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News Briefs: The Hallmark Channel Will Fight Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl With a Kitten Bowl

TAKE THAT, PUPPIES!

... It's an all-out Super Halftime Show animal war! The Hallmark Channel is planning counter Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl with the Kitten Bowl, a three-hour cute-fest designed to air opposite the championship football game. But instead of just being animals running around, Kitten Bowl will be an agility contest with actual rules, and not that fake garbage that the Puppy Bowl is. [THR


BUSINESS TIME

... Steve Carell (The Office) and James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) will star in the HBO film Bone Wars. The comedy follows a historic rivalry between two paleontologists in the 1800s as they comb the American West for dinosaur bones. Yep, I'll be watching this. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Despite positive reviews (including one from yours truly), NBC's new drama Hannibal failed to impress in the ratings last night, drawing 4.3 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the adult demo. It finished third place in the time period (also known as last place), but given NBC's recent history there, it wasn't a terrible debut. Too bad, this is one of the better new shows to come out this season. [EW]

... ABC has made some late changes to its summer schedule. The drama Motive, a procedural in which the crime and killer are revealed early and discovering the motive is supposed to be the fun part, will now premiere on Monday, May 20 at 9pm before moving over to its regular time slot of Thursday, May 23 at 9pm. That pushes the premiere of The Bachelorette back a week to Monday, May 27 at 8pm. Great, now I have to change my vacation plans to the moon! [ABC via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... In super weird casting news, Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal is heading over to Glee. She'll play Artie's mom in an unspecified number of episodes. [Ryan Murphy's Twitter]

... Pee Wee Herman's voice is joining the cast of the proposed Once Upon a Time spin-off. Paul Reubens will voice the character of the White Rabbit in the pre-curse Wonderland. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Joss Whedon loves to work with familiar faces, and it looks like he's bringing an old friend to his upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. project for ABC. J. August Richards, who played Charles Gunn on Whedon's Angel, is joining the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot in a secret role. Barring some sort of plot where the agents must cross-dress to get jobs, S.H.I.E.L.D. is practically guaranteed to get a series order, right? [SHIELDtv.net]

... Going from popular geek show Doctor Who to popular hipster show Girls? Okay, why not? Richard E. Grant, who plays the Great Intelligence this year on Doctor Who, will join the third season of the HBO series as a character named Jasper. No word yet on whether he'll play naked ping-pong with Hannah. [THR]

... Steven Weber is headed to TNT. The former Wings star has joined the drama pilot Murder in the First, a murder mystery starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as detectives. Weber will play the personal pilot of a company CEO, proving typecasting spans decades! [Deadline Hollywood

... How's this for great casting? Creepy Julian Sands (Boxing Helena) is joining the Season 2 cast of Banshee. In the Cinemax action drama, Sands will play the younger brother of psycho Ukranian priest Rabbit. [TV Line]



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Holy crap Katey Sagal still looks good. She does remind me of a lot of the biker milfs that come to Harley Week here on the beach.
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Dude, do you not watch Sons of Anarchy? If you haven't been watching check it out. She is a Bad Ass old Lady on the show, and completely redefines herself from her "Married With Children" days.
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Funny, I always thought Katey Segal in SOA was weird, because the other things I "saw" her in originally were Futurama and 8 Simple Rules.
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Motive is a good show, I have seen the first 9 episodes (from Canada). I insure u, it is a nice and good show.
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J. August Richards in Avengers that is awesome.
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In Avengers it would be awesome. Unfortunately it is Marvel's Agents of SHIELD we are talking about. So no, it's lame.
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Once Upon a Time spin-off??? Wow, this must happen!
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Considering NBC has been coming behind Telemundo in ratings at times, how does third constitute last place? I'm not pulling for it because I'm an Elementary fan, but credit where credit is due.

It's a wonder you didn't try linking the Julian Sands and Richard E. Grant announcements since they co-starred in Warlock or even reverse the Julian Sands and Steven Weber items carrying your "typecasting" barb through both items since Sands played a Russian on 24.
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J. August Richards on S.H.I.E.L.D. Awesome! Secret role...intriguing...
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" In super weird casting news, Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal is heading over to Glee. She'll play Artie's mom in an unspecified number of episodes."

It's super weird because she can actually sing?
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S.H.I.E.L.D?!?! I knew nothing of this...*dies*
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I had a tough time with the kitten v puppies question. There should be a category for those of us who will switch between them to maximize the cute.

I tried to watch Hannibal, but I just couldn't plow through it. It may be as good as you say, but there are too many similar shows already out there.

Actually, since Katey Segall is a good singer, she is a natural for Glee. I don't watch, but I'm always glad when Peggy gets a chance to shine.
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she will always be Peggy to me
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I thought so too until I watched her in SONS OF ANARCHY. She is Peggy no more.
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Kittens are my preferred, puppies are cute but they get boring pretty quickly. Cats seem to try more things and it makes them more interesting to watch, probably why their videos are so popular online. I dunno about making it a contest though, there's a reason the phrase "as tough as herding cats" exists, getting them to do anything is like pushing pudding uphill.

Steve Carell and James Gandolfini in a PERIOD COMEDY?!? This I cannot imagine working at all, AT ALL.

Hannibal isn't as deadly as... the MIDSEASONING! Oh the horror!!! The ratings carnage!!!

ABC's Motive sounds exactly like Law & Order Criminal Intent except without the "dun dun!" sound, and with an early cancellation.

Steven Weber hasn't had a series work since Wings, he really needs to get back with Tim Daly I guess.

Holy crap, using "Boxing Helena" as the example of Julian Sands' notable is awesome, that movie was so bad, they tried to use Sherilyn Fenn's post-Twin Peaks sex appeal to draw and instead it crashed and burned because it was Skinemax-esque dreck... and now he's going to be on Cinemax anyway!
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Motive is Canadian. ABC must have decided to import it along with Rookie Blue. Motive is, well it's okay, I guess. I usually love Canadian tv (and Canadian cop shows in particular) but this is lacking something.
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"The drama Motive, a procedural in which the crime and killer are revealed early" so basically a remake of Columbo then
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OK You just said Julian Sands on BANSHEE as Rabbit's brother - man... the wait for season 2 is going to be interminable. 1st news since the finale and the news is excellent!

Steven Weber is already on TNT. He's playing the governor of Texas on "Dallas". That show sounds good, great that Kathleen Robertson found a show that quick after Starz pulled the quick plug on "Boss".

How is Katey Sagal strange casting for "Glee"? - its slumming for sure, but she and Ryan Murphy are buddies and she was a professional singer, her tracks on "Sons" soundtrack are better than most the "Glee" cast has put out. I'm surprised it took this long to get her on his show.
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Can't wait for S.H.I.E.L.D. !!!!!!
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J. August Richards on Shield should be great and I am hoping that his secret role is more than just another Shield agent but depends on how deep they will go into the Marvel Universe. I can't really see him as Luke Cage as is not bulky enough. If they went deeper into the universe I could see him as one of the Bradley's, Isaiah, Josiah, or Elijah.
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NBC is where good shows go to die.
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and Hosts gets Screwed
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Hannibal will be the latest victim of NBC, shame because it was actually pretty entertaining
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Kittens rule, and I actually have quite enjoyed Motive so far...
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I've always wanted to see Brittany's parents on Glee. I like to imagine that they are the complete opposite of Brittany and therefore always wondering how she turned out the way she did. They might even be slightly embarrassed of her antics. Both parents are highly intelligent, probably professors; the dad with a Ph.D. in gender studies, and the mom with a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics.
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That would be funny.
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I don't see Katey Segal or Richard E. Grant as weird casting choices.. considering she was on Married With Children and Futurama and he was in Spice World

I'm excited for SHIELD, a Joss AND Marvel tv show? awesome. and getting the dude from The Fades will also be cool. not as cool as a second series of The Fades but oh well.
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KITTENS!

And SHIELD!

Not a bad day for news.
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Julian Sands! Boxing Helena! Banshee! Three "awesomes" so it should be excellent!

Love puppies and kittens but puppies are #1:-)

I go from being mad at you for sexist comments to liking you for your awesome Hannibal (and POI) reviews--lol, I guess I'm a female who can't make up her mind!! yes, hypocritical of me to make a sexist joke about females after giving you crap about it but no one care what I say whereas you have the power...lol!

I've really liked the Canadian shows I have seen (flashpoint and lost girl to name a few)
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I'd rather see Sagal reunite with Cuoco on Big Bang Theory as her mother. I think that could be fun, but only if she plays it differently than 8 Simple Rules. Perhaps a little wilder, but not like Peg Bundy, of course.
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That's a good idea!!
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Motive is pretty good. The twist on story telling adds a new element and the procedural cases are pretty solid. Id call it a hybrid of The Closer and early CSI. However it is lacking a season-long arch (unless I am missing something) which makes it rely on its case-of-the-week more strongly than your average show.
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KITTENS =D
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Julian Sands? Nice casting choice. Hopefully it doesn't take anything away from him being some sort of recurring bad guy on POI as Alistair Wesley.
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I don't watch Motive but I can you that it's another Canadian export.

The new Carell-Gandolfini show sounds like my cup of tie but it's in HBO. Gotta wait for DVD then.
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Some good stuff to look forward to today!

Bone Wars sounds like it will be at least as good as all the other Wars shows on tv.
I was going to watch SHIELD anyway obvs but having Gunn raises it to awesome status already.
And Withnail in Girls & Doctor Who is inspired.
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Motive sounds original, but it's just another boring procedural. Sigh.
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Shouldn't OUaT be trying to repair this horrible second season before spinning something off?

Is this the same 'Motive' that's been airing in Canada? I've "accessed" and watched all of those up to this point. It's not groundbreaking, but it is something to watch and pass the time.

Julian Sands playing Rabbit's brother on 'Banshee' sounds cool. Another reason to look forward to season 2.
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To be fair the creators of ONCE are only involved in the Pilot of OUAT:W, if it gets picked up, it will be handed to someone else. Season 2 had a shaky start, but besides last episode the second half has be good.
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The second season of ouat is great.
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I wonder, was Rookie Blue originally on Canadian television prior to NBC like Motive will have been? Because Rookie Blue is like %100 Canadian too. Good for Motive though it's a good show, odd when they try and make it seem like it could be american though. Like last night where they made two references one about running in the boston marathon and don't remember the other.

and on the Katey Sagal news ...yeah playing a mom for a stint on the station where she got her start playing a mom is super weird indeed. as someone who hasn't caught any of SOA i'm looking forward to seeing her on glee.
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Yeah Rookie Blue is a canadian production as far as I know.
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Canadian shows seem to leave open the option of where they happen to allow for a wider American audience base (because you know, we dont care about anything non-American). I enjoy it for the same reason I enjoy radioshows that dont announce what time it is evey few minutes because they know people will be podcasting and listening on their own time.
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damnit ...prior to ABC*
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