News Briefs: Fox Orders Seth MacFarlane's Live-action Dads to Series

MACFARLANE'S PLANS FOR WORLD DOMINATION CONTINUE NEWS

... Seth MacFarlane, the mind behind Family Guy and the Family Guy-ish American Dad and the Family Guy-ish The Cleveland Show, is getting into live-action TV. Fox has ordered six episodes of Dads, a multi-camera comedy about 30-something guys who are enjoying life until they unexpectedly become fathers their dads move in with them! *slide-whistle noise* [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... TBS has officially canceled The Wedding Band, but we pretty much knew that already. The one-hour dramedy ran for 10 episodes, and TBS aired it in the super-horrible time period of Saturdays at 10pm. [THR]

... Fox's The Following got off to a killer (ha!) start on Monday, with 10.4 million viewers and a 3.1 rating in the adult demo. Before you say YEAH BOYEEEEEEEE you should know that those numbers are lower than the debut outings of both Alcatraz and Terra Nova, which were also much-promoted and once occupied the Monday night 9pm slot. (My review of the series premiere is here and it is not kind.) [TV Guide]

... The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons is keeping it nerdy by bringing the web series Prodigies to mainstream television. The docu-series will follow young geniuses as they earn praise and struggle because of their gifts. When I was young, I was a prodigy: I could play Nintendo for HOURS. [THR]

... HBO is developing a movie based on its canceled series Bored to Death. Creator Jonathan Ames will write the screenplay and its three stars Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson would possibly return. OR HBO maybe instead you can put into development the Deadwood movie that we've all been waiting for instead of this show that hardly anyone watched. But you know, that's just advice from me, Tim Surette, child prodigy. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... SUMMER GLAU SUMMER GLAU SUMMER GLAU I hope this found your Google Alert for "Summer Glau." Summer Glau will guest-star on CBS's Hawaii Five-0. Summer Glau will play a woman looking for the man (or woman or dolphin) who killed her father. Summer Glau's character will also have links to an underground fighting ring. Summer Glau last appeared on Syfy's Alphas. Summer Glau. (Firefly) [Digital Spy]

... Sally Pressman used to be on a show called Army Wives, but it was on Lifetime so no one knew so it may as well have existed solely in the heads of Lifetime press-release writers. But that show was canceled, and now Pressman has nabbed the lead in NBC's multi-camera comedy Joe, Joe, and Jane. I'm assuming she plays Jane, but maybe this is a show that will teach everyone a lesson in gender identity. [TV Line]

... HBO's The Newsroom has found a replacement for Rosemarie DeWitt, who joined the show and left it even faster due to "scheduling problems." Taking her place as a lawyer who defends ACN in a wrongful termination suit will be Oscar-nominee Marcia Gay Harden (Damages). [EW]

... Bill Hader will play David Hasselhoff's character in the upcoming film spoof of Baywatch. Okay, let's move on. [The Wrap]

... Daniel Gillies will reprise his role as Elijah in the upcoming The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. The potential series will launch as a backdoor pilot in the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries. Price, is this a good decision? ... Price? Hello, Price? Has anyone seen Price? [TV Guide]

... James Brolin will guest-star on ABC's Castle as Richard Castle's... is it A) dad or B) Evil twin who had plastic surgery to look just like James Brolin? If you answered a) dad, you are correct. If you answered b) Evil twin who had plastic surgery to look just like James Brolin, then we can hang out and be friends. [TV Line]

... True Blood has added a pair of fresh faces. Friday Night Lights' Jurnee Smollett will be a series regular on the vampire drama playing do-gooder Nicole. 90210's Amelia Rose Blaire has also been cast, in the recurring role of Willa, the daughter of the Louisiana Governor. If you get a chance to see Smollett in the trailer for Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, do it, because it's HILARIOUS. [TV Line]



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Another live-action series? But The Winner did terrible in ratings.
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I have nothing against the following issue, but I really need to ask...
Has anybody mentioned/noticed that Seth MacFarlane is SUPER-GAY, yet?
Has society completely accepted gays, while at the same time, continuing to have that never-ending stereotypical BLACK and WHITE problem? What's up with that?
"Ellen" gets kicked off TV for being gay, and NOW she is the female equivalent of GOD?
What's really going on here?
VERY CONFUSING.
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This is about Seth MacFarlane here, not Vampire Diaries (Is that show really ending?) or any other show mentioned. Seth MacFarlene though is making a Flintstones show this year though.
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SUMMER GLAU!!
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Damn you for mentioning Price! It's only been one Thursday and I already feel an empty whole in my heart where recaps lived. *sobs uncontrollably again* PRICEEEEEEEEEE....
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Who is the Price and what happened to him/her?
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Tim dont forget Summer Glau also appeared on Dollhouse and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles..... just sayin... watch out Five-o!

So excited about the Bored to Death movie! Loved that show!

UGH! Why did you have to bring up Price! Now i gotta go have another sob fest.. excuse me
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I'm pretty darn stoked on the idea of a " Bored To Death " movie . The show was well written , funny and fresh , I'd never seen anything quite like it , and thought I never would again . I sure hope they can lock down all the original cast members . ie. T.D & Z.G. , as I'm sure it would be a no go all together if Schwartzman wasnt game.
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Your blurb makes it sound like Dads is Seth McFarlane's first foray into live-action, but didn't he do a live-action show on Fox with Rob Cordry years ago? Also, Marcia Gay Harden wasn't just nominated for an Oscar, she won an Oscar (for Pollack). It didn't take being a child prodigy to google "Marcia Gay Harden, Oscar" to suss that out.
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I had forgotten about that show, The Winner. It was actually pretty good.
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So Summer Glau will be appearing on Hawaii Five 0, eh? RIP Hawaii Five 0...I wonder what will take it's time slot.
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Poor Summer Glau. To be fair though, she appeared on Alphas several times and that show is still around.
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Um I hate to break the bad news but you might find the world is a little more Alphas-cancelly than you think. I think the only show she hasn't killed is Grey's Anatomy, which is a pity.
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and TBBT.
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@myaddow

TBBT = The Big Bang Theory. The ONE show Summer's appeared on that hasn't been canceled.

And yes, as ben45tpy said, Alphas was canceled.
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After I caught a marathon of the wedding band, I actually started to like it. Sad that its going.

HBO, DEADWOOD MOVIE PLEASEEE!

The following... I was very confused if I liked it or not. Do I like it? I have no idea...

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Oh and Seth McFarland! I love him and TED was great! Can't wait
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Which slide-whistle noise, the goofy one, or the sad one? I'm thinking the sad one.

Aww yeah, Summer Glau is going to kill the worst big show on television, awesome!

What? Brolin will be Castle's dad? Damn, that's actually a spoiler I would have liked to have not heard until I saw it happen a la Treat Williams on White Collar. Spoiler alert about White Collar, I guess, but that cat's been out of the bag for months. Still, James Brolin as Nathan Fillion's dad is awesome casting.

Bill Hader spoofing Hasselhoff's Baywatch character feels like a bandwagon-jumping-on, following Paul Scheer spoofing David Caruso's character from CSI Miami, and Chris Elliot's spoofing Chuck Norris from Walker Texas Ranger (I won't include MacGruber w/ Will Forte because that was terrible).
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Great ratings for The Following, let's hope the actual show becomes great before it gets cancelled. It costs probably a lot less to produce than Terra Nova and Alcatraz, so it has a better chance of survival. Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are awesome, they deserve a show that matches their undeniably great acting skills.
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What's with all the hate for Seth McFarlane? I could understand the hate for Chuck Lorre or Carlton Cuse, but McFarlane? Be angry at FOX, not him!
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hear, hear! (although I must admit i enjoy TBBT)
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Every time Tim doesn't like a show with good ratings, he mentions Alcatraz and Terra Nova. (In this case, The Following, same way he did with Revolution). What does that prove, that excellent ratings for the pilot is a terrible thing? Excellent ratings mean excellent ratings Better than bad ratings. Terra Nova and Alcatraz were exceptions, and taking them as ultimate examples is getting old.

By the way, Personally I really don't care about the Following, and I think the concept is ludicrous.
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He's just providing expertise - that strong premieres are no guarantee of a second season, which I think is valuable information. He's certainly not said that he believes The Following will be cancelled and really the fact that he doesn't like the show is irrelevant.
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He's mentioning two well-known exceptions of cases in which the show had great premiere ratings, and then were cancelled. Even though it doesn't always mean good ratings will be maintained, great ratings in the premiere can only be seen as a good sign. And I think the fact he doesn't like the show totally relevant because he says that when he doesn't like the show, so his expertise is biased.
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I watched Bored to Death and not Deathwood. So, I'd much rather see a Bored to Death movie.
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I want to punch Seth McFarlane in the face everytime I see him.
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nice! something else by seth macfarlane that i can avoid.
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:'( Price...........!
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KLAUS & ELIJAH!? Count me in.
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I hope Seth's show gets cancelled quick.
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OOOh! i love The Wedding band..they had me right from the pilot!...Who does the scheduling in these Networks??!!....they are as bad as the consumer appreciation department at SyFy.
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NOOOOOOOOOO! I don't want Hawaii Five-O to be canceled! :O

(Summer Glau is a kiss of death at this point; no joke)
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I am pretty sure that Army Wives has not been canceled.
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It hasn't. Maybe they should have done a little more research before writing this article.
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army wives season 7 starts march 10 at 9 P.M. and Sally Pressman (roxy) is now a recurring role
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Somebody who works at this site sure loves Summer Glau.
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and now people will say "Yeah Bored to Death sucked" and that is just because Tim said so. You have your own mini-cult going on and brainwashing people's mind:D You trash shows in your reviews and people comments are basically, that you know what is and isn't good/great tv show and what to watch.

O Writer!,my Writer! How estranged your mind has become!

I loved watching Bored to Death and it IS great show. Just that it wasn't made for masses and only certain people will get it, how awsome it is.
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Tim didn't say Bored to Death sucked, he just said that if HBO wants to make a movie perhaps Deadwood should be a lot higher up on the list due to its wide acclaim, popularity and premature demise. Saying Bored to Death had a small fan base (which it undeniably did) is nothing against the quality of the show.
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I didn't say,that Tim said,that show sucked. I said,that people will say BtD sucked,because Tim said so. Implying that, when you read between lines, if Tim "suggests", that something should be made instead of the other, people(not all of course) will follow,what Tim says.
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Despite your revisionist history the first sentence of your original post unequivocally implied that Tim said Bored to Death sucked. And I think the cohort of people who read Tim's posts are a lot smarter than for which you give them credit.
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It implied yes. But Tim or anyone else,for that matter,can say something in sugarcoating-ly way,without using "harsh" words themselves. And some are just sheep,following whatever Master Sheppard Tim says:P
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Wow. Summer Glau might actually guest star on a show that DOESN'T get canceled soon. Unless she does the improbable and gets CBS to cancel a police procedural.
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This news brief was exceptionally funny, Tim! You even threw in some drama with the Price thing. You could be a writer on Go On or something. I miss Price... What about the podcasts?!

It will be interesting to see if Summer Glau's curse is strong enough to tear down even a CBS show.

P.S. Summer Glau. Summer Glau.
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Yeah, Tim! What about the podcast? You wrote on twitter that it's on hold? Why? Does it really need to be? Can't you and Jen do it without Price? Maybe get Lilly or MaryAnn or somebody to host it with you two if there absolutely HAS TO be a trio of hosts. It's time to move on. Price was great, we all loved him, maybe he'll come back one day, maybe he'll write something from time to time, maybe not. But the show (site) and the podcast must go on. I do believe the podcast can go on without Price.
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I thought Price did the technical/sound editing/wizardry part of the podcasts? Doesn't Jen have web-engineers at her beck and call that can do this now?
Need more podcasts.
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Maybe. Price was also the one who did most of the talking :)
But I would still love for Tim and Jen to continue it.
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Definitely some of the early 'casts were only Tim and Price; no excuse why Tim and Jen couldn't press on.
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To be fair, Price did like 85% of the talking :D
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bleh, I say we need LESS Seth MacFarlane, not MORE!

I didn't even know The Wedding Band had aired, not that I was going to watch it or anything, but I usually know these things.. so clearly it was cancelled right away, they just forgot to tell anybody.
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That is weirdly traditional and boring for something to come out of Seth's head. This show WILL have a talking cat or something, right?
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I watched Bored to Death! It was great but only for those with higher levels of critical thinking, i.e. it won't do well at the box office.
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Nooo! I loved wedding band! Which I suppose was my first clue that it would be canceled..
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I thought it was pretty good too. Glad TBS decided to put it in such a great time slot to ensure its success.
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We will finally meet Castle's Dad, Cool.
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