News Briefs: Terry O'Quinn Will Fight Gangsters for Fox

... The great Terry O'Quinn has successfully found new digs after the demolishing of 666 Park Avenue. The Lost star is joining Fox's drama pilot Gang Related. He replaces the recently departed Tom Berenger as the San Francisco police chief whose department gets infiltrated by an undercover gang member. I was pretty high on Berenger in this role, but O'Quinn is more than just a consolation prize. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Christina Ricci is no longer NBC's Girlfriend in a Coma. The Pan Am actress was set to star in the comedy pilot, about a woman who wakes up after almost two decades in a coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter, but left after the table read. Miranda Cosgrove was cast as the daughter, presumably partly because of her somewhat similar look to Ricci. Well now what is the show going to do? [Zap2It]

... Showtime's new series Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schrieber as the titular Hollywood "fixer" (a.k.a. a guy who gets rid of dead tranny hookers), is adding some star power. Venerable acting legend James Woods–yes, he of the famous high school–will join the series as Patrick Sullivan, a man with a history with the Donovan family. [Showtime via press release]

... Former Greek star Spencer Grammer (Kelsey's daughter) is going big-time, nabbing the female lead opposite Blair Underwood in the NBC drama pilot Ironside. The cop show is a remake of the 1967 series and stars Underwood as a witty, wheelchair-bound detective who doesn't need functioning legs to clean up the streets. Grammer will play a fellow detective who gets too close to the criminals she grew up with and now I just pictured Spencer Grammer growing up around criminals and I'm like, "Whaaaaa?" [Deadline Hollywood]

... A&E's Bates Motel debuted well for the network last night, grabbing three million viewers. More importantly (sorry, very young and somewhat old people), the 1.6 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic represent the network's best tally in that demo. I'm pretty lukewarm on the series so far, and Noel's review of the premiere pretty much matches my thoughts. [A&E via press release]

... Hey, fair maidens of Westeros! Richard Madden, better known as Robb Stark from HBO's Game of Thrones, is headed North of The Wall! In this case, The Wall is Canada. Madden will star in Discovery's scripted series Klondike, about a bunch of gold diggers who head to Canada in the 1890s. Tim Blake Nelson (Chaos) will also star. [TV Line]

BUSINESS TIME

... People who got talents: NBC has announced that the eighth season of America's Got Talent will premiere on Tuesday, June 4 at 9pm with a two-hour episode. The reality show's Wednesday airings will begin July 10. This season, Heidi Klum and Spice Girl Mel B. join Howard Stern and Howie Mandel at the judges' table. [NBC via press release]


SAD NEWS

... A solemn farewell to producer/writer Henry Bromell, who passed away of a heart attack at the age of 65. Bromell's credits include Homicide: Life on the StreetRubicon (where he served as showrunner), and Homeland, where his writing credits include the outstanding episode "Q&A." [HitFix]


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Klondike sounds like "Deadwood" to me. Gold panning sounds like a Discovery channel program my son watches.
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Why didn't NBC name the failed Christina Ricci pilot Our Network is in a Coma.
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I think the bigger question is how did the failed Christina Ricci pilot manage to fail considering NBC is in a ratings comma and they're desperate for anything new.
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hahahaha A+++ for this comment
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James Woods sounds like a perfect fit for a show about a Hollywood "fixer" and makes it worth watch an episode or more. Glad to see Bates Motel doing well, not the most serious of shows but it's an enjoyable ride.
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I think we all know why Robb Stark will soon be moving to the Klondike ;)
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*sniff* Yeah...we do. :(
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after the red wedding?
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I really liked Rubicon. It sure put The Walking Dead to shame (but really, what doesn't?)
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A woman conceives a baby while in a coma, or dumb Hollywood math?

James Wood a legend? Uh, ok.
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Uhh..."after almost two decades" mean 17-18 years, which would work out correctly. But come on, the premise sounds borderline retarded anyways.
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I'm still psyched for Ray Donovan but I'm not a fan of James Woods. There's something about him that bugs me in everything he's done, except for maybe John Q.
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Girlfriend in a Coma - what the hell is this shit?
20 years in coma and 17 years old daughter -WTF? And as far as I know people who wake up after such a long coma can't even talk or walk normally. I really hope this crap won't be picked up.
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Spencer is Kelsey's daughter? Never knew that. Didn't think he had a kid that old (not that she's literally old, but you know...)

O'Quinn needs to be a character on this Gang Related show and not just show up as himself to collect a paycheck. He's becoming one-note in that regard. Grow a beard, grow out the hair a bit, do something to change it up.
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I'm with you on Terry O'Quinn. He has the same delivery in practically everything! Lost, Hawaii Five-0, Falling Skies... man, this guy's coasting on easy street.
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first of all, Homicide: Life on the Streets was incredible.
second of all, re: Girlfriend in a Coma... how would a woman in a twenty-year coma have a 17 year-old daughter? is there some sort of creepy coma ward sex (a la Buck in Kill Bill 1) happening there? ewwwwww
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I think that is not possible or she might have been pregnant before she went into.coma
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" department gets infiltrated by an undercover gang member " you say ?
so basically Terry O'Quinn is doing " the Departed The Series " on Fox ..
i wonder who gonna play Leonardo DiCaprio on the show .. i wish Joshua Jackson ( Fringe's Peter Bishop ) get that role !

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Terry O'Quinn is great, but he and Fox don't mix well... I'm still bitter about Millennium despite it having a long run, I dunno why. Anyhoo, this seems like an ok piece of casting but I hope they give him more than the standard "chew the scenery" character he normally gets stuck with.

Ricci made the right choice to leave Girlfriend in a Coma, she shouldn't be wasted on a sitcom, especially not one where she has to play a mom character - even one as oddball as this. My guess is the show will get ANYBODY since it's NBC and they'll just take whatever they can get, but I wouldn't be surprised to find this is the death knell for this one because it's high-concept and low potential.

Sorry Spencer Grammer, you hitched your wagon to a pilot that will either flop on takeoff or have the saddest 2 to 13 episode season of any show's life. NBC will not be kind and audiences will not be there at all.

I still can't believe America's Not Talented now has 4 judges and still only 1 is American. Also, Heidi Klum is a really odd choice for a TALENT judge, what talent does she represent again? "Pretty!" That's a hell of a skill.

Sad news about Henry Bromell's passing, Homicide Life on the Streets still resonates today on just about every cop show out there. He was also the exec producer on Northern Exposure.
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Your phrasing made it sound like Tom Berenger had died.
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Ironside sounds like a remake of Wheels and The Legman.
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God i hope thats a joke
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Heh heh, I'm confident it was. Ironside gave actor Raymond Burr permanent eye damage from having to always look up at his co-stars from the prop wheelchair.
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Excited for AGT! But not excited for new judges.
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