News Briefs: FX Casts Corey Stoll As a Vampire Hunter

THE COREY STOLL SWEEPSTAKES

... Nice casting! FX has cast Corey Stoll as the lead in its upcoming vampire pilot The Strain. In case you already forgotten your recent binge, Stoll was a hot commodity after being the best part of Netflix's series House of Cards, playing the substance-abusing and adulterous senator Peter Russo. In The Strain, he'll play a head of the CDC during a viral outbreak that smells like vampirism. Guillermo del Toro is on board as a director, writer, and producer, and Lost's Carlton Cuse is lined up as producer and showrunner if it goes to series. [FX via press release]


LOTSA BUSINESS

... NBC made a few more scheduling decisions for its summer, with the highlight being a Sunday, June 23 launch for its new drama Crossing Lines. The series stars William Fichter and Donald Sutherland as members of the International Criminal Court, a group that chases down international crooks who operate over multiple borders. Yeah, this is the first time I'm hearing about this show, too. Also coming this summer, specifically July 11, are a pair of game shows. The Winner Is... is a singing competition hosted by Nick Lachey, and Hollywood Game Night is based on the real-life celebrity game nights that Sean Hayes hosts at his house. It's gonna be a long summer, NBC. [NBC via press release]

... Broadway Video and Yahoo! have reached a deal, which may not sound like much until you realize who Broadway Video is. The company owns the archive to Saturday Night Live, all 38 years of it. Starting in September, past episodes and clips of the sketch show will be available exclusively on Yahoo!, meaning that SNL will be pulled from NBC.com and Hulu. [New York Times]

... You want to hear some totally quackers ratings news? The Season 3 finale of A&E's Duck Dynasty was watched by 9.6 million viewers, chalking up a 4.3 rating in the adult demo and demolishing the top network show (American Idol netted a 3.2 rating). Both numbers are a high for the network. Despite the protest of ducks everywhere, this continues to be a monster hit. A&E also confirmed a Season 4 in case anyone was still unsure whether A&E loved making money or not. [A&E via press release]

... YouTube is hosting a comedy week from May 19-25, featuring live events and program premieres from an impressive list of funny makers. Among those participating are Sarah Silverman, Ken Jeong, Norm MacDonald, Seth Rogen, Tim & Eric, and The Lonely Island. Just head on over to YouTube on May 19 at 5pm PT and get your insides ready for a chuckle workout. [YouTube via press release]

... AMC has ordered a pilot for Line of Sight, a sci-fi thriller from Brotherhood creator Blake Masters. In Line of Sight, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator survives a plane crash, and then his head nearly explodes from all the conspiracies and–let's just call it right here–ALIENS* that are involved in the accident. *may or may not include aliens, but it should include aliens. [AMC via press release]

... MTV is being so MTV and ordering a pilot based on the movie franchise Scream with absolutely no one connected to the project or any idea of what the show will be. They just want a pilot, darn it, and they're not going to let a thing like common sense stop them. Also announced today were the kids-of-a-sperm-donor docu-series Generation Cryo, Guy Code sorta spinoff Guy Court in which the rules of the code are upheld in fake court and oh my god I'm embarrassed to be a guy, and the nurse reality series Nurse Nation. Also, Snooki & JWoww has been renewed for a third season meaning their deal with the devil is still going strong. [Deadline Hollywood]


OFFICE CLOSURE UPDATE

... We now have some details on The Office series finale, so turn away if you want to avoid spoilers! Go ahead! Turn away! Set months after the end of the documentary project, the episode will feature a wedding that brings back past and present Dunder-Mifflin workers, including guest-stars Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Malcolm Barrett, Matt Jones (Badger!), Andy Buckley, Mike Schur, and Bobby Ray Shafer. Steve Carell reportedly won't be there, but he's gotta be in this, right? The one-hour finale airs May 16. [THR]

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The Strain is looking better everytime I hear more about it.
I finished the books recently and they were good.
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Crossing Lines sounds expensive, Law & Order Other Countries, so I'm guessing the whole thing will be shot on either Hollywood backlots or in Canada, and since it's a summer release, Canada it'll be.

Oh good, NBC is going for another singing competition, I'm sure that won't feel like the nineteenth iteration of that severely tired genre at all, especially with America's Not Talented running on the same network at the same time.

"NBC Summer 2013: Why watch it!"


Oh MTV, Scream is a worn-out parody series of a worn-out genre, there is absolutely no reason to make a pilot or TV series based on it. You are pathetic.


Oh The Office, series finales culminating in weddings is a worn-out trope of a worn-out genre, there is absolutely no reason to subject us to that nonsense. Unless it's Toby and Nellie, and Toby strangles Nellie and reveals himself to be the Scranton Strangler (or a copycat).
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So The Office finale is similar to the British The Office finale, I guess it's only fitting seeing as the pilot is a shot for shot remake of the UK pilot.
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'...Hollywood Game Night is based on the real-life celebrity game nights that Sean Hayes hosts at his house. It's gonna be a long summer, NBC"

It COULD be awful or it could be a reminder of those days of "Win, Lose, or Draw" and other "let's get a bunch of celebrities to play those games you play with your friends and they do the same things!" I dunno if it's primetime worthy, but it may be watchable.
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It has been reported that MTV's Scream pilot will be directed by franchise director Wes Craven...
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I like the sound of The Strain and I have to agree Corey Stoll was one of the best things about HoC, so this news I like a lot.
And the Scream franchise is one of my favourite franchises to ever exist so I don't know how to feel... then again, nobody thought Teen Wolf would work when MTV green-lit that and now it is one of my favourite shows. Here's hoping it works out.
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What does Norm MacDonald have to do with comedy?
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What the hell? You don't like Norm? How can ANYONE not like him?
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crack whores and OJ Simpson.
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So I'm confused. Will he play Dr.Eph or will he play he's duchebag boss?
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As far as I can tell, he'll play Dr. Eph.
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But Dr.Eph is not the head of CDC. Anyway, even for Dr.Eph I think he's a good choice. Dr.Eph started as a science nerd and evolved. I'd hate it if they would pick some "eye candy" or some mucho guy (I guess I'd be ok with Mathew Fox but that would be a little too obvious, wouldn't it? LoL)

I think Stoll could be an even more 'realistic' Ephraim than what I had in mind when reading the books
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OMG! Will they ever stop making mindnumbing televison? Reality shows suck, end off!
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Until stupid people in their droves stop watching them, no they won't, only way to reduce the amount of reality tv is for the government to tax them.
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Del Toro is a very talented filmmaker, he talks about a lot of projects he would like to make, but never actually makes any of them, which is sad. I hope Pacific Rim becomes a huge hit so he can finally make Hellboy 3, At the Mountains of Madness and Monster.
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I like MTV2's Guy Code, but these random spin-offs are already out of control. Girl Code just premiered the other night, and now there's going to be show called Guy Court in the fall? Too much.
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Stoll was excellent in House of Cards but he wasn't even close to being "the best part of", what a ludicrous comment.
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If this Scream series is going to be like Teen wolf count me as a viewer
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At least they're doing something right by trying to get Wes Craven to direct the pilot episode.
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Oh, I love the Ficht' so much... but that sounds boring.
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"Deal with the Devil is still going strong" *chuckles* [lights flicker] *pees in pants*
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Del Toro is busy. Isn't he supposedly working on the new Hulk series?

I recently wondered what became of William Fichtner - His Name in news needs an "N" correction.

Line of Sight needs to better explain why it's science fiction.
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Fichtner is in The Lone Ranger and the promising looking Elysium. He's doing OK.
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He seems to be working on a lot of projects. One that I'm excited about is he's *properly* working on a "Haunted Mansion" movie without Eddie Murphy. Then I might get to enjoy a movie based on my favorite ride, unlike the shameful embarrassment of the first movie.
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Um...this Strain thing seems kind of like if the regular level government and military got wind of Project NOAH before Zero called for the escape or even before the virals started getting into the heads of the workers. So I guess we will be waiting to hear if they are casting for a six year old girl....am I rambling or do people know what I am talking about?
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the passage...hellz yeah i know
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good thing I download my episodes of SNL like any other self-respecting fan who doesn't have cable.

And if that duck dynasty news doesn't confirm every nielsen box being in the south-east somewhere I don't know what will.
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I've been watching House of Cards the last couple months, and have been absolutely loving it. Corey Stoll did a very good job in his role in that show, so I'm glad to hear he'll be getting more work. I'll have to keep an eye out for more news or a trailer of this show to see if it's something I'd be interested in.
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And I thought the vampire fad was dying out. But then again, there has been a show with vampires ever since I can remember. A show about the CDC though, now that can be interesting. The last episodes of The Walking Dead in Season 1 were some of my favourites. I definitely welcome shows like Contagion.

I'm concerned though. As much as I love sci-fi, there are a lot of sci-fi shows happening. There might be an over-saturation of sci-fi shows this year and next year.
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The strain is not a vampire show (imo), the vampires are more like zombies in a way that they're pure evil monsters. Looking forward to the show, the books are really scary actually
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Actually the Strain is not even about the vampires. Think of the Vampires as today's Man with the whole financial Crisis and such. Imagine Vampires as the bloodsucking bankers, golden boys, fund people. It's more about an "epidemic charging for the whole Earth" and how people react. Some (especially the rich) are trying to take advantage, others fight it, families are broken, relationships and lives are destroyed etc

At least that were my thoughts when reading the book, not just a horror story but as a metaphor for the global financial crisis we're facing nowdays
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With Broadway Video and Yahoo! teaming up, does that still mean that I'm screwed from watching old SNL in Canada?
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The 9.6M people who watched "Duck Dynasty" need to slap themselves.
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Corey Stoll was great in House of Cards, and now I have learned his name.
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Uhh...Carlton Cuse is showrunning. That doesn't sound good.
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dude is apparently responsible for bates motel which is good. and that is from someone who cringes every time he reads "so and so from lost"
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But on the upside, I didn't see J. J. Abram's rubber stamp on it. ("Check, please!")
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Not since "Angel" has there been a vampire show that acknowledges while being hunky dreamboats, vampires still have a penchant for biting people.
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You need to devote yourself too season 1 of The Vampire Diaries ASAP.
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I really just mean one where the vampires are the bad guys. Which does not entirely hold in TVD.
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For the most part. Lol. Did you check out the back door pilot for the originals on TVD last night? :)
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Yes, and at least Klaus and company aren't "swell" guys, but are they really trying to give Klaus a human side? When you haven't been human for over 1000 years, I think that ship has sailed and it's time to accept that you're the most powerful immortal of all time, except for the Vampire who can use magic which doesn't make any sense but I guess with "The Originals", "The Vampire Diaries'" lifespan has shortened significantly.
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Uh. TVD?
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