News Briefs: Fox Orders a Voice-ish Dating Show

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SHAMELESS RIP-OFF NEWS

... Fox has announced a new summer dating show to clog up your airwaves, and it's either an April Fool's joke a month late or blatant theft. The Choice is a dating version of The Voice, featuring eligible "celebrity" bachelors in spinning chairs who pick female suitors based on their voice alone and no I'm not joking this is a real show and I can't believe it either. Cat Deeley, who is legitimately great and deserves better, will host. Look for The Choice to debut on June 7 or just watch The Voice instead and imagine that Cee Lo is going to wine and dine one of his team members. Teaser trailer below! [Fox via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Amazon (the website, not the human-devouring river that's full of ghosts and dolls) is getting into original programming, but just for the internet. [The Wrap]

... HBO rolled the dice on Luck and lost. The horse-racing drama stopped production for good after a third horse involved in filming the series died (though it was not during actual filming), forcing an early cancellation. Now the bill for the one-season show has been made public: $35 million. Here's a simple solution to make the money back, HBO: Take $35 million to Vegas and bet on black! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Two And a Half Men co-showrunner Lee Arohnson is stepping down from duties at the CBS series. No details were given for his departure, but Arohnson recently made headlines for the wrong reason when he made comments about all the vagina talk on female-centric comedies like Whitney and 2 Broke Girls. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Grey's Anatomy will welcome a pair of new patients in Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) and Patrick Fischler (Lost). They'll play a couple that's rushed to the hospital after getting sick. Look for them in this season's second-to-last episode. [TV Line]

... Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) has been cast in USA's Political Animals as the POTUS, or President of the United States if you aren't a secret service man/don't watch Veep. The miniseries follows the former First Family in Washington, D.C. as they struggle to keep their political aspirations alive. [THR]

... There's a good chance that you will see the boobs of Anna Hutchison (Cabin in the Woods), Jenna Lind, and Gwendoline Taylor next year, as they've all been cast in the third season of Spartacus on Starz. [TV Line]

The Choice teaser:


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