News Briefs: Uma Thurman Joins NBC's Smash

STAR POWER!

... NBC's upcoming musical drama Smash already has a thousand beehives' worth of buzz, and it's just earned more. The midseason show has added Uma Thurman for a five-episode arc as a feisty and difficult-to-work-with movie star. The show, which is looking destined to be a hit, debuts February 6. Quick question: Uma Thurman... HOT OR NOT? [NBC, via press release]


SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS AND FINALIZATIONS

... USA has pushed back the debut of Common Law, a buddy cop show where the cops go to couples counseling. USA Network recently announced a January debut, but now feels the show will do better in the summer. [Deadline Hollywood]

... PaleyFest, which is quickly becoming one of TV's biggest events, has added panels for Two and a Half Men, Sons of Anarchy, and Once Upon a Time. Previously announced panels include Modern Family, American Horror Story, and Mad Men. PaleyFest is set to take place in Los Angeles in early March. [THR]


DEVELOPMENT DEALING AND WHEELING

... The Office showrunner Greg Daniels is developing two new animated comedy projects for NBC. One, about a girls' high school volleyball team, will be co-written by Office star and writer Mindy Kaling. The other, about twentysomethings living in L.A.'s Hancock Park, will be co-written by Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang. The real question is: Does NBC really need to get into animation? [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO is close to ordering a pilot for The Viagra Diaries starring Goldie Hawn as an older woman who is suddenly divorced after her husband runs off. It's based on the book of the same name. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE REST OF TODAY'S CASTING NEWS

... Parks and Recreation stars Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman will do voice work for Fox's Bob's Burgers. Aziz will play a teenage gamer, and Nick will play an aging hippie weed farmer. Combine them both and you have my dream job. [EW]

... Ed Asner will drop by Hawaii Five-0 to reprise his role as August March, the character he played 36 years ago on the original! HOW COOL IS THAT!? The show is even going to use footage from his original appearance! Old people are so cool. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Modern Family will welcome Bobby Cannavale as a guest star. He'll play the former clown partner of Cameron's Fizbo. If you don't know who Cannavale is, go watch the movie Win Win. It's one of the year's best. [TV Line]


KARMA NEWS

... Former Mr. Spears and current Mr. Arby's Kevin Federline was filming the Australian version of Celebrity Fit Club when he collapsed from heat exhaustion. Poor Kevin. He's had such a hard life. [US Magazine]


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After "The Vampire Diaries", "The Viagra Diaries"... Ahah !





Love Uma, she was great as Poison Ivy on the disater "Batman & Robin" and really great on the Tarantino's flick "Kill Bill".
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"Does NBC really need to get into animation?"

Yes !! Yes !! Yes!!

Claymation Executives Office. Each week one lucky fan gets to go to the set and hammer in hand, tell'm how he/she REALLY feels!!
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I love Uma, she was the best as Poison Ivy :P
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Uma was hot in the producers as Ula. She sang pretty well in that movie so I wonder if she is going to be singing at all in this show.
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Uma is beautiful and a great actor. She kicked ass in Kill Bill, was hot as Poison Ivy in Batman and Robin, let us not forget her character in Pulp Fiction!
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Loved kill bill and she was one of the only watchable things in Batman and Robin.
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Those baby blues sure do look. Cute...
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lol Uma is every guys dream date...
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Its funny that you ask that because I was going to say that Uma actually looks hot in the above picture! She usually looks like a foot. It may be the lighting, but does anyone think she looks like Tyra Banks in that pic?



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When I read your comment, I immediately imagined myself looking down at one of my feet and seeing Uma's face. Gave me a slight fit of the giggles.
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SHe is definitely hot in the above picture... but in some lighting it is a not. However, I think she is a great actress, and I am really looking forward to Smash, and I hope it doesn't suck.
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I agree with lalaforever1989: Uma's sometimes hot, in the right movie or with the right makeup or under the right light. But that could apply to a LOT of people, and I think my "hot list" should be a bit more exclusive. So, in comparison to all the ladies I definitely view as hot, I'd say Uma's NOT. And now that I think about it, Tarantino films may be the only times I actually find Uma hot.
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HOT!. Musical Drama? meeeeh. Well, I'll check it out only for Uma
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Uma Thurman, definitely big news for the show, and I cannot say that I view her as an ugly woman. Quite the opposite.



No, NBC, you do not need to get into animation.



I generally like a lot of HBO shows, but I'm not so sure about this one.
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Ed Asner's upcoming appearance on "Hawaii Five-0" is just another reason to keep watching the show. Asner contunes to deliver great performances even at this stage of his carrer. His appearance a few years ago on "CSI: NY" was nothing short of amazing.
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HBO is going to have a problem calling a show The Viagra Diaries. Not because of what it implies but because Viagra is a commercial trademark.



It's too bad they can't bring back more of the cast from the original Hawaii 5-O but most of them are dead.
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Uma Thurman ... definitely HOT
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They are making a show about a girls' high school volleyball team? And they turn it into an animation? WHYYYYY? What a great decision to ensure low ratings already before the show has begun airing.
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New look Taccado?
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Yup. Locutus-of-Borg and I shared the same picture of Marvin the Martian, and he has been a member of this site far longer. So I was the one who had to change my icon. A face of Archer was one of the few small pics that I could find that could be cropped to a tiny icon, while still being able to see what the picture was. And I like to think that I'm a little bit like Archer: not as hansom, but equally self-obsessed.
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Uma was my very first girlcrush ... HOT!
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Always thought Uma was hot, ever since I first saw her in that bed scene in Dangerous Liaisons...
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Haha, the Parks and Rec - Bob's Burgers crossover is awesome! Hippie Ron sounds unbelieveable - and funny. Both seriously underrated and successful comedies.
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Uma Thurman applies under my list of "hot under the right lighting and/or movie". Other examples: Kirsten Dunst, Hilary Swank, Angelina Jolie (too bony for me), Nicole Kidman etc etc.... feel free to add
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God, the Devil and Bob was actually a pretty good albeit short-lived animated series for NBC. I have the whole season (with the 9 un-aired episodes) on DVD, and another decent one that comes to mind was Father of the Pride.



And I remember Uma Thurman being pretty hot as Poison Ivy...
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"Uma Thurman... HOT OR NOT?" - Tough call. Even more difficult than when The Office posed the same question about Hillary Swank (my verdict: NOT). I've liked Uma Thurman, ever since I watched (one of my favorite movies of all time) Pulp Fiction. I realize it's a personal preference, but I'm going to say: HOT!
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