News Briefs: The CW Orders Three More Reality Shows People Won't Watch


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THE CW IS STILL A NETWORK? NEWS

... The CW has announced three new shows that will join its family of shows you just don't care about and make you wish that Farmer Wants a Wife was still on the air. The little network that couldn't is jumping onto the reality singing competition show bandwagon even though that wagon broke down like 8 years ago. It's called The Star Next Door and if you don't know how these things work yet, then you're lucky. Participants sing, get judged, and some win. No gimmicks in this one at all. Breaking Pointe goes behind-the-scenes of a competitive Utah Ballet company. And The Catalina follows the hard-partying employees of a South Beach hotel. They join the previously announced game show Oh Sit! for a lineup that will get kids excited about going back to school. [CW via press release]

RATINGS REVIEW

... ABC's new drama GCB premiered last night, and... I don't think we'll have to worry about this becoming a hit. Only 7.6 million viewers tuned in for a 2.2 rating in the adult demo, down a bunch from Pan Am's debut in the same time slot back in September. How long do you give this show? [EW]

PILOT SCRAPPING NEWS

... CBS drama pilot Quean has been throw in the dumpster in the back of CBS' headquarters. The cop show, about a hacker chick who teams up with an Oakland detective to solve crimes, was threatened with legal action from Sony Pictures because the show shared too many similarities with the movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Meanwhile, the guy who actually wrote the book the movie is based on and came up with the story is all like, "Ummm, what the F? Shouldn't I be the one who is mad?" And Sony Pictures is all like, "No bro, I got this!" while lighting cigars with $50 bills. [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO is not moving forward with 40, the middle-aged dramedy about guys hitting 40 from Entourage creator Doug Ellin. Why? Because it's from Entourage creator Doug Ellin. [Deadline Hollywood]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... Cougar Town (and Aliens in America!) star Dan Byrd has booked the lead role in CBS' untitled comedy pilot created by Louis CK and Spike Feresten. I know what you're saying. "But Tim, he's in Cougar Town NOW!" Well, if Cougar Town doesn't come back for another season (which it probably won't), then Dan gets to star in this if it goes to series. He's the second Cougar Town star to prepare for the worst; Josh Hopkins also booked a pilot this season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rachelle Lefevre (A Gifted Man, Twilight, meow!) will star in the CBS drama pilot Applebaum. It's in second position to A Gifted Man, which isn't looking good for renewal. Lefevre will play the title character, a lawyer that becomes a private investigator to stave off the boredom from being a stay-at-home mom. Man, I'd hate to be her kids. "You're so boring I had to get a JOB!" [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jeff Goldblum has been frickin' busy as a sweat shop bee, and he's not slowin' down. Goldblum has joined the cast of Sarah Silverman's sorta-autobiographical NBC comedy pilot about a single woman, which has now been titled Susan 313 for reasons that escape me. Goldblum will play Susan's (Silverman) ex. I guess they really formed a connection when they both guest starred on The League's Thanksgiving episode, which ended with the two of them doin' it on a washing machine. Isn't that the way most work relationships start? [TV Guide]

... Remember when I said that both Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange were coming back to American Horror Story? Well I wasn't done! Evan Peters (Tate), Lily Rabe (Nora), and Sarah Paulson (Billie Dean) will also return to play new characters when Season 2 starts up with a new location and premise. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Megan Ketch has landed the lead in ABC's supernatural-ish drama pilot Gotham. The show is about a detective that discovers a secret magic land in New York City. Ketch is a newcomer to the business, so all we really know about her is that she's probably very attractive. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kristen Stewart's dad in Twilight is joining NBC's pilot Revolution, from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and super producer J.J. Abrams. Actor Billy Burke will play a man in a world where all energy has mysteriously disappeared. [TV Line]

... Michael Gambon has been promoted to regular on HBO's Luck. In the series, which is about horsies!, Gambon plays Mike, a rival to Dustin Hoffman's Ace. Also joining the cast will be Margarita Levieva (Revenge), who will play Nathan Israel's sister. [Deadline Hollywood]

ANOTHER ONE OFF THE MARKET NEWS

... The other day it was revealed that cutie Kaley Cuoco broke off her engagement, and many of you rejoiced. Well prepare to be sad, because another TV hottie has taken the plunge and is now engaged! Say goodbye to your chance at living a long life with Jersey Shore's Snooki, because that pregnant chick is getting married! Cuoco back on the market, Snooki off. I guess that's a fair trade said Mr. Sarcasm. [People]


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The CW needs to forget about reality tv and get back to their WB roots. Where not every teenager is rich, parents actually show up and parent, and kids could actually see themselves in the characters.
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Is it me or does Gotham sound like Neverware.

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Meanwhile, the guy who wrote The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is dead. -_-
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After One Tree Hill is gone I will no longer watch CW..

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Noooo! More obvious cancellation news of a show I like! Poor Cougar Town, oh well.



Lighting up cigars in coffins seems dangerous.



Ewww, Jeff Goldblum is Sarah Silverman's ex on her new show? That's gross, he's almost old enough to be her father and jewish enough to be her uncle!



Ouch, American Horror Story 2 just got a kiss-of-death actress signed onto it. I kinda like Sarah Paulson, but she has a bad track record of seeing renewals.



Jeez, some really lame news this round.
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to be fair, would anyone mind that snooki;s engaged? a, it;ll probably last half the time of kim kardashian;s and b, she looks like an oompa loompa.
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Oh that is great! New reality shows for the CW so they can axe Supernatural and Nikita! Super! Sorry for the sarcasm...
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"Ketch is a newcomer to the business"

Settle Down Easy 2006

Crystal Sessions 2011

The Wedding 2012

L&O SVU

A gifted Man

6 years NEW??

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The guy who wrote the books about the dragon tattoo died just after he was done writing them. Heart attack....and yes, I'm Swedish.
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I was just about to type this. Talk about awkward!
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I hope Susan 313 is set in Detroit, considering that's the area code... Louis and Spike on CBS? WTF? Maybe I'll actually watch something on CBS now... The CW is absolute garbage, as stated above.
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Please no more reality shows. This is what happens when they can't a proper show to out on.
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Doesn't Gotham sound like it belongs on the CW? Also, don't you need DC Comics permission to use "Gotham"?
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No, you're thinking of Gotham City the home of Batman..etc.. (which is exactly what I think of too when I hear Gotham). That said, Gotham is actually a nickname for New York City. However I wasn't sure of it's exact origins so I looked it up. According to Google the first use was by the famous writer Washington Irving, and since he died in 1859 even his works would fall into the public domain. So no permission would be required from his estate either.



Also to provide a bit more information here's a quote I found from Bill Finger the guy who named Batman's city. "Originally I was going to call Gotham City 'Civic City'. Then I tried 'Capital City', then 'Coast City'. Then I flipped through the New York City phone book and spotted the name 'Gotham Jewelers' and said, 'That's it,' Gotham City. We didn't call it New York because we wanted anybody in any city to identify with it."



Anyway hope that answers your question.
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Cool. Thanks for the 411! :)
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Really? A show about a world were all forms of energy have disappeared? I love sci-fi, and am willing to stretch my imagination when it comes to the possibilities of science, but this is taking it a tiny bit too far. I have only read a little bit of physics and chemistry, but even with an elementary education one knows that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Maybe the producers of the show should look up the law of conservation of energy. The premise of the show sounds ridiculous.
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If there's no energy wouldn't everything just cease to exist basically since the bonds that hold atoms together wouldn't function anymore? I mean even if we didn't go that far with it, kinetic energy wouldn't exist either so that means what? no moving?... maybe they should change it to "no usable forms of electricity" or something like that I don't know. Anyway the point is you sir are right, the premise sounds insanely ridiculous as it's worded. I hope they change that.
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Yeah, this is one of those rare shows where I really don't care for the premise, but will still likely watch because of the two names attached.
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I thought this too.

If ALL energy ceased to exist then all life on earth would die, gravety would fail, the earth itself would lose cohesion, presumable the sun would have stopped burning considerinb it's a gigantic ball of energy...

Well at least the show won't need to cast anybody!
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lol fail
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I hope they don't cancel 'A Gifted Man.' I know a lot of people personally who watch it, that will be very disappointed.
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Can't see why they would cancel A Gifted Man when its season finale got 9.7 million total viewers for second most watched show. If you are going to do so based on the 18-49 demo, where it came in 8th with 1.4, then how anyone can't see how wrong that is is beyond me. That said, the ghost wife was stupid after the first episode where she comes to him and he thinks she is really there until he discovers the truth and the finale was not well done either partly from the exploding cab, which was overkill. There's a good show in there that needed its ideas edited down a bit.



Cuoco was engaged?



I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes of GCB.



From what I can tell, Luck's ratings are horrible for such a notable cast.
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Snooki and Hottie are oxymorons and dont belong in the same sentence
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Considering that the author of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" has been long dead and David Fincher reduced the story to its bare essentials, I don't think he would care or anybody had to really worry about that tv show being a copy of the movie.



Hell yeah! Nora & Tate were two of my fav characters and I like Sarah Paulson. Can't wait for the next season to see what kind of roles they play.



Revolution!! Just had to say it! Damn excited!

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I'm guessing "Susan 313" is how she introduces herself to other people in her apartment building.
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Loved GCB and hope it can stick around if only because I get to watch Kristen Chenowith, who I've been in love with since Pushing Daisies, every week.
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I was not going to watch it. However I am glad I did, one of the funniest shows this season. I like everything about it.
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What on earth is CW thinking??
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Hey dipshits. The guy who wrote GWtDT died 8 years ago. His books were all published posthumously. A little googling and subsequent respect for the dead wouldn't kill you.
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I love your articles, Tim, but it wouldn't have taken more than 15 seconds to see that the guy who wrote Dragon Tattoo is dead.
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Titling a show in a way that offends the majority of the TV viewing public isn't a good idea, even if they do reduce it to an acronym.
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Which is sad, because I think the title is pretty spot on and I'm a Christian.
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I wish no one would watch reality shows I don't see the appeal of, but I assume one of those will be at least a moderate hit (by the CW's standards) for no reason I will be able to understand.
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"Meanwhile, the guy who actually wrote the book the movie is based on and came up with the story is all like, "Ummm, what the F? Shouldn't I be the one who is mad?" "



Considering he died 8 years ago and the books were published posthumously.... no, I don't think he is.
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