News Briefs: Walton Goggins Is Guesting on Community

... Get ready for awesome news in 3... 2... 1... Justified's Walton Goggins will guest-star on Community. He'll play Mr. Stone, a mysterious man who tempts the study group with an interesting offer. Could it be... the opportunity to erase Season 4 from memory? Community still doesn't have a return date, but now it has Goggins, making the wait even more painful. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... A&E has ordered the reality series Crazy Hearts: Nashville. It's another one of those shows that follows musicians as they try to "make it." Good luck to you guys, and remember, I ordered my Coke with no ice. [A&E via press release]

... Fellow TV.com newshound Kaitlin Thomas (who has been writing many editions of News Briefs lately, thanks K!) may not be a fan of ratings, but I sure am! TNT's new reality show Cold Justice debuted last night to 2.9 million viewers. Okay, I'm not a fan of ratings anymore. [TNT via press release]

... NBC is developing Former Fat Girl, a comedy based on the book 10 Lessons from a Former Fat Girl. The series is being produced by Jason Katims' True Jack Productions, and would center on a woman in her mid-30s who's lost a lot of weight and is entering the dating scene with her new trim body. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are responsible for fifty percent of television created today, and that figure might increase now that ABC has purchased First Timers, a comedy from The Neighbors producers Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker. The series would follow a guy and a gal who form a business partnership. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The likable Jason O'Mara has time-traveled for three of his biggest gigs, warping back to prehistoric days and fighting dinosaurs (and viruses and birds) on Terra Nova, zapping back to the 1970s in the occasionally outstanding U.S. remake of Life on Mars, and whooshing over to the 1960s in CBS's Vegas, but his next role will see him journey all the way to 2013! O'Mara has landed an important recurring role on CBS's legal drama The Good Wife, playing an Irish lawyer looking to join the corporate ranks. You know what this means: native accent! [Deadline Hollywood]

... More native accents! Starz has added a pair of Scottish actors to its upcoming series Outlander, a drama about a WWII nurse who time-travels back to the days of highland warriors in Scotland. Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) and Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) will play nephew and uncle in Clan MacKenzie. [Starz via press release]

... Elizabeth Hurley, or Liz Dahling, as I like to call her, will next be seen on E!'s pilot The Royals. The drama is a rare foray (for E!) into scripted television, and follows a fictional royal family. Hurley will play the Queen. And because Hurley is British, you know what that means... another native accent!!! She last appeared on Gossip Girl, but I'll always know her as the woman Hugh Grant cheated on because he was an idiot. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Arsenio Hall Show returns to televisions on Monday, September 9 (check your local listings for channels), and he'll have guests! Including Chris Tucker (Monday), Ice Cube and Lisa Kudrow (Tuesday), Magic Johnson and George Lopez (Wednesday), Mark Harmon and Penn & Teller (Thursday), and Angela Bassett (Friday). And they'll all be using their native accents! [Arsenio Hall Show via press release]


BEST CLASS EVER NEWS

... Like school and zombies but hate physically going to class? UC Irvine is partnering up with AMC and tech company Instructure for a massive open online course titled "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's The Walking Dead." The FREE course will cover "scholarly topics through the lens of a hypothetical zombie apocalypse." I can't wait for the test on keeping your dumb kid from wandering off. Sign up HERE. [AMC via press release]


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

... Remember! It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Totally Biased with W. Kumau Bell return tonight on FXX (the second X is bolded for effect). So reroute your DVRs, search your cable guides for FXX, and don't panic. There's a good chance FXX is still listed as Fox Sports Soccer. [A message from me to you]

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A&E is dead to me!!
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Shane Vendrell on Community - awww yeah! Wow between him and Breaking Bad's Hitman Mike joining the cast and Dan Harmon and Starburns being back - this season is sounding pretty awesome already!
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Was anyone else really hoping Walton Goggins appearance on Community would be as Venus Van Dam??? (If you don't know the reference, don't ask.)
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Cletus
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... Get ready for awesome news in 3... 2... 1... The Shield's Walton Goggins

i fixed it.
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I signed up the Walking Dead class and sent a link around my office to other interested parties. Looks interesting!
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Walton Goggins hopefully will be another bizarre Greendale teacher as well as a tempter.

Oh Cold Justice ratings, you confound me with your "why would anybody watch this" response.

Former Fat Girl, sounds classy and watchable, plus it's on NBC so you know it'll be good and last. And zero things there are true.

Liz Hurley: great. Liz Hurley's career choices: ugh.

Woof woof woof, the dogpound is back. Also, the only people who will be watching Arsenio will be people who get that reference, but somehow don't find it tiring. NATIVE ACCENTS!

"FXX: eh, whatever. We're like, on some channel, I guess." - what the fuck is with their current marketing? 2 weeks before premiere they finally start mentioning they exist and also oh yeah here's the channel number whatever we're too cool for you. Down in flames, bitches.
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The League - yay!
I wonder how sparse the American Football highlights will be on UK free-to-air channels this season.
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Woo, finally an actual Irish person playing an Irish person on a show. Horrendous fake Oirish accents, take note! ( I dont watch the show, so that is the only part of that news I care about).

Former Fat Girl sounds interesting, but again, alot of it will come down to casting.
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so Jason O'Mara joining the show , in future news , The Good Wife is cancelled ..

i feel like this man is one of the jinxed actors who get dumped by the network for the lack of charm and rating
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Jason O'Mara is the male version of Summer Glau? She has the power of "The Glauing", does he have "The Omara'ing"?

Anyway, The Good Wife will endure any and all shells (that don't involve Kalinda's awful rapey sex life with her ex).
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Please don't joke like that -- 'Good Wife' is one of my favorite shows! Now if they suddenly cast Ted McGinley...
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8 years on Married with Children, 4 years on The Love Boat, 3 years on Hope & Faith, Psych survived a guest starring as did several dramas, I think they could survive the onslaught of the weakest member of No Ma'am.
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Boo FXX. I guess I'll have to resort to getting my Sunny in Philly fix online.
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Walter Goggins is one of the most underrated actors on television IMO.
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I mean Walton of course :)
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Not by those of us who have seen The Shield and/or Justified.
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Excited to see Goggins in Community! Love him in Justified.

By the way... Can someone explain to me what's this "MAKE 5687$ AT HOME" comment flood. I keep seeing them in almost every page. Starting to get annoyed ;P
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They are like pests :)
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So I signed up for The Walking Dead thing... I wonder once I complete the course whether it'll be an appropriate addition to my resume?
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When will Eddie Murphy be on the Arsenio show? Get Jason O'Mara to go into the future and let us know, thanks.
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Wow, thats great for Community, love Goggins in Justified.
Some VERY cool casting additions for Community, incredibly excited for the new season!
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ratings were invented by Satan. that is all.

funny that A&E cancelled a (used to be) good (but lately has become an only bearable) show and now ordered another crap reality show. way to be, A&E!

Former Fat Girl COULD work, but it'll be crucial to find the right cast or it'll be horrible.

everytime I hear something about Josh Schwartz I get scared that somebody was stupid enough to pick up his American version of Misfits he was supposed to be developing.
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Whoa? I was excited for the US Mifits to land somewhere like FX or HBO/Showtime. But with The Tomorrow People premiering on The CW, I don't know if Misfits will even get made, which to you is apparently good news
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there's a chance the US version would be good, but it's very small.. and the chances of it being bad greatly outnumber the chances of it being good. even if it was on a premium US cable network, it still would push the boundaries too far. had too much for even a basic cable network like FX, and the tone of the show wouldn't be large enough for the feel of premium cable. it's an entirely British show.
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Yay! Walton Goggins! Community! Yay!
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