The Bones Spinoff Grabs a Huge Star

... The proposed Bones spin-off, based on the Locator series of books, has grabbed its first cast member. The Green Mile's Michael Clarke Duncan, the man who can rip you into two pieces (and would, if he could get away with it), will play the partner of the show's lead, who is yet to be cast. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Tim Kring is taking another shot at television after driving the once-promising Heroes so far into the ground that it ended up in China. Fox has ordered a pilot of Kring's Touch, a supernatural drama about a father who discovers that his autistic son can predict the future. Don't be surprised if the kid ends up in a carnival in Season 4. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is synonymous with schedule messes, so this news shouldn't be a surprise. The network has decided to put Law & Order: Los Angeles on hold while it rejiggers the series for creative purposes (star Skeet Ulrich and two other stars were recently let go). As a result, Parenthood will no longer move to Mondays as planned. NBC has also decided to put The Marriage Ref on hold, instead adding America's Next Great Restaurant to its schedule. Wow. This is seriously like picking through the garbage to decide what to wear for prom. [Associated Press]

... In non-horrible TV news, Veronica Mars and Party Down creator Rob Thomas is developing a comedy pilot for Fox. Little in Common follows the families involved in a Little League team. [EW]

... Ratings news! The premiere of NBC's Harry's Law, which was trashed by critics, was gobbled up by viewers, drawing 11 million old people viewers, but only a 2.1 rating. But in bad news for fans of carnival-worker bank robbers, The Cape dropped a hefty 31 percent from its premiere. Go ahead and blame Summer Glau. [EW]

... Did you know the "Dad" from $#*! My Dad Says used to be a bit of a sci-fi action star? True story! Well he's helping out one of his pals, as William Shatner revealed via Twitter (how apropos!) that Lee Majors, best known for playing The Six Million Dollar Man, will guest star on the CBS comedy in early February. [THR]

... USA made some development moves today, picking up two new shows to series. A Legal Mind and Necessary Roughness have both received 11-episode orders in addition to 90-minute pilots. A Legal Mind centers on an oddball pair of lawyers, and Necessary Roughness follows a therapist who works for a pro football team. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ricky Gervais will be stopping by the American version of The Office on January 27. Gervais, of course, played the Michael Scott figure in the British version that inspired the U.S. adaptation. Heck, I might even tune in to watch this episode. [TV Line]


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The Cape would have been a better show if Summer Glau were the title character and that other guy (don't even know his name, nor do I care to) was her sidekick.
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why would i blame summer glau for anything? she is a vision of beauty
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i'll be kind and not even comment on how far down the toilet 'bones' has gone, but i don't understand why the 'locator' series needs to be a spin-off of it in the first place. if the shows have nothing to do with one another, and you 'introduce' one show on the other by bringing in completely new characters, can it really even be classified as a spin-off anymore? i mean im not saying it cant have positive results (ncis, csi:ny....though those at least had some common ground), i just wonder what the point is.
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@dark7angel yes but she's cursed and most of the shows she goes on gets canned. its only funny cuz its true
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I really like The Cape. It's much nicer to watch something where you can suspend your imagination and enjoy it, rather than seeing all this realism. We need heros! I think it's fun and hope it lasts.
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Seriously??....People watched the garbage that is 'Harry's Law'?? 11 million viewers? And Lights Out which is the best new show, loved by critics all around, gets a big drop? Come on people, something is clearly wrong with the ratings system!
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The Touch seems like an interesting idea now if only someone other then Kring could execute it.
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Harry's Law - the new Matlock.
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It's impossible to take NBC seriously now.
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I will not watch anything from Tim Kring ever again. The man clearly doesn't know how to make a TV show even having something with a lot of potential. He choose over and over again the easy, obvious and crappy way.
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NBC is a disaster, please God enlight NBC's executives, they need a lot of enlightment instead of a lot of tequila...
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Bones spin-off? **heavy sigh**
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Us old folks (56) like a variety of shows in all genres.
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My son and I both love Kathy Bates and have seen everything she has ever been in, and we both found Harry's Law to be both funny and touching. So drop the old jokes. My son is 21. We also both enjoy The Defenders and hope switching to Friday nights does not kill it. It is nice, we both agree, to see more shows that are not too serious and are fun to watch, like Bones. Other shows we watch together are Parenthood, Criminal Minds, B leep My Dad Says, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, Bones, the original CSI. And my favorite is Supernatural, and although my son dislikes it, my 33 year old daughter watches it as does my 79 year old mother and my 52 year old sister. (I am 56)
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the cape is horrible, they should have hung onto Heroes and fix what was broken, if it was?
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You have no idea who the 11 million were, who watched Harry's Law - I'm tired of the "old people" jokes - If lucky, everyone gets older and by virtue of simply your age, you should not be the subject of ridicule. There are plenty of younger people (some of them write for this site) who appear, to me, to be fairly ridiculous.
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Harrys law was bad because the script writers are failing in making an alleymacbeal copy about a fat lawyer this time and completely fails in making it credible, funny or even provocative. in adition they keep pushing subtle socialist agendas in their show. axe it now

the Cape failes not because of bad acting, although it is pretty awfull, but becasue the story, pace and directing is bad. no idea why they pushed this beyond a pilot. Axe it now!!
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This "blame Summer Glau" jokes are really getting old and annoying!!! She's a very talented actress!
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The biggest problem with "The Cape" is its boring lead. David Lyons just doesn't have what it takes to be a heroic series lead. That is why it lost its viewers and why they won't come back. Had they cast a stronger lead, this is a pretty good show. They needed to find an Andy Whitfield type, someone the audience could get behind and root for and Lyons just isn't up to the role and really isn't likable at all. James Frain, Keith David, Summer Glau, and Bear McCreary's score are the best things about the show. The actor that played Gregor Molotov in this weeks new episode would have been a better choice as "The Cape" - he was compelling and interesting to watch which Lyons simply isn't.
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Summer Glau is amazing, NBC is the worst-run network in TV history. Sadly, it was a match made in true Shakespearean form.
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Summer Glau needs a new agent. She keeps getting roles on shows that just don't last, although the problem isn't her it's the material. Sci-fi and fantasy, with some exceptions, generally don't do well on network TV. The Cape suffers from being too comic-book oriented, although they've just got to stop dealing with the guy's family. If anything it's the "cute kid" curse.
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Summer Glau is not to blame and has nothing to apolgise for, other than being almost too awesome :) Hopefully after a few more ep, when The Cape has gotten into its stride, then the audience will come flooding back.
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Awesome, cant wait to see Ricky Gervais on the office. Oh and Lol at the autistic kid ending up in a carnival on season 4 :)
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please just cancel ALL Law and Orders!! please, im begging you.

and i will go right ahead and blame Summer Glau.
David Lyons is hot and i wont beable to stand it if The Cape gets axed
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He is very popular T.V actor and i love him.
Nitric Oxide
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I don't want a Bones spinoff, it worries me.
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cool for bones, lol for kring and tight for s**** my dad says
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Ah, so it's insulting to comic book lovers, that's why it's getting trashed. Nice to hear from the final arbiters of what gets to be a show.
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i actually like the cape. its kind of bad but its good
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I hope the Cape gets canned, that show is terrible and insulting to anybody that loves comic books.
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Harry\'s law was good douche, you **** on every show. I\'d love to know what you like bc from the sounds of it it\'s nothing. shame the cape dropped.
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This guy is a douche. I wonder how much he gets paid to just write a bunch of garbage about shows that are not even out yet..
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#### my dad says is just plain bad!!!!
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hahahah, that comment about the autistic son ending up in a carnival by season 4 left me in tears. :D
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Gervais played David Brent who Michael Scott was based on, it might have been nice to get the name of the original in there.
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