News Briefs: The Newsroom Fires Its Writers

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BROKEN NEWS NEWS

... The integrity of journalism must be protected, and in doing so, The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin has fired the entire writing staff of his HBO show. Except for his ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury, who writes on the show. She stays. Because Sorkin's art imitates his life, and characters Mackenzie and Will need that spark and tension in this drama about fixing everything that's wrong with America AND hilarious relationship problems! [The Daily]


BUSINESS TIME

... Ryan Murphy's upcoming NBC comedy The New Normal is about a gay couple trying to have a baby with the help of a surrogate. So of course a group called "One Million Moms" has a problem with it. The group complains that the show will ruin the sanctity of marriage and its 50-percent divorce rate, teach our children poor moral values of treating people equally, and turn chocolate milk into regular milk. [TV Guide]

... History has ordered another reality show, this one about flipping cars. No, not like moms amped up on adrenaline who toss cars when they're babies are stuck underneath them. That will be on TLC eventually. Counting Cars follows Pawn Stars character Danny "The Count" Koker as he buys old cars, fixes 'em up, then resells them. Look for it next month. [THR]

... DirecTV and Viacom have ended their feud, restoring channels like Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central back to DirecTV's lineup. The dispute was over—oh, you've already run off to watch Teen Mom 3. Fine. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lifetime has ordered a pair of pilots, The Secret Lives of Wives and an adaptation of The Witches of East End. The former is about a bunch of women and the latter is also about a bunch of women. [THR]


CASTING UPDATE

... American Horror Story has signed actress Clea Duvall (Carnavale, Heroes) for multiple episodes. No details on her character yet. At this point, it's news when someone DOESN'T join the cast of American Horror Story's second season. [TV Line]

... Parks and Recreation will start its next season in Washington, D.C., and making guest appearances on the series will be senators Barbara Boxer, John McCain, and Olympia Snowe. It's good to see that they can find time to star in television shows instead of sitting on their thumbs all day. [TV Guide]

... You know how I know you're old? Jennifer Jason Leigh is playing a MOM now. Leigh (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) has joined the cast of Revenge as Emily Thorne's mother. What's next, Molly Ringwald playing a mother of three? [EW]

... Burn Notice has made a few awesome guest-casting moves. Comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) and actress Sonja Sohn (The Wire) will both appear in Season 6 of the USA show. Oswalt will play a smuggler and Sohn will play a CIA director. [EW]


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