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News Briefs: The Walking Dead Finds its Governor

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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Waitwaitwait... Did The Walking Dead move *really* fast since I stopped watching or are they going to skip over a pretty huge part of the story there? Or are they doing the Governor first, then going back to the more sustainable long-term... well, other thing?



Actually, when they cut the budget I assumed they'd go for the... other thing right away. It's pretty much a sitcom setting at that point, and it could have been done for well cheap for a season before having to move on.
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I just want to know then where they meet the person who helps end the possible next story?
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Huh. Good question. Maybe they wanted to do the Governor before the... the... other plot?
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Great News for The walking dead; a truly great show! Also,, CBS was probably partying for the time win. Kudos for Big Bang theory,, that episode surely deserved it.
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Well I'm already afraid of him :P
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Well, hopefully he'll be creepy without being as book creepy. AMC's got a lot of toning down to do...
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Toning DOWN?!?! Screw you man, that is how you ruin a show. If you want baby town frolics go back to PBS man.
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Well, some things might be a smidgen necessary. I mean, maybe they won't tone it down, but then who will M be?
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I hated the resolution of that whole thread in the books. It felt bad. Like shock value bad. Like Mark Millar shock value bad. It wasn't creepy as much as unrealistically mean spirited, so it damaged suspension of disbelief for me.
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BBT would be awesome if it didnt have a laugh track!



And we suffer through another season of Walking Dead? They should all be zombies by now, they're all so reta**ed!
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I don't think anybody should be proud of watching American Idol or Big Bang at 8. Your watching the wrong show.
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Well, Community isn't back yet, so until then, I will watch Big Bang over Idol.
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Oh? Where are we these days on Big Bang? It seems it was ok to enjoy for a bit, went to guilty pleasure from there... Is it nerd-banned at this point?
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HAHA! It IS the first time I've heard of Good Vibes! :P
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Me too. I don't have a clue as to what it is.
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Big Bang Theory over American Idol any day. :)
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I really liked David Morrissey in State of Play so I'm looking forward to that!
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I feel apprehension on behalf of Community, entering the fray against 2 Juggernauts. I don't watch Walking Dead, but David Morrissey was great in State of Play, Blackpool, Doctor Who--everything I've seen him in.
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stunned and joyed that Big Bang beat American Idol. I love the show and all I ever hear about when it comes to ratings is that American Idol is king and I don't know a single person who still watches it.
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I know people who do, but I can't stand it. It may have been okay at one time, but J.Lo is a joke.
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Bill Pullman as the President, again? That's uh, interesting...
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YESSS finally Walking Dead seems like it will be kicking into high gear! After these lame episodes on the farm i cannot wait for whats to come!
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I haven't read the Walking Dead comics, but my heart sinks at a character named the Governor. I hope this doesn't mean we're about the enter the cliched world of a recurring villian who is never killed off, but pops up every so often to harrass our heroes and then miraculously and implausibly survives to harrass another day. Been there, done that, don't want to do it again. Still...could be wrong. Frequently am. So I'll hope for the best.
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No spoilers in this comment, just some info about the comic and my theory.

I have read up to book 10 in the comic series and I can tell you that the Gov arc is an arc that concludes. All I can say is that first they really stretched out the being at Hershel's farm story, which in the comic series is the second half of book 2 which amounts to 3 issues, they leave after the barn incident which plays out differently. You don't have to have read the comic to figure out that they wouldn't be staying there on the show for the rest of the series. From what I have seen in the previews it seems they are about to set up the next place they go where they stay for a while. Now during that time a new character which I really hope they bring in is a katana wielding BAMF woman named Michonne, she has nothing to do with the Governor himself, she's a wanderer and ends up joining the group, and when the Gov arc start she plays a big part. She and some of the characters venture out from where they are staying is when the Governor story starts. He is as the article says WAY WAY worse and more evil than any zombie and part 1 of that story arc is book 4.. Then some events happen after the fallout but does come to a conclusion in a later book I won't say which. So depending how soon the arc begins in the show I would say that he could be the next season long arc villain, also depending how many episodes the season is could end in the finale or carry over into a some episodes of season
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read the comics you will be very surprised... but I'm sure the comics will be as close to the events as possible in season 3 so expect amazing things to come
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Americana sounds like Bold and the Beautiful
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I liked Good Vibes... Lol
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Me too. Though filled with cliches / stereotypes it was still good-natured, optimistic, fun. No more, no less. I called it a Nicktoon for adults. You can't say it was worse than Alan Gregory?
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Milk and onions, awesome!



I heard of Good Vibes every time Beavis & Butt-head went to commercial, it was incessant and maddening. I doubt I've ever reached for the DVR jump-forward button faster, every single thing they put in ads looked really bad.
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Reba McENTIRE! McENTIRE!
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thank you! fixed!
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Goo Wha?
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Martin Lawrence on CBS? Ewwww!
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Black actors don't belong on CBS unless they are secondary characters. Or someone to be laughed at or stereotyped. LOL!!
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shut the fuck up, u fucking racist
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BIGOT, Daffynition: contraction of Big & Idiot. An uncultured, uneducated individual. (usually the result of of incestual dalliance).
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What the hell?? Where did the question of black actors come into the picture?? The prospect of Martin Lawrence on CBS is laughable because of his previous work, similar to how Rob Schneider is single handedly dropping the average IQ of the CBS viewer.

Your comment sucks.
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Read between the lines of the article. Glad to know I live on a "Third World" island of Negros whose truthful remarks are not deemed insensitive under the Freedom of Speech Act. LOL Unlike most "developed" nations where every statement is monitored for insensitive words.
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"Is it racist?" Yes.
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Congratulations! Your post was just voted as

"The douchiest comment of the week"
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Please shut the hell up.
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Appending "LOL" to your post doesn't make it any less racist. Perhaps you believe only shows geared toward people under 30 should appear on the CW. Everyone stay their designated silo and no one gets hurt? Except separate isn't equal.
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Good riddance Good (Bad) Vibes got cancelled. That thing wasn't just bad...it was an abortion.
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I'm thrilled that the governor is going to appear on The Walking Dead, and I hope this largely unknown actor can surprise us. All we need now is Michonne.
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Exactly what I was going to write, I am trying to think of an actress who could play her. But I have a feeling that a a katana wielding BAMF woman who is complex as Michonne may not fit into the tv series. As much as I and ALL readers of the comic are wanting her to be in the show, I don't know maybe it's just me but with the feel and tone of the show I just have a feeling the producers will cut her out, but than again Robert Kirkman being as heavily involved as he is and with how much Michonne plays into the Gov events and beyond maybe they will find a way.
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Morrissey is GOD. You should watch Thorne and Red Riding
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David Morrisey probably is well known, but I've never head of him, so I'll have to check his stuff out. Maybe I won't though because I like to be surprised by somebody I don't know.
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