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News Briefs: Jesse L. Martin Joins Smash

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... Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin is headed to (fake) Broadway! Martin, who played Detective Ed Green for a decade on Law & Order, will play the art director of a theater company and might get involved with Debra Messing's character. Martin is just the latest big name to join the show. Jennifer Hudson and Sean Hayes are also on board for Season 2. But can any of these people save a show that was creatively all over the place in its first season? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Carla Gugino, who just finished up USA's Political Animals, is joining New Girl for a three-episode arc. She'll Schmidt's new boss, which means one thing: He is totally gonna hit that. [EW]

... NBC's Animal Practice has cast George's mom, and it's Ghostbusters receptionist Annie Potts. She'll play Virginia, a woman so cantankerous it helps explain why George is such a dick. [TV Line]

... Carrie Preston (True Blood) will return to The Good Wife to reprise her role as fan favorite attorney Elsbeth Tascioni for multiple episodes. [TV Line]

... Isaiah Mustafa will bring the sweet smell of his armpits to Nikita's next season. Mustafa, better known as the Old Spice Guy, will play a former Division agent who has blurry allegiances. [TV Guide]

... The O.C.'s Ben McKenzie will take a step backward and guest-star on the truly awful TBS sitcom Men At Work. He'll play the ex-husband of some girl who is dating one of the guys and good god this show is really terrible. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... Animal Planet has re-meowed renewed My Cat From Hell for a fourth season! The show follows a weird guy who helps troubled cats and their owners and the inevitable indifferent boyfriend get along better. It also features the worst BEST use of a guitar case ever. [Animal Planet via press release]

... Homeland producer Howard Gordon and Invasion creator Shaun Cassidy have sold a new project to Fox. The series will follow former CIA operatives, now all grown up with teenage kids, as they get back into the business and go undercover, this time with their family knowing full well what they do. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox isn't done with CIA shows. Life creator Rand Ravich has sold another CIA series to Fox called The Prodigy. The drama centers on a CIA agent who must infiltrate the FBI to root out agents who are working with all those countries that hate us. Which is like all of them. [Deadline Hollywood]

... USA is following in FX's footsteps and adapting an Elmore Leonard short story for television. The story is from Leonard's collection of shorts, When the Women Come Out to Dance, and is about an aspiring Miami politician who marries a Colombian woman to help him get elected. It was previously in the works at NBC. [Deadline Hollywood]


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::sigh:: Can any show survive FOX? They always cancel shows I like, ie....Lie to ME, Chicago Code, Human Target...Firefly....and the list goes on. I am always afraid to get vested in a new show that airs on FOX.
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I love Jesse L. Martin cuz he was awesome in Rent! Can't wait for that. and Carla Gugino is super hot--Sin City, remember?
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Shaun Cassidy (American Gothic, Invasion) + Howard Gordon (24, Homeland, Awake) = I'm in !

Cassidy loves dyfunctional family show (cf: "Gothic" and "Invasion"). Love his writing skills!



"Prodigy" looks interesting, Ravich is good ("Life" was really great) so wait and see!
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The fact that it's the FBI, not the CIA, that is tasked with counter-intelligence doesn't make "The Prodigy" unbelievable or anything.
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The Prodigy sounds interesting, the other one sounds turrible.
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At this point they should just change the title from New Girl to Jokes About Schmidt's Penis: The Show.
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Jesse L. Martin was also in Rent, which is his Broadway cred for the show.



I finally watched the Animal Practice pilot, it was better than I thought and has no hope of survival anyway. George really doesn't need a mom to explain his behavior, it felt like decisions made, not learned, but he especially doesn't need a sassy mom. Annie Potts is great, but her personality is too big to play a TV mom of any kind.
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Carrie Preston is so great! Love her in The good wife!
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Carrie Preston is so much fun on The Good Wife! Good news!
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Annie Potts is going to be on another canceled show this year. (GCB)
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Isaiah Mustafa will be an awesome agent on Nikita. He'll be able to ride anything: a motorcycle, boat, jet ski, horse (backwards)...
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"I'm on a show!"
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Love My Cat From Hell.
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I was just wondering the other week about what the hell had happened to Rand Ravich... why he hadn't (seemingly) tried anything since the awesome Life was canceled. Glad to see him selling another show. Premise sounds like it could be cool.



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Didn't Shaun Cassidy do the same type show with Cover Me starring J. Donovan of Burn Notice? However, it will be another Cassidy show that is interesting, but sort of dull, and then gets cancelled like everything else he's done. At least he thinks a bit differently though.



Men at Work is a step backward from the O.C.? Shouldn't that read that he is currently in Southland? Then it would be a giant leap backward.



I could just see a Nikita episode where everything changes around Mustafa in every scene he's in just like those Old Spice ads. That would be trippy - Maybe Nikita on drugs or something.
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Damn, Carla Gugino, say it isn't so. You are so much better than New Girl. However, this is adds to the list of other women that have guest starred on that show that could have done a better show.
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You've really got to let the New Girl vendetta go, Mate. We all appreciate that you hate the show, but it's starting to get old.



Did Zooey break your heart in high school, or something?
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I know I know. No, I just think the show could be better. But you guys have a new season which thankfully I will be ignorant of. So it is all yours. No more vendetta, I promise.
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Glad to hear it! And I'm impressed. I expected a more antagonistic response. Hopefully there will be no toilet humor in the second season (that was one thing about the show where we were in complete agreeance).
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Well I figure I will attempt to watch The Mindy Project. Despite the pilot immediately turning me off of it. So I figure I can make fun of that for a few episodes.
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I hope USA developing a new show doesn't spell disaster for one or more of their shows I love. Which doesn't include Fairly Legal, so they can just go ahead and cancel that.
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Ok we can get rid of Fairly Legal. But can we keep Sarah Shahi?
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As soon as the series Sarah is in gets (inevitably) cancelled she should immidiately be cast in something new - by Law.
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If they cancel Fairly Legal, and since she was in Life, maybe she could end up on The Prodigy?
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