News Briefs: Netflix Is About to Nab a Horror Series from Eli Roth, Jennifer Beals Joins Castle

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

… Netflix is close to ordering 13 episodes of its own horror series, Hemlock Grove, from Eli Roth. It’s based on a not-yet-published novel by Brian McGreevy, and the story “re-imagines everything it means to be a monster as reflected in the struggle to be human.” Sounds like Being Human, but gothier. [Deadline]

Eva Longoria has sold a legal drama to The CW. (Pause for laughter.) The show, called Vega v. Vega, is about a “a brilliant, young, successful lawyer who suddenly finds herself forced to go into a practice with her mother.” Don’t worry, Eva isn’t writing it. Yahlin Chang, who has written for Pan Am and Dirty Sexy Money, is. [THR]

… At long last, Budweiser and ABC have come together to bring the world a reality show. I know that I now feel better about the world. Don’t you? [Variety]

… No one seems to be particularly interested in another reality show from the Palins, but they're shopping one anyway: This one would follow Todd Palin and “his career as a championship snowmobile racer.” TLC and A&E; have already passed. But it sounds so fascinating! [THR]


RATINGS AND CANCELLATIONS NEWS

Once Upon a Time could be in trouble: The fairytale show hit a series low on Sunday for the third week in a row. It’s down 9 percent from last week in the 18-49 demo. [Deadline]

… All your favorite holiday specials have been cha-chinging network registers. Guess TV execs have been nice, not naughty this year. (Except NBC, obviously.) [Variety]

… Lifetime has canceled Against the Wall, y’all. It’s hard out there for a female TV cop. [Cinemablend]


CASTING NEWS

… Excitement in daytime drama land! Lisa Rinna is returning to Days of Our Lives to reprise her role as Billie Reed. [THR]

… What a feelin’! Jennifer Beals has signed on for a two-part arc on Castle. If you aren’t of fan of The L Word of old, you might not know who she is. Rent Flashdance. It was kind of a big deal in its day. [TV Guide]


UNFORTUNATE FORMER TV STAR NEWS

Gary Dourdan, former CSI star, has faced a steady stream of legal troubles involving drug possession and domestic violence. Now his Venice home is at risk of foreclosure after he missed a mortgage payment of $61,558.90. That’s a lot of money when you’re not on a hit CBS procedural anymore. (His character was killed off in 2008.) [TMZ]

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I hope OUAT doesn't go the way of Firefly. A great show with lots of love but bad ratings... it's always such a sad thing.
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once upon a time in trouble? I'm surprised considering all the hype it's getting.
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they should also put a stop to all those CSI someone-died-we-have to-know-how series..too much of that, not original at all (bones, csi, the mentalist, criminal minds, ect ect ect..)
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once upon a time had it coming...just by the title itself
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Wasn't Netflix going to buy The Event as well?
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Maybe sunday is not the right night for Once Upon a Time. It is a great show but maybe the night is just wrong. However, I could see why it was placed there. Sunday is ABC's disney night and has been for years. It used to air the Wonderful World of Disney in that slot. That slot was fine for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition but maybe a scripted show belongs on a weeknight. It is too bad Pushing Daisies is not still on because it would have been a great show to pair with Once Upon a Time.
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It would do worse on another night. Right now it's up against the somewhat tiring Simpsons with its follow-up Allen Gregory failure, a reality show on CBS, or some CW repeat/local affiliate program. The only real competition is NBC's football and possible original cable stuff like Walking Dead.
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Man, The CW is really scraping the bottom of the barrel with Eva Longoria's show.



Once Upon a Time will bounce back. Pretty much everything the past few weeks has seen a drop in viewership.
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It wasn't an earth-shattering cop-series, but I kinda liked 'Against The Wall', same goes with the already cancelled 'Prime Suspect'. But then a procedural doesn't make it nowadays when it's not earth-shattering good.
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I'm not surprised about Once Upon a Time. I've been watching it. I do like it but it's not as interesting as when you first see it.
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I still can't get over the fact that Eva Longoria makes just as much as Tina Fey... What is wrong with the world?
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That whole development news was a huge buzz kill.
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"At long last, Budweiser and ABC have come together to bring the world a reality show"

Announcer: "That right folks!! Beer goggles. They make ANY show better!! "
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Since legal dramas are completely outside of the CW's niche I am going to assume that you've forgotten to include the show's full description about a well-dressed vampire lawyer with an evil twin sister who's wanted by a secret society.



More importantly, if something happens to Once Upon a Time I will lose my mind. It's the season's best new drama and it's a breath of fresh air amongst an over representation of legal, medical and procedural shows. Don't take away my fairy tales!
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Once Upon A Time had nearly 9 million total viewers. ANY show on network TV that gets 10 million viewers is a success. A cable series would need half that. The 18-49 demographic is offensively discriminatory and people should really begin to speak out against it and also because it's an unnecessary myth created by the networks that they have come to believe in that older folks do not buy cars, clothing, toothpaste, stiff for their kids.grandkids, etc. TV.com should also stop this practice.



Also, it appears it may be doing better than that Extreme Makeover show in hat time slot, so it's not going anywhere unless ratings go below 6 or 7 million.



That said OUAT is not a bad show, but not a great one either, and something that should have been thought through more starting with getting rid of Henry altogether. It's not because, as some feel, he's annoying, but he's ruined the show's wonder and discovery of what's going on by being a pointless, walking, whining, spoiler.
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I was with you regarding the importance of demographics, then I disagreed with you about OUAT not being a "great" show then I was with you again regarding Henry.



I think the show has its faults, it's not perfect but I do think that it is a great concept and it is executed in a wonderful way. But hey, different strokes for different folks.
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So true about the demographics. The whole rating system is actually really flawed. With today's technology I'm sure it could be fixed.
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Netflix needs all the content it can get, good or bad.

Everyone who is a Disney or a Lost fan, needs to be watching Once Upon a Time. It helps if you are fans of both, like me.
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I don't know how much more I can take. First Community (the best comedy on TV) gets unceremoniously shelved. Then I hear through the grapevine (my grapevine is TV.com's News Briefs) Fringe might not get picked up for a 5th season. Now Once Upon a Time is struggling as well. I'm getting precariously close to my breaking point. I've been a devout agnostic my entire life but atheism is starting to make a lot more sense lately.



In other news: Eva Longoria as "a brilliant, young, successful lawyer" - HAHAHAHA! No, but seriously, if Rachel Bilson can be a surgeon then I guess anything goes.
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There's nothing in Seth's blurb suggesting that Eva Longoria is starring in the show, and the blurb explicitly says someone else is writing it. For all you know, she could be playing the mother, or the show could be produced by her production company, with Longoria not appearing on screen at all. You and Seth both seem to making judgements based on no evidence. Maybe the writers on this site should try watching a show before critiquing it.
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Eva Longoria? Legal drama? Brilliant, successful lawy -- Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Snore.
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . .
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