News Briefs: Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. Casts Ming-Na

CASTING COMES FIRST TODAY

... Joss Whedon's potential ABC drama Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D., hot off the success of Whedon's film The Avengers, has cast another agent. Following the news that Clark Gregg would reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson, ER's Ming-Na Wen has signed on to play Agent Melinda May. May is described as a dang good pilot and a weapons expert. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rescue Me's Adam Ferrera will recur on Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Ferrera will play a cop and potential love interest for the titular pill-popper. [TV Line]

... The Vampire Diaries has finally found Bonnie's dad Rudy. Actor Rick Worthy will play the witch's father and show up in the tenth episode. You'll recognize Worthy from Supernatural—in which he played the Alpha Vampire—Heroes, and Battlestar Galactica. [TV Guide]

... The Big Bang Theory's Penny is getting a new classmate. Ryan Cartwright, who is currently killing it as Gary on Syfy's Alphas, will guest-star as Cole, a school buddy who befriends Penny and makes Leonard jealous. How awesome would it be if Gary sat in Sheldon's spot on the couch? [THR]

... Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter will both guest-star on Netflix's revival of Arrested Development. Their roles have not been disclosed, but Richter previously appeared on the original run as identical quintuplets. [TV Guide]

... Actress Garcelle Beauvais has been let go (freed) from her gig on TNT's Franklin & Bash, where she plays played Hannah. Apparently the news was a shock to her too, as she said she was "stunned" in a tweet. Make that #stunned. [TV Line]


YOUR DAILY SCRIPT ORDER NEWS

... NBC has ordered five more scripts of its comedy... Guys With Kids. It's a sign that NBC isn't ready to cancel the show, and now that Whitney is on deck to share its hour-long block on Wednesdays, Guys With Kids may stick around for a while. Guys With Kids is about guys with kids. [THR]


FAMOUS PEOPLE SELLING PROJECTS TO NETWORKS NEWS

... Charlize Theron, who is alright looking, is developing The Clan at ABC. The drama is set in the medieval Scotland Highlands and follows various clans as they fight each other and also vikings. I'm assuming the executive who bought this just dreamily nodded at Theron as she said whatever she said and then just handed Theron a suitcase full of cash. [The Wrap]

... Zach Braff has also sold a project to ABC, a comedy called Garage Bar. The sitcom follows a group of friends whose lives change when one becomes a pop star. I'm assuming Braff put on a blonde wig and pretended to be Charlize Theron, but instead he had to give an actual pitch with slides and everything. Nice try, Braff! [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Daily Show's Jason Jones will topline a new untitled comedy project at Fox produced by Steve Carell. Jones will play a rich, family-free bachelor in New York who ends up with a couple kids when his sister is called into active duty. How does this not have a title? Guy With Kids, it's easy! [Deadline Hollywood]

... The American adaptation of the Australian dramedy Rake has found a home at Fox. As previously reported, Greg Kinnear will star in the project about a loud-mouthed criminal defense lawyer. [Deadline Hollywood]


NOW I CAN FINALLY WATCH THE VAMPIRE DIARIES NEWS

... Yes! The CW is putting its stuff on Comcast's Xfinity On Demand starting tomorrow. The last four episodes of its programs will be available for free, so you can finally get your Beauty And the Beast on! CBS is now the only holdout among the major networks to not put its programming on America's largest cable company's streaming service. [Comcast via press release]

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Garcelle is hot!!!!!!!! along with Maggie Q and Grace Park!!!

More Guys with Kids--barf bag please!



And someone explain why The League gets no love!!! One of the best comedies!!!!!
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Love Ming-Na! Can't wait to see S.H.I.E.L.D.!!!

Ryan Cartwright guest starring in TBBT is sheer genius!!!
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What is CBS deal? I want to watch Person of Interest on Demand and CBS is being a Witch about it.
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There are several CBS shows on Demand, but definitely not all. I always DVR the ones I watch on that network because it's a crapshoot, lol



And I'm really excited about the Highland Scots! Outlander book series anybody?? Love it!
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Interesting casting news, can't wait!
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Damn Joss, if you didn't want to let me watch SHIELD, you should have just said so. I HATe Ming-Na, she has ruined every show she has been on. She only knows one way to act BITCH, I can not stand her. I believe she single handedly killed the Stargate series.
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Wow. Well at least one of you is a bitch. How about giving us a list of 'every show' she's ruined & how did she kill Stargate? The first 2 series were cancelled before she even filmed a scene on Universe. SyFy killed Stargate. SyFy killed Sci Fi.
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Eureka, SGU, ER, to name a few. She was also terrible on Two and a Half Men.
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I love Ming-Na as an actress ever since NBC's "The Single Guy", but man does she get cast as the evil bitch a lot lately, I hope that's not the case here.

Big Bang Theory: Penny isn't going to school, so would that be acting class? They haven't touched on that aspect of her in ages. Also, everything makes Leonard jealous, it's so boring to watch Leonard and Penny get jealous over each other, it's a sign of horrible hacky writing.

Andy Richter was so good on Arrested Development playing his twins that I can't imagine the show not being there without a callback to that.

Garcelle Beauvais wasn't bad on Franklin & Bash, but her character seemed to lose steam and thus purpose lately. It's too bad that they canned her without talking to her first though.

UNREAL! How the hell does NBC keep Guys With Kids around? It is 64th in the ratings with a 1.7... oh god, NBC's ratings are so bad that it's doing the same numbers as Up All Night and better than 30 Rock, no wonder it's not going anywhere as NBC fights their way to the bottom. Chicago Fire is in that same zone too, but it looks way more expensive so I'm still counting on the network to smother it (that's a fire reference, folks).

Jason Jones is great, but a single dad rich guy show? That is so not going to fly, especially on Fox. Naturally the new "kinder gentler" Fox (that is a '90s reference, folks) so it'll get 2 seasons somehow.

Greg Kinnear gets a job? Good for him! Been long enough.
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Gary sitting in Sheldon's spot on the couch would make my day.
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The title "The Clan" isn't working for me. Maybe that's just because I'm black. : \
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'The Clan' works for me. The word itself, used in the sense the show is using it, predates racist north american fucktards by hundreds of years.
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I agree...epic naming fail...
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Initial reaction about The Clan: would work as a cable show, but on ABC, not so much. However, if Charlize appeared on the show, I would watch it even if it was on the Disney channel.
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Love Ming-Na, she is going to killed it. Kudos Joss !
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Spoiler about The Avengers movie below, but you've already seen it, right?







What does it mean that they're including a character in the TV series that died in the movie? Aren't they set in the same universe? Does it take place at an earlier time? Are they just going to bring him back to life?
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yep.. announced last week...



http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/10/13/phil-coulson-clark-gregg-shield/



http://www.eonline.com/news/353852/joss-whedon-brings-clark-gregg-s-agent-phil-coulson-back-for-abc-s-s-h-i-e-l-d



http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/10/joss-whedons-shield-clark-gregg-resurrects-phil-coulson.html





sorry, for some reason, can't get the hyperlinks to work...
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The articles don't really answer my question: How can he be alive? (I guess the fact that they don't answer it suggests that no one except the writers knows the answer).

I like the character, so I think it's a good thing that he's back.
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Agreed... i'm going with the theory that the storyline for the series happens before the storyline for the Avengers movie... sort of a prequel...
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medieval Scots!! hell yeah!
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Can never go wrong with Ming-Na.
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Franklin & Bash has too many characters and Beauvais was barely used and had more of a background presence. Don't think her character was ever developed much beyond being some lawyer for the firm. Due to that, the news of her being let go is not surprising.



I also get most CBS shows OnDemand through Comcast cable. Big Bang was only recently added - last season, I think, but they do seem to hold off on some others. Unless you are talking about their internet streaming? As this site is CBS owned, shouldn't you know something about that? If Hulu could get CBS programming, I would cancel cable and sign up for their Plus service.
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I enjoy Guys With Kids more than Whitney. Man that show sucks.
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Love Ryan Cartwright, best thing of Alphas
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CBS sucks. None of their shows are available on Hulu and if I recall correctly not Netflix either.
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Ladies and Gentleman, we have this years Whitney!

Guys With Kids would make a perfect pairing with Whitney, too. They both make me want to inflict pain upon myself while watching them. Well done, NBC! You (most likely) have the honor of renewing the worst show two years in a row. Oh hey, I just thought of a new slogan for you guys!

NBC: The Dead Pool Killers
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Last week Price kicked my arse for saying that Beauty and the Beast wasn't the worst thing presented for our appreciation this year after his over the top bashing of this CW treasure - hey, my wife didn't hate it and she hates everything, I gotta watch something when she's around. Keeps peace in the family and if it gets cancelled, it's not my fault. That said, It seems I can't do well in the dead pool because I keep picking stuff like Guys With Kids and Whitney to get cancelled quick and put us out of our misery. So, apparently I suck - Dead Pool Killers it is...
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Just wanted to point out: next month, Ming-Na will turn 49... unbelievable. And, really, this shouldn't be shocking, cause she's been around for about 3 decades now.

Goes to show: Asia chicks just do not age.Amazing.
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Sure they do. All at once. I believe when they hit 60.
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Where's smithinjapan when you need him? ... Her? No, I'm going with him?
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(Virtual) Gary Bell & Sheldon Cooper in the same room?!?!? My head may a-splode from all the awesomeness!
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I like it...
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Bonnie's dad was supposed to be Kadeem Hardison. Whatevs. Figures The Alpha Vampire would be her dad. Irony.



Damn damn it I had guys with kids in the deadpool. I forgot the Fallon effect.



And Garcelle Beauvais is the most famous graduate of my high school.



And as far as Comcast goes, they can suck it. Fired me while on disability. I somehow thought that was wrong.
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Argh! I originally didn't have Guys With Kids on my Dead Pool list, but at the last minute, changed my mind and included it in. Damn. Should've stuck with my instinct about Fallon's name being attached to it.

Also, it seems like a cool coincidence that after noting Arrested Development, you also have blurbs about Charlize Theron and Zach Braff, both of whom, like Andy Richter, had recurring guest appearances on AD.
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a lot of cbs progamming is on demand in fact the only shows missing are person of intrest, criminal minds and the entire monday night comedy block and yay for cw on demand it means i longer need to use my roku player to stay caught up on arrow and beauty and the beast through hulu plus.
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CBS has most of its shows available On Demand. The only (relevant) one not available is Person of Interest.
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That's a pretty relevant oversight...
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The news on "Guys with Kids" just killed my deadpool.
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Maybe now I can catch up on Arrow.



And I don't know what you're talking about, I watch CBS stuff on Xfinity OnDemand all the time.
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