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News Briefs: Sons of Anarchy Welcomes... Ashley Tisdale?

CASTING NEWS

... Sons of Anarchy is adding a high-priced escort character this season, and you'd think the show would get some hot slut actress who's been in softcore porn and beer commercials to play her. BUT NO. Former Disney star and High School Musical actress Ashley Tisdale will be the one wearing the stiletto heels and short skirts. Currently, Tisdale is booked for two episodes. Can't wait to see Opie rip her head off. [Deadline Hollywood]

... In slightly more appropriate casting news, Joseph Fiennes is in talks to join the second season of American Horror Story as the head of the institution for the criminally insane where the season takes place. And don't be surprised if you see Fiennes in stiletto heels and a short skirt, too. Fiennes previously starred in Ryan Murphy's failed pilot Pretty/Handsome, about a man going through the process of getting a sex change. [EW]

... It's a game of last woman standing on Last Man Standing! The show has fired actress Alexandra Krosney, who played eldest daughter Vanessa, for creative reasons and will recast the role. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... Disney XD (I still don't know what that is) has renewed its animated show Ultimate Spider-Man, probably because Disney knows the blockbuster movie of the same name is coming out any day now and more episodes will mean more opportunities for oblivious grandmas to buy Ultimate Spider-Man DVD sets thinking they're actually DVDs of the movie for their grandchildren. Stupid grandmas! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Congratulations, Game of Thrones! You have been stolen by nearly 4 million people each episode! TorrentFreak has announced that the HBO series was the most illegally downloaded show of the spring. That's a big chunk of its audience, too; the show averaged 10.4 million legal viewers. Supernatural also made the top 10 but probably wishes it hadn't. The CW drama was downloaded 1.5 million times per episode, just under its average audience of 1.8 million... Although I'm sure most of that is just fangirls downloading the episodes for screen captures to use in their Jensen Ackles shrines. [TorrentFreak]

... For some reason Lifetime is picking up a reality show from Lance Bass, the former N'Syncer. Celebrity Sellouts will follow celebrities as they sell junk from their houses. Since when is it okay to let Lance Bass make TV shows? [Deadline Hollywood]

... This Hatfields and McCoys craze is INTENSE! In the wake of the successful History miniseries and news of Charlize Theron's NBC drama project, some producers are hatching a plan for a reality competition series that will pit descendants of the feuding families against each other. [Associated Press]

... Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell finally has a premiere date. The show, which sees the chef yell at hotel owners until they bend to his will, will premiere August 13 on Fox. [Deadline Hollywood]

... More Last Man Standing news! The ABC comedy has a new showrunner: Tim Doyle. Sorry, Tim! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Dan Harmon is having a meeting with FX, presumably about something television-related. [Dan Harmon's Twitter]


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"Although I'm sure most of that is just fangirls downloading the episodes for screen captures to use in their Jensen Ackles shrines"



lol, I mean what else could it be? There's no reason to actually save those episodes these days.
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I would LOVE it if GoT would set up an international option for buying per-episode. I'm in Australia and dont have cable (it is a lot less common here than in the States), but even so local cable is wayyy behind on airing it. DVDs don't come out for ages after the show is on... but if I could purchase each ep as it came out for a couple bucks, I would happily do it! I wouldn't do it for many shows, but GoT is worth it!

We have the interwebs for a reason - take advantage of it!
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Joseph Fiennes may be on AHS' next season?

Hm, well, that is good news IF U HATE AHS AND WANT IT AXED ASAP.

Please Ryan, cast someone else, this guy is pure TV-poison!
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I want minute-by-minute details of Dan Harmon's day at this point, that meeting needs to have every microsecond documented, every nuance must be carefully examined! I want to know what every person in that room was digesting at that time!!!
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I hope it's a TV show!
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Kitchen Nightmares made sense that Ramsay would yell at proprieters, they're in the same business as him and they make every restaurant look bad by pulling what they do. But what does he have to do with hoteliers? Is Hotel Hell the beginning of a trend to have Gordon Ramsay start screaming at other jobs? What's next, "Dress Shop Disasters"?
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I completely agree.



I consider myself one of Ramsay's biggest fans, but I will not watch this.



You're an expert on restaurants and cooking, Chef. You are not God's gift to the world on every topic.
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Lance Bass was hilarious when he was on Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D List, he's kind of awesome in his own silly way. If it weren't Lifetime, I'd probably watch that show.
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I think Disney XD is "Extreme Disney" since it's all action shows. At first I thought it was a smiley, but that's more a laughing smiley which makes no sense in this case.
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if it's a good show, people will buy the dvds. i think that's what's matter. and yes, a lot of illegal downloads come from people who don't live in USA. maybe they should come up with a system like itunes store to sell episodes. i'm from portugal and i don't get all the tv series on my portuguese cable. it's getting better every year, but still... if they sold each episode for like one dollar (only to international people, national go tune your tv), i think the illegal downloads would go lower and they would profit.
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Why isn't everyone jumping on her case the way people are for Miley Cyrus trying to shed HER image? Double standard, much? Personally, I'm glad that AT is taking the chance.
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Well I must say... Last year Ashley Tisdale complained about how she was tired of the world seeing her as a "Disney kid"... Well finally this is a step in the right direction!
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The movie is The Amazing Spiderman, not Ultimate Spiderman.
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again, Grandma won't know the difference
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Supernatural should be happy about that 1.8 million, where Game of Thrones can be downloaded by anyone here because they don't have hbo, the people who are downloading Supernatural rather than watching it for free here are abroad, and don't want to wait for sky to pick it up! well, and maybe some fan girls too! I used to download it when I lived in Italy, and I'm not a fangirl...
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I'm kind of excited about the Ashley Tisdale casting on SoA, depending on how much she is willing to really commit and shed her Disney roots.
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I don't think she will need to shed her Disney roots entirely, because she's very talented and she has demonstrated that she can do just about any part. Who knows, her part might be a funny part (let's face it, when it comes to comedy, she's one fo the best). I'm not a big fan of SoA, but I'll definitely watch the two episodes where she's going to show up.
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Ashley Tisdale on SoA = awesome!
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I actually like the fact that Ashley is signed for two episodes of Sons of Anarchy. It will be fun to see her in a show such as that one. Good call guys!
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I can honestly say I didn't once illegally download Game of Thrones. Not ONCE! ;)
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Soooo..... more than once then?
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I can honestly say I downloaded each episode of Game of Thrones. EVERY ONE OF THEM !
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Is Ashley Tisdale another sign that Sons of Anarchy will continue down the road of becoming more of a Network-TV friendly show, like we saw in the cop-out season finale last time, or will it surprise us and go back to its hardcore roots?



time will tell



"I promise to treat you like my leathers and ride you as much as my Harley."
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"cop-out" (pun intended)
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high priced escort isn't a typical hooker, so I expect it to be something like Secret Diary of a Call Girl, but it isn't that big a surprise to me, she was on Hellcats, which while it wasn't cable or anything it wasn't something Disney would like. and she's also supposed to be in the new Scary Movie 5 which will be even worst than cable.



not a fan of Spider-Man, but as long as they keep going with The Avengers then it's fine
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Sorry to break it to you, but Marvel already announced that Avengers was being cancelled so that they can make a NEW Avengers cartoon starting next year. On the plus side, Young Justice is still a better show.
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oh well, atleast it's The Avengers.. and too bad I don't like DC universe.. or Cartoon Network..
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I can't wait for an announcement on the Dan Harmon/FX thing if that comes to be. It'd be a great pairing. Imagine that with Louie during the summer 2013.
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I wonder if Last Man's daughter's son is gone too since he disappeared in the last few shows.



Disney XD used to be Toon Disney where Disney put most, if not all, its old animated shows plus some others. I think "X" stands for "extreme" and D for, ya know...
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it used to be Toon Disney but it's not all animated shows now. now it's basically Disney Channel for boys, so a better name would've been Disney XY
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The Torrentfreak report is accurate. Shows with Sci-fi elements are big to downloaders.



Joseph Fiennes. YES PLEASE
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Hmm... I didn't know that sci-fi shows are popular to downloaders. Thanks for that fact! :)
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Ashley Tisdale?!? Really? I'm not too hopeful about this, but maybe some of Kurt Sutter's awesomeness will rub off on her.



Joseph Fiennes would be an outstanding addition to American Horror Story!
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I for one am certain Ashley Tisdale will make an excellent whore.

And don't call grandmas stupid and oblivious.

My mothers mother was a grandma.

My dads too now i think about it.



Yours sincerely,

Jensen Ackles fangirl,

McNoodz
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Also, AHS fans. If you want to get a jump on next season. I can recommend some horror movies that took place in asylums that Murphy will more than likely steal from.
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Who the heck is Ashley Tisdale? Disney? Seriously?And here I thought that it couldn't get any worse than not killing Clay and the whole BS about the CIA in the finale. While I trust Sutter for the most part to create a compelling story. That trust is evaporating at an ever increasing rate.
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The ending to season 4 was a copout, but I wasn't surprised. The Shield, which is another show Sutter worked on, pulled tricks like that. You think something big was going to happen, but then nothing happened by pulling a Dexter.
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Kristin is the name of the eldest daughter on Last Man Standing, Vanessa is the mom.
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