News Briefs: Joss Whedon Is Creating an ABC TV Show Set in the Marvel Universe!

DISPATCHES FROM THE WHEDONVERSE

... Joss Whedon is totally big-time now. The man who a year ago was "that guy who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is now "that guy who made the third-highest domestic grossing film in history" thanks to writing and directing the megahit The Avengers. And when you become that guy, people throw money at you. In its earnings call today, Disney announced that Whedon would be back to direct and write a sequel to The Avengers. BUT THIS IS A TV SITE! Yes, it is! And here's the news WE care about: Whedon is also developing a Marvel-themed television show for ABC. No details (characters, release date, title) about the project were announced because it's super early in development, but I'm sure it will be awesome. And I haven't even seen The Avengers! [LA Times]


BUSINESS TIME

... Someone has found a cure for Olympic fever, apparently! Last night's coverage of Da Games was the lowest-rated broadcast of the 2012 London Olympics, down 24 percent from a week ago and down nine percent from four years ago. [Broadcasting & Cable]

... Spike TV has renewed Auction Hunters for a 26-episode fourth season and America Digger for a 13-episode second season. Way to go, obviously fake shows! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Each new season of Community brings forth the following question: WHY WON'T ALISON BRIE NOTICE ME!?!?! But it also brings forth a different new question: What subject will the Greendale Seven be taking together? This year, the gang will learn not to repeat itself by enrolling in History 101, and teaching that class will be guest-star Matt Lucas. Fans of British comedy will know Lucas as one of the stars of Little Britain, which was adapted for American audiences on HBO for a short while. Lucas also played one of Kristen Wiig's roommates in Bridesmaids, another movie I haven't seen. One of these days I will leave the house. [TV Line]

... Phoebe Tonkin is keepin' it CW. Now that her Secret Circle character Faye has been canceled along with the rest of the show, she's found new work on... The Vampire Diaries! She'll play Hayley, a hottie who shares a past with Tyler and causes problems between him and Caroline. [TV Guide]

... Love this piece of casting: New Girl has cast Raymond Barry (Justified's Arlo Givens) as an older version of Nick. Or at least a drunken old coot who meets younger Nick in a bar and thinks he's the older version of Nick and has the facts to prove it. If the show is still looking for an older version of Jess, I know a crazy lady down the street who owns 47 cats and might be up for it. [EW]

... Busy Philipps will be guest starring on Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 as herself, creating a fake-but-real Dawson's Creek reunion on the ABC comedy as she'll be paired with James Van Der Beek, who also plays himself on the show. How long before Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and Joshua Jackson also show up? [TV Guide]

... Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show, Awake) will make a multiple-episode appearance on Fox's Raising Hope next season. He'll play the love interest for Melanie Griffith, who is guest-starring as Sabrina's mom. [EW]


MASTER CRIMINAL NEWS

... Cops in Indiana, Pennsylvania have arrested two men on charges of robbery. The dudes, ages 21 and 18, filmed themselves robbing victims while claiming to shoot a reality television show called You Just Got Robbed. Expect it to air Thursday nights on The CW next summer. [ABC2 News]


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I feel bad for Wilmer Valderrama. I've seen him in a couple of things since 70's Show and always saw him as "Fez" BUT during his run on Awake I saw him for an OK / normal guy / cop.

HOWEVER, now all I think of when I hear his name is the final scenes in Awake with the penguin suit doing the bit from Minority Report. That's it. That's all I think of now.
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Marvel themed series? OOH!
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Why does everyone forget about Dollhouse? I know it was unheard of compared to The Avengers or Buffy but still!
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Interesting news on Whedon, New Girl and Don't Trust The B*^$% In Apt 23
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firefly is the best show ever, whoever cancelled it deserves to have lost their job
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Just gonna put it out there, Awake is my Firefly.
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Not enough aliens and lasers.
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Exactly what made it great.
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So I'm figuring X-Men and Spider-Man (and Fantastic Four??) are off limits because of other studios holding rights? That's how it is for the movies at the moment....so what do we have... Daredevil and his posse of mostly ex-girlfriends (yes please for a Smallville like origin: POTENTIAL!!), the New Avengers team members and their stories (ie Luke Cage, Iron Fist, [...actually maybe just a Heroes for Hire thing...without their original costumes...] etc), Avengers who haven't popped up in the movies (Ant Man, Wasp, MS MARVEL, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver...or would mutants in general be off?), Young Avengers, Runaways (would likely be better than the YA, more gritty and less flashy). Namor? That would be amusing... She-Hulk?



Gah so much they can do and a TV Series, despite the budget lacking, is better I feel for a comic book adaptation, more time for developments.



[Sorry, rabid Marvel Fan (particularly of Daredevil)]
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Scrub Ant Man (movie coming), Young Avengers (too comic reliant (as in their set up)) and a team like the New Avengers (too similar to Avengers)
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"The man who a year ago was "that guy who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer"" ... he wasn't just the guy who created Buffy, he was the guy who created the greatest TV show of all time, and the Sci Fi movie that destroyed Star Wars! Firefly and Serenity!
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Vilmer Whatever redeemed himself on Awake as far as I'm concerned.

As for Joss, I can't be happier that he's finally getting the big-time recognition (and production budgets) he deserves. And yes, The Avengers really was THAT good! I can't wait for the sequel and Thor 2 already! Plus Iron Man 3 should be good and I'd like another Incredible Hulk. Best franchise in years.
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Dear Mr. Whedon. Runaways ! Runaways ! Make it happen !
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surprisingly im not that excited for this new mavel universe tv show. but i will deff check it out b/c Joss Whedon has done alot of good stuff

however i rlly want to see Matt Lucas on Community. I kind of wonder if he will be in drag or not
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Isnt Community college a 2 year stint, USUALLY?

And didn't Jeff need , like, 1 credit or class to finish??? 1?? 1????

New Girl=who cares!!!!!

Busy Phillips is like scratching nails on a chalkboard!!!!! How does she talk out of the side of her mouth like that???
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this has been brought up in the show before. "Many community colleges offer 4 year degrees, and the average community college student attends on average 4-7 years" and no, his entire degree was faked, (better than real), he needs all credits.
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the thought of an attempt at a marvel live action show without an endless budget is laughable.
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Smallville worked and that didn't have an endless budget, but the effects and scale were pretty damn good for its time. Same with Firefly and Serenity in my opinion.



An X-men TV show is the exact proper medium for something as grand of scope and length. Movies never do comics justice, because they are too short.
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I think the title - "The Guy Who created Buffy" is easily awesome enough, this is just gravy.
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BEST DAY OF NEWS EVER!



It's just taken me six hours to find a replacement head from a hobo and clean up my old head's brain-splatter, but it was worth it.



Joss Whedon creating a Marvel Universe TV show = the greatest Creater and Concept partnership of all time!



Phoebe Tonkin on the Vampire Diaries has just answered the wishes of every Vampier Diaries/Secret Circle/Photo-recap fan out there! Tonkin, Holt and Accola are the three most adorable, sexy, intriguing, complex, funny, awesome [add more superlatives here] actresses on TV and their characters are the best (whichever character Phoebe plays WILL be awesome, and Claire Holt is her real life besty).



Any news about Community is the greatest news in the world (except for me winning the lottery). Matt Lucas is great and he's more "out there" than anything Community could come up with. This could be a match made in the best of seven alternate timelines.



Busy Philipps is awsome. Appartment 23 is awsome. By my calculations that's a 53 % increase in awsome.



Raising Hope and New Girl news is great too, but my head is going to explode again if I stay on this page much longer, and I really can't be bothered to look for another hobo whilst I'm headless, it's more tricky than you'd expect.
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I like some of his work, but 'The Avengers' was terribly boring and extremely too long.
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JOSS, RESTART FIREFLY AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!
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Joss Whedon..back on TV via the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Awesome! YOU REALLY NEED TO SEE THE AVENGERS TIM



Community Season 4 class info and teacher? AWESOME
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I didn't think TVD could get any better.....Phoebe Tonkin proved me wrong.
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As soon as I saw Phoebe Tonkin I KNEW that The Vampire Diaries could get better - and now it has!
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hear hear!
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These news regarding a TV show on the Marvel Cinematic universe are awesome! I know Joss Whedon will make it worth waiting to watch it.
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i doubt whedon is responsible for the avengers success. no doubt he brought some of it but with that many heroes in one film it would have been a huge success even if Michael bay had done it. And as for a marvel tv show this is great news but sad that its on ABC the most family oriented channel out there with the exception of maybe the family channel. for it to have the kind of plot id like to see itd have to be on HBO,showtime, FX or maybe even fox. hell i'd even say NBC or CBS but not ABC. but than again I guess it'll do well no matter where they stick it and how tame it is. it is marvel after all.
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Avengers was successful because of its story and funny dialogue. Joss is great at those things.
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There's "success" and then there's "good" The Avengers movie was good, which is quite incredible when you have so many big character-names and some big actor-names on the screen at the same time. It was a high quality flick: give the guy some credit. He wrote AND directed the thing.

It could have easily gone the other way: hypothetically RDJ could have over-shadowed the other actors, the battle could have been cheesier, no warm or witty dialog, etc.
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Joss Whedon is finally where he deserves to be!! I'm excited for all his works! I hope the show has lots of characters which are not so popular and as yet unexplored by any movies!
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JOSSJOSSJOSSJOSSJOSSJOSSJOSSJOSSWHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDON.

Does he have his own theme tune yet? I'll write it if needs be!
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We need to make it more along the lines of TDKR 'Deshi Basara' chant!!!
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Make sure there's a trumpet part in there. I'll record that. :)
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Can't Joss use his influence and money to bring back Firefly? :(
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Joss Whedon FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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wait, you haven't seen the avengers? tim, this simply won't do.

anyway, marvel are very smart getting joss back for the sequel and as long as ABC give joss a lot of creative freedom the show will kick some serious ass. i love joss! so happy for him.
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Phoebe Tonkin will...be on....Vamp....Vampire....Dia......*faints*





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........whoa! Sorry....that was too much awesome for me to process all at once.
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There was a reality show called "It Takes a Thief" that dealt with people getting robbed, although it was more about showing people the weaknesses in their security systems. They got the permission of the homeowners first.



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Joss Whedon is a legend, and for me he will always be "the guy that made Buffy"



Matt Lucas on Community: cool! cool, cool, cool!



And yes...why won't Alison Brie notice me? Or Buffy for that matter...
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Firefly fanboys just had a heart attack. Make it good Whedon.
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My Firefly dream is just got stomped on again. Only so many times I can put it back together with sticky tape!
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Any positive exposure that Joss Whedon gets, puts more money in his hands which could in turn mean more Firefly in some fashion in the future. I for one doubt another TV series will happen now since everybody has moved on, I like the comics they did, but would definitely prefer another movie, or an ongoing comic series (instead of stand alone issues, and 3 issue arcs). Anyway I'm just saying to keep your coat nice and brown brother, you're not alone.
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Actually, there was an article done when they talked to the cast and they all said they would come back in a second to do Firefly again.
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they might want to but they wouldn't be able to unless Castle, Homeland, Suits, and The LA Complex (and whatever show Summer Glau and Sean Maher may be doing at the time) all get cancelled and they're all not on another show already at the same time.
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Or he could do a cartoon version of Firefly, cos voice acting is much faster and can be done in off-season.
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They would leave all of those things to do Firefly. One at a time if they needed.
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@psunshine - I realized that right after I clicked submit. oops. a movie would be great, maybe I'm wrong but I thought the idea was originally to do three movies? but I don't see a TV show revival, and although I'd love more Firefly, it's not really something that a webseries would do justice to.
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You forgot Adam Baldwin.



They could, theoretically, do a webseries or another movie. The other shows that they're in make doing a Firefly revival complicated, but as Homeland, Suits, and The LA Complex only run for about half a season each the only thing that would really hinder further development on a second Firefly movie would be Castle, but as Nathan Fillion has done 3 live action films since Castle started, I wouldn't count a Firefly movie out.
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You haven't seen the Avengers yet? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR TIM?!?!?!?!
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Yes, more Phoebe Tonkin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You haven't see The Avengers Tim???
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Whedon back on my screen will be fantastic!!! Woooooooo!!!!!!
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more Joss Whedon is always a good thing.. and thank God he's not going back to Fox! I haven't seen The Avengers yet either, but that's because closest movie theater for me is 20 minutes away so I'm just waiting for the Blu-ray :p I'm not sure how a Marvel universe show will do on a major network though, especially ABC which is a more female oriented demographic..



I'm fine with all the guest casting except Wilmer Valderama, just have always disliked him. one of the two reasons I never got into That 70s Show..
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Tim, I may be most concerned that you only credited Whedon with Buffy and Avengers. Firefly? Angel? Dollhouse even?
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Also, did you mention Firefly, and oh yeah...Firefly..
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Finally a bit of TV news that doesn't make me want to punch myself in the face.
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Whedon back on tv and this time with some money.....I cannot wait.
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Let's just hope and pray to Loki that money doesn't come with a cost of substance.

I love Joss Whedon, but Joker proved everyone can be corrupted!

*there we go, expectations lowered, ready to be blown away once the show comes* *dammit, expectations high again*
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I will watch anything that has Whedons name on it im tuning in. I love Buffy, Angel, and the Avengers.
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I would TOTALLY watch "You Just Got Robbed"!! As for Community, I love hearing any news for that show.
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Normally I'm worried when Whedon does a show on a network because the only whedon show that's been successful (Buffy) was on a cable network (UPN). When he does firefly, dollhouse, etc. on cable, he gets screwed over and the show lasts one-two seasons tops. But this is an avengers show, and nothing says huge success more than the avengers so I'm really stoked this time!

PS. Get on your shit, you need to see the avengers. I figured joss Whedon directing/writing would be incentive enough to see it
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Buffy wasn't the only successful Whedon show; Angel was also successful. Both were on the WB - Buffy only went to UPN for its last two seasons, after it was cancelled on the WB.

Firefly and Dollhouse, his other two shows, were both on Fox, which has a history of screwing shows over. They were also aired on Friday nights and were a lot more sci-fi-ey than Buffy or Angel. Sci-fi shows always struggle to get a following and even more so when the network doesn't support it.

ABC doesn't have a history of screwing over shows and given as comic/fantasy shows are the big thing right now, this could be Joss' best chance to make a big return to TV.
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Joss Freaking Whedon. That is all.
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I am so excited about so many things in this article that there are just no adequate words to describe it.
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My thoughts exactly. Though I did inadequately try.
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Nice to see Tonkin moving on from TSC even though I haven't. Hopefully there'll be scenes between Tonkin and Holt filled with H20 puns! That'd be funny.
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Throw in Cariba Heine and you might get a vampire mermaid reunion. Or would Tonkin be a mer-wolf, if she's anything other than human and connected to Tyler?



I noticed Holt did not last long on that show though.
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Imagine if they introduced mermaids as another new creature to Mystic Falls. Ensue hilarious mermaid puns between Tonkin and Holt.
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Huh? Which show? She's still alive on TVD.
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H2O - She left, I think, after one or two seasons.
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Oh yeah! I remember. She was then sorta replaced by Indiana Evans from Home & Away.
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She left after 2, but there were only 3.
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You need to watch The Avengers and Bridesmaids at the same time. For funsies.

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I refuse to take any advice that includes the word funsies, no matter how good that advice may be. Even if my doctor told me I had a life threatening condition that required immediate surgery, for realsies. "Realsies" is close enough to "funsies" that I would shout "Good day, sir!", storm out of the ER and report it to the authorities.
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I find that it looks good only when written down, as an easier alternative to "for purposes of entertainment". Neither rolls off the tongue well though.
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For the record, I am a big fan of both "funsies" and "realsies."
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ABC is a good middle ground for Whedon's show. The network has nice audience size, not as big as Fox but not as...nonexistent as NBC (I kid, I kid). It'll also give the show time to get its legs which it'll will inevitably need (Buffy didn't hit its stride initially either).
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So, it's on ABC? Does that mean the episode order won't get screwed up and it might last for more than one season?
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Stoked about Busy Phillipps! I would like to see Joshua Jackson guest star as well, but I'll skip Katie and Michelle.
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DAMN!



These News Briefs are usually pretty thin on material I care about/find interesting, and I have to settle for Tim (usually quite adeptly) ripping on celebrities and terrible television ideas, which are ENDLESS. But not today! No Sir! Here's a rundown of what caught my eye:



1. Tim, you haven't seen The Avengers?! How is that even possible? I know you're a TV critic, but this is ridiculous! You're missing out on countless "puny god" references.



2. I had read this was a possibility, but I'd still like to freak out for a minute right now: PHOEBE TONKIN IS GOING TO BE ON THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!!! AND SHE'S GOING TO BUTT HEADS WITH CAROLINE!!! That is too much hotness together in one place! I think I'm starting to hyperventilate!



3. I've been very worried about Community ever since the tragic and horribly handled firing of Dan Harmon, but I really like the new showrunners choice of class to enroll the Greendale Seven in. History 101. I remember Danny Pudi saying something along the lines that the new class might be the most important subject of all. I can't argue with that. And I can just imagine all the awesome things they could play around with in a History class. (Oh, and Tim, don't feel bad. I stalk Alison Brie all the time and she never notices me either.)



4. "A Marvel-themed television show for ABC." - I've already made space on my DVR.



5. Arlo Givens as an old Nick! Haha! Couldn't agree more, Tim. That is fantastic casting and sure to be a great episode.



6. Make the FULL Dawson's Creek reunion a reality, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23! Katie Holmes is free of the couch jumping maniac and Joshua Jackson will be free soon (SOB!), so it's definitely possible.



What a News Briefs!
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I have not seen The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Brave, and Promethesus. I''m too busy catching up on amazing shows I haven't seen before to be bothered...hehe. I'll just probably watch it the way the movie industry doesn't want me to watch it. (which will be around DVD release)
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Watch it in this order: Prometheus, Brave, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises.
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Guessing that's from worst to best? :D
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That's right. Although Avengers and TDKR are both super good. I was actually afraid to start yet another TDKR vs. Avengers war :D
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I kind of find Matt Lucas annoying, but a big part of that is due to only remembering him in Bridesmaids, in which is played an annoying character. Hopefully he doesn't ruin Community for me.



Also, a Marvel themed TV show could and should be awesome. I think I read something about a Hulk live-action show being developed for ABC... maybe they're tied together or something.
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I think Bridesmaids being an absolutely horrendous movie has ruined Matt Lucas for you. He is great. Seriously. He was also in that new version of Charlie and the Chocolate factory, as the tweedle twins.
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