News Briefs: The CW Orders a Hunger Games-ish Reality Show (Without the Murder, Unfortunately)

CW REALITY SHOWS ARE THE BEST REALITY SHOWS NEWS

... Coming soon from The CW—the network that brought you shows about competitive musical chairs and celebrities annoying the people who hate them—are two new reality programs slated for summer 2013. The first one is called The Hunt and will throw 12 teams of two into the wilderness without food, water, or a sense of decency as they try to survive and "capture" other teams. Winners will get a "huge cash prize." This won't be fun unless teams are allowed to kill each other or are really bad at surviving in the wilderness, so please take that into account, The CW. The second show, Perfect Score, is a dating show where friends compete against each other to accurately choose their best match from a group of 12 singles who took personality compatibility tests. [The CW via press release]


NETFLIX HASN'T MADE A HUGE MISTAKE NEWS

... A wealth of Bluth humor has caused Netflix to up its episode order for the upcoming new season of Arrested Development. The comedy, which will be released by the on-demand service this spring, was originally penciled in for 10 episodes, but now may fall somewhere between 12 and 15 episodes because creator Mitch Hurwitz came up with a bunch of new ideas during filming. We still don't know if the show will have the same magic as it did before, but more of it can't hurt. [Deadline Hollywood]


ACTORS AWARDING OTHER ACTORS NEWS

... The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has revealed its nominees for its annual awards show that celebrates professional pretending. This year, ensemble cast nominations went to Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey and Mad Men in the drama category, and Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Nurse Jackie, Glee (what?), The Office, and 30 Rock. Highlights in the individual acting categories include Claire Danes, Jessica Lange, Louis C.K., Amy Poehler, Bryan Cranston, and Jeff Daniels. [Screen Actors Guild Awards]


BUSINESS TIME

... HBO is following up its lauded Game Change, a reenactment of the 2008 presidential election, with its natural sequel: a reenactment of the 2012 presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The book Double Down: Game Change 2012 is currently being written, and will be adapted for HBO. The big question: WHO WILL PLAY ROMNEY!? [THR]

... Hey guess what? A & E's Storage Wars is totally not real! At least that's according to former participant David Hester, who says he was fired after complaining about the show being rigged. Now there is a report that a paper trail of receipts and emails will prove that Hester's claims are legit. What, you mean people don't just leave priceless paintings in lockers and forget about them? [TMZ / Radar Online]

... Bravo is determined to go legit and has ordered another scripted series. Moguls will follow the life of a media mogul and his/her family. It's being described as similar to the tone of The West Wing by some liar. [THR]


SCHEDULING NEWS

... TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo holiday specials have been scheduled! The hillbilly Shirley Temple will celebrate Halloween on January 6, eat Thanksgiving pigeon on January 13, have a clip show on February 10, and unwrap deep-fried Christmas gifts on February 17. [TLC via press release]

... Science Channel's An Idiot Abroad returns for Season 3 on January 19. How is Karl Pilkington not dead yet? [Science Channel via press release]

... Childrens Hospital spin-off Newsreaders will debut January 17 on Adult Swim. [Adult Swim via press release]

... A & E's Barter Kings returns for Season 2 on January 9. [A&E; via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Studly Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes (even his name is hot!) is joining The CW's Arrow as Roy Harper (the comic character, not the awesome folky singer). Harper's alter egos in the comic world include Green Arrow sidekick Speedy, Teen Titans' Arsenal, and Justice League of America's Red Arrow. Look for Haynes to start appearing in the second half of this season. [TV Guide]

... Margo Martindale, who absolutely killed it as Mags Bennett in the second season of Justified, will be returning to FX for another great role. Martindale is joining the cast of The Americans, the upcoming spy drama that premieres next month. She'll play, for a minimum of eight episodes, an embedded undercover KGB agent who sends orders to the main characters of the series, two spies posing as a husband and wife. [FX via press release]

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I don't think I want to see anyone play Mitt Romney, but if I had to choose an actor for the role, I would choose Bruce Campbell.
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The Chin, FTW!
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IS THIS HUNGER GAMES-ISH REALITY FOR REAL? I'll have to watch that (laughing purposes only).
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jason sudeikis for romney. the movie is a comedy right?
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Nurse Jackie, The Office, and Glee? Oh, SAG, you bums... I thought you were smarter than the Emmy folk. Best ensemble comedy without Community and/or Happy Endings and/or New Girl is meaningless.

*Looks up this award's history* Okay, well, I guess it was my fault for assuming you were better than the Emmys.
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why is the creepy duchovny there?
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Why CW? Why?!
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I somewhat hoped that after the third Creepy Duchovny, he would materialize out of thin air...
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Best use of Creepy Duchovny yet!
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I'm still so disappointed that Colton Haynes won't be returning to Teen Wolf. Especially after that interesting reveal at the end of last season and what it might mean. But I'm glad he's getting work, especially on a show that isn't afraid of a good shirtless scene. Maybe he and Stephen Amell can have an ab-off...
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yeah it sucks for Teen Wolf and it's fans...because I was hoping his "blue-eyed werewolf" would bring something interesting to the show, but I'm also down for a Red Arrow or Speedy on Arrow.
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Why is he not returning? I've not heard this news.
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It was reported as contract negotiations...one side says they only offered him 12 out of 24 episodes and he couldn't work on any other projects in the meantime, other side says his team sat on their offer for 2 months so they finally had to move forward. Who knows what actually happened.
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Colton Haynes is leaving Teen Wolf for Arrow? Both shows are awesome. But, it sucks that he left Teen Wolf. His character was just getting likeable. I wonder how the writers will write him off.
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Creepy Duchovny's smile seems more sinister than usual.
BTW, who wants to watch a movie about something they just lived through? Seems like HBO would have more original ideas.
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Um shouldn't you have used a picture of Price Peterson instead of Creepy David Duchovny? Just seems more appropriate.
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How is that Hunger Games show not insulting to the author and all her fans? I thought the whole point of the story was to show how sick and twisted humanity is when it comes to reality shows. So she lets The CW make a reality show all about it? Even minus the actual killing, this just seems so off.
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Hunger Games wasn't commenting on TV "reality" shows in any way and if that's what people took from it they completely missed the point.
It was about class inequity, the divde between the rich and poor.

Now The Running Man is a movie about how sick and twisted humanity is when it comes to entertainment, and the strange thing is the book/movie came out long before "reality" TV exploded.
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Actually I'm pretty sure it can be both, seeing as how I took it as both. Plus I'm pretty sure I read an interview (or at the very least a comment) with the author saying that she got the idea from watching a war documentary or movie and then switching to a reality TV show.
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The whole universe of reality tv seems off to me.
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How does Clare Danes get nominated for an acting award?
Over acting maybe, she's the biggest thing wrong with Homeland.
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Almost everyone but you thinks she's fantastic in Homeland.
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Have you ever watched an award show? There isn't one for subtlety.
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Ohh for a second I thought Margo was gonna be on Archer. Damn
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Now that Duchovny has appeared thrice I can no longer repress my concern. The dude has no right shoulder! That's a serious medical condition! He might want to get that checked out.
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Haha! I'm sure Duchov's would blame his missing shoulder on aliens.
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Or a sex addiction.
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That's Tim's subtle way of telling us that Duchovny is half the man he used to be.
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I was under the impression that Arrested Development is expanding because of how much more content they shot already, that they had more than enough material to turn into at least a couple more episodes based on what they have at hand now. Either way, I will watch it, and I will guarantee a minimum of a constant smirk at it.
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Arrested Development!
Margo Martindale is awesome!
Can't wait to see Colton Haynes on Arrow!
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Dave Hester's claim might be valid but he was also looking for a pay raise earlier in the year with his contract up for renewal...guess no one said "YUUUUUPPPP!!!!" to his demands....
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A "best ensemble: comedy" category that doesn't have Community listed is not a listing of best ensembles.
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That's like having a "best fantasy show" category that doesn't have Game of Thrones.
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Wait....they already established "Speedy" is Oliver's sister. Will there be two now?

And they also announced a Hunger Games ripoff many months ago that was a scripted drama. Has that been shelved because reality is cheaper? Prob'ly.
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They established that as her nickname, not that she was necessarily supposed to be that character.

Yes, Green Arrow later had a female sidekick with that name. If they decide to go that route with her down the line then cool, but Roy Harper still has two different alias names they can have him suit up under.
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So far, there are no superhero names on the show, so maybe they'll not bother with "Speedy" at all as a concept. Still, having the sister nicknamed "Speedy" and she's on drugs did set up expectations that she'd take up the role of the sidekick. Not that the Oliver character is anywhere near ready for taking a sidekick under his wing anyway though, he's still pretty dumb and locked in his own childish world at this point.
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Haha! You've been true to your creepy Duchovny word, Tim!
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I've missed the reason for creepy Duchony's... enlighten please FF
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No problem, J_Pip. You've come to the right place. A few News Briefs ago, Tim wrote that ABC was thinking of greenlighting a show similar to the X-Files, called "Weird Desk" (we all agreed it was a horrible name idea). In a picture above this posting was an X-Files poster with Mulder and Skully. Now here is where creepy Duchovny comes into play. In the same News Briefs, Tim wrote another article about how Brooklyn Decker (the super hot super model) would be guest starring on New Girl. Above this article was a picture of Brooklyn Decker in a super hot bikini lounging on a beach. But Brooklyn was not alone in her scantily clad bikini photo. Tim photoshopped Duchovny from the X-Files poster and put him into Brooklyn's photo, where it appeared he was creepily ogling her. All us commenters thought this was hilarious, especially sakuramankai who wrote "You need to add creepy Duchovny in every photo now ... So creepy." To which Tim replied, "I was hoping someone would say this. Consider it done."

And that is the tale of how creepy Duchovny was born.
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Hahaha thank you very much FF and yes it does play very well. I felt like Michael Scott for a second there... "I love inside jokes. I'd love to be a part of one someday."
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