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News Briefs: Kevin Bacon Joins Fox's Serial Killer Pilot

SIX DEGREES NEWS

... Kevin Bacon, who is totally a friend of a friend of a friend of mine, has been cast as the lead in Fox's upcoming untitled drama from Kevin Williamson, creator of The Vampire Diaries and Dawson's Creek. Bacon will play a retired FBI agent in pursuit of a serial killer who's has formed a legion of other killers using technology. You mean like a Facebook group? Bacon's deal is an unusual one; in order to free up time to continue starring in movies, he's only committed to appearing in 15 episodes. Does that mean Fox runs seven episodes without Bacon and sticks to the normal 22-episode season, or does it totally turn TV on its head and air a 15-episode season? [Deadline Hollywood]


WHAT'S AIRING WHEN NEWS

... CBS has finally announced a premiere date for the Robert DeNiro-produced police drama The 2-2 (formerly Rookies). Look for it on Sundays at 10pm starting on April 15. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The sixth season of Lifetime's Army Wives will start on March 4! I don't know anyone who has seen this show. It's like the Sasquatch of television. Does it even exist? [THR]


BIG DECISIONS NEWS

... ABC has ordered two more pilots. Malibu Country, a multi-camera comedy, will star Reba McEntire as a country singer who divorces her husband and moves to Malibu to get her career going. Prairie Dogs is a single-camera comedy about a cubicle-dweller who has his identity stolen by a thief who creates a much more interesting life with the stolen name than the real guy ever had. [THR]

... Spike TV has renewed Flip Men for a second season. It's about two guys who scoop up foreclosed houses, spruce 'em up, and resell 'em. What an honest way to make a living. [Broadcasting & Cable]


CASTING NEWS

... Once Upon a Time has recruited an Oscar nominee to play the mother of the Evil Queen. Barbara Hershey (Hannah and Her Sisters) will join the cast later this season for multiple episodes, with an option to return for Season 2 if the show makes it that far. (It will.) [TV Line]

... Supernatural is welcoming back a demonic presence. Rachel Miner, who plays the latest meatsuit for demon Meg, will return to the series sometime in the future. Miner was recently seen on Sons of Anarchy as Tig's daughter. [TV Line]

... Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston is dropping by Modern Family, but not to add another acting trophy to his crowded mantle. Cranston will direct an upcoming episode of the ABC comedy. Cranston is no stranger to that side of the camera; he's directed a few episodes of Breaking Bad and a handful of Malcolm in the Middle episodes. [TV Line]


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I'd give Kevin Bacon's new show a few watches, CBS doesn't cancel potentially good shows as quickly as NBC (and sometimes FOX). Plus I read a book about serial killers connecting on the internet, way back when the internet was sorta new'ish, and it was very intriguing - the main investigator was female, but I enjoy Kevin Bacon's acting enough to get past that LOL



FRINGE! (at least close it out properly!)
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Between X-Men First Class, Crazy Stupid Love, and Super, 2011 was the year that killed Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Now it's only like 2 degrees.
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Kevin Bacon's new project sounds very interesting and I know people who will like Reba's new show. I'm stoked about Once Upon a Time, it will be great to see Barbara Hershey play the Evil Queens Mother. I also look forward to seeing Rachel Miner return to Supernatural!
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How come army wives gets ANOTHER season (of which I thought it was long dead anyway) and shows like Dollhouse got 2! Army Wives must be on someones radar for it to get past a first season!
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If it's one of the most commented-on articles, why does the Chuck finale link to the right not work? I haven't read it and it's not listed on the news index either.
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Here's hoping they scrap the other 7 episodes for the Kevin Bacon show... progress!
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Am I the only one hoping for Footloose sequel? C'mon Kevin!
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Dawson's Creek, The Vampire Diaries, Kevin Bacon serial killer drama? Really?
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I've seen ads for Army Wives... but that was back in '07, and they were being shown on a channel that no longer exists. So... I may have dreamed the whole thing.
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I know someone who says they have seen ARmy Wives, but I'm a skeptic, and I bet if you took a picture, it would be fuzzy.
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another cop drama for cbs? com' on!! ugh! And watch it average 10 million viewer an episode! the injustice.
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Damn! I guess my pitch for a reality show named " Bring Home The Bacon" is up in the wind. Can Kevin Bacon do multiple shows at a time??
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Rachel Miner is going to be on Person of Interest tonight! :)
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"Bacon will play a retired FBI agent in pursuit of a serial killer who's has formed a legion of other killers using technology." Really?! Really FOX?! Fringe might get a budget cut or even cancellation for shows like this, Alcatraz and Terra Nova
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Nah, Fringe will get cancelled because it keeps losing viewers - I guess Americans just aren't patient (smart?) enough to stick with shows that are complicated and demand them to tune in every week and think. [/ criticism end]
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It won't get axed. Have a little faith.
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I have seen Army Wives, and think it is ok
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How would a 15-episode season be turning network TV on its head? Didn't the last two or three seasons of The X-Files only have 17 episodes? Prairie Dogs sounds more like the premise of a movie than a series, but then, that's what I thought when I heard the premise of Castle. However, considering how many people have had their identities stolen, I wonder how much appeal a sit-com on the subject would have, especially on network TV as opposed to cable.
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Um, Kevin Bacon as a guy who catches serial killers? Please. He won't go more than two episodes until he becomes the serial killer. Come on, it's Kevin FREAKIN' Bacon we're talking about.
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No, his name is Kevin NORWOOD Bacon. I don't know Kevin FREAKIN Bacon, but I don't think it's the same guy.
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Cranston directing Modern Family? Are Luke and Manny going to cook some meth?
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Lol, I was dating this girl last year who told me she was at home watching Army Wives. I didn't believe her; I was convinced it was canceled after its first season
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I mean, other than the obvious, what is the show even about? I can't imagine it would be good.
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I know I am not the only one who watches Army Wives, they have a lot higher viewership then you think they do.
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The Kevin Bacon show sounds a little interesting and I see no problem with a 15 episode season. Cable does it all the time. I would actually prefer a season more like USA shows that does a block of 13 - 15 at a time multiple times a year. It keeps the stories interesting it can keep the quality up. There is a reason why Sherlock is only 3 episodes on BBC and that is because any more and it would lessen the quality of the show. Also if it sucks like Terra Nova did then you only have 13 episodes until it is over.



ABC? Reba? Really?! She wasn't good on the CW when it was the WB and she isn't going to be good in this. I don't understand the big idea of having singers and rappers basically playing themselves on the screen. Who cares. The ID theft show however sounds interesting. You could do a lot with that.



Army Wives is still on? I watched, well attempted to watch it first season because Catherine Bell is all kinds of sexy. But couldn't watch it because it was just an overload of estrogen. I had no idea it was still on.



And woohooo meg is back on Supernatural. It is about time they get some demons back on that show other than Crowley.
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Absolutely. Why shouldn't broadcasting follow cable's lead on the number of episodes in a season? It still suprises me that so many of the shows still run during the old school September-May period. Why not run some shows straight through like on cable where every week is a new episode is aired per different week until the season over for the show. If you did that there might be more room for different shows.
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Oh maaaan. I would have loved to see Cranston on Modern Family. But it is interesting to hear of his directorial endeavors. Hopefully Kevin Bacon can make that show work. He is a good guy.
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I'm one of the (who knows how many) who have actually met Kevin Bacon, and I agree, he is a good guy (as well as a not entirely mediocre musician). Good luck to him and his future, although, am I the only one who feels like this show sounds like a little bit of "Dexter" meets "Person Of Interest"? (Not saying that's bad, just that it's been done before, but hey, it's Kevin Bacon.)
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couldn't care less about the Kevin Bacon show.. but REBA! glad she's got a new show, her other was hilarious.
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I love Hannah and Her Sisters...
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