News Briefs: Hawaii Five-0's McGarrett Has a Mom, and It's Christine Lahti

CASTING NEWS

... McGarrett has a mom! Hawaii Five-0 has cast Emmy-winner Christine Lahti as Doris McGarrett, the lady who spawned Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) from her loins. She'll recur on the CBS series. Lahti won an Emmy for her work on Chicago Hope in 1998. [EW]

... Lily Taylor (Six Feet Under) is headed to Netflix's original series Hemlock Grove. She'll play a gypsy mother in the murder mystery from horror dude Eli Roth. Like anyone uses Netflix's online streaming service to do anything but watch Poison Ivy 3. [TV Line]

... With so many people quitting The Office, NBC knows it has to staff up. Currently in talks to join the fading comedy as a regular is Clark Duke, Michael Cera's buddy who starred in Hot Tub Time Machine, Greek, and the great web series Clark and Michael. This news changes The Office's status from "something I definitely will never watch again" to "something I will almost certainly never watch again." [TV Line]

... Former Avengers (the old '60s one, not the Joss Whedon one) actress Diana Rigg will appear in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who alongside her daughter Rachael Stirling. No details on the part except that the mother and daughter combo will be playing a mother and daughter combo. We'll see if it's believable. [Mirror UK]


BUSINESS TIME

... HBO's The Newsroom stunk it up in its second week after a decent debut. Sunday's episode recorded 1.7 million viewers, down from 2.1 million the week before. For you percentophiles, that's almost a 20-percent drop. More troubling was the 30-percent drop among viewers under 50. This is obviously because old people also don't know how to use email and like to be talked to and boy do they talk to you in The Newsroom. [Vulture]

... FX has acquired the off-network rights to CBS's sitcom Mike & Molly, where it will join Two and a Half Men and open the door for Billy Gardell to get his own sitcom about an overweight man who falls for an overweight woman but IT WILL BE DIFFERENT. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Syfy has announced its Comic-Con panels, and no, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen will not be there. New high-tech show/game Defiance will take over Room 6DE on Friday, July 13 at 6:45pm, Warehouse 13 will hold its panel bright and early at 10am on Saturday in Ballroom 20, and Alphas and Being Human will go back-to-back in that order in the Indigo Ballroom starting at 2pm. I'll be stalking Ryan Cartwright. [Syfy via press release]


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Why is The Office still on the air?!? Its the shell of the ghost of its former funny self.
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So his Mum's not dead then? Nice spoiler thanks for that.
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We found out she wasn't dead in the last scene of the season finale, which aired over 6 weeks ago. I think we're beyond the statute of limitations for complaining about spoilers.
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Guess which episode is on my popcorn hour left to watch? But still, there's many countries around the world it probably hasn't aired yet ;)
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And this is a website that, while visited by people around the world, functions based on a schedule of US-aired programs. Nobody wants to wait until all the people of Outer Mongolia have viewed the show before we start talking about it. This site is US-centric; that's just reality.
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Yeah, yeah ok I get it, nobody gives a shit about non US :)
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Are there any plans for Thomas Schlamme to direct an episode of Hawaii Five-O?
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why bother adding people to The Office, isn't it ending? or is that basically just wishful thinking since it hasn't been any good for about a season and a half? no reason to add new cast members who won't be any good and won't be there more than a year since it's going off
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Christine Lahti is an accomplished actress, but even though she's 26 years older than Alex O'Loughlin, she looks too young to play his mother.
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At the very least, she looks too young to be playing a "Doris."
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So Shelbourne you've finally shown yourself.
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I accurately predicted that ratings drop for The Newsroom in the renewal article.
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"This is obviously because old people also don't know how to use email..."

Yes, only old people who have no idea how emails work, hate smart phones and probably don't even own a cell phone would relate with that "don't press asterisk = reply to all" email joke in Newsroom.
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