News Briefs: Fox Moves Bones to Mondays, Touch to Thursdays


LATE SCHEDULE CHANGES MADE TO CONFUSE YOU NEWS

... Less than a month before the official premiere of Touch, the new Fox drama starring Kiefer Sutherland, Fox has changed the show's debut date and shuffled Bones to make room. Due to impressive turnout for Touch's preview event in January, the show will now re-debut on March 22 in the stronger time slot of Thursdays at 9pm, where it will benefit from an American Idol lead-in. Touch was originally scheduled to premiere on March 19. With Touch sliding over to Thursdays, Bones gets displaced to Mondays at 8pm. Scheduling moves are nothing new to Bones, which has bounced around Fox's schedule throughout its seven-season run. This also means that House will move to the 9pm slot. Both Monday changes will start April 2, which means Bones will return three days earlier than previously announced. And Alcatraz will air its series season finale on March 26. Given Bones' loyal following, this makes sense for Fox. Why waste the post-Idol slot on a veteran show when you can bloat the audience of a new show? [Fox via press release]


AWESOME CASTING NEWS

... The very busy Giancarlo Esposito might have found his next regular gig. After invading everyone's nightmares as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and getting all reflective as the Man in the Mirror on Once Upon a Time, Esposito will star in the NBC pilot Revolution. Why is this so cool? Because it's the pilot I already told you about from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. The action thriller is set in a world where all forms of energy have vanished. Esposito will play a tough southern military man, which is right up his alley. I'd pay to watch Esposito read my last rites and love every minute of it. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE REST OF THE CASTING NEWS

... Lucy Liu has been cast in the CBS drama Elementary, a modern-day re-imagining of the hot-as-coals character Sherlock Holmes. But there's a twist! Liu is turning the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic on its butt by playing the role of sidekick Watson, who is typically neither female or Asian. [TV Line]

... The CW's prequel to Sex and the City has found its baby Carrie Bradshaw. Young filly (see what I did there?) AnnaSophia Robb will step into the high heels of the popular character during her times in the 1980s. Also joining the cast: The Killing's Katie Findlay and Ellen Wong. [Deadline Hollywood / Deadline Hollywood]

... Former 10 Things I Hate About You star Ethan Peck, grandson of Gregory Peck, has landed the male lead in the CW pilot The Selection. The show is set 300 years in the future and is centered on a young woman (Aimee Teegarden) who wins the lottery to compete to marry a prince (Peck). I'll watch if the winner is determined by a fight to the death. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Adorable Doris Roberts, Ray's mom from Everybody Loves Raymond, has joined the ABC comedy pilot Counter Culture. It's about three sisters who run a family diner; Roberts will play the diner's cashier. [Deadline Hollywood]

... How To Make It In America's Bryan Greenberg has been cast in CBS's untitled pilot co-starring JoAnna Garcia. The show is about a man who realizes that his best female friend and business partner (Garcia) is his soul mate, but she's engaged to another man. [Deadline Hollywood]


ALAN BALL RECOGNIZES HE CREATED A MONSTER OF A MESS NEWS

... Alan Ball is stepping down from his duties as showrunner of HBO's True Blood, citing "exhaustion." I know how he feels, I stopped watching True Blood after Season 3 because I was tired of seeing what a circus of terrible it had become. Hey-yo! Ball will stay on as a consultant and adviser while he develops Banshee, his new series for Cinemax. [Forbes]


RATING BILLY CRYSTAL NEWS

... The numbers for The Oscars are in, and they're... pretty flat from last year. The broadcast drew 39.3 million viewers, a four-percent increase from last year. In the 18-49 demo, it was even. With Billy Crystal taking the stage hostage for three-and-a-half hours, I think that's a victory for ABC. [LA Times]

GO AHEAD AND THROW YOUR CONDOMS AWAY NEWS

... MTV has greenlighted a third round of Teen Mom. It will be called Teen Mom 3. And it will feature teens who are moms. New idea for MTV in 15 years: Put all the babies from the Teen Mom shows in a house in Vegas! Call it Total Trainwreck City. [THR]


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Hmmmm....Loyal viewers or not, I'm not so sure moving Bones to Monday night at 8 pm is such a good idea.
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So they put new Bones opposite reruns of The Mentalist.... A quality drama or two people playing house and baby makes three. That will be an easy choice.
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The "exhaustion" excuse is the best. I mean it makes perfect sense to leave an already established show to develop a new one, with tons of start-up stress
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My only complaint about Touch on Thursdays at 9, is that it interferes with The Secret Circle and Person of Interest. So, it looks like I'm going to just have to watch it online instead, because I will always watch TSC LIVE and DVR POI for the next day.
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The only thing worse than thursday at 9, is monday at 8.

Thursday:

Finder

TSC

POI

Grey's



Monday:

HIMYM

Voice (wife)

Bachelor (wife)

House

Gossip Girl

Pretty Little Liars
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You need to get time shifting.
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The idea of doing Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson has already been done, and it failed the last time. It's obvious they want to make a romance out of it. And they'll probably try making her the smart one, which would ruin the Holmes character. It's got failure plastered all over it.
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The failure started when America got jealous with the BBC modernification of Sherlock Holmes and said, "now we need to do it!" Someone needs to make a show where the main character spends 43 minutes beating a dead horse.
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...another project with J.J.'s name stamped on it. I was tired of seeing his name when Undercovers came out and proved that spreading yourself thin is always a brilliant idea when finding arguments to hate the person responsible for Lost. Quality first...oh but who cares about that, right? Alcatraz had J.J.'s name on it, and it got made. Now what do we have? Exactly. Well done everyone.
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Wait.. When did Cinemax get into the original programming that isn't soft core porn business?
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Besides the soft core porn you should check out Strike Back, that show is AWESOME!
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True Blood has really only been fun on odd seasons for me, so I'm expecting better things this year...hoping...praying...because I'm likely watching the entire season either way before I quit on it.



Oh man..
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That Bones promo pic seems awfully airbrushed, to my eyes. The actors are attractive, FOX. They don't need no stinkin' airbrushing. (Some of the White Collar promo pics suffer from over airbrushing, too.)
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R.I.P. Bones :(
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When I first heard the premise of that CBS pilot, I thought it sounder lame. BUT I love Bryan Greenberg and JaAnna Garcia, so I guess it's a wait and see:)
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aww does that mean lucy lui is leaving southland?
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I hope Lucy Liu does a god job as Watson. I will be checking that show out.
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*good
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You may have been right the first time considering who she is being asked to play.
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I wouldn't have minded her playing Adler. She just doesn't scream 'sidekick' to me.
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True Blood's only good season was the first in my honest opinion. As for Alcatraz, the team updated their FaceBook page:



"Due to tonight's Daytona 500 race, ALCATRAZ has been preempted. Don't miss 2 back-to-back all-new episodes next Monday (3/5)."



http://www.facebook.com/AlcatrazonFOX
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Giancarlo Esposito is gonna be in the show I am anticipating the most! yay!!!!!!

Alan Ball is dropping True Blood! yay!!!! His awesome name shouldn't be on that hot mess anymore. I can't wait to hear about his new project. I guess he and HBO had a falling out..?

Is The Finder gone?? I like it and that would suck. Screw Keifer, I can't stand that guy.

Finally: I'm 33 and loved Billy Crystal (I was actually laughing out loud). Does that make me a weirdo- or a rebel?
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No, it makes you a person with a sense of humor. Billy Crystal is comedic gold. It's a shame more people don't appreciate his perfectly timed sarcasm and delivery. Few do it better.
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Knives Chau! Yay!!!!
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Yeah, but it looks like Ellen Wong's leaving behind her ninja swords to be just a regular high schooler. Still, we can always hope she jazzes up "The Carrie Diaries" with some combat fighting.
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Alan Ball stepping down as showrunner may be for the best or for the worst. It sucks you stopped watching Tim, I know you were a big fan and had a passion for Deborah Ann Woll, but I can't really blame anybody who has lost faith in the show. Alan Ball is the ultimate one to blame though, since he has a very incoherent narrative style that may have been beneficial to Six Feet Under, but not True Blood, and that's where I feel most fans have gotten frusturated. Hopefully this is an indication that they know the series has derailed a bit and can fix it, but I'm not getting my hopes up. My love of a few characters is the reason I'm sticking around, and next season does sound a little promising. Ball stepping will either help the show or sink it further.
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I was planning to watch Touch live on tv but now I won't be.. and seriously. Thursday is too overpopulated as it is. "Stronger timeslot"? yeah right, bad move Fox..



AnnaSophia Robb as Sarah Jessica Parker's younger self is a weird idea to me.. I like Bryan Greenberg and JoAnna Garcia, so i'll watch that CBS show.. and The Selection has been promoted as a Hunger Games type show but that isn't very Hunger Gamesy now.. bad promotion
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Monday is already one of my biggest nights for my DVR, adding Bones is going to cause problems for me...
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I am not sure Touch is going to be the juggernaut that Fox thinks it is going to be. Granted it is good. But gathered from the pilot I just don't see it having lasting appeal. But we shall see. Bone's however is on a downward spiral.



And Elementary just keeps sounding just horrible. "We are not going to be like Sherlock, you wanna know how? Huh, You wanna know how"? "We are going to make Watson a hot woman." What? Why? How? Now I like Lucy Liu, I like her character on Southland and I think she brings a lot to the show. But this CBS? Come on? No. Just no. Miller is not Sherlock, he just isn't, he is a decent actor but he just isn't a sherlock. And part of the greatness of the story is the camaraderie and the fraternity between Holme and Watson. This isn't going to work. You already have a quirky detective and a female sidekick show in the Mentalist with Jane and Lisbon. So what hole is this show going to fill in your lineup? Scrap it. Now. You are not NBC and though you completely grabbed The Mentalist from Pscyh. You tend to come up with original ideas at least initially. Then you hop on then and create umpteen CSI's and Navy shows. But come on this.



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What "hot woman" are you referring to? Surely it can't be Lucy Liu. Bleh.
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