News Briefs: John Stamos Is Returning to TV (Slow News Day)

CASTING NEWS

... Famous thespian John Stamos, who once dazzled audiences as Uncle Jesse on Full House and more recently sang some songs on Glee, is gracing us with his television presence once again. After signing on to play the lead role in the NBC drama pilot I Am Victor, in which he'll play an unconventional divorce lawyer, Stamos is headed to USA Network's Necessary Roughness for a season-long arc. Stamos will play the head of a sports management group who aggressively tries to recruit Callie. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Tom Berenger (Platoon) has joined Fox's drama pilot Gang Related. The Hatfields & McCoys star will play the head of a special anti-gang task force that gets infiltrated by a gang member. This is one of the few pilots this season that sounds like it has a chance to be good, and its chances just got better with Tom frickin' Berenger involved. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kristen Davis (of Sex and the City fame) has joined the CBS comedy pilot Bad Teacher. Davis will play a history teacher and nemesis of protagonist Meredith (Ari Graynor) in the small-screen adaptation of the 2011 movie that no one asked for. [TV Line

... Arrow has promoted Colton Haynes (who plays Roy Harper) to series regular just a few weeks after he made his debut on the show. If the series follows the comics, Harper will make the transition into Arrow's sidekick Speedy. If it doesn't follow the comics, then those two studmuffins will just remain homoerotic gym partners. [TV Line]

... Fresh off his excellent run on Enlightened, Dermot Mulroney has joined the cast of NBC's untitled drama pilot from Rand Ravich (Life). In the series, a secret service agent has a rough first day on the job when the person he's supposed to protect, the president's son, is kidnapped from a school bus to start an international incident. Mulroney will play the chaperone of the bus who has more than just professional ties to the bus. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Community's Ken Jeong will drop by TBS's Sullivan & Son. He'll play Steve's brother-in-law who takes his job as a doctor too seriously. And this is the first time I've ever considered watching an episode of TBS's Sullivan & Son. [EW]

... U.S. Women's soccer star Brandi Chastain is replacing Chelsea Handler sidekick Chuy on the ABC celebrity diving show Splash. Chuy broke his leg when he attempted to jump onto a table and the table broke. If you made it to the end of this boring blurb, congratulations, because even I couldn't make it to— [TMZ]


BUSINESS TIME

... Comedy Central has ordered Broad City, starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as two weird women in New York City. The series, which is based on the web series of the same name, will premiere in 2014 and is being produced by Amy Poehler. [Comedy Central via press release]

... Oxygen has ordered an all-star edition of Bad Girls titled Bad Girls All Star Battle. It will be hosted by Ray J, who famously boned Kim Kardashian on tape. I guess I should be more specific, he's one of the men who did that. Look for the show this summer or be smart and don't. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has greenlit a fourth season of the a cappella competition The Sing-Off. Yay. [EW]

... And finally, some cool news! The 100th episode of Psych will let fans choose the ending. Airing on March 27, the homage to the movie Clue will see Shawn and Gus invited to a party in a mansion where a murder occurs. Fans will choose between one of five suspects by voting on the show's Facebook page or taking their guesses to Twitter. [TV Guide]


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Mar 16, 2013
"What's with the "check me" out pose"? Does this guy ever stop admireing himself"?
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Mar 16, 2013
"Don't tell him, but WOW, has he got some JI-NORMUS-HUGE ears, or what? Must be from all that yogurt"!
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Mar 16, 2013
"But won't that mean he'll have to stop looking at himself in the mirror, while he's holding a container of Yogurt"?
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Mar 16, 2013
does that mean colten haynes is a regular for this season or next season, cause i thought i he was pretty good when they showed him as roy
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Mar 14, 2013
AW FUCKIN' YEAH! Psych gives audiences a Clue-esque ending, that is awesome! I remember seeing Clue in theaters and finding out we got ending B and had to see it again to get the other 2 endings that they eventually edited together on the home market version. Great homage. Only 100 episodes though? Seems like more considering it's been on 7 seasons.

I Am Victor is a title that will get it canceled, also nobody wants to watch a show concerning a divorce lawyer, even if he plays cupid.

Roy Harper is a series regular? We haven't seen 2 episodes of him yet and already they're treating him like gold? It seems like the network is being run by an old gay guy who thinks he can cast his way into these prettyboys' pants.

You lost me at "Chelsea Handler".
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Mar 14, 2013
¯\(°_o)/¯ the Sing-Off?
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Mar 14, 2013
I wish they would have skipped Roy as Speedy, and just made Thea the sidekick right away. The show needs a little bit of girl power, Thea is underused as a character, and then there's always a chance that the show somehow plummets in the ratings and gets cancelled. If that happens, we won't get to see Thea in Speedy's boots because I suspect that Roy will be Speedy for a long time.
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Mar 14, 2013
Wait. So who's going to replace Chuy on Chelsea Lately? I vote for TJ Miller.
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Mar 14, 2013
Harper won't be Speedy; they already identified Oliver's SISTER as Speedy for some reason.

Which would be kinda neat, actually, if they go there.
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Mar 14, 2013
"... in the small-screen adaptation of the 2011 movie that no one asked for." Exactly. Bad Teacher was decent, but come on, CBS. You're (supposed to be) better than this.
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Mar 14, 2013
Slow news? Well, apparently Tim isn't a Veronica Mars fan... Nevermind the fact that the VM campaign might change the whole movie/TV-making business...
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Mar 14, 2013
that was in another article already so thats prolly why he didn't mention it
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Mar 14, 2013
Yes, they posted an article about the campaign. The bigger news is that they reached the goal in half a day, and that the movie is actually going to happen.
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Mar 14, 2013
How does Necessary Roughness keep getting renewed? Seriously? Who exactly is watching it and why?
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Mar 14, 2013
People who appreciate Callie Thorne in tight denim. :D Also, what should we watch? The garbage fest that was Zero Hour? Perhaps an hour of Whitney to really make me hate life more.
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Mar 14, 2013
Read a book, watch something on the DVR. I dunno, I generally will watch anything on USA, especially when it's on before or after a show I'm already invested in, but I couldn't sit through a whole episode of Necessary Roughness, it was so boring and hammy. And Callie Thorne does nothing for me, if audiences couldn't save Fairly Legal from looking at the stunning Sarah Shahi, Thorne certainly can't be enough of a draw to save Necessary Roughness.
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Mar 14, 2013
Callie Thorne in tight denim aside. I have seen it a few times and just don't get it.

I agree with you entirely about Zero Hour and Whitney. Especially Whitney.
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Mar 14, 2013
Pope Francis I and the first ever rabid internet fanbase to movie greenlight. Slow TV news day indeed.
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Mar 14, 2013
I'm gutted. The new Pope can call themselves whatever they want, Francis ! why oh why couldn't he have chosen Onarope ?
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Mar 14, 2013
Homoerotic gym partners? I don't hate it, but really hope it progresses to Speedy.

Psych's Clue episode just keeps getting better and better!
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Mar 14, 2013
Pro Tip: check what's trending on twitter before you say it's a slow news day, don't just rely on your stale crusty old entertainment magazine sites.

I'll grant you, it may be hard to tie your TV news to the death of Google Reader, but you could have picked up one or two major news items that way.
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Mar 15, 2013
We get it, you're glad for the VM movie. It's hardly the first or last time the kickstarter project has been used though.
It's seen its rise and somewhat fall in the gaming industry already.
It's great that it happened, and has been covered. That it met its quota fast is also not really a premiere in the history of Kickstarter. News? Sure. But not as groundbreaking as you want it to be. :)
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Mar 15, 2013
Nope, don't care about the VM movie. Glad for the VM Kickstarter.

I'm well aware of the other major milestones in Kickstarter projects, and this won't be the last. Watch for a Kickstarter funded season of a show that is either cancelled or on the bubble next.

Actually, it's a lot more groundbreaking that I made it out to be. You can expect the studios to become nothing more than places that rent lots and distribute things in the future. This will be the end of the studio as producer. Creators will have more creative control, more daring projects will be made, more bubble shows will live, methods of computing ratings will be changed. When history looks back, Kickstarter will be more important than twitter, Facebook and possibly Google, and this will be seen as the project that revolutionized the entertainment industry. This is probably as important to the democratic ideal and the human race as the Declaration of Independence.

Eventually, you can expect Kickstarter or something like it to replace most of what is currently considered the responsibility of government. As government continues to cut NASA, people who believe in it will use Kickstarter to support space exploration (I already have, twice). As gridlock continues, people on the left will crowdfund the EPA and people on the right will crowdfund the DoD.

History will be the judge. If you remember in 40 years, borrow your grandkids textbooks. Until then, if you don't see it, you're just not going to, so we can just let the issue lie.
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Mar 14, 2013
Sorry I meant slow news BRIEFS day. Hope that puts your mind at ease!
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Mar 15, 2013
Yeah yeah, i was just in a mood to give you shit coz of the timing. I'd JUST watched them cross 2 mil mark when I saw your news briefs title.
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Mar 14, 2013
I follow Tim on twitter. He was on all day and commented there on both of the items you referenced.
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Mar 14, 2013
Right. And then left them out of his news briefs calling it a slow news day. Clearly he was aware of them, he just failed to recognize them as big TV news. A quick scan of trending topics would have told him: hey, those things I was tweeting about are big news.
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Mar 14, 2013
You must have missed the separate article he wrote about the VM Kickstarter 10 hours ago. And the Pope, well that's not really TV specific news - it's world news and pretty much everyone else was already covering it.
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Mar 14, 2013
@safibwana: exactly, the fact that they reached their goal is a bigger news than the fact that they started the campaign.
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Mar 14, 2013
Chuckle. No. I did not miss it. He posted that article when the kickstarter started. That was... news. When they met their goal in 10 hours just as this was posted, that was NEWS.

As for the pope noot being TV specific news, that's like saying the olympics aren't TV specific news. I only wish i didn't have to hear about the olympics on this site. Ditto for the Oscars and the State of the Union. If it dominates the programming of several television channels all god damned day, it is television news. Technically, perhaps, meta-news. The POINT is that everyone was covering it ON TV. Tim's job would be to cover the coverage.
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Mar 14, 2013
The pope is all over the damned TV today, nothing to say about that?
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Mar 14, 2013
Last I checked the pope is not an actor and the Vatican is not a tv show. This site is for news about tv shows, not world news.
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Mar 14, 2013
Why do I feel like I already said what I'm about to say. The TV shows covered the pope. The tv site covers the shows. See also the state of the union, the superbowl, the olympics and everything else coevered on this site that is not a tv show and not filled with actors. I hate repeating myself, your point is completely invalidated, don't bother responding.
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Mar 14, 2013
Any at least semi-regular tvdotcom reader should understand that a new pope isn't the kind of news in itself that would make News Briefs. News Briefs has news specifically related to tv shows, not general news that may impact on the tv sphere.
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Mar 14, 2013
Read my post again. I never claimed that 'news not related to a specific show doesn't go into news briefs' and what I did say was totally accurate.
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Mar 14, 2013
Jesus, do you people not read? My point was that his method for determining what items go into News Briefs is flawed. I wasn't saying it was an abberation, I was sayingit was a systemic flaw in his methodology. Also, you are completely wrong in your claim that news not related to a specific show doesn't go into news briefs. Go back and read the last year's worth and get back to me when you've refreshed your memory. Or, you know what, don't. The lot of you seem particularly dense today and I clearly don't have the patience for dense people today.
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Mar 14, 2013
Tim, Tim, Tim. Slow news day? Laf. Today is the day Hollywood's business model ended. As this article was being posted, the Kickstarter for the Veronica Mars movie crossed its 2 million dollar goal in 10 hours with 32,000 backers. Power to the people!
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Mar 14, 2013
While this is certainly good news for projects w fan popularity but a lack of funding, it hardly ends the Hollywood business model. Just adds another layer to finance options.
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Mar 14, 2013
Yes, and the first Model T didn't end the horse-drawn carriage. It is the beginning of the end, but it is definitely the end.
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Mar 14, 2013
Power to the marshmallows!
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Mar 14, 2013
Wait...ABC is doing a celeb diving show after the fiasco that aired on FOX? TV execs wonder why ratings are down on TV these days..decisions like this aren't helping.
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