News Briefs: Lost's Terry O'Quinn Moves Into a Haunted Apartment Pilot

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... Lost vet Terry O'Quinn is leaving the sunny confines of Hawaii Five-0 and getting back to some freaky stuff. O'Quinn, an Emmy winner for his role as John Locke on Lost, will star in the ABC pilot 666 Park Avenue, a supernatural drama about a spooky apartment building in New York City. Totally worth the poltergeists though because it's rent controlled. O'Quinn will also be seen in a few episodes of TNT's Falling Skies next season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Giancarlo Esposito, who gave new meaning to the phrase OH MY GOD THAT GUY IS ACTING HIS PANTS OFF for playing Gus Fring in Breaking Bad, will guest star on Community. I'll just let that sink in for a bit. Esposito will play a former business associate of Pierce's dad. [Vulture]

... Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) has landed the female lead in the CW's Beauty And The Beast. It's a modern-day version of the CBS series from the 1980s and features procedural elements. Now let's see who they cast as the Beauty. Ha ha, I kid. Kreuk is FWINE with a W. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Emmy-winner Jean Smart has landed the mom role in the ABC comedy pilot The Smart One. The series is about a woman (Portia de Rossi) whose prettier sister becomes mayor of the city. Smart will play the mother of two sisters. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Syfy's Ghost Hunters is losing one of its main dudes. Grant Wilson, one of the men who founded the group at the center of the program, will be leaving the show after almost eight seasons of chasing specters, wraiths, and apparitions. Why is he leaving? Because after 20 years of searching for ghosts on- and off-camera and finding squat, wouldn't you give up too? [Syfy via press release]

... Dania Ramirez, who cried black tears as a superpower in Heroes, has been cast as one of the central characters in Marc Cherry's upcoming ABC soap Devious Maids. The show follows four Hispanic maids who want to make it big in Beverly Hills. Remember her power in Heroes? So lame. Seriously, just think about it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rescue Me's Steven Pasquale will star in NBC's Do No Harm, a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type story about a surgeon with a dangerous alter ego. Pretty sweet role if the show makes it to series. But this is NBC, so it will merely be a stepping stone to something else. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ryan Hansen (Party Down) will play the lead in Fox's comedy pilot El Jefe. The show, from the creators of Aliens in America, will star Hansen as a 30-year-old who gets kicked out of his parents' house and moves in with their cleaning lady. It's like Rob without the unfunny part! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) will star in Partners, a CBS comedy pilot looking to make the schedule next season. The is about two guys whose friendship is threatened after one of them proposes to his girlfriend (Sophia Bush). Urie will play the one who doesn't like girls. [TV Line]

... For some reason, Jenny McCarthy will host Season 2 of NBC's Love in the Wild, a horrible, horrible show that's part Amazing Race, part The Bachelor, and all infested with STDs. [EW]

LEFTOVERS

... The Colbert Report is taking the rest of the week off because of a family emergency in Stephen Colbert's family. Let's hope everything turns out okay. [Wall Street Journal]

... Survivor premiered last night to its lowest-rated season debut ever. 10.79 million tuned in for a 3.1 rating among adults, but that was against American Idol, which easily won the night. In other news, Remodeled was watched by 4.6 million people and earned a 2.0 rating among 18-49ers. Oh wait. Decimal point in the wrong place. That should read 0.46 million and a 0.2 rating. Phew, that's better. [TV By the Numbers]


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"666 Park Avenue" & "Beauty and the Beast" are the ones I look forward to see.
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My best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here NuttyRich. c0m
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The O'Quinn project sounds like the UK show Bedlam, kinda-ish
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As a fan of Smallville, I can honestly say that this new Beauty and the Beast... will have extremely limited acting from its star. Linda Hamilton, she's not.



Hey, I liked Love in the Wild, it was a moderately silly reality show premise but then all the players threw the producers' cheap manipulations out the window and took their burgeoning romances seriously, even leaving the show rather than trying to strategize back on camera. Jenny McCarthy will ruin it though.
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Glad to hear casting news about Community. That means it's not cancelled, right? Great news, great news.
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The Smart one is throwing me off a little bit... So let me get this straight, Portia de Rossi will have a prettier sister who becomes mayor of the city? Who the hell is playing her sister? It's a sad sad world when Portia de Rossi is the ugly one.
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Apparently Malin Akerman *drooles* is playing the other sister in 'The Smart One', shaping up to be a bloody good cast - I just hope the writing is better than 'How To Be A Gentleman' or the casting is all for naught.



I saw the Esposito/Community news this morning on BaceFook, I almost screamed like a 14 y/o girl. AWSOME!



Kristin Kreuk seems like a good fit for Beauty and the Beast, now I just hope that they actually pick a beast - Jocelyn Wildenstein perhaps??? Anyway, I'm glad Kristin will be back on TV (assuming this makes it to series).



Sorry for the double post!
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According to MailOnline (dailymail.co.uk)

"Stephen Colbert... pulled out of filming because his 91-year-old mother was ill."

I hope everything turns out OK for him and his family.
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can't wait to see Kristin Kreuk back on tv. I missed Lana the last few season...
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When COLBERT takes a week off because of a family emergency it's got to be serious.

Does not sound good, sounds bad in fact.
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Love in the Wild is the best worst show on television. So much best worster with Jenny as the host.
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I really like that so many networks are trying to copy American Horror Story and try to make it their own! Way to go ABC. You are truly original and innovative
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Like Finding Bigfoot, it would be great if Ghost Hunters or one of the other ghost shows would actually find the subject of the show. Eight seasons? I'm glad I haven't spent time watching it. If that type of reality show discovered definitive proof, we'd probably hear about it in the news and I would watch the rerun.
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Giancarlo! Community! Giancarlo! Community! To quote Abed - This [would be] the best show I've ever seen in my entire life!
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The saddest part is not that they cast a woman like Portia de Rossi in the role of the less-pretty sister, but that they probably wont even tone her down with make-up. I surely don't hate watching pretty people on tv, but I would find some attempt at realism refreshing for a change.
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Excited to see Gus Fring on Community, that should be fun. Looking forward to that Partners pilot now too, it sounds like it could be good and Michael Urie's attached, who I've missed on tv.
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Who could be prettier than Portia de Rossi? Seriously, who is her beauty queen sister?
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I was sad to see Terry O'Quinn leave Hawaii Five-O. I enjoyed his character.
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Good news for Steven Pasquale, that is, if NBC knows what it's doing. And super happy now about 666, I know he will be kickbutt in that. Sad he will probably be leaving Hawaii though. As for Community news, love that we are getting it, but just give me back my favorite college students, kay?
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That Beauty and the Beast joke may actually be a good idea where the Beast is considered the beauty and Beauty the beast. It's be like how Marilyn on the Munsters was considered ugly. I could also see a show where it's about personalities rather than appearances.



Shouldn't Jean Smart be "The Smart One"? I wonder if that's one reason she signed on.
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I'm going to miss Grant on Ghost Hunters. I wish him the best of luck with his next venture.



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i wish Taylor Kinney plays the beast he was great in TVD as Mason Lockwood

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Gus on Community?!! Is that much awesomeness allowed on tv?
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Great now I'll be tempted to watch Beauty and the Beast (KK) and Partners (for Sophia Bush). I'm trying to cut down on tv people!
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Gus Fring on Community. Get out of my brain!
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I really can't wait. I wish NBC would pull their collective heads out of their arses and drop Whitney and Chelsea and just bring it back. I miss seeing Alison Bree every week.
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666 sounds like it could be good in theory. But then again so did American Horror Story, and that was crap. But I like Terry O'Quinn and hope it is a success. I figured he wasn't going to live out the season of H5O.



And Ghost Hunters, I am frankly surprised it has lasted this long. I would be out of there too. For crying out loud it has been 8 years and they haven't found a casper yet.



That Sophia Bush pilot sounds horrible. But I like Sohpia Bush and I refuse to watch One Tree Hill. So bring on Sophia. Can't be as bad as Rob. (How is that still on the air)



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Nooooooooo, not Lana! In all seriousness though, she is the worst. News started off good: Giancarlo and Locke, then got bad: KK and Black-Tears-Lady.
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