News Briefs: Lauren Graham Is Returning to The CW to Produce a Semi-Autobiographical Series


WELCOME BACK, MISS GILMORE

What's that saying about going home again? Never mind, it doesn't matter, because Lauren Graham is reuniting with The CW to executive-produce a new series based on her semi-autobiographical first novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, about a young actress nearing a self-imposed deadline to find success in New York. Graham is also writing the pilot. Hey, I hear Amy Sherman-Palladino is free if you need any tips, Lauren! What, too soon? [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... That Tina Fey and Matt Hubbard comedy about a women's college starting to admit dudes now has a home: The multi-camera sitcom has landed at Fox after a bidding war. That makes two new shows for Fey this week; the other one is in the works at NBC. [Variety]

... FX's new spin-off network FXX will launch with a Parks and Recreation Treat Yo' Self marathon on September 2. Beginning at 7am Eastern, the network will showcase the best that Pawnee has to offer. Unfortunately, someone at FXX didn't get that memo in time, because the marathon kicks off with the pilot, and we all know Season 1 of Parks and Rec was basically the pits. [FX via press release]

... ABC Family has paired with Wet Seal to launch a new clothing line based on the fashions seen on Switched at BirthThe Fosters, and Twisted. The line will include clothing inspired by three different characters: Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) from Switched at Birth, Callie Foster (Maia Mitchell) from The Fosters, and Lacey Porter (Kylie Bunbury) from TwistedCall me crazy, but if you were going to develop a fashion line from an ABC Family series, wouldn't Pretty Little Liars be the way to go? I mean, have you seen the way Aria—never mind, I get why they skipped PLL now. [Entertainment Weekly]

... Though she has stepped down from her post, Hillary Rodham Clinton is still very interested in foreign affairs. Well, the TV kind at least. The former Secretary of State recently came out in favor of Downton Abbey. And though she has yet to release a statement on the subject, it's probably safe to assume that she, too, is pissed at Dan Stevens for leaving the series to enter a Jonathan-Rhys-Meyers-on-heroin look-a-like contest. [Huffington Post]

... MTV is boldly going where MTV has gone before—specifically in 2004, 2007, and 2011—by opting to forgo a host for this year's Video Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Brooklyn on August 25 at 9pm. Maybe Neil Patrick Harris was busy that night. [NY Post]

... Speaking of MTV, the network that brought you The Tom Green Show and Punk'd has ordered Jerks With Cameras, a half-hour "unhidden" camera series in which comedians will prank ordinary people on the street... on film. Apparently, celebrities are too smart to fall for hidden-camera tricks these days, but everyday people, we're all still really gullible and stupid! The series is executive-produced by Jersey Shore producer SallyAnn Salsano. [THR]

... CBS is developing a drama series about a fictional female Secretary of State. I don't know where the network gets off thinking a woman could ever do that job, but whatever. The series, Madame Secretary, from Joan of Arcadia's Barbara Hall and some dude named Morgan Freeman (?), explores the personal and professional life of the Secretary of State. Meanwhile, NBC's miniseries about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking for a new home, because Fox TV Studios has dropped the project after the Republic National Convention banned NBC and CNN from the 2016 presidential primary debates. [Deadline Hollywood


CASTING NEWS

... If you had JoAnna Garcia in your Once Upon a Time Ariel pool, please come collect your winnings. ABC announced today that the former Privileged star—don't even mention Animal Practice around me—has been cast in the coveted role. Casting remains underway for Flounder and Sebastian. [TV Guide]

... Valerie Cruz (Homeland) has been cast in a recurring role on Fox's The Following. She'll play Gina Mendez, an NYPD detective who works with Shawn Ashmore's Mike Weston to solve a new string of murders. Cruz will first appear in the Season 2 premiere, which picks up a year after the finale. [E! Online]

... James Remar, most recently seen as Dexter Morgan's late father on Dexter, is joining Grey's Anatomy in a super-secret role for Season 10. Leave your guesses as to who he's playing, what his character's deal is, etc. in the comments! I'm going to go with a time-traveling demon sent to murder Sandra Oh's Christina Yang. You know, just 'cause. [TV Line

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Aug 19, 2013
don't replace christina yang D:
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Aug 19, 2013
Shit even Lindsay Lohan can produce something on the CW. That network is never too short on producing TRASH tv shows.
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Aug 18, 2013
Too soon.
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Aug 18, 2013
Great Parks and Rec "pits" pun
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Aug 18, 2013
Ariel, awwww... I can't wait for OUAT to start again!
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Aug 17, 2013
JoAnna Garcia needs to get luckier. She is talented and pretty but her shows always get cancelled.
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Aug 17, 2013
yay! love lauren!
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Aug 17, 2013
I still think they need a PLL line. I can't afford half the stuff they wear or if I could have it's already sold out. And damn it, they have cute clothes and my closet doesn't have nearly enough stuff in it. :)
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Aug 17, 2013
I would wear the crap out of Spencer's entire wardrobe. Even those weird animal sweaters she sometimes wears.
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Aug 18, 2013
I finally was able to afford one of Spencer's shirts. I was so excited I did a little happy dance. I love almost everything they put her in.
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Aug 17, 2013
Oh my... now I really want to see that time-traveling demon on Grey's Anatomy!
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Aug 17, 2013
JoAnna Garcia being cast means Ariel has grown up. So I assume Flounder is also older. He could be played by Ike Barinholtz, Charlie Day or Dan Byrd. Sebastian is more difficult, but he could be played by Andre Braugher or Nelsan Ellis (maybe too young). I would have preferred to see Deborah Ann Woll as Ariel, but then again, I prefer to see Deborah in pretty much every role.
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Aug 17, 2013
what's your deal with animal practice? I liked animal practice, at least to some degree. it had a monkey in a lab coat who now only finds bit parts like on ray donovan. and it had justin kirke and tyler labine and joanna garcia. and justin kirke's mom on the show was hot. of course I didn't care for kirke's character but that's okay because at least it was something. so yeah, animal practice animal practice animal practice!


while any tina fey show is potentially promising, more so than most others, I really want to start seeing her in something again.
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Aug 17, 2013
My problem with Animal Practice is that I love all of the actors but didn't think the show was worthy of them.
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Aug 17, 2013
Wonder what that means for Parenthood?

Interested the casting of Joanna Garcia as Ariel. I liked her in Reba. I wonder if they asked Alyssa Milano if she wanted the role, since the Disney character was drawn in her image. She probably wouldn't wanna do it considering she did the mermaid thing on charmed
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Aug 17, 2013
i liked lauren`s book. is it true that ellen degeneres is involved as well? i read it somewhere.....
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Aug 17, 2013
Yes! Her studio is producing the project.
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Aug 17, 2013
LOL The time traveling demon is a great suggestion for a storyline on Grey's.
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Aug 17, 2013
good for Lauren Graham, but I don't see why producing has become such a big thing lately.. let me know when those people have acting jobs (that don't already) and then I'll care more :p I may watch the show, I'll just have to see who they cast first.

season 2 of Parks & Recreation wasn't good either, only started getting good when Rob Lowe and Adam Scott joined.

JoAnna Garcia is a good casting choice I think... but why no mention of her on Reba? that's probably what everybody knows her from anyway.
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Aug 17, 2013
Does that mean Lauren Graham is leaving Parenthood? Is that show still going? Also I think James Remar, will be Alex's abusive Dad in Grey's Anatomy. James Remar seems to be type cast ALOT as different kinds of Fathers.
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Aug 17, 2013
No, she's not leaving Parenthood. Season 5 beings Sept. 26.
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Aug 17, 2013
I hear a rumor that Ariel is to be a love interest for Leroy aka Grumpy. Is there any truth to this?
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Aug 17, 2013
It always sounds like a gimmick when you throw the gender on there. Why not just say "Secretary of State"? Yes, there are a lot of men in politics but I don't think anyone thinks women are barred from throwing their hat into the ring.
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Aug 17, 2013
Sigh, /still/ no announcement from my cable provider (Verizon) on exactly where FXX will be on the "dial" in my area.
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Aug 18, 2013
Of all places, it was Wikipedia that stated it will be on 84 / 584. Here's hoping that's accurate, because time is running out.
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Aug 17, 2013
James Remar was most recently seen on Wilfred. Great actor.
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Aug 17, 2013
I hope that Tina Fey's comedies, are, you know, good. Unfortunately from the log lines they don't sound like it.

Haha! I watched that PLL episode the other day with Aria wearing that leopard print cardigan. For anyone who doesn't know, leopard print cardigans are tacky, and you have no fashion sense if you wear one.

I'll pass on Madame Secretary, despite being by Barbara Hall. I laughed at this, 'I don't know where the network gets off thinking a woman could ever do that job, but whatever.' thinking that as usual it was Tim writing the news briefs. Who knew you had a sense of humour Kaitlin.

If James Remar is 'a time-traveling demon sent to murder Sandra Oh's Christina Yang' I will start watching Grey's Anatomy.
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