News Briefs: TNT Renews Perception for Season 2

BUSINESS TIME

... Here's a recipe for TV success: Make a procedural with a lead character who's full of quirks. TNT has renewed Perception for a second season. The series stars Eric McCormack as an FBI contractor who solves crimes while dealing with paranoid schizophrenia and eccentric behavior. The show has been a hit in its first season, with an audience of seven million once DVRs are factored in. Note to self: Get working on that script idea about a narcoleptic ambulance driver. I'll call it Asleep at the Wheel. [TNT via press release]

... AMC has renewed its reality show The Pitch, about the world of advertising, for a second season. The network has also picked up two more reality shows, an untitled series about taxidermists and Venice Beach Freakshow, which follows a guy as he works toward his dream of running a freak show in Los Angeles. Remember when we all looked at AMC like it was a god? And then it started hassling the showrunners of its hit shows and cut down on their episode counts and wouldn't pay them? Sheesh. [AMC via press release]

... NBC is developing a new comedy from Jerry Bruckheimer's production company called The B-Side. It's about a thirty-something woman who gets a divorce and reunites with her high-school friends. [Deadline Hollywood]

... A&E; has canceled Gene Simmons Family Jewels after seven seasons, because that's three seasons past its expiration date and A&E; hadn't cleaned out its fridge in a looooong time. [THR]


CASTING NEWS

... Game of Thrones has cast Mance Rayder! Actor Ciaran Hinds, recently seen in Political Animals as the former president and previously seen in Rome as Julius Caesar, will play the Wildling king in Season 3. Spoiler alert! We meet Mance Rayder in Season 3! [EW]

... Emmy hog and all-around amazing guy Tony Shalhoub (Monk) has signed up for the CBS pilot Ex-Men, about a bunch of older divorced men who hang out in a short-term housing project. Kal Penn will also star in the pilot. [TV Line]

... That The Office spin-off starring Dwight Schrute on his beet farm that's a really bad idea is getting closer to actually happening. Majandra Delfino (Roswell) has been cast as Fannie Schrute, Dwight's younger sister. [EW]

... Community has hired acting legend and almost porn star Malcolm McDowell to play a history professor in Season 4. Wait, I thought Matt Lucas was hired to play the history professor! Professor fight? Also, The Hollywood Reporter refers to Malcolm McDowell as "the Franklin & Bash actor," which is a crime. Screw you, Hollywood Reporter. Get over your Mark-Paul Gosselaar crush. [THR]

... Whoopi Goldberg is returning to Glee! You know what we say about that? Whoopi! Sorry, sorry. [E! Online]

... Wilfred's Chris Klein has joined the cast of Raising Hope as Jimmy's "almost" long-lost brother. Whatever that means. Remember Klein in Election? He was so good in that, but little did we know he wasn't acting. [THR]

... Tina Majorino, one of those names I always recognize but can never ever put a face to, has joined Grey's Anatomy for a secret role. I'm guessing doctor or patient. I know, I'm pretty amazing. [TV Guide]


SAD NEWS

... Real World vet Joey Kovar was found dead today. A drug overdose is suspected, though a toxicology hasn't been finalized, meaning Joey made some baaaad choices in his life. [TMZ]


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Malcom Mcdowell Almost a pornstar, what have you been watch in the dark hours of the night?

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How can such a meaningless show as Perception be a hit? Do the advertisers care about the DVDRs btw?
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Mr. Linderman himself at Greendale
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Is Perception any good, because from the trailer I saw its kinda generic I think i've seen enough Detectives that aren't really detective w/ a twist shows. Maybe next they'll try a Comicbook artist that helps a cop solve crimes based on his series.
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Something about Perception just hasn't clicked with me.I almost find him and it pointless. Nothing he has done cant be solved by real life detectives .I also dislike the idea of him having a graduate assistant who's life is on hold tending to a mental patient, don't even get me started on the silliest of affectations that crappy headphone and maestro act drives me frigging crazy!

So no I guess I don't really like Perception afterall :)
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I find it extremely boring!
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Happy about Perception! Pretty good show.



Whoopi returning to Glee. I will throughly enjoy her return as I'm not as excited to see it this season.



Tina. Heart her.
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Perception sucks, as Tim says totally procedural, what's the point?
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Rest in peace to him, and poor taste to joke about it in the same sentence as announcing it.
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The announcement was the first sentence, the joke, if that's what it was, was in the second sentence. I think enough time had passed.
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Perception is not a great show.



But it's a very watchable show, so great news.
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hooray perception! looking forward to seeing cirian hinds, tony shalhoub and malcom mcdowell. i've been enjoying chris klein on wilfred and imagine he might be a good fit on raising hope. i don't watch greys anatomy and wish they hadn't killed majorino off on true blood. a dwight spin-off is really hard to imagine. i mostly find him funny when it's him and jim trying to one up the other.
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I love Tina Majorino. I'm really disappointed she's going to be on Grey's though. I decided to stop watching after they killed off Lexie. Now Sloan is leaving. What's the point? It's been bad for 4 seasons now. Enough is enough. Sorry Tina!
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Ciaran seems like a good choice, based on his acting credentials and acclaim of his screen prowess, though I didn't think Mance was that old in the books... But as long as he kills it in season three, more power to him!



As for Perception, Eric McCormack is pretty much the main draw, for any fans of Will & Grace, but honestly, I'm all about Arjay Smith, a.k.a. Allen Strange. I've followed his career for a long time and I hope the second season fleshes out his character some more. But, it is a crime procedural, so one can never expect TOO much from those types of shows.
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Oh thats excellent i'm enjoying 'Perception'
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Is Perception that good or does people really like Eric McCormack that much.
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I only watch Perception because of McCormack, not very keen on the woman, what'sherface? She seems way to young... and boring?
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Rachel Leigh Cook? She's 33. She was kind of a big deal 10+ years ago.
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excellent news about Perception
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Perception is ok, it's lazy tv but McCormack is interesting and it's not always exactly predictable. Plus, it seems to be having a "damage" arc, the main character seems to be getting worse instead of better, which is a twist on the concept.



I was surprised as hell to learn Gene Simmons Family Jewels was still on, I thought they canned it after season 3.



Tony Shalhoub starring in the CBS pilot "The lawsuit", where the creators of "The Exes" sue "Ex-Men" for borrowing liberally from their idea. The lawsuit will end quickly when both sides realize they're owned by the same parent company, and audiences will not care.



Hey, Caligula was classy, that's why it was produced by Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione and not Larry Flynt. Classy, I say!
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Absolutely BRILLIANT casting for Mance Rayder, Ciaran Hinds was a power house as Julius Caesar on Rome. I am now (if it's possible) even MORE excited about Game of Thrones season 3.
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Tim, I thing you got something there with the narcoleptic driver, and I wouldn't mind working with you on that one. Except it should probably be called " You Snooze, You Lose"...
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As of the most recent Perception, I don't think it's awful anymore - not exactly sure why. The B-Side sound a bit dull, as does Ex-Men, but it has Tony, so maybe.
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clockwork orange!!!!
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I like Majandra Delfino, but I'll never watch the Dwight show.. ABC Family should bring back State of Georgia so she can have a job again after Dwight's show gets cancelled.



and I love Tina Majorino, but I don't want her on Grey's Anatomy.. actually, I want Grey's Anatomy to end.. it's not good anymore.
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Has Grey's Anatomy ever been good?
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"Wilfred's Chris Klein"? I had no idea he had a career outside American Pie.



And Malcolm McDowell on Community! Whoa! At least one veiled Clockwork Orange reference from Abed is on the cards, methinks.
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Ciaran Hinds is a genius move, he was absolutely perfect as Caesar, although I didn't like him in Political Animals.
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Haven't seen Rome, but I really enjoy his role in Political Animals. The whole show is quite good actually :)
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