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News Briefs: Matthew Perry Is Trying to Break the Friends Curse Again

CASTING NEWS

... After one smash hit and several whiffs, Matthew Perry is giving this TV thing another try. The former Friends star has been cast in NBC's comedy pilot Go On, which should always be said in an over-the-top British madame's voice. He'll play a sportscaster who is lifted up by a mandatory support group after he experiences personal loss. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Amy Smart has been cast in NBC's drama Bad Girls, about ladies in a female prison! Awesome! Smart will play a prissy chick who's doing time for stealing her friend's credit card and going on a spending spree. Could you imagine Amy Smart in a women's prison? She'd be ripped to shreds instantly. Probably wouldn't even survive the delousing. Also in this link, Friday Night Lights star and Person of Interest Wall Street dude Matt Lauria has been cast in ABC's period piece Gilded Lilys. [Deadline Hollywood]

... David Krumholtz is wiping away the stain left on him as a result of appearing in The Playboy Club by starring in CBS's comedy pilot Partners. That's the pilot about two friends, one straight and one gay (Michael Urie), whose long friendship is tested when Mr. Straight (Krumholtz) proposes to his girlfriend. [TV Line]

... Iron-abs Aly Michalka, formerly of Hellcats and tween pop stardom, has joined Fox's comedy Rebounding. The series follows a dude who is recuperating after the death of his fiancée with the help of his pickup basketball buddies. Michalka will play a girlfriend of one of the friends. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cosby mom Phylicia Rashad has been cast in NBC's drama pilot Do No Harm. The Jekyll-and-Hyde-ish show features a doctor with a crazy alter ego. Rashad will play the chief of surgery at the hospital. Clair Huxtable, where you been all these years? And can you please make a cameo on Community as Andre's mom? [TV Guide]

... Elizabeth Perkins is joining ABC's comedy pilot How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, officially the season's most annoying TV show title. She'll play the mother of a woman (Sarah Chalke) who is forced to move back in with her parents after a divorce. Canada's Jon Dore is in this show. He's awesome. Just thought you should know. [TV Line]

... Christopher Lloyd, the Back to the Future Christopher Lloyd not the Modern Family Christopher Lloyd, has been cast in ABC's pilot Only Fools and Horses. It's based on a British show about two brothers who come up with crazy get-rich-quick schemes with their kooky grandfather. Lloyd is playing the grandfather, like duh, obviously. One of the brothers will be played by John Leguizamo. How they're planning on selling him as being related to Christopher Lloyd will be one of television's greatest challenges. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cary Elwes has joined the ABC pilot Prairie Dogs, a comedy about a man (Kal Penn) who has his identity stolen and then asks the thief for advice about making his own life better after the thief does more with his identity than he ever did. Wow, I can't believe I explained that goofy premise in one sentence. Elwes will play an eccentric co-worker of the main character. [EW]

... David Arquette continues to get work somehow. Next, he'll appear in ABC's The Smart One, a comedy pilot starring Portia de Rossi and Malin Akerman about two sisters, one of whom is mayor. Arquette must have found a seven-leafed clover or something, because he's one of the luckiest men in the world. [TV Line]


NBC HAS A STICK UP ITS ASS NEWS

... A Community fan has been prepping a web series based on Inspector Spacetime, a a fake TV-show-within-a-TV-show with the second show being Community. NBC doesn't like this and has sent the guy a cease and desist letter. Instead of scrapping the project, he's just renamed it Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. Everyone on the count of three, let's give NBC the Finger. 1, 2, FINGER! [io9]


SUMMER FLING NEWS

... NBC is borrowing the Canadian series Saving Hope for its summer schedule. The drama is about a hospital and some ghosts or something, and stars Smallville's Erica Durance. [Deadline Hollywood]


DON'T TRAVEL TO THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS NEWS

... The next edition of MTV's The Real World will be set in the U.S. Virgin Islands, putting obvious jokes on a tee for all of us to take hacks at. [THR]


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Hmmm...........



"....in ABC's pilot Only Fools and Horses. It's based on a British show about two brothers who come up with crazy get-rich-quick schemes with their kooky grandfather."



This show was a LOT more than that.

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Okay after seeing Elwes play Despereaux on Psych I think they should recast Prairie Dogs and have him be the thief instead of a random co-worker.
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Matthew Perry <3, I hope they listen to the Community fan, Inspector Spacetime :3
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Prairie Dogs has my attention..liking the cast..but doesnt it sound like a better movie idea??
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Prairie Dogs sounds like that episode of Friends when Monica had her identity stolen...
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YAY my favorite actor MATthew PErry !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
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Cary Elwes? YAY!
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I am dreading the US remake of Only Fools and Horses, it is a British institution loved by almost everyone here in the UK and ran for about 20 years all told. Plus there can only ever be one Del Boy and that it David Jason.
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Well I would check out 6 of those shows simply due to knowing the actors...
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"Go On" writers are powerstreaming through old episodes of "Dear John" lifting scripts.
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"Everyone on the count of three, let's give NBC the Finger. 1, 2, FINGER!"



On the count of three, everybody who writes about the TV industry, learn something about the TV industry. 1, 2... eh, who am I kidding?

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Apparently Michael Shanks is also in Saving Hope (well, initially, apparently he ends up in a coma). Regardless, I'll watch ANYTHING that Erica Durance is in - even an episode of Charlie's Angles.



Is it just me or is NBC trying to systematically remove anything that's fun from our lives? B*stards.



I agree with you that A) Amy Smart would be torn apart in prison and B) David Arquette is the luckiest SOB currently walking this earth.



I'm really looking forward to The Smart One.
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I like Matthew Perry, so I'm all for him trying another show... all the best of luck to him.



I also like Amy Smart and it'll be nice to see her regularly on TV. Cool premise too.
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it is DEL BOY not just del...They will fuck it up
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Wow, a lot of relatively famous people are going to be on tv. Good for them. Also, I am still very much so upset about Mr. Sunshine not getting a chance. I liked that one. "Mr. Sunshine yaaaaay..."
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If you want to see an excellent Jekyll miniseries again BBC and the great Steven Moffat behind Doctor Who and Sherlock did Jekyll before it And its glorious.
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How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life: that has 12 words in the title. Really!?! Wonder how many other shows have that many or close to that?



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So Amy Smart, Chandler and Mrs Huxtable? NBC. What can I say that I haven't said previously in ridicule. On the plus side. Maybe while trying to get these recognized names on their network. Maybe they will spend too much money and go bankrupt or at least have to sell Community to a worthy cable network to recoup all of their losses. Because aside from the Amy Smart show (for obvious reasons) none of those sound good. At all.
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Actually, I can't stop imagining Amy Smart in a women's prison.
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Hey more casting news! Leah Remini was cast in White Van Man! :)
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That title is a punch line. Not in a good way.
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In other Casting-related news, John de Lancie ('Q' from Star Trek) is going to be on The Secret Circle starting in Episode 19, and he's playing the role as another Elder (like in Charmed!), but this time he is Jake's grandfather and a powerful witch with some disturbing new information on what happened 16 years ago.



Also looking forward to seeing "Saving Hope" over the Summer!
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