News Briefs: J.J. Abrams Sells a New Project to The CW

BIG DEALS

... Super-producer J.J. Abrams is bringing his talents to The CW. The Lost co-creator is teaming up with the creator of One Tree Hill (how did that come about?) for a drama set at an inn in Maine. The show is tentatively titled Maine. That's it. No time travel, no mysterious monsters, no Kerri Russell. Just a hotel in Maine. OR IS IT SECRETLY A PORTAL FROM WHICH ALIENS WILL EMERGE? Nope, just a hotel. [Deadline Hollywood]

... David E. Kelley is swapping legal pads for prescription pads. The showrunner, who's famous for the plethora of legal dramas under his belt and one Hiroshima-sized failure involving Wonder Woman, is partnering with CNN medical expert Sanjay Gupta for Chelsea General, a medical drama about doctors. At a hospital. [Deadline Hollywood]

... A&E; has purchased a half-hour cop drama called The Box from Homicide producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. The show will be set almost entirely in a police precinct's interrogation room. It's like In Treatment, except the "therapist" is replaced with an asshole cop. [Deadline Hollywood]


IT'S ALREADY ALMOST AWARDS SEASON, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

... The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominees for its annual awards ceremony, and Game of Thrones earned a nod, so that's pretty cool. But the organization's weird eligibility rules mean that Mad Men is in and Breaking Bad is out. Get your act together, producers. Click the link for more nominees! [EW]

... Continuing the epic feud that's been going since the dawn of Hollywood, the Writers Guild of America, which isn't about to let producers get all the attention, has announced the nominees for its own awards. This time the eligibility rules have allowed Breaking Bad to battle Game of Thrones, Homeland, and Boardwalk Empire. Click the link for more nominees! [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Ellen Barkin (from that awful movie where she switched places with Antonio Banderas) will guest-star on Modern Family. She'll play the recurring role of a real estate agent who competes with Phil. [TV Line]

... Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural, Dexter) will drop by Castle for a night. He'll play a club owner from 1947 in an episode that goes back in time, film-noir-style. [TV Line]

... Kathy Griffin will guest-star on Whitney. Let's hope she's funnier than Chelsea Handler was. [TV Guide]

... Robin Givens is moving into Suburgatory as an arch-rival to Dallas (Cheryl Hines). How big is the rivalry? Givens' character's name is Tulsa! Look for her in the comedy's seventeenth. [EW]


WHOOPS! NEWS

... If you ever plan on buying a house, you might want to make sure your neighbors are not named Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. The Mythbusters duo fired a cannonball like a cross-eyed pirate last night, sending an almost-literal wrecking ball through the Bay Area's 'hood of Dublin. Apparently the Discovery show was firing homemade cannons when a cannonball took an "unforeseen bounce" and hit a house, crossed a freeway, and smashed into a minivan. That's science, people! I think I'm obligated to say that no one was hurt. [Washington Post]


SAD NEWS

... NBC will now be screening The Roots' song selections on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a ruling handed down because the in-house group played a ditty called "Lyin' Ass Bitch" when Michelle Bachmann visited the show. They should have just stuck with their original song selection for Bachmann, which was just a bunch of fart noises. Fight the power, Questlove! [NY Post]


EVEN SADDER NEWS

... E! might be planning as many as four new Kardashian spin-offs. Here's hoping that one of them is a game show called How Far Can You Throw a Kardashian? [THR]


TOTALLY LEGIT SAD NEWS

... Actor Harry Morgan, who played Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H, passed away this morning at the age of 96. [NY Times]


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I'm currently rewatching MASH (on Season 6.) Morgan was fantastic in it. Cheers to a long life and memorable legacy! RIP.
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RIP Colonel Potter. Thanks for making me laugh.
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I am really sad the Harry Morgan died. I love MASH and it continues to be funny even though I have seen every episode like 5 times. Colonel Potter was awesome and no one could have done it better than Morgan.

Also he played General Steele on the show before being cast as Potter. One of the most memorable guest appearances I have ever seen.

RIP Mr. Morgan
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Psst...it's Keri Russell, not Kerri.
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Looking forward to Robin on 'Suburgatory' (Dallas and George finally kissed!) -- and love me some Ellen Barkin.
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RIP Harry Morgan
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Total shit news, all over. Thanks for nothing, lads !
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He shouldn't go to CW,,, it used to be my favourite network,, but recently with the exception of course of The vampire diaries & The secret circle,, CW seems to be ruining its shows. Starting from BAD story lines, poor selection of songs and generally s.c.r.e.w.i.n.g. up its shows that all have great potential. For starters,, they unfortunately decided to make a remake of Melrose place and screwed it up. Leave it for a network that can actually deliver. Also, 90210 had a genuine and ok first season, but then with the exception of certain storylines, it just became worse every season, at a point when now, I don't understand why is still on air.
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The CW is very good Supernatural, Nikita, Ringer, Supernatural,Hart of Dixie. Gossip Girl,are all very good, plus past shows include Smallville, Girlmore Girls, Buffy, Angel, 7th Heaven granted some of these shows were on THE WB but they can the CW
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I was slightly with you until Hart of Dixie and Gossip Girl. If you can explain to me how those two are good shows you get a cookie.
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J.J. Abrams stays busy, busy.. good luck,. i cant wait!
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"So cannonballs can bounce. Another myth busted!" Yay!
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As many as FOUR new Kardashian spin-offs?! That's like saying I'm going be shot in the head four times. Actually, no. I think it means I WANT to be shot in the head four times.
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How Far Can you Throw a Kardashian is actually a pretty good idea for a show. It would probably get better ratings than most of the comedies launched this year.
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Is it bigoted of me to suspect that the writer somehow confused Antonio Banderas and Jimmy Smits, who played the father to Ellen Barkin's child in a movie where she was reincarnated from Perry King, because the description above isn't ringing any bells? Will all the movies Barkin has done, what's the point of making an obscure reference that's possibly inaccurate when you can go for an easy two-pointer like The Big Easy, Johnny Handsome, Eddie and the Cruisers, or even "speaking of In Treatment, Gabriel Byrne's ex-wife"?
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Let's chalk it up to an honest mistake. Sometimes ppl think I'm Halle Berry but I don't scream BITCH JUST CAUSE WE BOTH BLACK...... Its ok *pats head*
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Here's hoping for honest mistake, I believe she did a bad movie with Banderas, maybe the bad movies got confused, not the latino co-stars?
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I have to check out this new series on The CW not because JJ Abrams is involved but because of OTH creator he is a genius i love OTH its one of the best shows out there and i will be sad when it ends.
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J.J. needs to focus less on quantity, and more on quality. This is becoming a joke if it weren't already.
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Haha funny stuff by The Roots, thumbs up from me.



R.I.P Harry Morgan, M*A*S*H is one of those shows that never gets old.
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Mark Pellegrino is a hoot on closer these days and a fright on being human. he can do almost anything it seems. i always look foward to seeing him in anything he does.
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Wow, is J.J. Abrams going for a record? Most TV shows on a maximum number of TV networks in the shortest time? Lost, Alias: ABC, Undercovers: NBC, Fringe: Fox, Person of Interest: CBS.



And now the CW? I guess PBS is next on the list. He could make a documentary on the dangers of time travel.
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Or bring something to Antiques Roadshow that zaps the whole auction into an alternate dimension?
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J.J.'s project sounds a lot like Persons Unknown. Then again, they released such a vague description...
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RIP Harry Morgan. Far more than just a star of M.A.S.H. with nearly 100 films from 1942-1999. He was also a favorite co-star of both both Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne. The man was a gifted actor, generous to his fans and dedicated family man as well.
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:-( I don't fee like re-posting that rant. Maybe it had to many fucks in it?
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Honestly, it could've used a few more.
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;-) For a second I thought tv.com pulled the ole delete post on me. Its been awhile. I'll try harder next time!
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Dear Hollywood writers/producers



Please stop making the same shows about the same professions over and over. If there is already at least 4 other shows about pretty doctors fucking one another then adding another 15 isn't going to make yours any better. Please stop making cop shows about pretty cops fucking one another. Please stop assuming we want to sit through 3-7 seasons of the two leads eye fucking one another only to finally get married during the series finale. Please stop.
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Um how many more Kardashians shows can they make?! I'm guessing the two younger sisters will get their own soon....god help us.
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Not another JJ Abrams show...



Back when Alias was on the air I used to love the guy, but after that everything went down hill creatively (and yet was more successful...). Lost, Fringe, Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek...I can't stand them.
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Really? Lost was amazing...and how can you not "stand" Fringe??
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Awards show people! Seriously, pick just 1, I say, 1 episode to nominate.

What is with 2-4 episode in a single category? just plain riduculous. No other show in the category merits a nominee????
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Not much as always, Am I the only one who thinks it's insulting that after all his years on television giving us countless hours of entertainment that Harry Morgan's death is relegated to a footnote at the end of a Tim Surette article, Nice tv.com - Way to show some respect .
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If you want to see lack of respect, dig up Seth's article about the recent passing of Andy Rooney that was posted here.
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... Yeah, you're the only one.
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"The Box" actually sounds pretty cool, sort of like a play I once saw.



With Lost and Fringe under his belt, I'll check out JJ's "Maine", although if it's a mundane soap-opera, I'll probably check out, no matter how good it is.
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I'll watch "The Box" if "Homicide's" Andre Braugher reprises his role.
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Guys! You forgot to mention that Chris Zylka was bumped up as a Series Regular on The Secret Circle. This means no more pesky little "Guest star" title and it means Price will be super happy!
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Man that's awesome. I just love the character he plays, and I wonder what will happen next with the circle.
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Please God, no more Kardashian Krappy spin-offs. Just let this one die.
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