News Briefs: Game of Thrones Wins the Top Prize at the TCA Awards


... The TCA Awards, another round of trophies handed out this time by a bunch of television critics, were held over the weekend, and Game of Thrones won the top prize for Program of the Year. Also taking home honors were Claire Danes for best actor/actress in a drama, Louis C.K. for best actor/actress in a comedy, Homeland for best new program, Breaking Bad for best drama, and Louie for best comedy. My gosh! I think we found our first awards program that I can't find a problem with! [E! Online]


... You may have already heard, but the Olympics are going on. NBC is holding the nation hostage with tape-delayed primetime coverage, and it's working. The first three days of the international competition to find the sexiest athletes with the best human interest stories drew an average of 35.8 million viewers, the most-watched weekend of Olympics coverage in the country ever. Now if NBC could just only air the Olympics and Super Bowls, all of its problems would be fixed! [EW]

... Bones creator Hart Hanson has sold a project to CBS. Backstrom, based on a series a Swedish novels, is compared to Fox's House but centered on a cranky, fat detective instead of a cranky, lanky doctor. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime has renewed Inside Comedy for 10 more episodes. The interview series sees David Steinberg talking to comedians to see what makes them tick. The new season will feature Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Jim Carrey, and Albert Brooks. [THR]

... Ryan Reynolds has sold a pair of projects to Fox, one animated, the other the opposite of animated. Lowe Rollers, the animated one, is about a family that runs a struggling casino with a Titanic theme in Las Vegas. The other one, the live-action series, is yet to be titled and follows a hotelier whose career tailspins him into managing a crummy airport hotel with a staff full of weirdos. Basically, Ryan Reynolds loves shows about people struggling with businesses because it's a metaphor for his abs. [TV Line]

... Writer Noah Hawley (he created The Unusuals and My Generation) has sold a project to ABC, and helping him out this time will be big shots Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. Details are scarce, but the high-concept, hour-long drama revolves around a mysterious game. I'm already interested in this. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has taken Fred Willard's Trust Us With Your Life off its primetime schedule with two episodes left. The improv series will be replaced by episodes of Wipeout. Finally someone else is pulling something of Fred Willard's. Hey-yo! *rimshot* Zing! Thank you, thank you. [Associated Press]

... If you haven't seen Joss Whedon's truly entertaining Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, you'll have no excuse come early October. Unless you are one of those crazy people who don't own a television, in which case why are you on this website!? The the internet musical starring Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion is making its TV debut on The CW on October 9 at 9pm. Watch it if you can. [The CW via press release]


... Charlie Sheen is bringing his dad to television. Martin Sheen is joining Sheen's FX show Anger Management full-time as Charlie's dad (pshhh... typecasting!). The comedy is close to receiving a monster 90-episode order, meaning the Sheens are about to get PAID. Where you at, Emilio? [EW]

... Well of course you're dying to know who is going to be on hand at The Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr. Sharon Stone, Carrie Fisher, Seth Green, and Katey Sagal will all take turns calling her fat. [Comedy Central via press release]

... Human Target star Mark Valley is joining ABC's Body of Proof as a regular. He'll play Detective Tommy Sullivan, who is unsurprisingly described as sexy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Melanie Griffith is in talks to join Raising Hope as Sabrina's mom, say a bunch of online rumors. She'll be around for multiple episodes if the two sides can agree to terms. [E! Online]

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