News Briefs: Rashida Jones Has Ladyballs


LOOKS WHO GREW A PAIR!

Rashida Jones, who is departing Parks and Recreation midway through Season 6, is developing a dramedy for The CW with her sister, Kidada Jones. The series, titled Ladyballs, revolves around two friends who have been estranged for a while, but are reunited when they realize they've been dating the same guy. So they decide to humiliate him on the internet instead of just argue-singing about it, and when the video goes viral, they make the truly American decision to turn the idea into a business.  [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... Speaking of The CW, the network sure were busy today. It's currently developing a Fame-esque series with Fame star Debbie Allen. The project will be set in Los Angeles, not New York, to set it apart from the original. Apparently the lack of '80s fashion wasn't enough. [THR]

... Sylvester Stallone is in talks to join a potential TV series based on his hit movie franchise Rambo. The project, from Entertainment One and Nu Image, is still in the early stages, but Stallone would work with the show on a creative level and could potentially reprise his iconic role. I don't really want to be the person to say this, but isn't it about time we stopped with the remakes, and the sequels, and the adaptations? Have we seriously run out of all the good ideas already? Oh wait, just kidding, we still have Ladyballs[THR]

... Comedians Andy Samberg and Aziz Ansari will have the opportunity to poke fun at James Franco when the actor/director/artist/author/worst-Oscars-host-ever appears on Comedy Central for a roast in his honor. Call me crazy, but I just don't feel like James Franco has done nearly enough in his life to earn a Comedy Central Roast. [Entertainment Weekly]

... Seriously? Of course this would happen now that I said that. You can add television host to that list of Franco's titles, because he's set to host a TV series about art on Ovation TV. Titled James Franco Presents, the series is a one-hour, 10-part series in which Franco will explore the world of art, from his gallery exhibits to his students’ films. It'll also involve a bunch of other stuff that he thinks is important, like his own video diaries. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Disney made a string of announcements today, starting with a Season 4 renewal for the live-action comedy series Kickin' It, which will premiere in 2014. Meanwhile, Season 2 of Disney's hit series Dog With a Blog will premiere September 20 at 8:30pm with an episode about the first day of school. I'm so far out of the target demographic for these shows that I'm pretty sure To Catch a Predator would be at my door if I watched them, so if you have anything to add here, let me know. [Disney via press release]

... Syfy is continuing to expand its reality programming slate with Camera Ready, an all-new reality competition series about costume designers stretching their imaginations as they compete in challenges to create outfits for film, television, and music videos. I really hope they ask this woman to compete, because her Sharknado costume was awesome. [Syfy via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black's critical darling, will guest-star on NBC's Parks and Recreation as a love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford. She'll appear in the fifth and sixth episodes of Season 6. Something tells me she's more than capable of handling Pawnee's biggest man-boy. After all, once you cut off a man's tail, there's really nothing you can't do. [THR]

... It's a big day for Orphan Black actors, because Dylan Bruce has joined Lifetime's new Flowers in the Attic adaptation alongside Kiernan Shipka and Heather Graham. He'll play Bartholomew “Bart” Winslow, the husband of Graham's Corinne. Flaunting Hot Paul in my face might be the only way to get me to watch this—bravo, Lifetime. [TV Line]

... Omari Hardwick (Dark Blue, Breakout Kings) has landed the lead in Starz's new original series Power, about a Manhattan nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite in a number of ways. In addition to running his after-hours establishment, Hardwick's character, James "Ghost" St. Patrick, also leads the most lucrative drug network in New York. Oh, and the best part? The series is from executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. I bet you want to watch it now, huh? [Starz via press release]

... Hey, Chuck fans, listen up: Morgan Grimes is finally returning to your TV sets. Joshua Gomez, who played the terribly endearing best friend of Chuck Bartowski on NBC's fan-favorite series, is guest-starring on the sixth season of Castle as a murder suspect who claims to have traveled from the future to prevent a cataclysmic event. Which, I guess, is probably better than trying to explain the Intersect. [TV Line]

... Stephen O’Reilly and Kimiko Glenn have been cast in Season 2 of Orange Is the New Black. O'Reilly will play Christopher, the fiancé of Lorna (Yael Stone) who was discussed throughout Season 1 but never seen, and Glenn will play someone named Brooke Soso. [Deadline Hollywood]


REQUIRED READING

Former Lost writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has some great tips to help you determine whether you're watching something that's actually good, or something that's just supposed to look like it's actually good. Ray Donovan, Low Winter Sun, he's talking about you.

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I remember when they used to have roasts for important people. Now it seems anyone can get roasted if they ask for one. James Franco does not deserve to be roasted but chances are I'll watch it anyway because the comedians spend more time making jokes on each other than do about the roastee.
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Christopher is real? Awesome!
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First and foremost, thank you for supplying me with a video featuring Moesha.
2. I just can't get behind anything Rashida does.
3. I want Sly to stop. Just stop everything.
4. I don't get the love for James Franco.
5. Dammit Franco just when I thought I was out you pull me back in. Of course I'll watch a show that explores art.
6. Tatiana Maslany, I will follow you anywhere.
7. Screw you Starz... Should have stayed with Boss
8&9 I can't get into Castle even for Morgan, and Orange is the New Black I don't care who you add to the cast just make it fast and put out the second season NOW!
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Also, thanks for the article. For those who don't wish to read, here's the bottom line to know if you're watching good tv;
"- are you watching a story so entertaining or thought/emotion provoking that you don’t care what anybody else thinks of the show, or what the producers were going for, or have to go on the internet to figure out what you thought of what you just watched? quality tv."
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I love Orphan Black and would love to see TatMas on Parks and Recreation!!!
And Joshua Gomez will guest on Castle!!! Yay!!!! If only Adam Baldwins character Detective Slaughter from gang squad was in the episode then it would be a mini-Chuck reunion!!!
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"- are you watching a story so entertaining or thought/emotion provoking that you don’t care what anybody else thinks of the show, or what the producers were going for, or have to go on the internet to figure out what you thought of what you just watched? quality tv."

That's the only things that matters after all.
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Sorry Rashida Jones, that show idea sounds like a movie idea, not a series. In fact, it sounds slightly like Norm MacDonald's movie "Dirty Work".

Ha ha, no Sly, that isn't going to be a show, run for your career's life from that idea.

Wait, James Franco hasn't done enough to earn a CC Roast, but Pam Anderson HAS?!?

The real question is, will Joshua Gomez still be sporting his Morgan Grimes beard when he returns from the future?

Thanks for the link on Javier's tips to "quality tv" vs quality tv, good stuff there! I just mentally applied it to lesser shows though, and it tears them to shreds: USA's Suits - quality tv. USA's Covert Affairs - "quality tv". Erp, sorry Covert Affairs, that's what my instincts had been telling me so now it's confirmed, time to take a hike.
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It's not that all the good ideas are taken, it's just that Hollywood lost their Ladyballs and stopped taking risks.
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So since the redo of the Fame movie didn't completely bomb, they're gonna try and do the show again too? Yay originality!
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Thanks, Grillo-Marxuach! NOW I know "quality tv". I mean "quality" tv. Aehm, I mean quality "tv". No, wait, I mean quality tv "." What?!?
I'm totally against any guest appearance of Maslany on any show. Only leads, and when Orphan Black is over she should make herself really rare and only participate in very artistically ambitious projects or shockingly high-paid mini roles. She should basically become a female Marlon Brando.
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Call me crazy, but I just don't feel like James Franco has done nearly enough in his life to earn a Comedy Central Roast.

You are totally SANE.
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Pam Anderson, Flavor Flav, Hasselhoff. All CC Roastees, nobody questions their roasts despite them being fairly whatevs. I think the real reason you and Kaitlin are calling this out is due to his household name recognition being lower.
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His name recognition isn't lower to me. I actually questioned ALL of those roasts beause, well, REALLY? Flavor Flav? But James Franco is so young. I would think he has a few years left before a roast is the next step. That was my thought.
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Then honestly, the issue is that it's Comedy Central, they have no gravitas and just take whomever they can get. Franco is 35 and has had a career long enough to be a household name, he ruined the Oscars with his phoned in hosting but either way it's out there in the public eye, he cut off his own arm in a film, he got stoned a few times, he went on a soap opera after being a movie star, went back to school, people recognize that. Plus, they could get him. ;-)
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Well, you are right, and he has done WAY more than make a sex video... and run in a bathing suit.
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"- are you watching a story so entertaining or thought/emotion provoking that you don’t care what anybody else thinks of the show, or what the producers were going for, or have to go on the internet to figure out what you thought of what you just watched? quality tv."

So..."Felicity" was quality tv? Score!
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Rashida is also playing Hotwire on The Awesomes...
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The Rambo thing... the only reason I can think of is the concept of generic-action-star attracts more attention if it's called by a familiar title.

The Rambo films weren't that unique of a concept: it was just a generic action movie thing. Sure, some of First Blood had some interesting themes: Vets from that war being spit-on for dying for their country, in a time when the mere concept of PTSD wasn't acknowledged let-alone treated, etc.

But overall: why continue the franchise like this? The rest was just a bad-arse strong-man killing bad guys.
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Judging by the Javier Grillo-Marxuach (what a name) blog post, "Lost" was neither quality-TV nor quality-TV
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Zing!
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Tatiana Maslany = Respect
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I think Joshua Gomez should be hired to play Charlie's (Charlie Day) long lost brother on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Joshua's character could be the complete opposite of Charlie (I know, standard plot twist); smart, level-headed and caring, essentially a complete Mr. Nice.
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Ladyballs sounds amazing!
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Almost as amazing as Kidada!
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What about the Chuck movie ???
any word on that ???
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Why? I don't understand this, the show said what it said, what more needs to be expressed? When Zach Levi suggested a Kickstarter a la Veronica Mars, that was the first thought I had: why?
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I think the fans just want to know for sure whether Sarah remembered it all and they're actually together or not, because it ended ambiguously on that note
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In the scheme of things, the ending shouldn't spell everything out, it should allow the ending to breathe and let fans think about where it goes. It said they were going to be together and everything was going to be ok, that they had a whole new path ahead of them. That "whole new path" means that the essence of the show was in their wake, it was behind them, so I just don't get the idea of a movie saying anything really vital that the show missed.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iALCy2qKkEY
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkxpRYOSdjg
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Good (and brief) article from Grillo-Marxuach there. Thanks for the link.
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Love the Tatiana Maslany news. Ann who?

That said, I've been pretty excited about some sitcom cameos in the past and been let down - notably Timothy Olyphant & Idris Elba on The Office. Two episodes is such a short time period to establish a character and pay it off in a satisfying way.
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Incidentally, 'To Catch a Predator' has been cancelled.
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I don't want to live in a world where we only get to make fun of James Franco on a roast.. his whole career is a roast. and his show sounds like utter crap.

I'm 50/50 on Tatiana Maslany guesting on P&R, she's awesome.. but Aziz Ansari gets on my laaast nerve. but more of her is a good thing, so I'll tip the scales to 51/49 just for her :p
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if andy samberg and aziz ansari are headlining roasters I guess the 13-20 year old demographic will be stoked. I enjoy them on their respective shows but I can't really imagine them bringing the burns. and to watch franco have his own-head-stuffed-ass handed to him would be the only reason I'd give it a watch.

why in the world would you credit omari hardwick for breakout kings in which he had a single episode role? confused the crap out of me and I had to IMDB him. and while he's no logan marshal green I did enjoy him in dark blue. not enough to watch something from 50 cent most likely though.

Like a Lost writer has any room to talk.. though ray donovan's a disappointment for sure. low winter sun I still haven't bothered to give a chance to.

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Is it me, or does the required reading flame "Breaking Bad", "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" because, they all suffer from those same problems.
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The Required Reading is simply brilliant and applies to so many shows today. Under the Dome, I'm looking at you.
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Several of his points immediately made me think of The Killing.
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One thing I hate about reading this site, is when the staff makes fun of shows that I do like, like actually enjoy watching/think is good TV, not shows like America's Next Top Model, which I know is really bad but watch for fun, it makes me feel dumb for liking it because they get paid to watch TV and know best or something. :(
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Different tastes are what make the world interesting, if we all agreed we'd have nothing to talk about. Tim comes down hard on Franklin & Bash, I watch it and feel like it's a bummer he pushes so much hate without giving it a chance first, but he's just one guy and it's just his opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. Then again, he's also not entirely wrong, F&B is not that good a show, just because I like something doesn't automatically make it good.
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I'm a fan of the Following, and i know others who are the same. Don't let these guys influence you. There are things they say are good that i find boring as hell and other things i love, they hate. What i grow tired of seeing is reviewers who hate something, reviewing it. I'm not asking for someone who drools over a show to review it, but if you hate it that much, stop reviewing it. I gave up reading some reviews because the writers hate the show and they see things that i personally do not see and read more into it like it is supposed to be art and not entertainment.
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I watch and genuinely like plenty of shows that a lot of people consider to be terrible.
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haha, you reminded me of the time I was watching an art thing and the guy was talking about the use of darker tones to indicate this or that and evoke whatever emotion... and I was just thinking: "It looks silly." lol
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Yeah, don't. It's all still just an opinion, even though the reviewers here may have a better knowledge base from which to base their opinions. I've enjoyed Low Winter Sun too, although I can see where people can be disappointed. Don't let them affect what tv you like or don't like, just argue with them.
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Maybe Tatiana Maslany will be playing 8 different characters in Parks and Rec
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Tatiana should have been booked for a whole season of Parks and Rec, a different character every episode.
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I'm going to read that required reading, but before I do I want to state that I actually DO like Low Winter Sun, I just hate the name...
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that required reading thing makes no sense. I read the things and it gives you no clue as to what that person considers quality tv or not. It just comes off as bad sarcasm.
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The final paragraph is what he thinks makes quality tv, as it doesn't have quotation marks. But to be honest, I don't think that a lost writer can preach about what does and does not make quality TV.
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