News Briefs: FX Orders an '80s Spy Pilot, Whoopi Farts on The View


WHEELS AND DEALS

… FX has given the go-ahead on The Americans, a pilot from Falling Skies creator Joe Weisberg and Justified showrunner Graham Yost. It’s set in the early ‘80s and is about two KGB spies posing as Americans in Washington, D.C. Cold War intrigue! Sign me up. [Deadline]

… What do you get when marry Pawn Stars with Swamp People? Cajun Pawn Stars, which will “chronicle day-to-day business at the Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center in Louisiana.” Coming to a History Channel near you! [EW]

… Fox has purchased a comedy script based on the life of Josh Wolf, the comedian who appears on Chelsea Lately: single dad, three kids, pounding the stand-up circuit. He’s had shows about his life set up at various networks before; maybe this one will actually happen. Sounds kinda like Louie. [Deadline]

… BIEBERALERT! TLC will air This Is Justin Bieber on December 21 at 9pm. What is This Is Justin Bieber, you probably don’t ask? It’s a British documentary that follows the action-figure-sized singer behind the scenes of a recent tour. The network also ordered Cheapskates, which follows a squad of extreme tightwads on their penny-pinching adventures. [EW]

… Showtime is developing a series based on Animal Kingdom, the Australian film that earned Jacki Weaver an Oscar nomination for playing the creepy Smurfette, evil mother of a family of Melbourne thugs. John Wells is executive-producing, and Southland writer Jonathan Lisco will write the script. [Deadline]


CASTING NEWS & "SURPRISE" APPEARANCES

Gage Golightly (Ringer) and Sinqua Walls (Friday Night Lights) have signed on to appear in Season 2 of Teen Wolf. [Zap2it]

… Mitt Romney will pop by the Late Show with David Letterman on December 19 to present the Top Ten. Also booked for that show: Tom Cruise. I’m thinking a running-mates match is about to be made in Late Show heaven. [CBS, via press release]


EVERYTHING ELSE

… Proving once again that the hunt for a Republican presidential candidate is still the weirdest, funniest, and most all-around entertaining reality series currently on television, last night’s Fox News debate was watched by 6.7 million people. That’s the second-highest-rated debate this season, behind ABC’s. I missed it. Did Newt Gingrich eat anyone? [Deadline]

… CBS’s Person of Interest (12.8 million viewers) and Fox’s The X Factor (9.7 million) won Thursday night, but X Factor was down 10 percent. Those one million people were silently protesting the dismissal of that adorable little slice of 13-year-old sunshine. It’s all Nicole’s fault! [EW]

… Whoopi Goldberg farted on The View today. [TMZ]

American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy told EW that he’s “taking Rubber Man as my date” to the Golden Globes. [EW]

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I am so behind Ryan Murphy on that decision.

Also, I'm kinda excited for The Americans.......and Cajun pawn Stars too (is that bad?) :P
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against the wall was cancelled! :'( that should be on here
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I totally agree with Ryan Murphy - why wouldn't you?
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Falling Skies is not all that great, and for Justified well I was not impressed, so I will pass on the Americans
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Whoopi made a whoopsie. Cue the laughter.

Animal Kingdom could be nice.
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Person of Interest is AWESOME.
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Nuff said.
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new Californication ROCKS!

Hank Moody we missed you!!!!!!
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The Americans sounds pretty cool, if only because FX, Weisberg, and Yost are attached to it.
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Wow! Look at the numbers for Person of Interest! I'm pretty sure all these viewers watched the show because they were afraid that otherwise Reese would bust through their door on Christmas and shoot Santa in the knee.
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I have an image of Reese shoving Justin Bieber into his grenade launcher and shooting him into space.
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A Mormon & Scientologist, it's the running mates straight from my nightmares.
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Really? Whoopi Goldberg made a... whoopi? Fascinating *not*
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I'm sure Barbara Walters would think it is... but then again her "fascinating people" list include the Kardashians, so there's a chance she doesn't know the meaning of the word.
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I'm looking forward to the premier of "The Americans". All my KGB knowledge comes from "Archer", so it would be nice to watch a show that is more, um, realistic.



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Seriously? Can I be a part of Chelsea's team? I mean every fool on her round table apparently gets a tv show. And it's wrong, soooo wrong.
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LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO "did newt eat anyone?"
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I'm super excited that i can now move to a trailer park in Louisiana, do meth and probably get a reality show on trutv or history channel. YAY!
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