News Briefs: That Entourage Movie You Didn't Ask For Is Getting Made

TO QUEENS BOULEVARD, BRO! NEWS

... The much-talked-about Entourage is closer to actually happening as studio Warner Bros has given the project the official green light. Creator Doug Ellin is attached to direct from a screenplay he wrote, but there's no timetable in place yet. Remember when Entourage used to be good? Me neither. The burn center is thattaway, Entourage. Meanwhile, HBO is looking at a Bored to Death movie but it isn't looking at a Deadwood movie. [Deadline Hollywood]


RENEWALS AND PICKUPS

... Comedy Central has picked up a second season of its new sketch show Kroll Show starring Nick Kroll, because it's funny. Look for 10 more episodes next year. [Comedy Central via press release]

... Katie Couric's daytime talk show Katie has been renewed for Season 2. Katie owns the market on closeted athletes who fall in love with pretend women online, so she should be good. [Disney-ABC via press release]

... ABC has finally found a use for babies and has given a series order to Bet On Your Baby, a game show in which parents wager on their toddlers' ability to accomplish tasks against rival tykes. The winner gets $50,000 to put toward their kid's college fund (a.k.a. Mommy's drinking habit). If it's successful, expect Babies in Danger: Baby High Diving to follow. [ABC via press release]

... Not challenged enough with working with just babies, ABC will also try partnering with an even more difficult and childish group: Canadians! (Canada, follow Entourage to the burn center.) The network will import the 13-episode Canadian series Motive for the summer. The procedural has a bit of a twist: The killer and victim will be revealed at the beginning of each episode, and the rest of the time will be spent discovering the motive of the crime. Only in Canada! In America all we care about is who and what, because we need to spend the extra time figuring out 1) how to pay for hospital bills and 2) the rules of hockey. [Deadline Hollywood]


WILL PILOT SEASON EVER END?

... Fox is in final talks to commission a pilot from 50 Cent that's animated and wait a second that doesn't sound right. [Double-checks story] Yup, that's right. The show would be loosely based on Fiddy's childhood and follow a goodnatured kid who gets into trouble around his neighborhood. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Add two more pilots to Fox's development slate. Wild Blue comes from the very busy Graham Yost (Justified) and is a drama set on an aircraft carrier. Gang Related is a gritty drama about a gangster who infiltrates the San Francisco Police Department's gang task force. Wait a second. Something is wrong here. These both sound good. Fox, are you feeling okay? [EW]

... ABC has ordered Bad Management, a single-camera comedy from the star of the British series Pulling, Sharon Horgan. She'll play a conceited boss of a department store who has her authority challenged by a young upstart. [Deadline Hollywood]


MISCELLANEOUS NEWS (A.K.A. RUSSEL BRAND STUFF)

... We already knew Russell Brand's BrandX With Russell Brand would be expanding to a one-hour format when it returns next week. What we didn't know is that it will air live. Seriously, I would trade this guy back to England for *gulp* Gwyneth Paltrow IMMEDIATELY. [FX via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Django Unchained star and fine actor Christoph Waltz will host Saturday Night Live on February 16. He'll be joined by Alabama Shakes as the musical guest. [NBC via press release]

... NBC's straight-to-series Dracula has made a few casting choices, adding Game of Thrones' Nonso Anozie and Merlin's Katie McGrath. Anozie, who played Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the second season of Game of Thrones and is still stuck in a vault somewhere, will play the man who knows the truth about Dracula's darkest secrets. McGrath, who played Morgana on Merline, will play the chatty BFF of Dracula's muse. [TV Line]



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Interesting. If only that Entourage television show I didn't ask for was never made.
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There were 7 seasons of that pile of refuse "Entourage" and 8 aired episodes of "Firefly" - I make this guarantee -- "Entourage" will never touch the ticket/DVD sales of "Serenity".

Katie McGrath is kind of awesome, may have to check out "Dracula".
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Well serenity cost 40 million to make and didn't even break 39 million worldwide in it's entire run. An entourage movie would destroy that, if all the people who watched the finale bought a ticket it would break 30 million in the first weekend alone. You are just some fanboy still mad about firefly who cant watch any tv that doesn't have whedons name on it
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just read that nbc has signed roseanne barr to an overall deal that calls for her to develop a show she will star in and produce for the network. nbc you suck
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Motive & Gang Related sounds interesting.
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Still waiting on that Veronica Mars movie....
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Glad to see Kroll Show got a pickup after just 3 episodes. It is good, hopefully 10 episodes a season can allow for new ideas to percolate and be nurtured into successful bits.

Bet on Your Baby will never make it to air, there will be parental outrage and also the promoters of turtle racing will sue.

"Motive" sounds a hell of a lot like "Law & Order: Criminal Intent".

Oh Fox, why don't you get it that nobody has watched these celeb-driven animated shows and nobody ever will? At best you can hope for a couple seasons of The PJs, at worst you can hemorrhage ratings a la Allen Gregory.

Nooo! Brand X was good because someone edited down the crap parts and run-on stuff that went nowhere, live is going to fall flat on its face. Too bad, I thought Russell Brand's ability to look at things from a foreign perspective was a fresh take on this type of show.

Christoph Waltz was really good in Inglorious Basterds, hopefully that'll translate in SNL.
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I would love Entourage movie but box office wise, I do not think it will do well unless they have Mark Walhberg.
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Just bring Bored To Death back. And yes I second the Veronica Mars movie. Entourage... not so much.
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I thought Entourage was hilarious... Not sure how a movie would be though.

"Babies in danger" bahahah... good one.
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Indeed the two Fox' pilot DO sound good. That's what the Mayan were talking about :p
Nice for Katie McGrath. She progressed quite a lot as an actress in Merlin.
And hum... I would take Gwyneth Paltrow over quite a lot of people tbh.....
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this reminds me of the 30 rock episode where liz is yelling at tracy;s idiots: "because of you, there might be an entourage movie!" those darn idiots!!
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That might have been funny if it hadn't been for the fact that Entourage was way better than 30 Rock.
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Glad to see Katie's going places. Her talent & character were woefully treated in Merlin.

SPOILER ALERT Given that Xaro won't come back into play in GoT for at least another 5 years, this will be fine. The chance that NBC will manage to keep a good show going for more than 5 years is very low.
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Katie's pretty, but talent? Her acting once she turned evil was horrendous.
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I enjoyed Entourage... it wasn't ALWAYS great but it didn't stink that often either.

That being said... I think they should let it go. The series ended on a high note and wrapped (most) things up nicely. It got its fair-well.

I'd only want a follow-up movie if either (A) the show got the shaft and didn't get a series finale or (B) the show was just SO great that it sparked its down franchise (Star Trek and such).
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I agree that early Entourage was pretty entertaining but after season 3 it started descending downhill.
However I do not agree that it wrapped up nicely, the last two seasons were pretty awful and the finale has to be one of the biggest anti-climax finale's I've ever watched. Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold) was by far the best and at the end they just rushed through random massive changes.
With Ari this was especially bad as they basically changed his whole character's drive and purpose at the very end. Also Vince getting married to some randomer he met a few episodes before was lazy writing to put it nicely.
One of my friends watched the finale not knowing it was the finale and laughed himself to death when I explained it was definitely the end.
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True. By "wrapping things up" I mostly meant Vince redeemed himself and made amends after his major personality shift down the rabbit hole. Which, really, came out of nowhere and then corrected itself even quicker.

I could see maybe they thought they had another couple of seasons and would have him slowly get back to normal, then found out that "oops it's the last one" But I don't think it played out that way.

But: the guys are happy, Drama has a show and a repaired relationship with that studio, etc.

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Bored to Death movie!!!!!!!!!!!
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umm i've definitely been asking for an Entourage movie. So...yeah glad WB is finally getting the ball rolling on that. The ending of the show was more of a push towards the movie than an actual ending for the characters.
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Woo Hoo, more Katie McGrath is a good thing now that Merlin is over.
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I actually kind of liked the first season of Entourage, to be honest, though most of that was riding on the performance of Jeremy Piven (and to an extent Kevin Dillon). Cast wasn't bad, all told, budget was good, shots were great... but all that said it became gawd-awful very soon after, and I cannot possibly see how a movie would be any good at all. It'll be just one drawn out episode, and that's all.

As for the 50 cent show, sounds horrible. I don't think the other pilots sound very good either (sorry, Tim). As for the Canada jabs -- hey, we just gave you Continuum! haha.
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Gang Related...one half of the The Departed/Infernal Affairs movie plot as a TV series? Sounds interesting. After The Unit and Last Resort got cancelled, I too am a bit worries Wild Blue won't last beyond one season. Will they get to go up against the Chinese (ex-Russian) aircraft carrier?

As for previous news...that US version of Spy, I think Rob Corddry would make a better Examiner than playing the dad part. Or get Christian Slater...I liked his role in the Breaking In series as the wacky boss.
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You know who had long experience with cartoons prior to getting their own Fox shows? Matt Groening, Mike Judge, Seth MacFarlane. You know who has no experience whatsoever? 50 CENT THAT'S WHO.

DONT! HIRE! CELEBRITIES! OVER! PROFESSIONALS! THIS IS HOW WE GOT ALLEN GREGORY!
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Good news (to me) about Kroll getting a second season. I enjoy his work a lot and am glad to see him get a chance to do more outrageous stuff.

The other side of the coin is the return of Brand X. Hard to know what evil forces are working with (against?) FX to keep that on the air.
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I can honestly say that despite the poor quality of the latter seasons of Entourage that I'm not certain the movie won't be awesome.
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Merlin, not Merline....
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Kroll and his band of other crazy friends are just great! all the guys help on other shows and it makes for great comedy!!!
Love The League, all the Adult Swim shows, just a great band of comedy!!!!
And guess what, no laugh tracks and shows with "girls" in the title!!!!!
hahahah
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Is that why Price left? To do the 50 Cent animated show? Price you magic stick playa you, make sure to wear the Kevlar.
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Hey, man. Russell Brand is a magical being that I cannot see enough of.
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fairy? leprechaun? underpants gnome?
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d) all of the above
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I guess Justifieds "thataway" really stuck in your head?

– Favorite line of the night, from Raylan: "Maybe my participation earns me a simple 'They went thataway.'"

"The burn center is thattaway, Entourage."

Oh, how I wish that I lived in a country that spoke english so that I also could use phrases like that on a daily basis.
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Regarding Entourage: if Jeremy Piven is in it then I'll see it!! He stole the show imo.

You're right, both of the FOX drama pilots Wild Blue and Gang Related sound good! My only fear is that an aircraft carrier as a set reminds me of Last Resort and it makes me nervous it will be canceled. Any word on the plot of Wild Blue? Gritty drama (Gang Related) is good enough for me to give it a try.

the Canadians have had several shows I really like~~especially Flash Point. I'll give Motive a try. I think a BBC Canadian channel had a show where the killer and victim will be revealed at the beginning of each episode--I've liked a lot of BBC and Canadian shows so this sounds good.
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Ok, WB, no I don't want an Entourage movie. How about you give up those rights so that finally Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell can do the Veronica Mars movie we've been waiting for six years now?
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