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SYNERGY NEWS

... I haven't seen this Frozen movie that's all the rage among 10-year-olds and some people whose judgement I question, but apparently it's huge, so naturally Once Upon a Time is milking it, seeing as how Disney and ABC are part of the same mega-corporate family. The fairy-tale drama is in the process of casting a trio of characters from the movie, including Queen Elsa, her sister Anna, and Kristoff. Of course, Oncers got a glimpse at Elsa in OUAT's Season 3 finale, so that part shouldn't be much of a surprise. Who would you cast as the trio? [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... George Clooney is getting into television! Sort of. Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, which he runs with Grant Heslov, has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, and Smokehouse will produce and develop drama and comedy series for Sony. Finally, Clooney gets his big break! [Deadline]

... Sunday's broadcast of the Tony Awards on CBS drew 7 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, which broke even with last year's event in total viewership but fell in the ratings, meaning the Tonys' native audience is just getting older and young'uns do not appreciate the art of the stage. [TV Line

... Comedy Central is debuting its new stand-up show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail on Wednesday, July 23 and HOO BOY look at the comics it's got lined up to make you laugh: Weird Al Yankovic, Marc Maron, Steve Agee, TJ Miller, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Anders Holm, Doug Benson, Jenny Slate, Kyle Kinane, Jim Gaffigan, and MORE. For those who don't live in the Los Angeles area, The Meltdown is one of the premiere stand-up showcases in Tinseltown, and is hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley). [Splitsider]

... Here's your Sutton Foster fix for the day. Behold the new trailer for TV Land's Younger, about a woman who poses as a 20-something gal and asks old-woman questions like, "What's LOL?" 


... If you're still holding out hope that Fox's romantic comedy Us & Them—the comedy based on the U.K. show Gavin & Stacey and starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel—would eventually make it to your TV screen even though the series was shelved, it's time to give up. The six episodes that Fox produced will never air, despite initial thought that they might surface sometime this summer. [TV Line]



CASTING NEWS

... James Tupper has been promoted to series regular for the fourth season of ABC's Revenge. The actor, who also starred on Men in Trees and most recently appeared on Resurrection, plays David Clarke, a man who was presumed dead but, as of the Season 3 finale, is very much alive. Will his presence interfere with Emily's plan for REVENGE? Will this show go on for 23 seasons of revenge planning? [TV Line]

... Lifetime's Whitney Houston biopic has found its lead. Yaya DaCosta, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model, will play the singer and eventual drug addict which still makes me sad today. I remember slow-dancing with Molly Jenkins to "Greatest Love of All" at my junior high school prom, and I can still remember her telling me, "Get your hands off me, creep." Ahh, memories. [TV Line]

... A&E's adaptation of The Returned is putting together a pretty impressive cast. (It still won't be as good as the awesome original French series, though.) Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed) has joined the Carlton Cuse project and will play Rowan, a woman who never quite got over the death of her musician boyfriend, even though 10 years have passed. Also joining the show are Sandrine Holt (Hostages) as Julie (Victor's pal from the original) and Agnes Bruckner (24) as the sheriff's deputy. A&E hasn't set a premiere date for The Returned, which is set in a small town that's shaken up when the dead return to life, but the network has ordered 10 episodes. [Deadline]

... John Doman (The WirePerson of Interest) is joining Showtime's steamy drama The Affair, which stars Dominic West (another Wire alum! McNulty and Rawls, together again!), Joshua Jackson, Ruth Wilson, and Maura Tierney as a pair of couples whose relationships are impacted by some extramarital straying. Doman will play Tierney's father. [Deadline]


SAD NEWS


... British comedic actor Rik Mayall passed away suddenly at the age of 56 in his home in London. Mayall was best known as anarchist Rick from the 1980s landmark British comedy The Young Ones, and also appeared in Blackadder. Stateside, he played Phoebe Cates' rowdy imaginary friend in the movie Drop Dead Fred. [BBC]


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... Seriously, you HAVE to watch this Season 2 trailer for Netflix's Hemlock Grove. Just don't eat while you do. 

... And if you're still in the trailer mood, why not take a look at the newest trailer for HBO's The Leftovers? It's confusing.

... And if you can stomach one more trailer, check out the full trailer for Teen Wolf Season 4, which features at least one very good-looking shirtless hunk

... I reviewed the first six episodes of Orange Is the New Black, which is quite good and and also full of boobs.

... Cory reviewed 50 Cent's new Starz drama Power, and found that even though it doesn't do anything all that unique, it's better than you might expect. 

... Comedy Central made some renewal announcements today but if you want to know what they are, you're going to have to click! 

... Did you know that Pedro Pascal, who's currently best known as Game of Thrones' Oberyn Martell, found a new job


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AIRED ON 12/4/2016

Season 6 : Episode 10

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R.I.P. Rik! We'll struggle without your genius.
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I think the person wrote this is just rude and should have kept his personal thoughts to himself, and I wonder how many other rude comments he made in other published pieces and I question his judgement.
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Disney is using Agents of SHIELD to promote it's Marvel merchandise, and it's using Once Upon A Time to promote it's Disney Princesses merchandise. What's next, Name that Disney Tune?
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I'd cast no one as the Frozen characters. This is crazy.... I don't even know the premise. I keep reading comments saying "I'll have to watch the movie," so clearly a lot of people don't know the premise.

IMO, when OUAT is at its best, they take well-known characters and put their own spin on it. I'll continue watching, but I probably won't be studying up on Frozen to prep.
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Younger seems to be a really idiotic show. I mean, does she drink a youth serum to be mistaken for someone in her 20s? Is everybody mentally defective? Is she pretending to be someone who suffers from progeria? The show already starts in a bad place if the premise doesn't make sense at all.
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Guess I'll have to watch Frozen before the next season starts.
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Personally, not really looking forward to the Frozen storyline. I mean, the movie was okay but it seems ABC and OUAT are just grabbing onto Frozen because it's really popular now.....Sometimes popular isn't always best, sometimes it's just too much and you oversaturate the audience and people loose interest.

I didn't know who Rik Mayall was until you mentioned Drop Dead Fred. Such a funny movie!

The Returned, which is set in a small town that's shaken up when the dead return to life,
don't we already have this show? isn't it called Ressurection?...
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The Meltdown takes place in my comic shop, or should I say, my former comic shop because the place has become a haven for everything BUT comic books - they have art shows and they make custom printed T-shirts on a press in the front and they have baby clothes. I remember when they where just friggin' comics and collectibles across the street, now they think they're special. They have more fliers for events than back-issues.

That said, great lineup and of course I'll watch. :-P
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I'm really not sure how I feel about Frozen characters in OUAT this season. On the one hand, I love Frozen, but on the other hand, I've been really cynical and annoyed lately by OUAT's sellout to Disney/network execs, who seem to have completely taken over the show and turned it into one big Disney commercial.
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I was a huge fan of The Young Ones when I was 12-13. They only made 12 episodes, but I watched all of them at least 3-4 times, and some of them a lot more. I think I watched at least one episode more than 20 times.
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I didn't know who Rik Mayall was until you mentioned Drop Dead Fred and then I instantly got chills because that movie creeps me out to this day.
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Why am I not surprised Once Upon a Time is milking off the success of Frozen? Ah, that's right, because it's a crap show (OUAT, that is) that lacks even a modicum of originality.
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You can accuse OUAT of many things, but being unoriginal has been the entire appeal to it. It's like saying Grimm's Fairy Tales is derivative and unoriginal since its really just a collection of regional folklore and stories everyone already knows.
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Now, Robert Carlyle has been the ONLY appeal, aside from season one (where he didn't have to carry quite as much on his back). A show that champs at the bit to copy anything successful Disney can pan out is atrocious. And seriously... comparing this rubbish to the Brothers Grimm (which OUAT has not doubt taken from as well).

Come on, the show is worse than Heros. There's a sudden problem? Oh look -- the hero who can suddenly solve it steps in!!
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I adore Robert Carlyle, and in no way wish to diminish his major contribution to OUaT. But I must put in a good word for Lana Parilla (and her amazing wardrobe!)- many of my favorite moments feature them both. And Emma learning magic is better TV than most of the summer schedule...
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I love Lana Parilla, but have to object on her wardrobe. It's seriously 95% her amazingly built figure and curves filling the costume, and about 5% devilishly smooth flair and accessories.
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There's no denying the wardrobe is an A+.
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Most of your criticism can be applied to almost all fairy tales and folklore though. Granted, yes, using Frozen (which in itself is a retelling of the Snow Queen) is a completely shameless attempt to capitalize on what is about the only success from Disney in years that didn't have Pixar stamped all over it.

As for your comparison to Heroes? Well, that show was all over the place, having not only some of the most amazing characters and episodes, but some of the truly worst as well, which in that sense is a reasonably fair comparison to OUAT

Still, I very much wish they would take re-interpretation a whole lot more serious, especially in the case of Hook and Peter Pan. Hook is a lovable scoundrel with a relatively decent moral stance whereas Peter Pan is a maniacal despot ruler of an island of savage and cutthroat children; who saw that delightful twist coming?
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- I was about to say "milking it" when I saw the headline, but you beat me to it. I wouldn't be surprised if they included a musical episode with "Let It Go" in it.
- Wow. Younger looks even worse than I expected it to look. Poor Sutton. Why did they have to drop the curtain on Bunheads? Why?!
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I expect that phrase to be used really early in the next premiere... like within the first few minutes.
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Disney need to copyright the term "milking it" :D
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Very sad to hear about Rik Mayall yesterday.
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I'm 24 years old and I'll say it frozen was Disney at its best. It reminded me of how they did the little mermaid and the lion king and those Classic Disney movies. I'm excited to see how OUAT takles this characters especially Elsa as she wasn't a "bad guy" she was a scared girl who couldn't use her powers out of fear of losing control so it should be interesting to see what they do with her.
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If they're not going to use Kristen Bell, adding Frozen is a complete waste of time. What I'd like to see is Angelina Jolie guest-star as Maleficent and kick EVERYONE'S butt. Series finale. Done.
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XD They had Pam from True Blood play Maleficent in the First season of Once. LOL
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Angelina Jolie was a kickass Maleficient, but I loved our OUaT blonde with the black unicorn! I so wish they hadn't wasted her dragon form at the end of the first season
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How have Idina and Bell not crossed their minds?
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Because they'd probably never agree to do it?
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It doesn't seem to be that hard to get ahold of Bell. She made a 30 Rock cameo just for a parody's sake.
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Budgetary constraints?
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I can't tell if you're being sarcastic about not having seen Frozen, since it's part of your writing style. But, if you really haven't seen it, you should correct this.
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Many of the writing staff here tend to be rather jaded and apathetical when it comes to mass-appeal. They are not easily wooed by the promise of song, laughter, and the opinions of legions of 10yr old girls, or others of similar mental capacity. Plus, Tim is a jerk, so, there's that.
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Frozen was such a lame movie, can't believe OAUT is seriously going to go that route. Actually I can because ABC seems pretty desperate as of late. And I don't think I can convey through words how utterly pissed I am that Revenge's David Clarke is seemingly alive. Seriously hoping that James Tupper's series regular bit is the result of hundreds of flashbacks or hallucinations/dreams rather than his character actually being alive.
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I saw David being alive all the way back when the show started.

A complicated show with lies, deceit, and fake identities... sharing a lot in common with a primetime soap opera. Yeh that dead guy is probably alive.
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We all thought about the possibility, but we were hoping that the show would never get that bad.
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I've honestly lost track of which 'Non-violent amnesiac zombie' show is which, now.
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Hold that thought, we'll get somebody to work on a flow chart for you with lots of bright colors and varying animations to keep your unreasonably short attention span engaged long enough to be informed.
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Oop. Found the zombie fan.
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Dangit, I was on the fence about The Affair, but now I have to watch it. Peter Bishop, McNulty and Rawls??? Too good
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But the story sounds SOOOO bad. Sort of like every single movie you see with Pacino or De Niro in the credits for these days....
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It wouldn't be as awesome as the original French version? Why? Have you seen the American version already?
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The French version was very good up until the last two or three episodes where it seemed different writers took over or they decided to change a precedent or two, as some story elements seemed dropped / changed, like the older twin's back lesion that put her in the hospital, I think the mood, atmosphere, mystery and pacing of the show hooked more people than the actual storytelling, at least towards the end. It could be that they rushed it to complete their 8 episode order when they should have fleshed it out more, so maybe they could have had 10 to 13 episodes to do it better.
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I was complaining about the writer saying that the American version would not be as awesome as the French version as if the writer has already seen the entire season of the American version of the show.
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I know. I just thought the French version a bit overrated, so it makes Surette's knocking the U.S. version even worse when he hasn't seen it. Then again, he may end up being right.
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See The Office, Shameless, Being Human, etc...
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I loved Being Human US, which surprised even me going into it. I thought Shameless US blew the UK version completely out of the water right from the beginning. I laughed much more at The Office UK, but they cut it short way before its time, whereas the US version, I feel, lasted much too long. I've yet to really watch Life on Mars US, but I absolutely loved the UK version. Sadly, I never really got around to watching Ashes to Ashes though.
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Many find the US version of "Being Human" to be quite strong, and some UK viewers have admitted to liking the US version more.

Personally I REALLY enjoyed the US remake of "Life on Mars" right up until the last 10 minutes. That was weak sauce. But up until then, it was a very solid show.
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I know but what gives him the right to bash the show when it is not yet even aired?
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Ugh, fine, I'll watch the damn thing. I still don't think OUaT is capitalizing frozen. I think Frozen is using OUaT as a year long series of hour long blu ray commercials.
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I think each one is equally as guilty as the other.
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should just get Jonathan Groff and Kristen Bell to be the same characters they were.. then I wouldn't mind so much them jumping right into an all out Disney property (yeah yeah, I know Frozen is based on The Snow Queen, but they're not doing TSQ are they? they're flat out doing Frozen).
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