News Briefs: TLC Cancels All-American Muslim

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CONTROVERSIAL CANCELLATIONS NEWS

... TLC has canceled its lightning-rod series All-American Muslim, a docu-reality drama about a handful of Muslim families living in America. The show sparked a lot of debate when it premiered because people are scared of things that aren't apple pie or baseball. It also made headlines after advertisers pulled out of sponsoring the show due to pressure from conservative groups. TLC says it didn't invite the show back for a second season because ratings weren't that good, which I wish I could believe. [Detroit Free Press]

... UK sensation Skins will end its run after seven seasons. The gritty teen drama about British youths who party hard and have lots more sex than any of us will end its run in early 2013. The success of the original Skins prompted MTV to make a domestic version, which was canceled after one season. [Guardian]


SCHEDULING NEWS

... NBC has announced an end date for The Voice: May 8! The show will also double up on episodes starting in April, airing a performance round on Monday nights and a results show on Tuesdays. The Biggest Loser will shed an hour on Tuesdays to accommodate more of NBC's hit. That also means that America's Got Talent, with much-ballyhooed new judge Howard Stern, will start its summer run earlier, on May 14. [USA Today]


SHINY NEW SHOWS NEWS

... Showtime is developing a series based on the 2007 movie You Kill Me, which starred Ben Kingsley as a drunken hit man who went to Alcoholics Anonymous after screwing up assignments. This sounds right up Showtime's alley. It's like Shameless plus Dexter. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Nickelodeon is bringing back its '90s game show Figure It Out with a 40-episode order. The original, which aired from 1997 to 1999, featured semi-celebrities trying to guess the talents of kid contestants and occasionally getting slimed because Nickelodeon can't go three minutes without spurting its goo somewhere. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Reality production powerhouse FremantleMedia is thinking of reviving Name That Tune, the popular game show that saw contestants try to guess songs based on a few notes. The project early in development, so it's unclear whether it will be blown up for primetime like American Idol or made out of cardboard for daytime syndication like Family Feud. [Vulture]


CASTING NEWS

... John Barrowman, best known for playing immortal bisexual universe-saver Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood, has landed a lead role in Shonda Rhimes' ABC period drama, Gilded Lilys. The show is set in 1985 at the first luxury hotel in New York City, and Barrowman will play the playboy son of the wealthy family that opened the hotel. [TV Guide]

... Anthony Edwards (Revenge of the Nerds, always!) is trying a return to television in ABC's pilot Zero Hour. He'll play the longtime editor of a skeptics magazine who finds out that one of his theories is true. Edwards' last regular role was on ER. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Keri Russell has settled on FX's drama pilot The Americans. She'll play a Russian spy who poses as a suburban American during the 1980s in the dark comedy/light drama/regular-colored dramedy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Better Off Ted's Jay Harrington is going the drama route, signing up for a lead role in Fox's Guilty. The show is about a lawyer (Cuba Gooding Jr.) who is disbarred but still manages to work cases through unusual circumstances. Harrington will play a fellow lawyer whose practice Gooding's character uses on the sly. [Deadline Hollywood]


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