News Briefs: Flashpoint Will End After Season 5

NOW IS THE TIME TO INVADE CANADA NEWS

... Canadian police drama Flashpoint will end after its upcoming fifth season. The show is known for trailblazing a path to U.S. television, as it's a Canadian series that also aired its first three seasons on CBS as part of a cost-sharing deal (Seasons 4 and 5 will air on Ion). Flashpoint is also noted for its use of maple syrup as a forensics tool. [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... HBO is rolling the dice on True Detective with a straight-to-series eight-episode order. Well, maybe it's not that much of a risk considering it stars bona fide Hollywood types Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The cop drama looks like a winner (or a really confusing mess), and its storytelling will involve time jumps, multiple perspectives, and 17-year-old crimes. I'm going to watch the crap out of this. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has renewed psychic reality show Long Island Medium for a third season, but you knew that would happen DIDN'T YOU. [Deadline Hollywood]


PILOT-AGEDDON HAS STARTED

... NBC might be adding even more shows to its early post-Olympics season launch. Comedy pilots Save Me and The New Normal are said to be in line for series orders, with the idea that they'll launch in August to leech off of NBC's monster Olympics coverage. Save Me stars Anne Heche as a woman who thinks she can talk to God after being in an accident. The New Normal is being gushed over because it's from Glee creator Ryan Murphy, and follows a family anchored by a gay couple. I love the new thinking by NBC, but I'm still not sure if it will work. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC's Devious Maids, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, is looking good for a series order, as the network has asked the producers to go ahead and start hiring people to work on it. In the soapy drama, four Latina maids work their way up the Beverly Hills social ladder. Yes, this looks like a good bet to join ABC's fall schedule even though its four stars aren't white. Crazy! And by "crazy," I mean "it's about time!" [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO is passing on the pilot The Corrections, based on the book by Jonathan Franzen about a family that is trying to reconnect. The drama had a loaded cast, with Chris Cooper, Diane Wiest, Ewan McGregor, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, but ultimately a proper adaptation—which would have involved a whole lotta flashbacks—proved too difficult. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The Law & Order: SVU season finale will feature a trio of familiar faces. House's Peter Jacobsen will guest-star as the owner of an escort service, SVU alum Dean Winters will reprise his role as Brian Cassidy, and Grey's Anatomy vet Brooke Smith will play a rival of Jacobsen's character. [TV Line]

... Former The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont is casting his new TNT project, LA Noir, with people who've been killed in the zombie apocalypse. In addition to the previously announced Jon Bernthal (TWD's Shane), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) and Andrew Rothenburg (Jim) are joining Darabont's 1950s cops-and-gangsters drama. They'll also be working with Neal McDonough, Simon Pegg, and Milo Ventimiglia. [AV Club]

... Miley Cyrus is being considered for the judging panel of The X Factor. So The X Factor is a competition for weed farmers now? [Celebuzz]

... Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva will bring on Madchen Amick as a guest star in Season 4. She's hot. [TV Guide]


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I am also sad to see Flashpoint go. It is a good show, better than most on TV currently.
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I'm sad to see Flashpoint go. It's not the best show on tv, but it's definitely underrated imo.
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Flashpoint was still coming on?! Geez. Ion...duly noted.DVR set...or something.
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I watched two episodes of Flashpoint when CBS started airing it, as much as I like Enrico Colantoni, the show itself was dull as dishwater. So I truly am surprised it ran 4 more seasons after that.



NBC: Nothing But Canceled.



Poor Peter Jacobsen, the guy plays nothing but sleazeballs, SVU is guilty of typecasting.



SIMON PEGG?!? What the hell, the guy is miscast in Star Trek and now he's in a '50s LA cop drama? The only thing worse is if they cast that dorky guy with the smirk from Heroes... oh, what, they did? Aw c'mon TNT!
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Flashpoint is going to end? That makes me really sad, as it is a very very strong show. I just hope that it will at least get a decent wrap up for all the on going stories with team members.
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The Corrections sounds like an award magnet , How can Miley Cyrus be the judge of the xfactor ,,, unless xfactor is moving to disney I don't see how that would work

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I used to like Flashpoint, but stopped watching after season 3. I just got tired of crying every episode.



Also, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey both on a show that's NOT about beach bums that like to get high?



The cast of LA Noir sounds awesome; although I think Simon Pegg is just for one or two episodes...
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Sad to see Flashpoint ending. One of my favs shows
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I so agree...haven't been watching long but became addicted fast...lol. It's one of the better shows on these days...good thing I just ordered seasons 1-4!!! Sad to see it go... :(
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Flashpoint is one of my favorite series, so it breaks my heart that the show is ending. I knew it had to end sometime, but I wasn't expecting it so soon.



McDonough, Pegg, and Ventimiglia? Hmm, I may have to check LA Noir out for that cast alone.



I wonder if Dean WInters will be bringing some, wait for it, Mayhem to the Law & Order: SVU set? I love him on the insurance commercials.
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Yay! Miley Cyrus on X Factor! Now I can SUPER not watch it.
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I know right :)
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Tim: Madchen Amick. She's hot.

Safi_Z: I concur!
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Maybe that will leave Enrico Colantoni more time to concentrate on being the most awesome villain ever on "Person Of Interest". Either way, more Enrico Colantoni!!
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I'm all for more Enrico Colantoni!
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Flashpoint should of ended five seasons ago.
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should have*
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The cast of The Corrections looked great, it's a real shame it wont be made.
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Hey, Tim, don't knock Maple Syrup as a forensics tool. It works, dude.



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might this be a reference to the fringe finale film trailer released today?!

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Haha! I didn't think anybody would get that!
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only Fringe maniacs such as myself. and you apparently :P
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LA Noir sounds very promising! Especially with Neal McDonough, Simon Pegg and Milo Ventimiglia now added to the mix.
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