News Briefs: FX Orders Its Own Homeland from the Creators of Homeland

BUSINESS TIME

... "Get me a Homeland!" —Every network boss right now. And FX just got its second. Cold War drama The Americans is set to debut next month, but FX isn't done with political dramas. The network has ordered the series Tyrant direct from the creators of Homeland, producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff (who created the Israeli series Homeland is based on). Tyrant follows an American family that gets caught up in chaotic Middle Eastern politics when the dictator of an Arab nation dies and his American son becomes the head of the country. Yes, this is a drama. [FX via press release]

... Fox has started development on Upstairs, a series based on a comedy short by Shawn Wines. The premise is this: A normal guy lives with his rich friend in an apartment in New York City and a hot chick lives across the hall. It'll bluntly cover the difficulty of living in New York City. The original short is embedded below, but it will just make you mad knowing that someone got a TV deal out of it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Mexican-American pop star Jenni Rivera was killed in plane crash on Sunday that killed everyone on board. Last week it was announced that ABC and Rivera were working together on a new series Jenni, which would've starred Rivera as a single mom. Rivera was also the focus of the reality television program I Love Jenni on Spanish-language Mun2. [Variety]


CASTING NEWS

... Another excuse to post that picture of Brooklyn Decker? Fine. Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Decker will guest-star on The League as Gina Gibiatti, a former high-school classmate of the guys who insults them 'til they weep like babies. Also, she'll be attractive. Decker recently booked a guest role on New Girl. [EW]

... Eliza Dushku has been cast in the pilot The Saint from production company MPCA. The series is another remake of the Leslie Charteris book series that spawned the Roger Moore television series and Val Kilmer movie, and centers on crafty criminal Simon Templar as he steals from the rich and helps out the unfortunate. Dushku will play the female lead and love interest Patricia Holm. The project does not have a network attached yet, this sounds like something NBC would wet itself over. But that could be said about anything. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC may have canceled Last Resort, but Robert Patrick won't be completely out of work. The man who played COB will be upped to regular status on HBO's True Blood where he played Alcide's father last sason. Not a bad gig to fall back on. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Happy Endings will welcome RuPaul in a guest role. The part-time drag queen will play a hairdresser on the ABC comedy early next year. [TV Line]

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Eliza Dushku! I miss Dollhouse. :(
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The Saint, I am all IN and waiting now.
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Wow. What are you smoking, Fox?
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What's with the Homeland lovefest?
While it's not an awful show it's far from great, at times it struggles to even be above average.
I personally found Sleeper Cell back in 2005 to be a better show that dealt with a slightly similar topic.
And as an extra bonus it didn't have Claire Danes laughably bad acting.
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Watch for the sign of The SAINT he will always return!
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I was hoping another network would pickup Last Resort because it's such an amazing show. After ABC canceling it i wil not watch their new shows until they get a 2nd season then if i hear that their good i will watch. Currently im watching Once and Revenge the only 2 40 min shows i watch on this network.
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I began watching The League only last season, and I have to say that it's one underrated show. Everyone who haven't seen it should. It's really funny, like the last episode with the lucha libre match. I can't wait for Brooklyn Decker to appear.
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Been watching since Leslie Bibb played Pete's now ex-wife. It has always been a show where the characters resemble people you might know in real life - and whose young actors actually resemble real kids not sitcom kids. Nick Kroll "'Ruxin" is one of the funniest character actors working. Very funny show.
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I didn't think I'd enjoy The League, considering I'm English and don't really follow American Football, but it's hilarious, it's easily one of my favorite sitcoms. You should go back to the very beginning and watch them all, it's definitely worth it.
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the short of Upstairs seems kinda fun!
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... Are you kidding?
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no .... I'm not looking for quality Tv these days ... just for a laugh, cheap as it might be!
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Creepy Duchovny!
Eliza Dushku's back? Been missing her since Dollhouse.
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oh maaaaaan, Robert Patrick was so boring on True Blood last season. don't bring Alcide down, RobPat!
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Alcide has always been boring too. I doubt that RP can make him worse.
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The Saint as a TV show? I'm intrigued.
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Thanks for the Duchovny face thrown in. I had a great laugh....you are so hysterical, please keep it up you make my day....
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I struggle to believe that a group of guys who went to high school with Brooklyn Decker would name their fantasy football trophy after a different female class mate.
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Janina Gavankar is not exactly a slouch.
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Can I be honest? That short really was funny. But a short was all it was. I have no idea how they're going to make that 13 half-hours long.
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The League is one of the unsung comedy shows that is a riot!
Why it never gets any love is beyond me, maybe coz no laugh track or doesnt have simplistic girls headlining it!!!!
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Can't the same be said for It's always sunny... The only reason I started watching The League is because it's either on after sunny or they just always show previews after sunny. It's not as good, but still great - have to admit that I was tempted to say it's not in the same league as sunny.
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I'm loving The League. I think the main reason it doesn't get a lot of attention is because of the general lack of plot. Each episode is basically just a bunch of friends who make fun of each other, with a simple plot to ensure that it isn't basically just stand-up comedy, hehe. I have no problem with it though because it's one of the best at making me laugh.
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And isn't that what life is really like? A day at a time???
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Hear, hear. It's absolutely hilarious.
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Totally agree. The first season was inconsistent but they rarely miss anymore. The comedy might be a bit raw for some tastes but its got a great mix of sports, immature jokes, awkward situations, and sexual innuendo. I never miss it.
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News Brief: What about FRINGE - it was on 3 days ago!!!!
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If TV news was covered like sports talk radio, we would loudly declare that pitching this new show has distracted the Homeland writers while the show they already have struggles. It may even be true.
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s2 has been really uneven in quality and tempo. That being said I didn't think the first season was everything it was made out to be - unoriginal springs to mind.
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