News Briefs: Hayden Panettiere Has a New Show in the Works


I figured this was a better picture than another Awake photo.

RATINGS REPORT

... It's not good or bad news for NBC's new drama Awake. The new series, which most people loved, debuted last night to okay ratings. But given that some people thought it would bomb in a major way, that could be considered a victory. Approximately 6.24 million people watched the debut, good for a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. That's actually an improvement in the time period, and given that almost all word-of-mouth has been positive and the pilot was available online and on-demand two weeks ago, there might not be the dramatic drop-off that's typical in a series' second episode. However, Awake was up against repeats last night. Next week will be very interesting. [TV By the Numbers]


TAKING A BREAK NEWS

... Alex O''Loughlin, star of CBS's Hawaii Five-0, will miss at least one upcoming episode as he goes to rehab. According to his rep, "Alex is taking a short break from Hawaii Five-0 to receive supervised treatment for prescription pain medication due to a recent shoulder injury." [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Heroes hottie Hayden Panettiere has a new job lined up. She'll star in the ABC drama pilot Nashville, a soapy look at the Nashville music scene. Panettiere will play a teen singing sensation. Hey, anything to keep her from REALLY singing. Have you seen her newest video? No thank you! Click at your own risk, because I can't provide any spoons to scoop out the damage done to your ears. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Panettiere's fellow Heroes star Zachary Quinto is following up his guest role on FX's American Horror Story with a regular gig on American Horror Story. Wait, what? Yep, Quinto has joined Season 2 as the show shifts its settings and characters, but not its cast. Quinto joins fellow AHS returnee Jessica Lange, who will also be back as a new character as well. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hey you Browncoats out there, get ready to put a little brown in your pants, too, because I have some awesome jeans-crapping Firefly-related news. Castle is recruiting Adam Baldwin for a guest role, setting up a Firefly reunion with Nathan Fillion. Baldwin will play a tough-guy cop who shows Castle how things are done. [TV Guide]

... Pan Am's Karine Vanasse, who was like a first-class seat compared to the rest of the cast's overhead compartments, is joining ABC's drama pilot Scruples. This is the series that is produced by Natalie Portman about the world of fashion. Oh-so-adorable Vanasse will be play an oh-so-adorable fashion designer. Also, Judd Hirsch got cast in something. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Justin Hartley is stuck in The CW black hole that actors never escape from. The man who played The Green Arrow on Smallville will stay at the network in the lighthearted medical drama pilot First Cut. He'll play a sexy doctor, duh. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Leah Remini (King of Queens) will star in ABC's comedy pilot White Man Van. She'll play the van. Oh I'm just kidding. She'll be the sister of a man who is forced to hand over his business to his son because of bad health. [THR]

... Minnie Driver (she's tall) will star opposite Andrea Anders in the NBC comedy pilot Lady Friends, about two chick amigas who are very different. Driver will play the friend who's a bit of a trainwreck. [Deadline Hollywood]


GET IN LINE NEWS

... The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco is no longer engaged! Go get 'er! [ET Online]


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COME ON MCGARETT! One time I joke dived onto a chair in our living room. I smoked my shoulder on the corner of the coffee table. 3 days later I couldn't move my arm at all! I had to take painkillers and anti-inflammatories until I could move it again. Do you know what I did when it felt better? I STOPPED TAKING THE PILLS AND WENT ON WITH MY LIFE! I didn't even finish the bottle. Hawaii Five-O without Steve McGarett? Weak sauce, Alex. Weak sauce!
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*squeeeee* Firefly reunion within Castle, waaay too much awesome!



And why is Justin Hartley not busy playing Green Arrow already?
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Hayden's song Wake up Call has actually been out for a few years. She came out with the song right after she left the Disney scene.
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I can't wait to see Adam Baldwin on Castle!
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It's funny how almost everyone is back in AHS. I thought they were going to continue with a new cast. Not that I complain about Lange and Quinto...



Yay Clairebear in a new show! That is all. Now only if Jack Coleman had one too....



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Am I the only one who thinks reunion casting is sad and tacky? I don't just say that because I hated Firefly, I say that because pretty much every time some show brings characters together from another show, it's just sad. And tacky. Mainly because it shows who became successful and who didn't.
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I love "The Big Bang Theory," and I have loved Kaley Cuoco since her days on "8 Simple Rules." If only I could go and get 'er!
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So much casting, so little promising.
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I hope Alex gets better soon. It's going to be different without him on Hawaii Five-O.
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One wonders where you got that picture.
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Considering that NBC has so many pilots in the works for next year, and that Awake didn't have any competition yet only drew mediocre numbers, I don't think it will last past this season.
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I'm really interested to see how AHS plans to include previous characters but in a different setting. Let's see if Ryan Murphy manages to keep it somewhat sane, or if the plot turns bat shit crazy (like all his other projects have eventually done).

I don't mind seeing Hayden Panettiere in a new project, even if she is singing. After all, she is easy on the eyes. (Which is a good enough reason to watch any mediocre show.) The problem is that there seems to be so many shows revolving around music, both fictional and reality, that the market is becoming saturated. I don't know how many more the viewers are willing to embrace.
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I don't think the characters are staying the same on AHS. I think Murphy is keeping some actors but they are playing completely new characters. I'm interested to see how this will work too.



Speaking of bat shit crazy, is it just me or does Hayden Panettiere come across as being a little bit of a loon?
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I was going to remark about Minnie Driver being in an television comedy, but it seems like everyone is doing it nowadays. Loved Andrea Anders in that show that is no longer on. And Tim, love you bits on Judd and Leah. Oh you!
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Andrea Anders has been in loads of shows that are no longer on - she's like the Summer Glau of sitcoms - they always get cancelled despite her rather than because of her.
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yay Adam Baldwin! I was worried he'd be gone forever after Chuck ended.

I love Jason Hartley with a fiery passion but does the CW really need more sexy young doctors? It makes more sense to cast him in a spinoff Green Arrow show.. oh wait, CW gave that to someone else. Guess he didn't want to be typecast.
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it's White VAN MAN not White man van...
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If Cassie Blake ever has a twin sister, Hayden should be hired for the role. She is the spitting image of Britt Robertson in this thumbnail.
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Talking about blondes that resemble each other, two actresses who have had a lot of work lately are Jessy Schram and Anna Camp. I only realized a few months ago that they are two different people. In a few pictures at IMDB they really look alike, especially when they are smiling.

Maybe TV.com should make an article about (TV) actors who resemble each other. And pick names that are a little less famous rather than the usual pairs (like Javier Bardem and Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Another couple who look enough like each other for me to want to see them play sisters is Serinda Swan and Megan Fox.
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To me Anna Camp looks a bit more like Hayden Panettiere.



Try comparing Sarah Carter to Anna Camp.
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I disagree I had no problem seeing the difference between Jessy and Anna
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only Hayden is much hotter
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Hardly. The only reason you think that is cos Hayden does a lot more photo shoots that are suggestive and sexy. If Britt really tried to go down that avenue, she's be just as hot.
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I second this!
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The girl from Secret Circle? Sorry, I don't see it.
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My heart skips a beat every time someone mentions Firefly. Having those two together on Castle is the worst thing that could happen. Now I miss it even more!
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I miss Kaylee :(
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