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... Frank Darabont brought The Walking Dead to life for AMC in 2010. It became the network's biggest hit. Then AMC fired him. Now Darabont is finally talking about the situation. Basically he hates AMC. "It was a very, very deep and loving family, the cast and the crew, and to have that torn apart was—when somebody throws a hand grenade into that situation, it's tremendously emotionally trying. So would I want to watch another episode of The Walking Dead after that? Are you f*cking kidding me? No, you put that traumatic disappointment behind you and move on with your life." Well, okay then! [Rolling Stone]


BUSINESS TIME

... The Miami Heat's second-best player and worst name-speller Dwyane Wade might get a sitcom based on his life. Really? Fox is developing Three the Hard Way, which is based on A Father First, Wade's book about raising his two kids. The series would center on Daryl Wade (clever!), a pro hoopster who raises his two children with the help of his eccentric entourage. Wade's show will likely start off great but end up being overshadowed by Lebron James', though James' show will struggle during finales while Wade's will be fine. Meanwhile, Chris Bosh will cry during pitch meetings. Also, screw the Heat. [Deadline Hollywood

... USA has canceled Necessary Roughness which I thought had already been canceled. So that makes it a good-news-bad-news situation, right? [TV Line]

... Meredith Steihm—who used to be considered one of Homeland's better writers but left the series to start up The Bridge on FX—is now leaving The Bridge to go back to Homeland. Apparently she and The Bridge co-showrunner Elwood Reid couldn't agree on a direction for Season 2, and now she's returning to Showtime's troubled-yet-watched drama. This is bonkers. [THR]

... WHO CARES ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE? Monty Python is reuniting for stage shows!!! Well, the members who are still alive, at least. Please God of Everything make this available on television and not just in selfish England. [The Independent]

... The CW is developing a drama about a CIA agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a sleeper cell at a prestigious New York university. Let me check the Twitter archive... ahh, here we go: "The CW's new terrorist drama will be like a more serious Homeland." [Deadline]

... MTV has gone ahead and ordered 10 more episodes of Awkward. Season 4, even though it hasn't started filming yet. That will bring the episode count four Season 4 to a total of 20. It will also be the first season without creator Lauren Iungerich, who left after Season 3 (which is currently airing). [Deadline Hollywood]

... Face Off will return for what seems like its 1,058th season but is actually its sixth on January 14 at 9pm on Syfy. [Syfy via press release]

... Toronto mayor Rob Ford is having a bad week. First of all, he hasn't smoked crack in like eight days. And second, he had a reality show that was more like a talk show called Ford Nation on Canada's Sun News Network, and it was canceled after one episode. [Variety]

... The second episode of Almost Human dropped a little more in the ratings than Fox would have liked. One day after a special premiere on Sunday, Monday's second episode slipped a bit, drawing 6.6 million viewers (down from 9.1 million viewers) and a 2.2 rating among 18-49ers (down from a 3.1 rating). That's a big drop for a second episode... especially only a day after the premiere. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Back to the Future reunion! Christopher Lloyd will guest-star on NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show, according to Michael J. Fox. Lloyd will play the principal of the school where Mike's wife Annie (Betsy Brandt) teaches. They'll be mean to each other. [THR]

... Patton Oswalt, also known as the Parks and Reacreation's Star Wars fillibusterer, Ratatouille's Remy, the voice of The Goldbergs' Old Adam Goldberg, and Justified's Constable Bob, will host the 2014 Spirit Awards. The ceremony will air March 1 on IFC. [Variety]

... Howard Stern will be back for another season of America's Got Talent, where he judges various Americans who've got various talents. [People]

... Arrow has cast Spartacus's Katrina Law as Ra's al Ghul's daughter Nyssa al Ghul and what? I thought this show was in English. This is probably a big development for the show, so you should probably be excited! Sorry, the only comic I read is The Family Circus. [TV Guide]

... Clark Gregg (S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles) will announce the nominees for the SAG Awards on December 11, and they'll be webcast on TNT.com. Cancel all the other plans you had for that day! [TNT via press release]


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AIRED ON 4/3/2016

Season 6 : Episode 16

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Yes, that is Great news for Arrow. That's three former Spartacus actors. We've got a Fringe actor on the show, even if he is a vegetable, We had a BSG actor on there, wish he could have taken on a role that would have lasted more than one episode cause Baltar ( can't remember the actors name) is great at playing a bad ass. Maybe they can give Mr. Pickett a role on the show.
And lets hope fox keeps its trigger finger off the self destruct button when it comes to Almost Human. Blame the ratings on the damn KC Chiefs.
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I was kinda hoping that Summer Glau would be Ra's al Ghul's Daughter, so she could do some of her awesome buttkicking. And like Nyssa, she is Russian born.....
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"Sorry, the only comic I read is The Family Circus."

Well, that says a lot about you, Tim.
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Monty Python stage shows, either the best thing ever or the saddest since they're all getting old (except Chapman, who is an ex-person).

Fox just cannot get their ratings shit together on Mondays since House ended. That is a staggering dropoff from Sunday to Monday, perhaps they should have just kept a consistent schedule instead of this "special event" Sunday crap, and also not bothered moving it back 2 weeks. I wonder if the DVR +7 ratings will help at all, I know they will from me as I haven't made time for the second episode.

I'll never understand how Necessary Roughness survived its first 7 episodes, it wasn't that it was terrible, but it wasn't good and they canned a bunch of stuff around it. Then they retooled it later. USA is nuts.

I hope the next season of Face Off will be back to normal, last season's "vets vs. newbies" didn't work for me.

Sorry, Nyssa isn't that interesting a character to get my excitement raised. "Ra's al Ghul" is Arabic for "The Demon's Head". Nyssa's character actually doesn't have that last name in the comics, but also she is lame so who cares.
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Bones was solid on Monday for the past 2 years (then they moved it to Friday this season where it bombed on it's first airing). FOX has rarely played their cards right with shows (aside from Animation Domination & a very arguable New Girl).
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I'm actually quite excited for the new season of Face Off. After finding out that Laura Tyler finally won, it has restored my interest in the series. She should have won the first time she was in the show but its great that she won the all-stars season.
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Awesome awesome awesome news about 'Arrow' . That brings the number of former followers of Spartacus to three in the 'Arrow' universe. Now we have Crixius, Naevia(2.0), and Mira in Starling City. (Now its time to bring on Dustin Clare or Viva Bianca, or Lucy, or John Hannah, or Peter Mensah, or ....) I haven't witnessed a show make such an enormous transformation from just good to extraordinary from season 1 to season 2 in a long time. Its like the people behind the 'Arrow' worked damn hard to fix what didn't work in every aspect of the show and the work is paying off. TV now is about resting on laurels and dipping at the same well until it runs dry so its nice to see a new show actually do some work in the off season to get better. The best superhero drama hitting its stride and leaving that big pile of garbage 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' scratching its head wondering how it is that 'Arrow' is so good and our big Disney-Marvel backed production can't get out of Park and completely lacks any charisma whatsoever in front of the camera. No easy fix to a simply godawful cast. - strangest thing to note is that the people writing 'S.H.I.E.L.D' are some of the best from 'Spartacus'.

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Totally agree with you.... Up to the point you started the S.H.I.E.L.D. bashing. Someone with the username 'Whedonrules' should really give it time and a real chance. A bit of time has really paid off for Arrow. I see real potential in S.H.I.E.L.D, also I don't see it as a 'godawful cast' and would only change one guy, or just kill him off. C'mon, It's a Whedon show with Spartacus writers, those people have at least earned some trust from you.
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That is why it is such a complete and utter disappointment to me. It is about time Whedon got to sell out a little..OK.. but SHIELD is an embarrassment to the Whedonverse. It is a 60 minute commercial for the brand every week and nothing more. Selling out can be overlooked if the quality was just a lot better. Can't believe Jed and Maurissa are the writer's at least partially responsible for the mess. It makes me sad.
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Thank you. The amount of apologists for Whedon really borders on fanaticism. The show simply is not good or compelling. The stories are among the worst "X-files" one offs while the characters are all look like JcPenny Junior Catalog models. Why anyone thought having a show called Agents of Shield with only one believable agent (Ward) is beyond me. There is a tried a true fiction model that says you have one person for the new viewer to latch onto and represent the audience (Skye). So why they would include other FitzSimmons who are inexperienced and annoying? The show is just lame. Its funny that it is trying to compete with the proceedural NCIS because its basically a SciFi NCIS with none of the charm of the NCIS cast.
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I just think when 'Arrow' is now the gold standard of superhero procedurals - a CW show no less - a network show with Marvel Studios behind it should have been thought out much better. They have absolute NO EXCUSE to not have it ready for broadcast. (Unless they had to scramble to have it ready for primetime before 'Thor 2' premiered in which case just BOOO.)

Its like the entire boring cast is an audience surrogate - and the audience almost universally isn't liking many of 'em.
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Ward isn't even believable as an agent, he has huge holes in his skillset. The only believable agent is Coulson and they're working hard to undermine that. And as for being like NCIS, they really are, they've even warped Coulson's character to feel like Gibbs!
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SHIELD isn't even a good commercial for the brand, it doesn't have any Marvel "feel" to it, it's just middling soft sci-fi procedural that isn't inspired. There's a whisper of Firefly buried deep in the premise that occasionally spits a breath out, but it's always sucked back into the void by the uninspiring cast.
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Its like an alt vision of 'Firefly' where instead of loving each and every member of the team - replace that love with untethered hatred. It just suuuuuucks so bad.
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A CIA drama on CW??Is that a joke?
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It seems odd that Darabont didn't at the very least fix an initial deal for some kind of on going percentage of the show, especially when you consider just about every lead actor and their dog gets producer squeeze these days.
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I wonder if that means that Talia al Ghul WON'T be in "Arrow". Talia is a Batman love interest after all...
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necessary roughness was strong prior to last season, last season it pretty much sucked though. so If it just had more of suckyness in store for me I guess I can live without it. TK will certainly be missed though, hopefully dude finds another part to showcase his talents. true blood's first zombie maybe?
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I suspect the CW 'terrorism' show is going to look more like Alias / Covert Affairs with pretty girls and hunky agents than Homeland but yes, why not another jab at Homeland...
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- Katrina Law in Arrow? This made my day.

- Comments made by fired showrunners are always so vague and cryptic. I hope Darabont opens up more when the whole interview is published next month. I want to hear the full explanation for what went wrong in the relationship between him and AMC, and are the executives at AMC really as douchey as they say.
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Not surprised to see the drop in ratings for almost human. Of course it will get high numbers following a nfl double header. Maybe if they would have stuck with the original (and highly advertised) air date the numbers would have been acceptable. I can't comment on the quality of it yet though, since I still have them stored on the dvr for future watching this week
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Can't blame Darabont for being upset. I can't imagine how bad it would sting to bring one of the biggest hits ever on TV, and then get fired during the second season. I'm really enjoying the Michael J. Fox show and I can't wait to see Christopher Lloyd's episode.
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especially considering how well received was the first season
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and considering how shit it became since...
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Howard is returning...sad. They should keep Howie and Mel B and get rid of Heidi and Howard. And then get Piers back!
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So you're the guy.
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"will host the 2014 Spirit Awards."

I suppose that might be interesting if I knew what they were without a Google or Wikipedia search. Methinks there's too many award ceremonies out there.
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I wish they were all herded onto their own channel. (Maybe even make it a premium channel so as to keep some of that awful hoi polloi away.) Then at least those of us who are totally uninterested in such constant, self-congratulatory folderol can ignore them en masse.

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"The CW's new terrorist drama will be like a more serious Homeland."

I'm not sure if this is truly laughable or laughably true but it made me smile, so thanks for that.

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It's truly laughable.
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Considering how the current season is going it could easily be laughably true!
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Not even close. Homeland is much worse than before, but still better and more serious than anything on the CW.
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It could be that people didn't realize episode 2 would be airing the next day. I was surprised to see review of the second episode yesterday. So will the show air on Sundays or Mondays? Thanks for the confusion, Fox. Maybe you should start airing episodes out of order too? That'd be great.
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I definitely think the ratings drop was affected by the schedule. Most people just don't expect a new series to air on back to back days. Oh well. The ratings are not too far below Sleepy Hollow, so if I were FOX I would really push an ad campaign highlighting that 2 hour block of Sci-Fi/Fantasy on Mondays.
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Judging from the review of the second episode here, they actually did. Apparently the production code for the second (aired) episode is 105, so you are not that far from the truth, it seems. A pity - I actually kind of liked it, at least the setting. I had the impression it would be much worse, but I was pleasantly surprised.
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Oh no. I was kidding. Damn it, Fox! :(
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Nothing big to talk about, but i will say this... Almost Human is good, very entertaining and has good potential... let's hope fox doesn't cancel yet another show ahead of time...
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You do realize you just gave every reason for Fox to cancel it, based on their past record, right?
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Wow.. Nyssa al Ghul is gonna be in Arrow? That must mean that Batman exists in the universe, too. Could there be a Bats show in the works?
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Ra's al Ghul's actually been mentioned a couple of times in recent episodes re Black Canary and her training with the league of assassins so I'd expect to see him sometime soon but I wouldn't count on any Batman appearances. Hope but don't expect...
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No more than Green Arrow being in Arrow means Superman exists.

Using some elements from the comics doesn't mean they use all elements from the comic.
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::shakes the Magic 8-Ball::
::the Magic 8-Ball reads- All Signs Point To No::

Since DC has planned to link the DCU in both cinema & television in order to try & compete with Marvel, and Ben Asslick Affleck has already been tapped to be the new Batman in the movies, the major odds are that they will not give Batman a network TV show, as the most simplistic reason would be that it would not be cost effective for WB, DC or the CW

The thing to keep in mind is that all characters that exist in the DCU (with the exception of Bats & Supes and their major supporting characters) seem to be fair game to be otherwise interchangeable within their other properties present & future until/if/when they change their thinking.
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::facepalm:: when posting above, I failed to remember to add FOX & Jim Gordon to the mix, but I think the crux of my point still stands :$
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Yep. Seriously DC are so far behind Marvel in the 'combined universe' regards it isn't even a contest. Disappointing in my opinion - I still wish that Nolan's Dark Knight series and Snyder's Superman were in the same universe... Sigh. What, by the time Batman v Superman comes out it will be the 2nd movie in that universe, while Marvel are releasing there 11th with Avengers 2 and have 5 TV shows in various stages of life.
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Well, movie-wise, yes. Animated TV series-wise, DC is the winner so far. Although they've since dropped the ball since Batman Beyond and JLU pulled up stakes.
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What is wrong with Fox? You do poorly with Mindy and Zooey and then make a comeback with BK99 and now this. Why?

And it is about time USA canned Necessary Roughness. I can't believe that it made it this long.
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necessary roughness was a solid show prior to last season, to say otherwise makes you a tool.
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Not a tool. Just a Psychologist. I imagine it would be similar to what a Doctor or a Cop's opinion about the shows that don't even come close to getting anything right other than the title of the poorly written character.

Other than that the characters were too one dimensional.
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Poorly with Zooey? She has a second show on Fox?
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Nope just the one very poor show. But really you could extrapolate that to anything she has done since a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
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Ah well. Your loss, mate.
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It's not the "Zooey Deschanel" show, hasn't been that way since the first handful of episodes. Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson are much more indispensable to New Girl than Zooey is.
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Now that is true. But I still can't get over a few things from season one.
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To be fair a good majority of The Walking Dead season 3 was crap, but so was the entire first half of The Walking Dead season 2, and wasn't he in charge for that. Not that I blame him for not watching, his show was taken away from him, but I can't say I exactly miss him being in charge.
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May all depend on how much the drama behind the scenes and a half million dollar budget cut affected the quality of the show during those times.
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Good point, we will never know what the show would like if he was still in charge.
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Well yeah - if I were Darabont, envisioned and built a damn show by myself, then, when the series hits it big, my bosses are all like "GTFO... but thanks for the money!"... well, yeah, I wouldn't keep on watching that show either.

And I'm completely OK with the whole cast of Spartacus showing up in Arrow, even though Starling is really becoming Gotham, at this point - I know the Bat's rogue gallery is way bigger than Ollie's, but... seriously? Nilla? Whatev.
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Arrow's casting crew really like the actors in Spartacus eh?
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Ugh. A sitcom about Dwyane Wade? Just as you leave a good impression on me with Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow, you ruin all that by doing this. Hopefully "in development" is as far as it goes.
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heh I was so bored by the pitch apparently i missed that that was all going on at fox?
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Apparently they learned nothing from the unwatchable disaster that was Michael Strahan's "Brothers" shitcom, er, sitcom.

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So do you guys think season four will be it for Awkward.? Can't really see it going to college.
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