News Briefs: HBO Is Bringing Back Project Greenlight With Ben Affleck and Matt Damon


ROUND 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

... HBO is bringing back the documentary series Project Greenlight after a nine-year absence. The series, which premiered on HBO in 2001 and details the search for a first-time director who will go through the entire filmmaking process on camera, will once again be executive-produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. The press release announcing its return cites technology having finally caught up with the concept as the reason the series is making a comeback, but I have a feeling it's also about Starz's new unscripted series The Chair, which comes from former Project Greenlight EP Chris Moore and follows two first-time directors as they go through the experience of bringing their first feature film to the big screen. [HBO via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... And for his next trick, escape artist and magician Robert Gallup will attempt to make people care about the History Channel! Gallup will stage a two-hour live-stunt titled Houdini Live (it'll air as a companion piece to Adrien Brody's upcoming Houdini miniseries), during which he will attempt to free himself from straitjackets, handcuffs, and shackles while also chilling at the bottom of a rock quarry that's ALSO full of active explosives. What a show-off. [THR]

... Jerry Seinfeld is giving Lorelai Gilmore a run for her money. Crackle has ordered four more seasons (that equates to 24 new episodes) of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in addition to the two already planned for later this year.  [Vulture]

... Bravo announced today that the twelfth season of Top Chef will be set in Boston, where I assume the competition will involve nothing but Boston Cream Pies. If that turns out not to be the case, I think the contestants should riot, dump tea in the harbor, scream "How do you like them apples?" and then all head over to Cheers and get wasted. This is probably why I'm not in charge of Top Chef. [Bravo via press release]

... Cedric the Entertainer is stepping down from his role as host of the syndicated game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I know what you're thinking and it's, "that's show's still on?" Well, apparently, yes it is. And Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is poised to take over Cedric's soon-to-be-empty spot, for reasons I do not fully understand. [Deadline]



CASTING NEWS

... Zoe Jarman, who plays the naive receptionist Betsy Putch on The Mindy Project, will not be returning to the comedy for Season 3. She's been asked to guest-star, but one has to wonder what the hell is going on at Shulman & Associates and/or Fox that they wouldn't want the lovable Betsy to return. Putch was one of only four original cast members remaining on the show (the others being Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, and Ed Weeks, obviously). [TV Line]

... Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap) has been cast in AMC's Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul. McKean is the first "new"—as in non-Breaking Bad—cast member to be announced; he'll play Dr. Thurber, an attorney who's "restricted by an unusual affliction." Do you think that's code for "addicted to meth"? [Deadline]


REQUIRED READING

... Who doesn't love Mad Men's Pete Campbell? Wait, let me rephrase that. Who wants to learn more about the actor who plays Mad Men's Pete Campbell? Screw it, just read this awesome article and you can thank me later: "43 Things You Learn About Vincent Kartheiser by Hanging Out With Him" [Vulture]


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We know Beth Grant is a comedian, but does anybody think that she is NOT a romantic type when she acts self-destructive to young adults?
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This is the first addition to Better Call Saul that felt right. Everything before felt like Vince was trying to desperately duplicate Breaking Bad. Michael McKean is perfect for the show.
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Terry Crews can't stop taking on new jobs. He never takes a break. I haven't checked yet; he might be your local Wal-Mart greeter.
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I loved Project Greenlight.
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I think another reason project greenlight was greenlit might be because it could potentially be rushed into production unlike their next epic whatever to fill the void left by the newsroom, boardwalk empire and true blood.
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Why don't you bring back project season 4 of Deadwood? Why not HBO, why not?
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You are so speaking my mind !!!!!!
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Oh so the Other Stories You May've Missed on TV.com segment is here to stay. Seems like a pretty lazy way to fill up an article.
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I think it might be more along the lines of "hey, nobody is reading the other articles - let's put them at the end of the one they do read!".
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Zoe Jarman wasn't already a guest star? could've fooled me.
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Exactly! I am sure she is a lovely person but that character is totally expendable
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She barely has any lines in the few episodes we actually see her do something. bless her lol
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I'm not surprised Zoe Jarman wants to leave The Mindy Project. When the show started I was happy to see her get a part as a regular on a sit-com. I consider her an up-and-coming comedy talent. But over time she has been relegated to such a minor role on TMP, that I imagine she must hate being on set knowing that she's just in the background with barely any lines. Morgan is getting story lines, why not Betsy? The same happened to Amanda Setton. She just ended up sitting behind a table and looking pretty. No wonder she decided to leave because of "creative differences". Beth Grant's character also has a lot of potential, but she is criminally underused, just like Zoe's. Grant is a hard working woman, just look at her IMDB profile, so one would imagine that she could easily do without hanging around set on TMP doing virtually nothing.
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Zoe Jarman is more of romantic comedy actress and Beth Grant is more of comedy actress rather than a romantic actress.

At least both Zoe and her Betsy character are going to be reduced as guests for the next season of The Mindy Project. But all young adults fans of The Mindy Project were routing more on both Zoe and her Betsy character rather than Beth and her Beverly character, but the strict old TV critics, who are watching this show currently, gave that strict order on focusing more on "The Mindy's men" situation.

I have feeling that "The Mindy's men focus" situation may have gone TOO FAST this season and the cause of this is that FOX network is under a bad recession in the meantime.
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not sure where you're getting the idea that either jarman or setton wanted to leave. both articles pertaining to their reduced roles or leaving indicated it was at the behest of the show not the actress.
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It was on tvline.com. terminaltrip421. This show is supposed to be romantic comedy type, but unfortunately, it got ruined when they got rid of both Gwen and Shauna and replace them with Beverly. The young adult fans do not like Beverly because she acts too self-destructive to young adult characters and she's not a romantic type, even if she's a pure comedian. Now they romantic comedy on this show got more ruined when they reduced Betsy out of the main into a reduced guest. We hope this is true, but I hope a cranky old man doctor gets added into this show's main cast and substitutes Betsy for the first half of next season. Finally, a young erratic woman nurse will get added as a guest by later next season.

It has been revealed that the strict old men TV critics got involved watching TMP and the young woman characters cause an imbalance attracting too many teen fans watching TMP, due to being pretty inside and outside. Also, FOX is under big bad recession this season, but more likely, everything will go alright next season.


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Beth Grant will always be remembered as Sweet Jesus Lady in one of my favourite scenes, from my favourite tv show, of all times!


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Damn, Mindy's getting rid of all the women on her show. Soon it will be her surrounded by a bunch of men who may or may be in love with her.
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There's a bad recession going on in the FOX network this season. This show is more of a romantic comedy type, but the strict old TV critics, who are watching this show, is giving a strict order to gain more attention from both all men and all older people in a hurry.
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It still doesn't make sense as to why they're cutting the women. All of the male characters mostly serve to further Mindy's romantic exploits. Is that stereotypical to what those demographics are interested in watching?
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All the both strict TV critics and viewers are both all men and all older people watching this show. This show is not the only one having problems right now, Glee and New Girl are the other shows having the same problems as this show. But what made it worse this season is their FOX network is under a bad recession. Loss of money caused by both their Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics.

At least Betsy is reduced to a recurring guest character, but not yet axed, which is predict. But substituting her will be an additional cranky old man doctor character to join in the main cast. Also, an erratic young woman nurse character will get added in the main cast to join in Betsy, who will return as a main cast member of this show later next season.

Finally, Gwen and Shauna characters are not yet officially axed. I know the actress, who plays Gwen, succeed appearing in the movie "Pitch Perfect" but has not done any other good movies so far. I also know that actress, who plays Shauna, is appearing in "The Crazy Ones" and that show is in deep trouble. They will return to this show as recurring guest characters later on this next season.

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Dude, I've been Team Pete from the get-go. We just *get* each other.
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