A LOTTA ROSEANNE NEWS

... NBC is banking on Roseanne Barr still having some sitcom appeal left in her. The network is in talks to pick up a comedy starring Barr in one of those awful 10/90 deals, a contract that tests the ratings of a show for 10 episodes, and then if a certain threshold is reached, the network orders 90 more episodes. It's been done with some Tyler Perry sitcoms, Anger Management, and a new FX comedy starring George Lopez. I shouldn't have to tell you that all of those shows are pretty lame. The proposed series would star Barr in a multi-camera family comedy, and NBC would be the first major network to give the 10/90 strategy a shot. This is a sad day for television. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Discovery is expanding its Shark Week slate with a late-night talk show called Shark After Dark, a wrap-up of the day's programming with shark experts and shark enthusiasts and shark worshippers and shark lovers. But it's not even being hosted by a shark, so who cares. Shark Week starts August 4, and Shark After Dark will air each night. [Discovery via press release]

... The Once Upon a Time spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland will be longer than expected. The series was originally conceived as a 13-episode miniseries, but now it's going to get extra episodes. How many? We don't know. But the idea is to break the traditional model of ordering 13 initial episodes with a chance of getting a "back 9" and just order a set number of episodes, and that's it. Open and closed. [EW]


CASTING NEWS


... The Good Wife is upping its sexy factor with the addition of Hunted's Melissa George in a recurring role next season. George will play the in-house counsel of Governor Florrick. George also appeared in Grey's Anatomy and Alias. [TV Line]

... Beverly Hills, 90210 vet Brian Austin Green is joining FX's Anger Management as the nemesis to Charlie Sheen's character. This sounds right. [Deadline Hollywood]

... They grow up so fast! Lots of Glee cast members won't be returning to the series as credited regulars in Season 5. Heather Morris (Brittany), Mark Salling (Puck), Amber Riley (Mercedes), and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) are all expected to see a lot less screen time next season. Same goes for Dianna Agron (Quinn)—though to be fair, Agron wasn't all that present in Season 4. There's a chance that all five actors might return in a guest capacity, but who wants to be that person who graduates from high school and then just hangs out around the campus? Wait, what? This is Glee and a couple of these characters have already been that person? Okay, well, who wants to be that person twice? Because that's just sad, man. [TV Line]

... This technically isn't really news yet, but Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller has let it be known that he would like David Bowie to appear in Season 2, as Hannibal's uncle. [E! Online]

... Duck Dynasty is adding a cast member next year: the beardless Alan Robertson! Alan is Phil's oldest son, and will join the family company as the head of public relations. He's like that normal daughter in The Munsters except the Munsters weren't as weird. [E! Online]

... Game of Thrones has cast Prince Oberyn Martell. Chilean actor Pedro Pascal will play the brash, charismatic prince from Dorne who comes to King's Landing looking for love and friendship. Or is it bloodthirsty revenge? I can never remember! [EW]

... Lost's Rebecca Mader will guest-star on the upcoming final season of Syfy's Warehouse 13. The actress with an affinity for science-fiction will play... I don't know! No one is saying. But she'll be around for one episode. [TV Line]

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AIRED ON 4/3/2014

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Does anyone have insight into why networks like these 10/90 deals? I'm really curious.

I can see the benefits for the cast and crew: stability, ability to do long-term storytelling, lower risk, better ability to cast and hire, etc. It would also help a drama or thriller do long term storytelling. (Although so far, they seem to be sit coms.)

But what are the benefits to the network? Why take so much risk and give up so much power? Is it a lure for a really big star (could make sense for Tyler Perry, but not Roseanne). Is it just a really big financial discount? Is the demand for syndicated shows so big that it doesn't matter if a show is crappy?
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The Bowie/Hannibal thing has to happen. It is absolutely perfect.
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How is the Glee news news when they all appeared in less than 5 episodes this past season? Frankly the only one slightly surprising there is Puck since he is going to college with Finn. And I suspected Heather Morris wasn't returning, which is why they had her get a college scholarship halfway through what is supposed to be the same school year that she was held back in.
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10/90 isn't a bad idea. It gives the writers and actors a 10 episode chance to stay employed for another 4 years. (figuring an average of 20 episodes per season) How often have networks cancelled shows that have potential after only one or two episodes?

There are long lived shows that if they started now, wouldn't have made it more than a few episodes. Yet the networks gave them a chance to develop the characters. And now have major hits.

At least it isn't another reality/singing/dancing/talent show.
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Bowie on Hannibal???
How cool is that????
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BAG on anger mgmt., one altercation with Sheen's BS and he will lose some teeth! BAG is a cool guy!
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Ah...Melissa George. It feels like yesterday when I saw her the first time in Thieves. I remember I thought she was a terrible actress, but it didn't stop me from having a massive crush on her. In fact, it was probably one of my first big ones on an actress. Understandably, she holds a special place in my heart, and therefore I've tried to watch her as much as possible. I won't mind that she stops by The Good Wife, one of the best shows on TV.

Now I will spend a few minutes staring at the picture of her.
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Because Roseanne is known for being a stable, consistent person who will deliver a steady level of responsible work long after the first 10 episodes. Great choice NBC, while you're at it, could I interest you in a timeshare on the moon as well while prices are still low? You can't even air your best shows for a hundred episodes without getting the fits.

I'm rolling my eyes at the "sexy" in-house counsel for newly-elected serial cheater Peter Florrick, that's a really soapy move from The Good Wife. Is this how every new season is going to start now, a big soap-opera mistake that has to be undone quickly?
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Imagine if NBC had gone 10/90 with Heroes...
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Roseanne? Where is the rapture when you need it.
Melissa George was crap in Hunted but if anyone wants to really build some bile for her, I suggest you get your mits on The Slap. She plays a most hateful nut job of a mother in it. Or if you just like to drool at her, it has boob scenes aplenty - although also with nursing scenes just to make one feel conflicted.
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One of the reasons I love TGW. Fantastic guest stars and now we are going to get Melissa George...fantastic ! Does anyone know if Hunted is coming back for season 2?
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I like the 10/90 deals, of course that doesn't mean I think it's especially smart. Maybe it's just that I love it when TV does something stupid that may benefit me. 10/90 guarantees a hundred episodes--well, sort of. I don't know how many of the 100 episodes of Anger Management have been made, but it would stand to reason that they would stop at some point and cut their losses--of course Sheen still gets paid for being Charlie Harper--sort of...
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Has TV lost its mind? Why would anyone think committing to 90 episodes is a good idea, especially when they can clearly see how well Anger Management is handling itself right now?
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10/90 deals are the worst thing to happen to television since Tyler Perry.
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Well, it's better than the 6 or 13 and out we're used to, but it is kinda dumb. If Awake had had a 10/90 we'd probably still only have 10 to enjoy, but who knows...
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Another Roseanne show? Doubt it will be any good so i'll pass.
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Oded Fehr should have been Oberyn Martell!!! D:
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I share the dismay regarding the proposed deal with Barr. Her show was never great to begin with, and I will never forget that she stated at the outset that she would never resort to sitcom gimmicks, such as having her character win the lottery.

Maybe this one will star Barr as a sarcastic cynical vet at an animal practice.

http://classictvdvdreviews.blogspot.com/2013/03/reality-stinks.html has great commentary on the state of TV these days.


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A blonde hottie working for Governor Florrick... Thank the lord... It'd be fun to see Peter falling off the wagon in real time... So far he's lived on his casanova reputation from 5 years ago... Time to deliver Gov'nor!
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Shark After Dark?!?!

ROFLMFAONKSDFNOAJI4EAFWOEJFAEF *dies*
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It's insane that NBC is trying a 10/90, when they are struggeling with the ratings. Are they trying to declare bankrupcy, and pick the pieces up from there.
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Gawd. Speaking of all this 10/90 madness, it seems like 10% of the network executives are now responsible for 90% of this horrendous ubergreenlighting of unworthy shows.
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And uber-non-green-lighting of worthy ones...
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I don't understand the logic of this stupid 10/90. How can you renew a show for 100 episodes based only on the ratings for just ten of them?
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Exactly - It feels like a huge commitment to make based on very limited data... I can only guess that the network gets a much bigger part of the profits? There has to be a financial incentive for what appears to be a high risk proposition...
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"NBC would be the first major network to give the 10/90 strategy a shot. This is a sad day for television. "

Relax. It's NBC. They'll miss the ratings targets.
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Not only will NBC miss the rating target for the10 episodes but they're going to use Roseanne Barr to do it. She won't help NBC one bit but most likely do more damage to an already struggling network who top exec's made some bad decisions regarding shows (what to keep and cancel) last season. But when your dead last, made bad decisions regarding shows and have no viewers I guess your desperate enough to try anything. These 10/90 deals are stupid and a bad idea all around. If a show does ok in the first 10 and then they (the network orders 90 more) and the show begins to loose steam the network is stuck with a looser show.
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What network had that Roseanne trailer park show that was not picked up? John Goodman was also set to return in that. Did NBC not get the memo from themselves or see what the other networks passed on this past pilot season?
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The Good Wife is such an awesome show. I can't wait to see the beautiful Australian Melissa George in it. Woo Hoo!!!
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I want to see NBC do this 10/90 deal, and have the back 90 picked up. It's one thing to have a cable network be stuck with 100 episodes of a crap show. But to see one of the major broadcast networks do it, and fail, well, it'll hopefully be an end to the experiment once and for all.
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While, as you said Tim, all of the shows the 10/90 deal as been done with are fairly average, I find it very interesting that a major network like NBC is willing to take the risk, I wonder if this will become a trend?

Also interesting is the news about the Wonderland episode order. While I won't watch the show myself, it looks like it'll work better with just 13 episodes, but regardless, the fact that ABC 'break the traditional model of ordering 13 initial episodes with a chance of getting a back 9' is fascinating.

David Bowie would be awesome on Hannibal. Make it so Bryan Fuller!
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If only Happy Endings had gotten a 10/90 am I right?
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Probably not, don't they have about fifty something anyway?
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OMG THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE BEST THING EVER.
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If only.
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Oh God, if only. My tears still haven't dried.
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Glee is going to have another season? Srsly? Quinn's kid should be in high school by now. Those actors are not being let go, they're escaping.
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it's going to have 2 new seasons. someone hasn't been reading all of their daily news briefs.
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Or someone's mind blocked that news out.
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Well, there is that...
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Sorry, where were we talking about?
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I'm curious to know why in every article I've seen about this Glee cast news, the four members not returning have been announced up front and Dianna Agron is buried deeper into the story. Was she announced earlier? The role she played in season four was no smaller than the other four (except for Brittany).
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Because they are better at counting than you? She definitely had a smaller role than Puck, Brittany and Mercedes. Whether you measure by episodes or scenes or screen time, she had less of it. Puck spent more time hanging around like a loser and the rest were still there. There's no mystery here, she was barely in the last season. The only mystery is why they bothered keeping her around at all if they weren't going to write any material for her. This is solved by looking at the imdb credits. She was still singing every episode because apparently the new cast wasn't up to the task.
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10/90s are one of the stupidest idea a network could have. The producers only have to make 10 good episodes and then just sluff off another 90.
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I'm still watching some of the 90 of Anger Management and that's not the case. Of course, how the 10 got past them is still quite a mystery. Perhaps Sheen secretly bankrolled this just to prove a fake point--I wouldn't put it past him...
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The thought of 10 Roseanne Barr episodes makes me ill, much less an additional 90. Suddenly Chelsea isn't looking so bad.
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Chelsea? Really? What did Roseanne do to you, bro?
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technically those Glee people have shown up more than once already lol but I don't see how that's news, they weren't regulars anymore anyway, except for Heather Morris... but really the only ones I'd care to see more would be Amber Riley and Diana Agron
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Good news about The Good Wife, Glee and Game of Thrones.
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Or this is NBC conceding that they are not, in fact, a major network any longer.
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So NBC is officially out of ideas.
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Yes, that is official...
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NINETY episodes??? DAMN. I would like if story-based shows worked that way, so that the creators would have more space to plan stories... but for a sitcom??? Yeezus.
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Somewhat good news for GLEE if that's possible, haha. Due to his bro, I can understand Puck making a guest appearance but it's time to move on for so many of them.

Like the news of Rebecca Mader doing Warehouse 13. Saw her that little bit in Fringe so it's cool she's following around some of my favorite shows.
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Has anyone else not forgiven Mellisa George for that horrific role as Vaughn's wife on Alias :S (Seriously that is one of my most hated TV characters of all time)
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Shouldn't you hate the producers and writers for that? She's only told what to say and directed what to do, so how can anyone fault her?
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Not her fault, I agree...
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Okay, i know this post have some Game of Thrones news, but it seems kind of weird for it to be on the GoT community.
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