News Briefs: The Coen Brothers Are Getting Into TV

BIG NEWS

... Film geek favorites the Coen brothers (No Country For Old Men, Fargo) are working on a television project with Fox. Harve Karbo is an hour-long single-cam comedy (hour-long single-cam comedy!?!?) about a Los Angeles private eye who takes cases that just so happen to put him in touch with Hollywood's elite. It's still far from becoming a series, though; so far, Fox has only ordered a script. [THR]

... Stoner geek favorite Snoop Dogg is one step closer to clouding up your TV. NBC has taken the chance on Don Reo's family sitcom project, which stars Mr. Dogg as the dad. Please let this make it to air, please! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sci-fi and comic geek favorites Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Robert Orci (Transformers), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), and Michael Dougherty (X-Men 2) are teaming up on a project called Ex-Comm at ABC. The show is described as a "presidential procedural" that's set in the present day and follows a secret government team that investigates odd occurrences. It's like The X-Files meets The West Wing and will no doubt be called X-Wing, which is awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Favreau is also working with CBS on a comedy project called Tweaked, about the dating life of single parents in Los Angeles. Ex-Comm sounds a million times better. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... X-Men's James Marsden (he played Cyclops) will guest-star on 30 Rock sometime this season. There are no details on the role he'll play yet, but we're guessing he'll have eyes (or a single eye, HAHA, X-Men humor!) for Liz Lemon (Tina Fey). [EW]

... Also guest-starring on 30 Rock will be Denise Richards. [Denise Richard's Twitter]

... To dispel the rumor that they're the same person, hottie Lizzy Caplan (Party Down, True Blood) will guest-star on Zooey Deschanel's New Girl. Their presence on the same set will form the hottest, sexiest place on Earth and create a vortex that will destroy the universe. But it will be so worth it. P.S. If the sexual black hole doesn't happen for whatever reason, Caplan will play a chick who is pursued by Jess's roommate Nick for three episodes. [TV Line]

... Charles S. Dutton (Roc) will guest-star on Criminal Minds as a boxing trainer who finds out his favorite student is a serial killer. I told you that right hook was lethal! [Theater Mania]

... TNT's upcoming series Perception, starring Eric McCormack has lined up some guest-stars! They are: Edward Furlong and Tom Sizemore! It's like a who's who of where have these guys been? [TV Guide]


NOT-THAT-EXCITING NEWS

... Eddie Murphy might return to Saturday Night Live, where he once advanced society's understanding of colored people. Specifically green people. As Gumby. [NY Post]

... Xbox Live is going to incorporate streaming television from Bravo, Comcast, HBO Go, and Syfy. Look for it this holiday season if you can pry yourself away from playing Elder Scrolls IV: Skyrim. Free-roaming dragons, dude! FREE-ROAMING DRAGONS! [Deadline Hollywood]

... A.C. Nielsen Jr, the man who made the Nielsen Ratings system what it is today, has passed away at the age of 92. [NY Times]


REALLY REALLY SAD NEWS

... A sad farewell to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away at the age of 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I don't even know what Apple TV does, but I know he changed the world thanks to his invention of a computer that I know how to use. RIP, Steve. [Everywhere]


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Those first three bits of news make me happy.
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IF THAT COEN BROS SHOW DOES NOT MAKE IT TO TV I WILL DIE.



But seriously, I guess TV is the new, hip thing. I only wish it would be on HBO or AMC or Showtime. It will probably get cancelled before it even starts if it's on FOX.
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Oh no, not FOX. Harve Karbo is as good as canceled.
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RIP to Steve Jobs one of this world greatest innovators. Also let's hope Snoop's tv show is better than anyy other acting job he has ever done, I mean ever done. Just watch Baby Boy and Soul Plane, you'll know what am talking about.
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56 is too young....R.I.P. Steve. You changed the world.
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'Fargo' was good. 'No Country for Old Men' was extremely pretentious. and 'A Serious Man' was an abomination...// Also, 'X Wing' sounds exactly like Torchwood...except in the US.// I can't imagine a Snoop Dogg sitcom lasting, but I pray for a pilot!



Let me guess? Perception is about a guy who is able to "perceive" things better than everyone else. And he uses these magnanimous skills to either help the police or generally solve crime of the week capers. I should write for tv. : P
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The True Grit adaptation was amazing! Much better than the original. Fargo is still one of the GREATEST films ever made. Buscemi FTW!
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You're right. 'Fargo' is better than just good. It is great-- their best work by far! And True Grit was a very good remake..... but 'A Serious Man' is so painfully bad, so inexplicably disheartening and annoying and aggravating...If you dare, watch it. Let me know what you think.
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Wait, they are making an X-Com show? That could either be awesome or horrible, depending on how much they adhere to the game's style.
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Ex-Comm should really consider X-Wing as a name.
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Zooey Deschanel is the poor man's Lizzy Caplan.
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The first three bits of news all sound pretty cool.
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When I heard about Steve, I thought someone had punched me in the gut. So sad.



RIP Steve.
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I think the Coen project sounds really interesting.
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Wow, we're really getting an overload of great directors on TV, on top of all the great actors already on TV. Makes you wonder when the tipping point is reached, when they start thinking that "TV is so last season" and return to movies. Apparently one of the reasons for being on TV, at least for the actors, is that it can be more financially secure. Thanks to the current financial turmoil, it's harder for films to get financing, and therefore for the actors to find jobs. But if an actor joins a successful TV show, at least they'll get a steady income for a few seasons, instead of having to search for that next film to make. Another interesting thing to see is what effect this has on the amount of quality films, when all the great directors spend more of their time making TV shows.
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Skyrim is Elder Scrolls V. Oblivion was IV
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And yes... RIP, Mr. Jobs.
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Two of my favourite directors.... JUST when I was hoping to wean myself off the current TV overload somewhat. Damn.
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Great news about Lizzy Caplan back on our screens, but why did it have to be on New Girl. The last episode didn't make me laugh once, not even a slightly, I had just "cancelled" it and now I have to un-cancel it, which I really don't like to do!



KevinG87 is right, Lizzy should have her own show, doesn't even have to be a comedy, she's a great actress.
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excited to see Lizzy Caplan on New Girl.. now if only she'd get her own show instead of just doing random guest appearances!
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Jobs didn't invent the computer, Woz was the tech brains, Jobs was just a great marketer and visionary! Still will be missed!
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I really don't get the appeal of Zooey Deschanel. I can't stand looking at her misspelled first name. Lizzy Caplan is pretty awesome though.
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I don't get it either. I think Lizzy Caplan looks similar, but is much more attractive and funnier.



And i don't get why we put up with the pronunciation of her first name. Think about it!

If Joey Fatone spelled his name "Jooey" Fatone, would you still call him "Joey" without blinking? I, for one, will continue to call her Zoo-ey, not Zoey - cuz that's clearly what her parents intended!
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Only a woman wouldn't get the appeal of Zooey Deschanel. Just like I don't understand the appeal of Ryan Gosling. But, just a mere mention of his name to my young female cousins, and they will literally start quoting The Notebook to you.
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I read your comment and at first thought you said "only a woman could get the appeal.." and then I realized I read it wrong. It's so true though...I liked Zooey like 7 years ago when nobody knew who she was... and now she's this "it girl" and as much as I wanna dislike her, I can't.. somehow I'm watching New Girl saying, "she is so damn hot, and so damn adorable all at once. It's nonsensical!!"
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Granted Zooey's appeal itself is more annoying than her. I'd still hit it. And I'm add George Clooney to this list.
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Tim is an Elder Scrolls fan huh? I now like you 100% more.
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I think you mean James Marsden. James Marsters is SPIKE from Buffy.

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What the hell are you talking about? They have it right. Maybe you should learn to read.
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Dear Mr. Bax,

Mr. Crawford pointed out the mistake made my Mr. Surette. As did Mr. Angel. So you only saw the corrected version. Hope that clears up the confusion. And in the future, please refrain from such douchiosities. Sincerely,

Mr. Club



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I assumed using the exact same words as Arch_angel would make it obvious I was being sarcastic. I guess I was wrong

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I'm not sure if you're being ironic in relation to my comment below, but if you aren't, that's F'ing hilarious.
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Don't you hate it when you point out an error, and then they fix it. Making future readers wonder what the hell you are talking about.
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What ARE you talking about??? j/k.
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