone else +the most gorgeous locale in the world and pot plants. is there any movie where someone doesn't compare it negatively to the book? sucks for you nerds that you all did your schoolwork or whatever because you missed out on a solid movie by trying to compare it to something it wasn't.



men at work may have the most horrible attempts at humor of anything i've sat through but it has great taste in women, surprisingly. i thought for sure it'd have bimbos with fake boobs but instead we've had mircea monroe (a possible bimbo with real boobs,) kathy najimy and now peri gilpin. hope you all caught gilpin on csi recently cause damn.
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I think I peed a little when I saw the Bob's Burgers/Archer crossover. That is GENIUS. They are amazing shows. Simpsons, take notes, these are what animated shows are suppose to be like...
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2 points to Surette for that "Lord of the Dance" reference.



Ugh, Archer and Bob's Burgers is the most awesome crossover idea ever! Why hasn't this happened already damnit?



Oh no, not Sharon Osbourne? Now who will give shrill advice about mediocre performances on a third-rate show?
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Archer and Bob's Burgers doing a cross over episode? My head is exploding with joy at the thought of what they could do. The possibilities are endless!
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I guess Dre's "The Next Episode" will now have new meaning. Get it? Huh? *Sigh* I don't either.



Oh, and as someone who's been waiting for Detox, I'd like to tell Dre to get his stupid ass away from developing TV shows and get back to finishing the album that's already 5 years late.
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Archer and Bob's Burgers cross-over? How the hell will that work? Archer and Louise going on a covert mission together could be head-explodingly brilliant.



You're right for once Tim ;) The Beach is a great book (from a great British writer), shame the movie didn't live up to it's promise. Hopefully a TV series will do it some justice, especially if they get Garland involved.
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Yeah I'm sure HE is developing it and not his MANAGERS/AGENTS... Does anybody actually buy any of this? (had much more to say but deleted it as my first two statements should be plenty)
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Sharon O. is being an idiot here. Military training is grueling and he has MS, which is a nerve disorder. Regardless of whether or not its in its early stages, stress makes it worse, to say the least, as well as other factors. They probably would be happy to keep him if he did something like Love in the Wild. She needs to step back, learn objectivity and common sense then tell her son to enjoy his life doing more meaningful and constructive things. Doesn't he have a career anyway? Music management or whatever it was?



You thought Greek was "raunchy"? I never saw it that way.
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*Inhale* - *Exhale* - *COUGH-COUGH-COUGH*



I don't know, that Dr. Dre show sounds pretty good to me.



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Wow your little attempts to be funny are just plain horrific....stick to your day job.

Not trying to be rude but while reading this article all the bad jokes just stuck out.
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The Dr. Dre blurb wasn't funny at all, but the Robert Pattinson blurb was hilarious. Pattinson and Kristen Stewart aren't married, so her sleeping with a married director matters to me how exactly?
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*Family Guy voice* If you think THATS bad, try reading a Lilly Sparks article.
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This is Tim's day job (the lucky b-stard).



And saying "your little attempts to be funny are just plain horrific" is both rude and condescending, so if you're "Not trying to be rude" you've failed.
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I agree with the other users. Tim's jokes are spot on. They are always amusing to read (in my opinion).
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Nah way Tim tells it like it is.. Glib as hell. Glib is great when it comes to television and talking about celebrities and actors who make millions of dollars generally pedaling garbage once a week. His jokes are justified.
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Touche. And this idea is the epitome of garbage.
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