News Briefs: NBC Dumps Saving Hope to the Web

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NBC IS CRAZY NEWS

... NBC has pulled Saving Hope from its schedule with two episodes left to air in the drama's first season. The slightly supernatural medical drama starring Erica Durance's gorgeousness had already been jettisoned off to Saturday nights, but now it's been banished to the internet, where its final two episodes will air. This doesn't apply to Canada, where the show has already been renewed for a second season. 'Mericans, you can watch the final two episodes once they've aired in Canada on NBC.com, or if you are a true fan, you could move to Canada and watch them sooner. You are a true fan, aren't you? [TV Line]

... NBC won't rest until The Voice is in your face 24 hours a day, and the network has taken the next step in accomplishing that torture by expanding the series' Season 3 premiere to three nights next week. Episodes will air Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a total of four hours (if my calculations are correct) in three days. It's not just to piss you off, either. The expansion to Wednesday means that The Voice will air opposite the season premiere of Fox's The X Factor because NBC is a dick. [TV Line]

... But wait, there's more! To grab extra eyeballs for the premiere of its new comedy The New Normal, NBC is moving The New Normal up a day to Monday, following The Voice. A new episode of The New Normal will air the following night in the show's regular Tuesday slot. That means Grimm gets bumped from its Monday night tryout a week early and will return to its Friday night timeslot in late September. The late scheduling might cause problems for NBC to get the word out, but I'm sure all the viewers of NBC's Sunday Night Football will appreciate the millions of ads telling them when a comedy about a gay couple trying to have a baby will air. [HitFix]


BUSINESS TIME

... Speaking of football, former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will host TNT's The Hero, a new reality show. The premise is this wacky idea: Ten people in a house will be given tests and trials that measure their brains and brawn to see who can be the best true hero. Seriously, that's what the show is. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bravo has renewed The Rachel Zoe Project for a second season. Let's all congratulate Rachel Zoe while we Google her to see who she is! [NBC via press release]

... This sounds kinda rad: FX is developing a drama called Downtown Dragons about Triad gangsters in New York's Chinatown. Yes, it will be all hand-to-hand martial arts. And in order to set up this preposterous situation, the story goes like this... "Rival gangsters must rely upon traditional fighting techniques to maintain their territories after the triad bosses ban all firearms in the area following a bloody shootout." [Deadline Hollywood]

... Justified showrunner Graham Yost is a busy man these days, and he just got busier. Yost is working with NBC on L.A. Woman, a drama about a female spy in the 1970s. In addition to Justified, Yost is the executive producer of FX's recently picked-up The Americans, also a period piece about spies. Hey Graham, save some TV for us! [THR]

... Awake creator and TV.com favorite Kyle Killen is back at it again, selling his latest project to ABC. Influence is a drama about two brothers who are very different. One is a bipolar genius with a background in human psychology and the other is a fast-talking ex-convict, and together they form an agency that solves clients' problems through manipulation and mind games. Congratulations, Kyle! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The Finder's Geoff Stults will recur on Fox's upcoming Ben & Kate. He'll play a romantic interest of Kate's starting in the Halloween episode, because he's everyone's romantic interest. [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO's Girls has added Rita Wilson to its next season. Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, will play Marnie's wife. No word on when Wilson's daughter will get a role on the show. [Hollywood.com]

... Whitney has added Tone Bell to its cast! He'll play a character who I will never see because I will die before I watch this show. [TV Line]


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