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News Briefs: Lost's Carlton Cuse Has a Show in the Works at ABC

COOL NEWS

... We all know what Damon Lindelof has been up to since Lost went off the air: being defensive about the ending of Lost on Twitter. But his showrunning partner Carlton Cuse has stayed pretty quiet. No longer! Cuse will help write and produce the ABC show Stronger, about a musician who becomes a spiritual guru. [Vulture]

... The ratings were not kind to Charlie's Angels and Whitney last night. Charlie's Angels drew 7.11 million viewers, but saw its rating in the 18-49 demo drop from a mediocre 2.1 to a dangerous 1.5. NBC's Whitney also struggled, plunging from 6.84 million viewers and a 3.3 rating to 5.40 million viewers and a 2.5 rating. [TV By the Numbers]

... NBC is delaying the premieres of Chuck and new fantastical show Grimm for a week, moving their debuts from October 21 to October 28, because it wants the shows to premiere closer to Halloween. For some reason. Don't ask why, just know it's NBC we're talking about. [Hitfix]

... TBS has ordered a pilot of Sullivan and Son, starring Steve Byrne and produced by Vince Vaughn. It's about a half-Irish, half-Korean man who leaves his corporate job to tend bar at a popular watering hole in Pittsburgh. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Good news for fans of goat people! Jim Breuer has a family comedy in the works at ABC. The multi-camera sitcom will star Breuer as a dad who lives with his wife, three daughters, and father in a house. It's being produced by the same dudes who produced According to Jim, which now makes total sense. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Following its underrated first season, Alphas has a new showrunner: Bruce Miller (Eureka). He replaces Ira Steven Behr, who is departing for reasons unknown. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) is stopping by NBC's Up All Night to play a love interest of Ava's. Look for him as a clean-cut single dad in November. [EW]

... DJ Danny Masterson (That '70s Show) will play the lead in the TBS pilot Men at Work. The comedy is about a recently dumped man whose friends help him become a man again. Really? Another one of these? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Stan Lee of comic-book fame will guest-star on Chuck, because he has no shame and will appear on anything. [Hitfix]


LAME NEWS

... Amidst rumors that their marriage is falling apart, Ashton Kutcher is no longer following Demi Moore on Twitter. Hey, I warned you it was lame news. [Radar Online]


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Once again Charliies Angels showed that the Angels have the remarkable ability to emerge from water completely dry - which looked even more ridiculous considering the "bad guy" was soaking wet! Also, why did Rachael Taylors character change her shoes between climbing on to the other balcony and entering the room? The show has absolutely NO continuity checks, which I suppose fits in with the plot, creditable acting and intelligent dialogue! Why didn't I pick this for the Dead Pool? Now that Grimm has been delayed I'm looking dead in the water (sorry, bad pan)!
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lol. I caught that balcony shoe changing thing- ridiculous.

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charlie's angels should stop asap, to end the pain of everyone involved.. I definitely will not watch the third episode, as the whole acting looks like a highschool production rather than an action series.. the actors seem to be in pain too, as each time they say something, they have a look in their face saying "why on earth I am saying these awful, awful lines"..
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Did Ira Steven Behr quit or was he fired? That does not sound good. I've never watched Eureka, but Behr produced Star Trek: The Next Generation when it was particularly good, so I hope Alphas season 2 is not the equivalent of Andromeda season 4.
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Bring out the Gong for:

Whitney, Charlies Angels(Minka-such a let down from FNL)

Chuck, any dancing show, and any sit com that uses a laugh track! this is 2011 for gods sake!
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Another week r they being crazy !!!!

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Why did they delay Chuck isnt it enough that it was going to premiere late and now delay it for a week i really hate NBC. IT IS THE WORST NETWORK!!
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No surprise for CA. The only good thing this week was the Old Spice guy.
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Delaying Grimm a week so that it's closer to Halloween isn't a good idea. For one thing, most of the interest in the show is likely to come before Halloween, not afterwards so what sort of ratings are they going to get for the following week? And for another thing, the weekend just before Halloween is usually a popular time for Halloween parties so people who would be inclined to watch this show are more likely to be out.



I think the real reason may be for scheduling reasons. If Grimm does poorly, it only has to last for four weeks before the holiday season rolls around and NBC can replace it with holiday shows. (A movie on Friday nights wouldn't be a bad idea.) Chuck is certain to get a respectable audience, so if they need to the network can give us a few of the 13 episodes of Chuck before Christmas then hold the rest for next year to fill in for cancellations.
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It makes total sense for Grimm but....what the hell does Chuck have to do with Halloween?
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Ummm . . . . Jeff is pretty scary.
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Glad Charlie's Angels and Whitney are suffering.... they are in my Dead Pool!

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Me too son!
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