BETTER CALL DEPUTY BILL 

... FX's Fargo miniseries better be the best damn thing the world has ever seen, considering the talent that's attached to it. And the casting director better win an Emmy for all his or her hard work. Joining Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Oliver Platt, and Kate Walsh in the adaptation of the Coen Brothers' film are Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Glenn Howerton. Odenkirk will play Bill Olson, a Bemidji deputy, and Howerton will play Don Chumph, an ambitious personal trainer. [FX via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... ABC Family and Fox came out on top in GLAAD's annual survey of LGBT characters and subject matter on television. ABC Family is cable's most-inclusive network, featuring LGBT characters or storylines in 50 percent of its programming; Fox is first among the broadcast neetworks, with 42 percent. But perhaps more important is the fact that for the first time ever, there are an equal number of male and female LGBT characters on TV. The organization's annual reports contain a plethora of information on the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 TV seasons, and I highly recommend reading them to get the full scope of the current television landscape. P.S. Way to go on renewing The Fosters today, ABC Family. [Variety]

... FX is taking this miniseries thing very seriously. With Fargo already hard at work stockpiling talent, the network is now partnering with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle for a World War II-set miniseries called Telemark. Also along for the ride are Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire, and Christian Colson, who produced it. The project is based on the true story of Norwegian resistance fighters trained by the British, who sabotaged Adolf Hitler’s nuclear development program. [EW]

... Glee's Cory Monteith tribute episode drew 7.4 million total viewers and received a 2.8 rating. Compared to last week's numbers, those figures reflect gains of 68 and 75 percent, respectively. They do not, however, account for people like me whose DVRs decided to have a panic attack at the mere thought of the sadness they were about to endure and thus only recorded the first minute of "The Quarterback." [TV Line]

... Justin Long is returning to TV in a project that just landed at NBC. The Younger Man, written by Long, his brother Christian, and Graham Wagner (The Office), centers on a happily married man in his 30s as they raise their teenage son. That sounds kind of boring until you find out that the man is more than 10 years younger than his wife and he must constantly deal with his own mother's scorn and the whispers from the community. Nah, it still sounds kind of boring to me. [Deadline]

... Remember when we told you The Simpsons was killing off one of its characters this season? That episode is now being pushed back to air as the Season 26 premiere, and the producers haven't even told the affected actor that his/her character is going to bite it. I hope they just walk around shooting looks of pity at all the cast members, in order to keep them on their toes. I mean, that's what I would do. And every once in awhile I'd say something ominous-sounding, and watch the light slowly fade from their eyes. [EW]

... After receiving nine Emmy nominations for its first season, House of Cards might not live beyond its second season. Executive producer Rick Cleveland was at the Vancouver International Film Festival last week when he mentioned that even though showrunner Beau Williamson would love to continue writing the series, it will likely to conclude with Season 2 on account of stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright wanting to work on movies instead. If this clears up space for Justified to finally earn an Emmy nomination, I'm all for it. Get outta here, House of Cards! [Gold Derby]

... Hey producers of Hawaii Five-0, when I sent you my fan fiction, I didn't expect you to make an episode out of it; I just wanted you to show it to Scott Caan! Between now and October 31, fans of the series can log on to the show's website and vote on different options for six key story points of an upcoming episode, including the scene of the crime, the victim, the murder weapon, the evidence, the suspect, and the takedown. The series will shoot the fan-built episode in early 2014. So basically it's like playing Clue backwards, but with Scott Caan. [CBS via press release]

... Holy crap, guys, MTV is trying to be relevant in music again! Okay, okay it'd be more like music-adjacent, I guess. The network has ordered a singing competition series from Mike Fleiss, the creator of The BachelorCopycat is a half-hour show in which contestants try their hardest to sound like their favorite artist. They're judged by the studio audience instead of a panel of hoity-toity judges who know something about music. [Variety]

... Jimmy Fallon is dedicating an entire week to Pearl Jam to celebrate the October 15 release of the band's new album "Lightning Bolt." From October 21 to October 25, Late Night will feature various musical guests who will perform a specially selected song from the band’s expansive discography. This isn't nearly as cool as that one time Craig Ferguson dedicated an entire week to Doctor Who. [NBC via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Watch out, lady nerds, Michiel Huisman (Nashville), who was recently cast on Game of Thrones as the new Daario Naharis, has wrangled a guest-spot on Orphan Black. He'll recur as Cal Morrison, a rugged outdoorsman whose emotional depth might surprise you. Also joining the BBC America series are Nikita's Peter Outerbridge as Henrik "Hank" Johanssen, a modern-day cowboy with a flock of followers (cult?), and Ari Millen (Rookie Blue, Nikita) as Mark, one of Johanssen's aforementioned "flock." [TV Line]

... Meg Ryan is returning to TV in an NBC sitcom from Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality). The single-camera comedy centers on a happy, non-confrontational single mom who wants to return to her former job as an editor at a New York publishing house. But when she goes back, she's not so thrilled to learn that she now reports to a younger woman who used to be her intern. [Deadline]

... Chris Elliott is dropping by Hot in Cleveland to play Betty White's new laid-back boyfriend Luke. I suppose there are worse things to be in life. [E! Online]

... Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne, The L Word) is has joined ABC Family's critically acclaimed series Switched at Birth in a recurring role. She'll play Teresa Lubarsky, "a groovy art professor at a local college where Bay (Vanessa Marano) is taking classes." [ABC Family via press release] 

... Victoria Justice is going from iCarly to Eye Candy. Even *I* hate myself for making that joke, but it's Friday so let's just move past it. The former Victorious star will headline the MTV pilot based on the R.L. Stine novel of the same name. It's a cyber thriller about a hacker whose blog routinely exposes everything from terrorist plots to murderers, but she's also described as a reclusive person so it's not exactly clear how any of this makes any sense. [TV Line]


REQUIRED READING

... Benedict Cumberbatch broke the internet today when he did a Reddit AMA. My favorite question asked whether Cumberbatch, Matt Smith, and Tom Hiddleston have cheekbone-polishing parties. Speaking of people with nice cheekbones, I would like to add Daniel Sharman from Teen Wolf to that group, because obviously. [The Daily Dot]

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AIRED ON 2/7/2014

Season 6 : Episode 25

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Wth? I thought Bob Odenkirk was taking place in a Breaking Bad "Saul" spin off??
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Fargo is a mini-series
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Yes! Daniel Sharman with his to-die-for cheekbones, nice addition! Very excited for Fargo now, the talent in the cast speaks for itself.
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I miss the announcement that Michael Cudlitz is going to play Sgt. Abraham on The Walking Dead. How freaking awesome is that? And he is doing it with some serious facial hair...

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That Fargo thing is looking good so far! I specially like the workd "miniseries" attached to all that talent.

Good news for Michiel Huisman too!
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I actually read Eye Candy in high school years ago and remember being hooked with the story... So I'm totally in with this for now. Plus, MTV has been doing great with scripted shows, IMO.
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Wanna bet Hank Azaria plays the Simpsons character who bites it? Looking at how many characters he plays on the show, it's a statistical likelihood.
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Yes, the internet is broken. Seriously, read Benedict Cumberbatch's AMA. I will never be the same.
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The fact that season 2 of House of Cards may be its last makes me kind of sad. I mean, it's obviously better to go out while it's still strong, rather than dragging it out, but I do think it has the strength to go to at least a third season. And considering how strongly Kevin Spacey has been praising the Netflix model, I'd imagine he'd want to show his support a bit longer.

But since it's a matter of the actor's scheduling, and them wanting to be in more movies, and Arrested Development is also being affected by actor schedules, I would love it if Netflix too a more lenient stance on their series than regular TV channels, so they don't necessarily have to have one season every year.
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No matter what the MTV game show, nothing beats the old REMOTE CONTROL show. I know the vast majority here are probably too young to remember but thankfully being older has its advantages sometimes. :P The first stuff of Adam Sandler on that so can't top it.

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Oh I certainly remember Remote Control. Such a fun show. I wanted to be on it so bad!
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Lol, I love Hawaii Five 0. Its not the most dramatic of series but its like watching an action movie every week. And now its interactive! The choices are so hilarious! Five Inch Stiletto as the murder weapon? Struggling Illusionist as the suspect? LOL. Can't wait for the episode.
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Aw shit, yo! You just voiced that Fargo is going to suck donkey balls, and you know it. Too many big name actors, too much cash being dropped on this project, it's going to flounder under its own weight and the weight of being a spinoff of an Oscar winner (although I'd argue an overrated one).

Kaitlin, you are totally right, "The Younger Man" still sounds boring.

If The Simpsons producers haven't told the actor yet what character is dying, I'm wavering on my vote of Mrs. Krabappel, nobody would pinkslip Marcia Wallace! It's probably one of the seventy-five Hank Azaria characters.

Ugh, Meg Ryan's sitcom sounds unbearably trite.

Love Cumberbatch's response on the cheekbone question, that alone got him cred in my book. Then he pimps John Hughes and Ghostbusters? My long-lost brother! I bookmarked the AMA and will read it next week.
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the dude in the photo is from treme right? is he Michiel Huisman? if so you should credit him as being from treme because you know, it has real music and artists and came before nashville.
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Glenn Howerton in Fargo? After him playing Dennis Reynolds for nine years, it's really difficult to see him as anyone else. When Howerton guest starred on The Mindy Project this week, I constantly expected him to show Dennis' egoistical, dickish side. Maybe playing Dennis will come handy when playing an ambitious personal trainer.
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Howerton was voicing Ernie on The Cleveland Show, and has been doing some other voice work. If Charlie Day can break out as an actor, surely Howerton can as well, he's a better actor overall IMO. Then again, anytime I see the Workaholics guys in something else, all I see is pot smoking, beer-bottle-throwing, underwear-on-head guys, so it is hard to break out.
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TELEMARK sounds pretty interesting, will definitely have to keep an eye on it.
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Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing.
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When you say Meg Ryan is "returning to TV," are you referring to her voice-over role on several episodes of Captain Planet? Because that's the only case I can think of.
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Meg Ryan also did a few episodes of Charles in Charge. I listened to the Nerdist podcast with Michael Jacobs. He interrupted an executive in a meeting to tell him they had to sign this girl. The exec refused because he had interrupted the meeting. CBS lost out, but it was the best thing that ever happened to Meg Ryan.
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Soap operas, yo! Always bet on soaps for an actor from the '80s.
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I wondered the same thing about justin long. I know I've been familiar with him for forever now but I can't place why and really didn't think it would be because of tv.
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He was in Ed.
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Surely whichever character dies on The Simpsons won't mean the voice actor will leave the show, with the actors voicing several characters each and all.

If I know House of Cards' second season will be its last, I'd be more inclined to watch. I wasn't even planning to watch it when it came out.
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except bart and lisa fairly certain they pretty much just do the two. marge doing her and her sisters would come in next me thinks. not sure who does edna but the one woman who does like all of the teen boys is the same one who does "mom" on futurama I think and also does sknner's mom and probably a number of others would be the woman who does the most voices. but yeah every one of the men do a number of voices fairly certain.
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Marcia Wallace voices Edna Krabappel, and no other characters, which is why she was my first guess.
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I have nothing against Justin Long, I don't like or dislike him... but why does he ALWAYS play the exact same character?

I like Michiel Huisman fine enough on Nashville, but if he keeps doing awesome scifi/fantasy shows I may have to take more notice. GoT AND Orphan Black? COME ON! all he needs now is a Doctor Who guest spot.
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Zach and Miri Make a Porno - definitely not the same character from Justin Long!
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I used to love Meg Ryan, but after all the plastic she looks like Joker doll!
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Her and Melanie Griffith destroyed their faces. It's a shame they felt the need to do it.
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Man, Victoria Justice is really beautiful. Aside from this fact yeah, her career is hard to take seriously. But wow, what a face. Yeah, I may just watch anyway.

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Fun Size was kind of good, for what it was... but maybe I was just too busy looking as Jane Levy?
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Boy, Justin Long's show sounds pretty bad. Maybe he should hold off for a while longer before heading back to tv or probably just stick it out in films. He made some great films. Sad to him stoop low (or at least it seems that way at this point).

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Bob Odenkirk joins Fargo miniseries. For all of you Mr. Show fans out there:

"All right, let's get grunkified!"

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Will Meg Ryan's plastic surgeon be joining her?
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I hate Colin Hanks, that's all I have to say.
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