News Briefs: Get Your First Look At The Walking Dead's The Governor


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WHERE'S THE 'STACHE? NEWS

... Are you fan of torture, murder, and unmatched despicability? Then you have a lot in common with The Governor, the new villain coming to the third season of The Walking Dead. He's one of the most vile comic-book characters ever inked, and his jump from the pages to the screen will be portrayed by British actor David Morrissey. And now we have our first look at him! And he doesn't look a thing like The Governor! What do you think? [Click the photo above to see it full-size.]


BUSINESS TIME

... Remember that modern-day Hatfields and McCoys series that suddenly got lots of interest when History's miniseries about the feuding clans set cable records? Well of course NBC, a.k.a. WE FREAK OUT OVER ANYTHING TRENDING, jumped on it! [Deadline Hollywood]

... FX is previewing the second season premiere of Wilfred online (including here on TV.com!) and on on-demand on June 14, two weeks before it airs on FX. Watch it, love it, tell your friends, because this show is great. [FX via press release]

... Cable channel Logo has picked up the American rights to the U.K. series Misfits. The beloved show, about troubled teens who develop super powers, was a hit in its native land and combined the grittiness of Skins with the fantasy of Heroes, except it was better than both of them. Look for it to make its Stateside debut July 19! [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Body of Proof just farted or something, because it totally cleared the room. Actors John Carroll Lynch, Nicholas Bishop, and Sonja Sohn are all being axed for Season 3, likely because of budgetary concerns. Lynch will move to NBC's new series Do No Harm. [TV Line / TV Line]

... Congratulations, Jon Wellner! After seven years of playing Henry Andrews as a recurring character on CSI, you're finally being promoted to regular for the upcoming season. This is like being that guy who pines for the girl for years and years and jumps from the friendzone to f***buddy in one night. [THR]

... Californication will bring on a pair of Oceanic 815 survivors next season. Maggie Grace and Jorge Garcia (who played Shannon and Hurley on Lost) will both appear in the sixth season. Grace has locked down the recurring role of Faith, a good-girl-turned-bad (who may get spun off into her own series), and Garcia will play a friend from her past. [Showtime via press release]

... Comedian T.J. Miller has been added to Fox's midseason comedy The Goodwin Games, replacing Jake Lacy as Jimmy, the youngest of the three siblings at the core of the show. Becki Newton and Scott Foley also star in this show about two brothers and a sister who inherit their father's fortune if they agree to his terms. [Deadline Hollywood]


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Jun 11, 2012
I'm digging the new Governor look. The reason is this.



In the comics he was the clear villain. You knew it the moment you met him, but in the show it's always going new directions.



He looks like your "every man" type character. One Rick and his crew will meet, and take him for granted. Especially since he has this established community. Then we see into his twisted head, and he's NOTHING like he seems. Then we see the Governor we've been waiting for. He may not look like the established character, but that normal guy who is SO demented can be even more frightening.



That's what I want to see. I want to see this normal presentation, but then we see what he's really about and you realize he's beyond damaged goods.
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Jun 10, 2012
how do the Lost characters get on Californication? Is this a prequel or is this a sequal, with California being Hell? Seems a bit too on the nose.
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Jun 09, 2012
Why didnt they cast Danny Trejo for the Governor, he looks almost exactly like him. He was already on Breaking Bad why not?
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Jun 12, 2012
Haha, seems pretty weird to imagine a thin woman (Michonne) tackling the muscular proportions of Danny Trejo.
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Jun 09, 2012
I really really really hope this "governor" only was a bad joke... really... Who did the cast for this character???? Come on, guys, just check the comic before you hire the actor :)
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Jun 09, 2012
What the heck Body of Proof?! It makes it to another season but they axe three of the regular characters we love to watch?! What kind of bone headed decision was that! Morons!
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Jun 09, 2012
doesn't matter what he looks like un'michonned'. once he get's his shave he will look more "authentic"!
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Jun 09, 2012
Really happy to see Sohn gone, although I will have to admit that she was good at her job because she really pissed me off.
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Jun 09, 2012
TJ Miller is the BEST! I really need to catch up on Californication, me thinks. Stopped during Season 3. Which is a shame, because I love DaveDuv and Hank Moody is the ultimate male role model.
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Jun 09, 2012
Misfits is a great show. Glad it'll air stateside. Although all three seasons are free online from Hulu. Less commercials and instant satisfaction. The American way.
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Jun 08, 2012
I have no doubt he'll do a good enough job on the show, and I don't actually read the comics... but looking at the picture and supposed characteristics of The Governor, I find myself feeling very disappointed that the TV version will look like a very normal guy and not some awesome caricature. I guess one "cartoony" -- although awesome -- character is enough (Michonne).
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Jun 08, 2012
No offense to Miller, but Jake Lacy was one of the reasons I wanted to watch The Goodwin Games.



I don't know if I can handle Miller on a weekly basis.
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Jun 08, 2012
I didn't have any intention of watching The Goodwin Games and I don't really care about Jake Lacy, but I completely agree with your sentiments about TJ Miller. I can take Miller in very small doses... I'd find him annoying really quickly if he shows up too often.
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Jun 08, 2012
OUCH @ Body of Proof. They've basically removed the entire supporting cast. So now we're left with Jamie Bamber (no complaints there... but really, his character needs more personality) and the lab geeks. OH YAY? Pff.
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Jun 08, 2012
Cant wait for The Walking Dead season 3. The Governor is probably one the best role for actor. This bad guy is beyond evil. He will never screw this up.
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Jun 08, 2012
I trust the choices made so far for casting of The Walking Dead, so I'm sure Morrissey will do a good job and live up to the rep of the comic book villain. Of course, we have to wait to find out. Sigh.
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Jun 08, 2012
Pretty sweet Logo. Misfits is fun.
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Jun 08, 2012
Shouldn't the Governor have been played by Danny Trejo?



Surprised Lynch is not on Body of Proof anymore. He was one of the few good things about it. Glad Sohn is gone. She was one of the worst. They must be really revamping things for this. In hindsight, i guess they never really knew what to do with Bishop's character, if they were not going to have the usual forced relationship with co-worker thing.
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Jun 09, 2012
Agreed on Danny Trejo...he's got the rugged look and can act the baddie with a silver tongue part as well. It might be that they wanted a commitment from him he didn't want to make...or something else...
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Jun 08, 2012
Danny Trejo was the first name I thought about too! But I guess the show also needs to think about the quality of acting, not just appearance.
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Jun 08, 2012
If I was a frequent reader of the comics I would probably be upset (I read the first 30 issues). I don't mind The Governor's look, but such a big change is bound to piss off comic readers.
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Jun 08, 2012
Awww I love Maggie Grace! Perhaps I'll start watching.
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Jun 08, 2012
YAY Wilfred!!
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Jun 08, 2012
The TV Governor looks much nicer than the one from the comics. Perhaps he'll be a nice guy this time? Ha, ha, ha!
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