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HOLY CASTING NEWS, BATMAN!

Hot on the heel's of Ben McKenzie's casting as Jim Gordon (!!!!), Fox has announced a slew of other casting news for Gotham, its new series about the origins of Commissioner Gordon and the villains that made Gotham City famous:

Sean Pertwee (Elementary, and son of Doctor Who's Jon Pertwee) has been cast as Alfred Pennyworth. An ex-marine, he's extremely loyal and protective of Bruce Wayne following the death of his parents.

Robin Lord Taylor will play Oswald Cobblepot A.K.A. The Penguin, A.K.A. a low-level psychopath who hides his crazy behind a veil of polite demeanor.

Erin Richards (Being Human) plays Barbara Kean, the fiancée of Jim Gordon and an emergency room doctor.

Zabryna Guevara will play Captain Essen, Gordon's boss on the GCPD Homicide Squad.

[Warner Brothers via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Not to be outdone by four-time host Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman will return to host the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8. This will be his fourth time hosting, having previously emceed the even in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Nominations for the awards will be announced live on Tuesday, April 29 from New York City. Now, get out of here Tony Awards, no one cares about live theater. [CBS via press release]

... HBO has given a series order to The Brink, a dark new comedy starring Jack Black, Tim Robbins, and Pablo "Pornstache" Schreiber. From Roberto Benabib (Weeds), the series follows three men attempting to stop World War III. Black stars as Alex Coppins, a Foreign Service officer, Robbins is U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander, and Schreiber is Zeke Callahan, a fighter pilot in the Navy. [Deadline]

... Today's Matt Lauer is replacing Bob Costas as the host of NBC’s Olympic primetime and late night shows since the world took to Twitter and decided no one wanted to look at Costas' double eye infection. Poor guy. This breaks his streak of hosting 157 consecutive Olympic primetime shows. But at least now he'll get to relax peacefully in one of Sochi's wonderful spa-like resorts. [NBC via press release]

... The Wonder Years—with nearly all of its original music—is finally, finally, finally being released on DVDThere's no official release date yet, but you can check out WonderYearsDVDs.com for more information and sign up for updates. Now, who do I need to threaten talk to about getting Terriers on DVD? [HitFix]

... Hey Sherlock fans, I'm sorry I didn't rank you high enough on the crazy scale so as to have you committed for being clinically insane, but please accept this new Sherlock convention as a consolation prize. [DigitalSpy]

... MTV has ordered 10 episodes of Eye Candy, a series starring Victoria Justice as a hacker whose blog uncovers everything from crazy terrorist plots (LOL) to the identities of suspected killers (LOL). But because she spends most of her time in front of a computer, she doesn't date much and is convinced by her "friend" to sign up for an online dating website (real friends would support your life as a shut in, just saying). Naturally, she ends up being cyber-stalked and after someone dies as a result, she teams up with the local PD to catch the killer (DOUBLE LOL) [Variety]

... BBC America (not to be confused with the OG BBC) wants to make Nottingham, a series in which Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham are the same person. I still haven't forgiven OG BBC for the third season of Robin Hood, so no, I'm not ready for this either. [Deadline]


CASTING NEWS

... Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Suits) has signed on to star in 24: Live Another Day as  the villainous Margot, a role recently vacated by Judy Davis. Margot is the widow of an international terrorist, and isn't necessarily all that nice herself. [EW]

... The familiar face of Titus Welliver will soon be appearing in Michael Bay's The Last Ship on TNT. Originally cast in a major role in the pilot, Welliver had to drop out due to a family emergency. Now he'll be back for a major role in the final two episodes of Season 1, which follows the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly wipes out the world's population. [TV Line]

... John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen/The Flash in the '90s TV series (and also Dawson Leery's dad in the highly-regarded, often-praised teenage drama Dawson's Creek), will guest-star in The CW's new Flash pilot in a mystery role that is said to be potentially recurring. [The CW via press release]

... TV Legend Dick Van Dyke has signed on to guest star in two episodes of Hallmark Channel's Signed, Sealed, Delivered about a group of mail detectives who work in the Dead Letter Office and see to it that each lost and dead letter is delivered to the right recipient when they need it most. For the record, Van Dyke is 88-years-old. No one would fault him for wanting to kick back and relax on a cruise. Seriously, dude, I think you've earned it. [Deadline]

... JoAnna Garcia Swisher has been cast in ABC's Astronaut Wives Club, which just received a straight-to-series order from the network. She'll play Betty, whose wholesome feel makes her very appealing to the public. But here's where I start to raise my eyebrows, because Betty's dreams appear to be prophetic, and she's worried her husband is going to die. [TV Line]

... Candace Cameron Bure is reuniting with her Full House boyfriend, played by Scott Weinger, on an upcoming episode of The Neighbors. Weinger is currently a writer on the series, and will appear alongside Cameron Bure as a couple new to the alien neighborhood. [EW]

... Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland) has booked a major arc on Scandal. There's not much known about her character, but she'll be a major presence in the final eight episodes of Season 3. [THR]

... Psych's Maggie Lawson is getting back in the pilot game having snagged the lead in CBS' Save the Date. The half-hour comedy follows single gal Kate (Lawson) who gets wasted and books a wedding venue and then has to find the right man before the big day. We all get drunk and do stupid stuff, but why can't Kate just buy a ton of useless sh*t on Amazon like the rest of society? [Deadline]

... Taylor Lautner has been cast as the new male lead role in the BBC3 comedy series Cuckoo after Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg opted not to return for Season 2. Listen, I'll never be someone who champions Samberg, but 10 times out of 10 I will choose him over the dude from Twilight. [The Guardian]

... 24's Annie Wersching has joined the cast of the Halle Berry-fronted drama Extant. Wersching will play Femi Dodd, "a member of the Yasumoto Corporation board who endeavors to insure that in our race toward a technologically advanced future, we don’t leave our humanity behind." Uhhhhkay. [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw has announced that he's been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow. Insert all the sad emoji here. [CNN]

... Former child actress Shirley Temple, known most recently as Shirley Temple Black, died Tuesday at her home near San Francisco. She was 85. Although she never successfully transitioned from child star to adult performer, Temple did go on to have a career in international diplomacy, acting as a U.S. Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She received the Screen Actors Guild’s life achievement award in 2005. [Variety]

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AIRED ON 9/11/2016

Season 3 : Episode 13

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ANYTHING Neighbors is sooo cool!
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Not quite seeing this "Robin Hood and Sherriff of Nottingham are the same guy"-thing yet. Does that mean Robin will steal from himself?
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this show is going to suck to bad. i dont really have high hopes for any shows on fox, and so far the casting and just ideas around this show seem like a big fail to me.
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KAITLIN: you have NBC listed as the network for Gotham's casting announcement, not Fox.
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Would you believe me if I said that was a test and you passed?
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FIRST PRIZE! FIRST PRIZE! FIRST PRIZE!
Why are you saying that?
Just screwing with your mind. HA HA HA HA!
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Gotham is looking promising with every bit of news I hear about it, I am still treading consciously though because it's FOX.

24 keeps sounding better and better, I am dying to see the new season.
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I knew John Wesley Shipp would be involved in The Flash somehow. Best news I've heard all day.
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Agreed!
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10 out of 10 times I too would choose Andy Samberg over the dude from Twilight!
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Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham are the same person !

Of all the insane ideas I have heard, this one really tops it.
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ABC wasting more money with straight to series order on a show that is going to be on Sunday's at 10 and then canceled. Nothing is going to stop this fading ship from reaching NBC levels of crap! You go ABC!

Isn't the plot of the new Maggie Lawson show basically the plot of 'Darma and Greg'? No, no, no Maggie. You got killed on 'Justified'!!! You are so much better than these half-hour retreads.

John Wesley Shipp is going to be in the new 'Flash'. That is kind of cool but if this network gets rid of 'REIGN' than I'm gone.

Which Superhero show is going to be the one that tips the lazy trend of adapting somebody else's work? I thought the fact that 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' sucks so bad (last weeks episode had so much potential but it was all wasted because the cast is just so bland and in the end, NO STAKES everybody is fine!) would finally make everyone stop. Oh that's right, that would involve coming up with an original idea and the new writers don't seem to want to actually, you know, create anymore. I remember when the fun of comics was when the new editions hit the rack? Lets start a trend to get people to reading the books off the shelves again! I thought the three best shows that premiered in 2013 were all completely original ideas that would start a new trend - guess 'Banshee', 'Orphan Black', and 'The Americans' didn't really start anything.
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Looking forward to Gotham! And Eye Candy sounds... different for MTV that's for sure lol maybe it'll work? And maybe Shipp will be Jay Garrick? That way he'd still be an older Flash! Would be my guess anyway.
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When I try to get my friends to watch Teen Wolf and I tell them it's on MTV they quickly say no... N this new Victoria Justice show is the reason why.... Really MTV??!! I still have no clue how MTV can be home to such a great show and still shove out crap so flawlessly.... :(
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I was looking foward to Gotham but so far I don't like any of the actors cast, especially the guy cast as Gordan. I'm going to pass on this show unless it gets amazing credit once it airs but I don't think it will, it looks like a flop.
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The Wonder Years arrives on DVD with nearly all of its original music. I suppose that's good news for those folks who've been waiting to see a nearly exact copy of the show. It'll certainly be better than the savagely reworked release of WKRP, which wasn't able to keep hardly any of its original music, in fact losing at least one great scene altogether due to the folks not being able to find any way to substitute the music that was so integral to the scene (Mr. Carlson walking in on Johnny as Pink Floyd's "Dogs" played in the background and Mr. Carlson asking him about the barking he heard).

I will happily sign your petition to bring Terriers to DVD.

Good to know that Jack Black will be back on screen. I'm also glad that Sean Pertwee will be earning a few ducats, too.

Another Michael Bay show on TV? The man must be stopped, lest he do to TV what he did to movies.

I'm glad Maggie Lawson is getting another shot at her own show but that plot sounds so ridiculous as to cast a pall of quick cancellation all over it.

R.I.P. to the talented Shirley Temple, a legend whose passing deserved much more mention than a single paragraph at the end of these briefs. Hoffman's overdose got far more press here.
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Sean Pertwee as Alfred?!?!? WTF man that is bizarre!
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Batman, Robin Hood, 24. So many new ideas! Congrats to creativity!
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Nottingham, sounds like they 'lifted' the idea straight off Russell Crowe
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I think Gotham is either going to become a crazy hit as Sleepy Hollow or it will sink after a couple of episodes.
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For those who don't follow the DVD scene, people (including me) have been demanding The Wonder Years above all else for years, and it seemed impossible. This is a major event if Time-Life can get all the music. I know I'll pay any price.

The only thing that's taken just as long to clear is Adam West Batman, and guess what, that's finally getting a set in 2014 too. It's shaping up to be a good year!

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Hmm, Gordon's wife has the same name as his future daughter. I wouldn't count on this role lasting very long, Erin.

I wonder what Scott Weinger sounds like now. He can't still have that croaky street-rat voice, can he?
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Same mistake, (Barbara as the wife) occurs in Nolan's version too.
Sadly, I bet no one notices/cares, again.
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It's not a mistake, Barbara is James Gordon's first wife, his daughter is named after her. In some stories she's dead, others she's divorced.
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With Jim Gordon now taking orders from Sarah Essen, it's unlikely he'll fool around with her and and split from his wife, Barbara.
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It looked like it will be good fingers crossed
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Gotham at least LOOKS like it is getting the casting right. I'll at least give it a chance. Hopefully, they won't waste the potential.
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Another network SUPERHERO tv pilot in the works? *gasp*
....get your deadpools ready.
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Anyone else tired of all the DC 'worlds', often with different versions of the same characters? Smallville, Arrow, Gotham, Nolan Batman, Snyder Superman
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*Puts hand up* Especially in such quick succession. Nolan's Batman only finished a little while ago and already they have a new Batman coming in the movies and a new Batman-based TV show. At least Marvel have lots of different projects out there, all tying together, rather than just the same two heroes recycled over and over.
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I am often puzzled as to why movie and TV execs / producers deem a property worth doing to begin with then change a lot, if not everything, to be different than what they first thought worth doing. I can understand complicated or costly production impediments or changing costumes to be less cheesy and more functional, but the characters, core history, etc.?

Also, I never saw the need for the New 52 universe they created.
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The New 52 was a great move by DC, they rebooted the universe because the stories were getting tired and convoluted.

I do agree with your comment on TV execs/producers.
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Perhaps. I've been collecting the trades for most, but have yet to read them. My understanding is that Batman and Green Lantern were basically continued from the previous stories and 52 overall has had inconsistencies and some failures Then there were apparent creative and editorial conflicts.

Seems to me they could have revitalized a lot during the normal course of each series. The New 52 seemed rushed into production at the last minute too. They had just started new Batman titles, for instance, and 5 or 6 issues in they decide to cancel and/or change as though they decided then and there to go ahead with this, but without real .long term planning. Some stuff seems thrown out there to see if it works or as though they are creating on the fly with only a basic idea of what they want to do. Look how much has been canceled thus far.
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Anyone else hoping John Wesley Shipp is going for a Max Mercury or Jay Garrick role? Gotham is sounding more and more like a total disaster, and even the news of Sean Pertwee can't deter me from that belief now.
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Love that Jay Garrick idea.
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That is exactly what I thought. Especially since no matter what the comics do, all modern flash tellings start with Barry Allen, except Justice League (Cartoon network).
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Erin Richards was in Being Human? Must have been before season 2 of Breaking in, because otherwise I think I would have remembered. Ah, it was. And it was the UK version of Being Human.
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Gotham will be on FOX, not NBC.
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Yes. Because starring in one bad franchise is immediately damning to your credibility as an actor.

And are you for real, MTV? XD
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Anyone else kind of startled by the fact that Flash is being cast with like actual named actors? I guess Arrow does have a good rep out there.
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Well, since Gotham seems to be piling on horrible news, at least Flash is giving us something to look forward to!
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Sigh...a news bit that makes Shirley Temple seem like just another child star who failed at success during her adult years does a tremendous disservice to her remarkable career. An acting career devoid of drugs or other faults that have derailed others who did far less deserves far, far more of a nod and praise.
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