News Briefs: The Walking Dead Finds its Governor

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CASTING NEWS

... AMC's The Walking Dead has cast one of the series' most anticipated characters: The Governor, one of the most despicable S.O.B.'s ever to be made up. And the lucky actor who gets to be hated by everyone is... British actor David Morrissey! Morrissey is most famous for his role in the U.K. miniseries State of Play [Ed. note: Watch the miniseries on Netflix because it's awesome, and skip the terrible American movie version]. In America he, uhhh, played a bad guy in Basic Instict 2. He's a good actor, but I'm not convinced I can hate him enough as The Governor. We'll see when Season 3 rolls around. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lost's Emilie de Ravin has landed a role in ABC's drama pilot Americana. The soap follows a famous fashion family that's turned upside down when a new designer joins their company. De Ravin, who played Claire on Lost, will play the family daughter. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bill Pullman has been cast in NBC's comedy pilot 1600 Penn, about the President of the United States and his family as they live in the White House. Pullman will play the president, but this time he probably won't hop into a jet and blow up aliens like he did in Independence Day. Though, how cool would it be if he did? Also joining the cast: Brittany Snow (American Dreams) as the eldest First Daughter. [Deadline Hollywood / TV Guide]

... Veteran comedienne Lily Tomlin has boarded ABC's comedy pilot Malibu Country. She'll star opposite Reba McEntire, as Reba's character's mother, as the two move from Nashville to Malibu after Reba's husband cheats on her. Tomlin recently starred on Damages. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Daily Show's Larry Wilmore will star in Living Loaded, the new Fox comedy from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney. In the pilot, a party-happy blogger gets a radio show on NPR. Wilmore will play his conservative cohost. [Deadline Hollywood]


TROUBLE FOR AMERICAN IDOL NEWS

... CBS's The Big Bang Theory beat American Idol in both total viewers and ratings in the adult demo last night, the first time such a thing has happened in five years. 16.1 million viewers tuned into Big Bang, good for a 5.2 adult demo rating. Only 15.4 million watched Idol, which translates to a 4.4 adult rating. Grey's Anatomy was the last show to beat Idol, in 2007. [EW]


LATE PILOT PICKUP NEWS

... CBS has ordered a comedy pilot starring Martin Lawrence as a 46-year-old police recruit. Lawrence and CBS go together like onions and milk, so this should end up in the trash. [Deadline Hollywood]


CANCELLATION NEWS

... MTV has cancelled the animated series Good Vibes. In other news, this is probably the first time you've heard of Good Vibes. [Deadline Hollywood]


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