News Briefs: Syfy Orders Ronald Moore's Helix to Series

BUSINESS TIME

... Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore (that hair... it's... glorious!) is heading back to Syfy with Helix, a new science-fiction project ordered to series today. Moore will executive produce the program, which has this delightful logline: "Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation." Fun! No parts have been cast, but Syfy expects to launch the 13-episode season later this year. [Syfy via press release

... IFC stands for Independent Film Channel, but perhaps they should change their name to Insanely Funny Comedy! Because they put out comedy! That's insane! And funny! And they're gonna keep on doing it with two new series: The Spoils of Babylon comes from Funny or Die people Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and is a parody of the epic family drama miniseries of the 1980s. Ferrell will star as an author whose novel has been adapted for television. IFC has ordered half a dozen half-hour episodes. The sketch-comedy show The Birthday Boys comes from the comedy troupe of the same name and will be produced by Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show) and Ben Stiller (Oh Come On You Know Who Ben Stiller Is). Odenkirk will also co-star, so this goes right onto my must-see list. To get an idea of who these so-called Birthday Boys are, head over to their YouTube channel, but be warned: You will be there for like the next seven hours. Or watch the sketch embedded below and save yourself six hours and 56 minutes. [IFC via press releases]



... The Disney Channel has ordered Star and the Forces of Evil, an animated comedy aimed at kids. The show follows Star Butterfly, a magical teen princess who is zapped to Earth to live with a regular family but also fights the forces of evil, be they monsters from other dimensions or jerks from school. The Middle's Eden Sher (Sue) will voice Star. Can I borrow someone's infant daughter so I have an excuse to watch this? [Disney Channel via press release]

... Some lunatics in Georgia are opening a real-life Mystic Grill—you know, the popular hangout from The Vampire Diaries—in the building that's used as the exterior of the fictional restaurant in the show. [Newton Citizen



CASTING NEWS

... Always-a-class-act Hope Davis (In Treatment) is joining the CBS pilot The Ordained. The drama follows the son of a powerful family who leaves the priesthood to join a top New York City law firm to help his sister stay unassasinated. Seriously, is this the best log line of the year OR WHAT? Davis will play the holy barrister's older sister. [TV Line]

... ABC's pilot The Returned, about a community that gets freaked out when the deceased return to the world of the living (not zombie-style, just back-from-the-dead-style) has added a pair to its cast. Omar Epps, last seen on House, will play an Immigration and Customs agent, and Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show's Red Forman) will play a man whose dead son returns. Don't mess this up ABC! Save the brain-eating for Season 3! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Joy Behar is leaving ABC's The View after 16 years. The View has been on for 16 years?!?!? Some kid who's currently learning to drive was born after The View started? Does this blow anyone else's mind? Anyway, Behar is leaving to pursue other projects where her yapping skills will be appreciated. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Judge Reinhold will make an appearance on CBS's Beverly Hills Cop, reuniting him with co-star Eddie Murphy. Reinhold played Billy Rosewood in the movie the show is based on, and in the update, Rosewood will have moved far up the police department ladder. [The Wrap]

... Entourage's Kevin Connelly ("Yo E! Should Vinny do the movie!?!?") has signed on for the CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives. The comedy stars James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker, and Connelly as part of a group of chums who are all envious of each others' lives. Connelly's character is a married gynecologist. And it was previously reported that JVDB's character is also a gynecologist. Either something is amiss here or this show is going to challenge 2 Broke Girls for "vagina" jokes. [EW]

... Eric Andre is hilarious. He's the centerpiece of The Eric Andre Show and he played Mark the barista in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and now he's been cast in an NBC comedy pilot about the dating lives of 20-somethings. This is below Andre's talent level, but as long as he's on TV I don't care. Ellen Woglom (Californication) will also play one of the dating 20-somethingers. [Deadline Hollywood]


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LOL! I LOVE the idea of a real-life Mystic Grill, but I'd be too scared to eat there.... :-)
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I'm still in denial about "Don't trust the B..."
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Sounds like a cross between The Andromeda Strain and that episode of The X-Files in the first season where Scully and Muldur have to get to the arctic.
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As long as [adult swim] continues to let Eric Andre do his deliciously insane talk show, I don't care what other bad career choices he makes.
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Is everyone still ignoring The Returned is Les Revenants?
Just asking...
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"to help his sister stay unassasinated."

??? Huh???
So alive or still dead, but not as an assassination...??? I'm not sure what that was supposed to mean :P
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Yeeeeey, sounds like another great show from Syfy. Let's hope this one doesn't get cancelled too. Syfy's original shows are usually great. :D

The Returned already sounds like a show to my taste! I will also try an episode of Beverly Hills Cop out of nostalgic reasons to see if it will be any good.
Friends... sounds like a really bad idea. Gynecologists? Seriously? I can already see all the pervy jokes coming from those guys.
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Tim, I know you have a life but please post the POI review:-)
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Helix doesn't sound too original but the dude with the glorious hair has an impressive résumé so it will be worth watching IMO.
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I don't think there's anything that could get me to watch another comedy about pretty 20-somethings going on dates.
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More Sci-Fi from Moore? Yes, please! And please bring back the goddess that is Tricia Helfer!
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Wait as the imbeciles currently programming SyFy who have made crap decision after crap decision finally decide to give the man who saved the building the first time another show. Always wanted to see what "Precinct 13" would have looked like but whatever. Ron Moore should have a show on television so this is awesome news.

No Eric No. Steer clear of NBC comedies that are still trying to replace "Friends" its a fool's mission and it'll be canceled quicker than the B was. Unless you're bringing Hannibal Buress along with you, stay away.
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But if SyFy uses up one of their prescious slots for a Ronald Moore show... that means they won't be able to air as many "reality" shows. THE HORROR.

Seriously: they need to maintain their list of scripted shows. Especially if Warehouse 13 only has another 1.5 seasons left.
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What happens to this network if "Defiance" fails miserably? They may never try another scripted show.
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Well, it's not like Defiance is the first one they've tried themselves. BUT it looks like the biggest undertaking they've attempted: it LOOKS like an expensive show compared to their past works.

Their scripted shows tend to last (at most) 5 seasons... supposedly that's when the contracts change and more of the financial burden is placed on them. They've had a bunch over the years varying from cheap to expensive, but Defiance looks it's the most expensive since BSG or Farscape.
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Be careful Mystic Grill is dangerous place to spend your time
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Ron Moore - '80s male fashion model and horror scifi show pitcher.

Omar Epps and Kurtwood Smith? That's a hell of a great cast right there already, but the premise seems difficult for me to get on board with.

Love me some Judge Reinhold appearing on Beverly Hills Cop, that's a step in the right direction! Now if he can spin that into episodes of Mock Trial with J. Reinhold, life will be better.

No no no Eric Andre, dating sitcoms are not for you! You are too awesome for that. That makes me sad. I'd rather watch episodes of him playing a pantomime French robber in Los Feliz for hours than see him get stuck on a failing pathetic NBC shitcom.
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Believe me, the logline for The Returned may sound confusing but it's actually pretty awesome, if it's anything like the original. Pretty happy it starts off with a great cast.
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"Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show's Red Forman) will play a man whose dead son returns."

But does he threaten to put a foot up his resurrected son's ass?

"Son, you don't have bad luck. The reason bad things happen to you? is because you're a dumbass."
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The Returned is sounding a lot like The 4400
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Which sounded a lot like J. Michael Straczynski's Rising Stars...
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Some (surprising) news from a few days ago that was overlooked: Ben McKenzie has been cast as the male lead in Bruno Heller's CBS pilot The Advocates. What could this mean for Southland...?

Check it out: http://www.deadline.com/2013/03/ben-mckenzie-to-topline-cbs-pilot-the-advocates-brit-morgan-to-co-star/
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I just found this comment--right after creating a thread on the "dead" forum area of this site. I love Southland and don't want it to be cancelled!
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With the way the ratings have been for Southland this season my guess would be that this is the last season we get. It's sad too because this season has been particularly good and it's hands down the best cop show on TV.
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I agree, and that's because they focus more on the characters instead of the dull "case of the week." TNT will be losing its best drama.
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I don't think there's enough about the characters. This is a case-of-the-week show that differs from procedurals only in that the episodes don't all follow the same formula. They're doing it very well, but it still can't compete with shows that have more of a story to tell.
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"but Syfy expects to launch the 13-episode season later this year." ... or maybe they'll just pull the plug... or maybe we'll see 1 season and then they'll replace it with "unicorn hunters"... sorry I won't watch ANYTHING on Syfy again ever ... at least not until Showtime buys them and changes their name back to Sci Fi... then hell ya.
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Here here!!! SyFy....stupidest name ever..



But I will watch Helix...
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Ronald D. Moore? CDC scientists? High-tech research facility? The Arctic? A terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation? Did I just reword that entire logline into a series of disjunctive questions? ...

YES! To all of it! BSG was like sweet TV crack to me, so if Ro-Mo has something even half as good with this new show, you know its only gonna end in rehab.
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It sounds like a great reality series. Each week one of the scientists is eliminated. They can have double-elimination competitions, and interviews with the cast. Sounds like a natural with all of SyFy's other reality shows.

In fairness, it doesn't really say that that it's a drama, or a reality series, or what.

(And hey, I like Faceoff. I even kinda liked Quantum Kitchen. And Robot Combat League is hilarious.)
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I spit out my soda because your comment made me laugh and almost choke
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i remember getting excited about blood and chrome bein announced as a series, that changed to a tele movie - i can see syfy screwing up helix in the same way
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Will Ferrell is not funny ever. It us a shame for what passes for talent in show business today
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Never has a truer thing been written.
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I'm glad someone else thinks so. I thought I was alone. Well, there's two of us at least....
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Three.
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How is Will Ferrell not funny? Not even when he threw the burrito at Jack Black?
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"Great Odin's raven!"
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Wrong.
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Helix sounds promising!
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Thanx for Moore's pic, Tim!
Now my nightmares have a face ...
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Just imagine that face making sweet, sweet love to your mother. Now you'll never have to worry about diet or exercise again, because you'll be unable to eat anymore.
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AAAAaaaaaaaargh...
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And the pounds just melt away!
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I actually think it's cool about the Mystic Grill thing no matter how geeky. I've visited another show's filming site that's been a defunct show for years now and the one place was an actual business of the same name from that show. Those at the Mystic Grill will be laughing to the bank so more power to them. :D
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Yeah, but then you'd go there and NOT see a random townsperson die, and leave totally disappointed.
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Its funny no one mentions that The Returned is obviously based of the French show Les Revenants
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Thanks for the introduction to the Birthday Boys! That clip is fantastic!!
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the NBC comedy Eric Andre is in has people from parks and rec and the office behind it, so it probably would be decent.


Glad to see kurtwood smith in the returned, as this is the first abc show I'm interested in
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But it's on NBC, so it won't be decent.
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