News Briefs: Kyle Chandler's Showtime Pilot About the Catholic Church Is DOA


CLOUDY EYES, EMPTY HEARTS

... I regret to announce that Showtime has opted to not move forward with Kyle Chandler's The Vatican pilot. The project, which lost Paul Attanasio as showrunner after the pilot was shot, was described as a "contemporary thriller about spirituality, power, and politics." There was also some business about reshoots coming back with problems. I have a feeling that's code for "Kyle Chandler was too good for this idea and we wanted to let him do something else with his life, even if it isn't that now-dead Friday Night Lights movie." [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... What happens in Vegas won't be staying in Vegas in the case of Modern Family. The comedy is currently planning an episode in which the entire extended Dunphy-Pritchett-Mitchell clan travels to Sin City. Executive producer Chris Lloyd says the idea is at 75 percent right now, but they hope to have it finished soon. [TV Guide]

... Saturday Night Live often holds showcases/auditions looking for new talent, and apparently the show held one in L.A. last night that was specifically for African-American women. Hey, SNL, that's probably not the best way to fix that particular problem of yours. [Deadline

... Ashley Benson of Pretty Little Liars is not a fan of Photoshop—or more specifically, what it's done to her face and the faces of her co-stars, in a new poster for PLL. I don't know what she's talking about, I think they all look wonderful.

Okay, I kid. It's refreshing to see a young actress speak out against the raging Photoshop-retouching problem that's seemingly everywhere at the moment. So thanks, Ashley. [E! Online]

... ABC has ordered four more episodes of Shark Tank, bringing the total episode count to 28 for the unscripted series' fifth season. I only just found out that this show does not actually have anything to do with people going shark-diving, and I'm horribly, horribly upset now. [THR]

... David Shore, who created a little something called House, has a new drama project in development at WGN America. It's titled American Dream (not to be confused with American Dreams, which ran on NBC from 2002 to 2005) and it's being described as a cat-and-mouse game between a Manhattan homicide cop and one of America’s top CEOs, where the former suspects the latter of being a murderer, as you sometimes do. Apparently the CEO "needs psychopathic games to refuel himself personally and professionally," and a cop uses this to "make inroads into a world he’s always wanted to inhabit—that of the rich and famous." I don't know about you, but that sounds like a perfect pair of roles for Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard. [Deadline]

... Pick up some beer and grab that Sound of Music Live! Drinking Game card, because NBC is bumping its annual broadcast of It's A Wonderful Life for an encore of the no-longer-live musical. And that shaking you just felt was Jimmy Stewart rolling over in his grave. It's A Wonderful Life will still air, but a week later. You can now catch it Saturday, December 20 at 8pm. [TV Guide]

... Duck Dynasty's one-hour Christmas special drew 8.9 million viewers last night. That means there were 8.9 million people NOT watching American Horror Story. For shame, America. For shame. P.S. Did you know that you can buy special Duck Dynasty-themed Chia Pets? [Deadline]

... Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter already has his next project lined up. FX has ordered a pilot from Sutter called The Bastard's Executioner, a period piece about a former knight under King Edward III who becomes the king's beheader. Sutter will work on his new baby once he wraps up Season 7 of Sons of Anarchy, which is expected to be the series' last. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Jamie-Lynn Sigler was once in one of the most admired dramas of all time, The Sopranos. Then she was in Entourage. Pretty steep drop-off, eh? Well, the exponential plunge ain't done yet. Sigler will guest-star on Fox's Dads as a love interest for Seth Green's character. Expect to see her in the January 21 episode if someone is torturing you and forcing you to watch Dads. (Editor's note: Tim wrote this one, so all you Dads and Entourage fans please don't say nasty things about Kaitlin.) [TV Guide]

... Eddie Matos, who appeared on soaps like All My Children and General Hospital, is heading to Hart of Dixie. He'll recur as Grandma Breeland's attractive Latino driver and romance one of the women of Bluebell. Considering Lemon is currently taking care of her grandmother, and Lemon's currently single, I'm betting it's Lemon. Which leads me to ask, "But what about Robert Buckley?!?!?!" [THR]

... AJ Michalka, sister of Hellcats' Aly, will guest-star on an episode of ABC's The Goldbergs. She'll play a wild child who befriends Erica. [TV Line]


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If Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard get to work together on another show, I would watch it, just because.
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As nice as it is to know Sutter has a new project coming...

Everytime someone mentions the end of SoA my heart bleeds

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I don't see any issue with SNL doing a casting call for African American women. They obviously want some women of color on the show but nobody that has auditioned so far made the cut.
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler once played Heidi Fleiss. But you chose Entourage. ok. whatev.
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No Kyle Chandler on the little screen :-( but I'm patient, I'll wait. The Bastard's Executioner by Kurt Sutter already has me wondering which SAMCRO member would make a good knight, Bobby maybe, Jax has the accent for sure....I know I'm reaching but it's going to be said to see some of my favorite actors not be on the television after SOA ends next year.

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I am a huge fan of Kyle Chandler. It's disappointing to see his new show is already dead, but I can't wait to see what he does next. Good move by SNL. I really like the newer cast members and I expect they'll make a good hire when they finally add a black woman to this cast.
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I am glad SNL is adding black women now I think they will think add more of other minorities as well since there are more races than african and caucasian
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Irony - photoshop story about a young actress 2 days after South Park broached the subject.

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Sutter#S NEW PIECE SOunds fun. I hate my keyboard.
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I was actually kinda looking forward to The Vatican. Kyle Chandler is awesome and I like shows about power and stuff like that. But if it was shit, then let him move one to something better. Maybe he could guest for an episode on Nashville and we could have a Taylor reunion!
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American Dream sounds like a mini series to me.
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Great news that SNL will be adding an African-American female cast member. They need some help there. A funny skit with Kerri Washington playing all the roles pointed out that hole when she hosted. Even better news if they replace Aidy Bryant with her. She sucks Lorne!
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"I don't know about you, but that sounds perfect for Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard."
Absolutely, yes. But which one would you cast as the psychopathic CEO and which one as the cop? I think Laurie would make a good cop!
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Now WGN America is developing original series programming? Geez, who's next: the Weather Channel? C-SPAN? HSN?
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Weather Channel produces a number original, non-fiction series, though they've scaled back on this.
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Ugh, any news relating to Dads, other than it being cancelled, is hard to stomach.

Also, It's a Wonderful LIfe being bumped for the horribly acted the Sound of Music? NBC: People tuned in because it was a live thing and things could go wrong or be great. Everyone knows what happened. Everyone knows Carrie Underwood can sing but should leave the acting to the professionals. People either watched it, DVR'd it, or don't want to watch it (including those that wish they hadn't watched it or wasted space on the precious DVR). UGH!
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Next thing you know, Jamie-Lynn Sigler will star in her own show on NBC. You can't drop any more than that!
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I'm not so sure, there is always the Murder, She Wrote remake with Octavia Spencer!
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I think Jamie-Lynn Sigler fans should be more pissed than fans of these two shows.
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wasn't / isn't Jamie-Lynn Sigler on guys with kids or something like that? that was only one step above dads if at all.

I'm 99% certain this SNL business all started with an IMDB board asking why there aren't any / haven't been any black chicks in some time. this lead to keenan being asked about it in an interview and now an apparent publicity stunt (or legitimate attempt to cast a black chick.) whatever the case hope you find one and lose kate. I'm sick of her one facial expression and the fact that her characters all have the same voice. possibly most of all that people think she's some sort of talent.
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Modern Family went to Hawaii and Montana together, isn't that enough? Who does this in real life, a dozen people all on vacation together? And Vegas, how cliche. That said, I'll watch because it's still an ok show compared to most of the stuff lately.

Ugh, SNL really, you pulled an Affirmative Action tryout? How dumb are you? Great, now the show is actively seeking tokens again, no tokens, just broaden your horizons organically.

American Dream sounds like an interesting episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but not a series.

Geez Kaitlin, what the FUCK was with you bashing Entourage and Dads so hard? (heh heh heh. Also, I don't watch either show, I've seen a couple episodes each and that's it. Never saw The Sopranos either. I am only posting this to mess with Kaitlin.)
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Another reason for you to watch The Sopranos: how to properly mess with somebody.
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I've done the large-relative-thing a bunch of times; but only 2 connected families at once so 7 or 8 people instead of Modern Family size. And we're not loaded.

Meanwhile, on Modern Family it's stated that Jay does very well for himself with his owned business so he probably helps pay. Add to that that they're all related and close, it's not that hard to believe.
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Yeah, you and Trev both have that "8 people" thing, which somehow seems more manageable than a bus-full. But 3 years in a row? The show suggests the family is upper-middle-class and it's a dozen people going on vacation every year like this. It's not relatable.
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"Who does this in real life, a dozen people all on vacation together?"
I'm actually going to Rome next year with 7 of my relatives - so I guess some people do! (Well, not quite a dozen, but still.)
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You are a glutton for punishment. ;-) And are you going to do this again next year, did you do it last year and the year prior?
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No, this is first (and possibly last). We actually all get along well - I hope we still do in April!
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great news ...

f*ck kyle !
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One thought: Early Edition reboot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hellz yeah!
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Seconded, I'd like to see what happened to Gary Hobson. Does he still get the paper, is it still delivered by a cat? Inquiring minds want to know.
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American dream looks great
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There is now an "American Dream," an "American Dreams" and an "American Dreamz." Can't use it anymore; every variation has been copyrighted.
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They could always call it 'Dream America'.
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:World Police
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Yes, but it wouldn't be the same would it, because it's not america, but american.

But Dream American could work. As in dream like an american or dream in an american way.

Also...if they stylized american with @, you'd have several more shows.

I think we need to copyright this, so that hollyweird won't be snatching our ideas!

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Did I do it correctly?
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Or "American's Dream", "Americans' Dreams", "American's Dreams", "Americans' Dream", and that's not including the "Z" variant.

Did you know "Field of Dreams" was almost not called that, the book is called "Shoeless Joe", but the studio thought that sounded like a movie about a homeless guy so they forced the title change despite the director's complaints. Ironically, the director later found out that the book's original title was "Dream Field" but the publisher changed it from what the author wanted.
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Unless 'murican Dream/s/z could be something?
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Kinda funny that just a few hours ago I found myself pondering what a future Sutter project could be (which is something I've never done before) and now I have an answer. A period show about a royal executioner sounds just plain awesome. I'm also very relieved it won't involve motorcycles or over-the-hill Surfers. (How do you go from Deadwood to John from Cincinnati?)
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