News Briefs: The Voice of Elmo Is No Longer Accused of Having Sex With a Minor

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WE TAKE IT BACK NEWS

... The now-23-year-old man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer for Sesame Street's Elmo, of engaging in an underage sexual relationship with him when he was 16 years old has recanted the claim just a day after the internet exploded over it. The unidentified man now says it was a sexual relationship between two consenting adults, which falls in line with what Clash in responde to the allegation. You may now resume playing with your Tickle Me Elmo dolls. [NY Times]


BUSINESS TIME

... The MacGyver movie that's been in the works for a few years has taken another step toward reality. New Line is talking to Saw franchise director James Wan about helming a feature film about the mulleted gadget master. It's still a long way from coming to a movie theater near you, though. [Fox News]

... TV Land has ordered 10 more episodes of The Exes, bringing the show's second season to a total of 22 episodes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Super producer Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec (showrunner of The Vampire Diaries) are teaming up on an adaptation of the 1970s British sci-fi series The Tomorrow People. The series follows a bunch of young'uns who are basically the next stage of evolution and have special powers they use to fight bad guys. (Ahem, Heroes?) [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is eyeing a project from actor Josh Duhamel (Las Vegas) set behind the scenes of a daytime soap opera. The light drama would follow the actors and crew, whose offscreen lives are just as crazy as those of their on-screen counterparts. Duhamel got his start on All My Children, so the man knows a thing or two about long-lost twins and eyepatch-wearing uncles. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is looking to turn Disney theme park rollercoaster Big Thunder Mountain into a television show. It's gonna be one hell of a ride. (LOL!) [THR]

... MTV is giving Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino his own talk show. It would feature guests being interviewed by Vinny in his Staten Island home with his big Italian family around. Vinny was the most tolerable of the Jersey Shore stars, which is kind of like saying skin cancer is my favorite kind of cancer. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) has landed the big role of Axel Foley's son in CBS's reboot of Beverly Hills Cop. The show, produced by Eddie Murphy and showrunner Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Last Resort), follows Foley's son Aaron, a cop who's trying to establish his own identity away from his famous father. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kyle MacLachlan will guest-star on The Good Wife in a tip-top-secret role. MacLachlan, best known for his role on Twin Peaks despite what Entertainment Weekly says (they claim he's best known for Desperate Housewives), recently starred on Made in Jersey, which was quickly canceled by CBS. [EW]

... Nip/Tuck's Dylan Walsh will drop by ABC's Revenge for a few episodes. He'll play a rival to Conrad Grayson who has just as much bank. [EW]

... Arrow has booked Seth Gabel (Fringe's Lincoln Lee) to play a character based on the DC Comics villain Vertigo. His character won't be named Vertigo, however, and will undergo some changes for the CW show. [TV Line]

... Liza Minnelli is joining NBC's Smash, a show I totally forgot that existed until just now. She'll play herself, so I guess she's a pretty good choice for the part. Although Margo Martindale might be a better fit for the role. [NBC via press release]

... Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. has added a few more lesser-known actors to its roster. Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker will play a pair of agents, Gemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, who are whiz kids at science and technology, respectively. [THR]

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