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News Briefs: The Office's Rainn Wilson Is Getting Dramatic

CASTING NEWS

... The Office's Rainn Wilson isn't wasting time looking for a new job. The same day the NBC show wrapped production, news broke that Wilson had booked a pilot. But he isn't going back to comedy. He'll star in the CBS drama pilot Backstrom, a remake of the Swedish series about a grumpy detective. The project is being shepherded by Bones creator Hart Hanson. [TV Guide]

... Joan of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn has hopped on board the CBS drama pilot Anatomy of Violence. The show follows a not-by-the-book FBI criminal psychologist (Skeet Ulrich) who partners up with a young FBI agent presumably to do FBI types of things. Tamblyn was last seen on TV in a season-long arc on House and last seen on the internet in her awesome A-list wedding photos when she married David Cross. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ben and Kate's Ben (Nat Faxon) wasn't unemployed for too long. Though his Fox comedy was canceled earlier this year, Faxon already has a job on ABC's comedy pilot Spy. The potential series stars Rob Corddry as Tim, a father who accidentally joins the Secret Service to impress his son. Faxon will play the husband of Tim's ex-wife (Paget Brewster) who's also the principal at the school Tim's son attends. If the show goes to series, Faxon's role would be recurring. [Deadline Hollywood]

... British comic legend Stephen Fry has joined the CBS comedy pilot Super Clyde, starring Harry Potter's Rupert Grint as a fast-food worker turned superhero. Fry, best known for his work with Hugh Laurie, will play Clyde's sidekick. Okay, so this pilot suddenly became awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The other day I got all excited about Tom Berenger joining the Fox pilot Gang Related. Well now he's not going to be on the show anymore after the pilot's first table read. Thanks a lot, Tom Berenger! [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Syfy has renewed Face Off for a fifth season, because Face Off is awesome and should never be canceled. But at this rate, there will be as many seasons of Face Off as there are amateur special-effects make-up artists. Look for Season 5 this summer as Syfy churns it out. [Syfy via press release] 


... History Channel has responded to the criticism that the actor (Mohamen Mehdi Ouazzani) playing Satan in its miniseries The Bible looks an awful lot like President Barack Obama. "You all are stupid," the channel said (I paraphrased). So it's also a coincidence that the actor who plays Jesus looks an awful lot like Sarah Palin? Whatever, History Channel. This conspiracy theory sounds like a job for ZERO HOUR! [History Channel via press release]

... In more important news: There will be no Bachelor Pad this summer, much to the dismay of the makers of Valtrex. [TV Guide]

... HBO's Girls wrapped up its second season on Sunday, and it did so on a down note. Though the show's cultural buzz is high with the fanciest of fancy tight pants and the most Brooklyn-y Brooklynites yammering about it non stop, the Season 2 finale dropped to 632,000 viewers, a 37 percent decline from the Season 1 finale. A series like this—critically lauded, internet popular—typically grows in its second season as latecomers glom on, so this sharp a drop can only mean one thing: We're all getting sick of nude ping pong, semen, and Hannah wearing mesh shirts. [TV Line]

... MTV has announced the return date for its high-school comedrama Awkward.: Tuesday, April 16 at 10pm with back-to-back episodes. This season, Jenna is with Matty and Tamara is with Jake and I'm sorry this is all wrong! Tamara and Jake!? Me no likey. I should be with Jake! Anyway, here's a trailer. [TV Guide]


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I'd much rather see Rainn continue on a spinoff than do this. I watched the backdoor pilot yesterday and was very impressed, thought the cast was great and I believe it should have at least been given a several episode tryout. Why turn it down NBC? It's not like you have anything else.

So you didn't think it would catch on with a wide enough audience? Well, the same was said about 24 (real time- oh no!), Twin Peaks (do i really need to explain?), Lost (serialized plotlines!- oh no!), The Simpsons (but cartoons are for kids!), Mad Men and Breaking Bad (but how do we watch a show about a guy we can't root for?). You should have at least given it a try before everyone left for new projects. The shows that start trends usually aren't expected to do well.
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Rupert Grint and Stephen Fry in CBS, an American network. I find it both unbelievable and incredibly exciting. First time I heard about this, and I'm totally looking forward to see it. I hope CBS doesn't screw it up.
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To say that Mohamen Mehdi Ouazzani looks President Barack Obama suggests that there's a common look to all blacks. I wonder if these same people criticized the animated show mocking Bush?
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I kinda love the idea of Rainn Wilson as a grumpy detective, I can see him being good at that sort of thing. On the other hand, his turn in "Super" was a mess - so hopefully that's the director to blame.

Annnnnd Spy is now officially ruined. I was on the bubble about it due to the rather questionable casting choices, too many goofy faces in one place for the concept, and now Nat Faxon is the one that pushes it over the top.

Holy crap, Super Clyde sounds kinda awesome, and that's amazing casting. That's another one that could easily get pushed into awful territory though, if they get the wrong writers and directors it'll be a real clunker. Stephen Fry was great in V for Vendetta, but I can't think of anything else American-made that has used him well.

Face Off had a chance to not be renewed? WTF? That's Siffy's only watchable show right now!

I'd like to make the comment that they cast a guy as Satan who looks like Barack Obama is only because some people can't tell black people apart, but they do have similar noses, eyebrows and jawlines. What? Some people look a bit like other people? NO WAY!
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My beloved Rupert Grint as a superhero?! Be still my beating heart.
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i thought he was gonna have a spin off...they really introduced it pretty well in the previous office episode. looked like it could be funny.
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NBC passed on it. They thought that it wouldn't appeal to a wide enough audience. They had originally planned to air it as a backdoor pilot on the Office, so they still aired it - they just edited so it would fit since Dwight won't be leaving now.
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well the office is over in a few eps anyway, so it really doesnt matter if he left now or later
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That is Great news about Rainn! I'm still bummed that the Farm didn't get the green light cause I just adore Dwight, but Rain has some serious acting chops. He was great in six feet under and he does drama great in his movies. One of my favorite parts about Super is that mixed in with the chaos, he did some really heart wrenching serious scenes that showed what he can really do. Good choice Rainn, can't wait to see it!
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I'm actually happy about FaceOff. It's one of the few reality shows I can watch because they (usually) make cool things.
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Really looking forward to Spy show
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Stephen Fry in a super hero show, that sounds awesome.
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I don't get any of this Awkward. banter! Maybe I should give the show a shot. I've heard good things. And I'm a sucker for over-punctuation..:',?><
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Thanks for the input, guys! You've (mostly) convinced me. It's torrent time!
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It's quite good, give it a try.
I usually try to not judge any show based on its genre or subject (except for reality tv) before seeing it. But I generally feel that high-school shows have too much fakeness, hyperbolic US high school behavior (I still cant and wont believe high schools are like that in the US) and generally stupid behavior by the characters, which in theory is normal since young people ARE stupid.

However, I tried Awkward. and to my surprise I really enjoyed it. Characters are not as stupid as they could be, dialog is nice and there is a very healthy amount of silliness and running gags. Also, the main characters voice-overs are quite interesting and well written which was a surprise for me as well. The dramatic moments are also good, the young actors are doing a wonderful job, especially Ashley Rickards who was a new discovery for me. It's not Person of Interest or Community (in the good years), but it really quite well. Give it a try. The first season isn't that long :)
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I thought it was mediocre. Too teenagey and too girly. You might like it, and you might not.
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I really liked Awkward at first, last season I found kind of meandering and uneven (there were some awesome episodes, scenes or storylines). It is a random little twenty minute commitment show though.
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I seriously don't watch or care for any teen drama or comedy but I am hooked on this show and do enjoy it
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As a fellow Fringe fanatic and lover of great tv, WATCH AWKWARD. I never thought I would like a "teen high-school dramedy" as much as I do but it's definitely one of my most anticipated shows of the year. Just give it a try. You'll be hooked.
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Rainn Wilson's Dwight will go down in history as a great classic comic character and hope he's able to develop another character with that intensity someday down the line. And he was amazing in SUPER so just hope he keeps up some great work.
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So basically Awkward Season 3 should be added in every FTW from now up until April 16th.
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at first I thought the Rainn Wilson photo you used was just a messy James Spader.. and his show basically sounds like a detective version of House...

speaking of House, I'll watch anything with Amber Tamblyn even though I'm not big on cop/law related things.

I don't think he looks like Obama, and nobody else probably would've either if they hadn't said something. seems like somebody's trying to start trouble.

also, woot for Awkward!
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Well, Amber was in the cancelled TV series 'The Unusuals' It was actually pretty decent, and I think it's available on Netflix's OnDemand.
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yeah, I saw it when it was on tv.
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Can we all just say that Lena Dunham is pretentious, annoying, and fading? I mean, everything that she's made is the same. Tiny Furniture was about women in their mid-twenties struggling with life, and the same with Girls. If she can somehow incorporate something interesting besides random women complaining about their lives in the city, then yeah, you might get me back as a viewer. But until then, salud.
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Also interested in Rainn Wilson's new show. Looks like an ideal role for him.
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Super Clyde! Stephen Fry! My excitement level is high enough to warrant a third exclamation mark!
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I was interested in Super Clyde when it was first announced but much less so now, I've always found Stephen Fry so off putting and aggressive, at times he's more mean than funny and his his constant arrogant attitude keeps me from laughing at anything that he says that actually funny.
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Stephen Fry is great on QI, was great in his guest spots on Bones, his documentaries on mental illness and travelling across America were very engaging, The times he has been aggressive or mean are when he is acting. i find him to be intelligent and fairly self deprecating in a lot of the thins i have seen him in, he is also very funny at times
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I'm surprised he was never on House. he played that psychologist on Bones, but he might have made that more interesting on House. And both were FOX shows, so it would seem like a no-brainer to have him on House at some point as a patient, if not a psychiatrist, or even a visiting, pompous British doctor/surgeon in an episode.
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Awkward. !!! I like this show too much given that it's on MTV.
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Can we make Jake clones so we can all be with Jake?
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I think it's cute that Tim is Team Jake. Although we all know Jake should be with Matty. Fo sho.

Oh and about Girls, I avoided it all season one and then my friends beat me into submission and marathoned the first season and I actually came to like it but these past two episodes, everything was good except the Hannah part. Shiz like that just makes my skin crawl.
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Super Clyde sounds awesome already Stephen Fry makes it a must watch. Backstrom sounds cool.
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Tim we know you've never liked Girls so don't pretend you're part of some zeitgeisty demographic that is supposedly tiring of the show. The season finale was fantastic and had some real poignancy, it's a pity so many people missed out on it.
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No Tim, I should be with Jake.
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maybe everyone finally realized Girls was awful just like the rest of us did after one quarter of one episode.
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I recently rage quit watching that show as well. I actually turned it off in the middle of an episode. I'm almost Lena's age, I'm not an American (maybe that's the problem) but I really really really don't feel like she is the voice of my generation (or any generation for that matter). Again, the cultural difference might be the issue but I kinda don't see any people around me living such or similar lives.

Her generation is spoiled, reckless, rude and awful (I'm sounding like an old dude, aren't I?).

I saw how Price liked the show and everyone else was into it as well. And I tried, god knows I tried, but I just CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.
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there's no doubt that Super Clyde will get picked up and will be funny, cant wait for that one
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If Backstrom gets the green-light, by the 2nd season it and Rainn Wilson are raking in the Emmy's.
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