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GETTING BETTER AND BETTER

... The Walking Dead is adding Michael Cudlitz to its cast, which is really fantastic. Cudlitz, who earned lots of positive adjectives for his work on Southland, will play Sergeant Abraham Ford, a guy who kills zombies! Retired at 35's Josh McDermitt has also joined the cast as Dr. Eugene Porter, Ford's buddy. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... NBC is getting into business with Susan Sarandon and her real-life daughter Eva Amurri Martino for a comedy pilot about [wait for it] a mother who moves in with her daughter! Martino will star as a hard-working woman who's looking to rebalance her life, which she does by inviting her free-spirited mother (Sarandon) to move in with her. And then there will be lots of slide-whistle sounds as the comedy just rolls in. Martino created the project and will write it. [TV Guide]

... Netflix has ordered another new series that you can watch all in one unhealthy sitting the day it's released. The untitled drama follows a group of siblings whose family secrets are unleashed when a black-sheep brother returns home. But what makes the project sound extra tasty is that it comes from the creators of Damages (Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler), one of the better dramas of the last decade that began its life on FX before disappearing to DirecTV. An early 2014 production start probably means it'll be available for streaming in mid-to-late 2014. [Netflix via press release]

... Fox's laugh-riot comedy explosion Dads has been canceled. Psych! It's actually the (almost) opposite! Fox has ordered six more scripts of the comedy that popular television criticism site TV.com called "slightly better than the worst thing in the world." While a script order doesn't mean a full-season pickup is definite, it's certainly a good sign that Fox has no intentions of canceling the show just yet. Despite bad ratings and even worse reviews, Dads is proof that you can be terrible but still succeed. The American Dream! [EW]

... That sweeping romantic comedy epic between Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter we were all looking forward to so badly is dead. Fox has killed its upcoming comedy Us & Them before the series could even air, cutting the show's order from 13 episodes to the six that have already been filmed. The network says the show hasn't been canceled, but it also told all the actors involved in it to go ahead and look for other jobs. That's like your girlfriend telling you that she's not breaking up with you while she adds topless pictures to her OKCupid profile. Potential discussion topic for the comments section: Jason Ritter, show killer? The guy can't catch a break. (And because I know one of you is going to be all like, "WHAT ABOUT PARENTHOOD?" Well that doesn't count since he's not a regular star.) [Deadline Hollywood]

... TNT has given the greenlight to the cooking competition show On the Menu, a series that promises to fix the biggest problem with cooking competition shows: WHY CAN'T I EAT WHAT I SEE THESE PEOPLE MAKING!? The 10-episode reality show will pair amateur cooks with pro chefs to help create a menu item for a chain restaurant, and the winning recipe will find its way onto the restaurant's menu the very next day. Of course some of the eateries being featured are at amusement parks and on cruises, so if you really want to try Carnival Cruise's Limited Time Only Jalapeno Waffle Corn Dog Bites, it will cost you a billion dollars. What's the point of touting a food item on the menu the very next day if it also requires a two-week boat trip around the Caribbean? This is dumb. You can see this dumb show in 2014. [TNT via press release]

... When you watch period-drama Reign this week on The CW, you will see less masturbation than was originally planned. The network decided to cut down a scene in which one of Mary's hottie friends watches some people have sex and then gets halfway up a staircase to personally take care of her boiling loins. Now it just looks likes she's cleaning out her belly button. This isn't really news, but I really wanted to write masturbation masturbation masturbation over and over again and get paid for it. [EW]

... CBS is adapting The Cisco Kid, the network's second attempt at bringing the classic Western to life. Salma Hayek is on board to produce the latest take, which will see a dishonorably discharged Marine return home to Los Angeles for his father's funeral and learn that his dad was the Cisco Kid. Then he and his buddy take on the name and help out people who can't help themselves. R.I.P. The Cisco Kid, sorry about this. [THR]

... Yeah Syria is in, like, total trouble. And sure, the government is shut down. And okay, like, that movie Gravity could TOTALLY happen to us at any moment. But when are The Bachelor's Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici going to get married!? January 26, 2014, and ABC is going to air it live. [ABC via press release]

... Lifetime is developing a Wizard of Oz project called The Red Brick Road, which tackles the What If? scenario of what might've happened if Dorothy had taken the Red Brick Road instead of the popular song-friendly Yellow Brick Road. It's supposedly an edgy take on the classic tale. This is the fifth Wizard of Oz project currently in development. Way to go, networks! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Jessica Walter is returning to TV Land and will take a regular role on the upcoming comedy Jennifer Falls. She'll play the mother of a character played by Jaime Pressly, who is [wait for it] forced to move back in with her mom. Walter, who's best known for playing Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development and voicing Mallory Archer on Archer, also starred in TV Land's Retired at 35. [THR]

... Christopher Cousins, who played Ted Beneke in Breaking Bad, has joined the cast of Revolution. He'll play one of the Patriots and he'll tangle with Tom, who is of course played by Breaking Bad vet Giancarlo Esposito. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Edward "The Second-Best Hulk Of the Last 10 Years" Norton will host Saturday Night Live for the first time on October 26. Janelle Monae will be the musical guest. [HitFix]


REQUIRED READING

... The rest of the internet is reading this fan letter from Anthony Hopkins to Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, so you may as well, too. [BuzzFeed]


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AIRED ON 4/3/2016

Season 6 : Episode 16

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So, I wonder what would happen if US & Them actually does good in the rating.
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The idea of Ritter dating both Gilmore Girls was kind of fun.

"but I really wanted to write masturbation masturbation masturbation over and over again and get paid for it" - Tim's idea of a money shot! Yes, I'm despicable. Seems odd though that the CW would have something like this scene at all.


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congrats this is a good show
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Susan Sarandon in a sitcom? Slide whistle sounds indeed! NBC seems to have no clue of what their identity wants to be, except "the network with the most shows audiences don't watch".

Ha ha, I told you folks Dads wasn't going to end up on its face. How the network goes to 19 and not 22 is nuts though. The show may not be a success, but it's clearly cheap enough to call "not a failure" except in quality.

Yeah, eat it "Us & Them", you looked so awful. Jason Ritter didn't kill that show, the shoddy production, the soft premise, and the mediocre promos (and I'll assume testing) killed it.

A CW show had voyeurism and masturbation, and it's a teen-focused period drama? Geez, that one guy who calls himself a Parents Television Council is gonna lose his shit over that one.

Is ABC also going to air The Bachelor Divorce in May, just in time for sweeps?

Lifetime's Wizard of Oz project, officially requiring a moritorium on everything Oz-related. Also if Dorothy had taken another road she'd have died of exposure alone after eating her dog.

Oh holy fack! Another daughter moving in with parent in the same article, that's impressively bad. Jaime Pressly can be a decent actor but it's really easy for her to get down the wrong path, and this sounds like another of those, I hope either they get a good director or she doesn't drag Jessica Walter down with her.

Yeah, saw that Breaking Bad Anthony Hopkins letter, it was cute and obviously written while drunk.
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What the hell is Susan Sarandon doing? Admittedly, Eva Amurri is gorgeous though.
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Boo! I was looking forward to Us & Them.
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I'm guessing this means Ed Norton will probably disagree with Lorne over the show's content and direction and then later sue him.

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Ted McGinley: So nice to meet you, I was beginning to think I was going to be lonely forever.

Jason Ritter: Yeah, well I won't be staying for long. Has anyone else ever been down here before?

Ted McGinley: Yeah, that's what they all say. Jon Cryer was down here for quite awhile.
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Please enough with the parents/kids moving back in together - every one of these shows this season SUCK, and suck HARD.
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It's not harsh, it's just a fact. He's wasn't berating his previous work, just his Hulk work. Great news about Cudlitz.
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It seems a little harsh to label Edward Norton as 'The Second-Best Hulk Of the Last 10 Years', casually forgetting he played the lead in two of the grittiest psychological and brutally violent dramas of the turn of the millenium, Fight Club and American History X....
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Lifetime tackling The Wizard Of Oz? There's no way they can tastefully tackle the strange melancholy of the original book, nor can they capture the deftly written magic of Warner Bros.' film. This is going to be a disaster.
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Nothing Lifetime does can be qualified as a "disaster" because nothing they do has enough impact to cause that much damage. It'd be like a tornado passing through an abandoned used car lot while tossing a few rusted hulks about and calling that a "disaster".

In other words, as Jay Sherman would say, "...and nothing of value was lost."
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You're in fine form today Sir!
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LOL. Nice analogy.
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Whilst it's awesome that Michael Cudlitz will be in The Walking Dead, Southland should never, ever, ever have been cancelled, it was by far one of the best dramas of recent years, sadly underrated by most, the writing and performances were incredible, characters you cared for, stories and events that shocked and left you feeling numb, there has been little on television over the years as good as Southland.

IMO Southland is right up there with Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos, The Shield as the best drama we've seen, it's a shame the networks gave it pretty much zero respect/support.
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I feel SouthLAnd was given way too little attention @Tv.com as well...
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I agree with you both. It was a lot more realistic than than any other cop show I can recall and easily one of the best drama's on TV. I'm still waiting for the final season to start over here in UKland and I'm getting more frustrated by the day.
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Will it? If not, I can wetransfer you the mp4's
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I was actually going to watch Us & Them just for Alexis.. now I might not bother.

the more Wizard of Oz projects that come out, the less I'm interested in it as a whole.. this one does sound a little interesting but it's Lifetime so I doubt anybody will think much of it.
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It's only six episodes so you might as well watch them! DVR them and settle in one night - Alexis and a couple of beers sounds good to me.
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So who is the best Hulk, Eric Bana or Mark Ruffalo? I'm going with Bana, I was a fan of his movie.
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Ruffalo!
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I have to go with Ruffalo. He was actually believable as a scientist and as a monster. The quiet but tenuous control over his dark passenger was subtly portrayed in stark contrast to the overacting from Norton and especially Bana. I didn't think Hulk was a very good film and I didn't really like Bana as the Hulk either. Norton was OK but I think that's largely because the film was OK rather him being particularly good.
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Bana an inch in front of Ruffalo, and like you I liked the first Hulk movie especially compared to the other and the Avengers.
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Ruffalo really made the Hulk into a character, there was personality in both halves, there was rage and control, communication, it was something that felt alive and connected.
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Bana, worst movie though.
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I'd have Bana over Norton, but Ruffalo for me. :)
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What the hell is happening with all these Wizard of Oz adaptations?
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It's into the free-to-use public domain, and a highly recognizable nameplate brought back to the forefront thanks to Disney putting out a high-profile film last year.
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Wow!
Dorothy Gale is one quite popular lady into next year of 2014... And I cannot believe my own eyes at all with these wizard of oz adaptations... There is gonna be 4 different actresses playing the part of Dorothy Gale, into 4 different projects in same exactly year of 2014... Oh, man! she is becoming just like Superman & Batman being most popular than Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Snow White here... When Superman & Batman are the most credit with their adaptations than the other heroes with Tv and films...

Here is breakdown Wizard of Oz Record:
- Lifetime: The Red Brick Road
- The CW: Dorothy Must Die
- NBC: Emerald City
- SyFy: Warriors of Oz

- Other: I believe the 5th one is animation version film called Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return... So actually Tv only has 4 directly wizard of oz adaptations based to broadcast.

Well, at least there isn't Disney Channel or Nickelodeon and Pre-Schools age group types, of Wizard of Oz version coming out or being made that's for sure... Oh wait a min here... That Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return! Is that Disney Channel or Nickelodeon and Pre-Schools age group types... Never mind then with this one!
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Tim you had me giggling today with some of your lines!
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Southland was over-rated show,but it had great cast.
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"over-rated"? Not a chance, it was underrated, one of the most underrated dramas of recent years IMO.
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In my eyes it is. The amount of self-righteousness,double standards,hypocrisy and inconsistency on this show is uncanny. Sammy was the best and only consistent character on show. Other cast was also great,but their characters weren't. Talking here for me,not for others. I fully expect and expected,that people will disagree with me.
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"self-righteousness,double standards,hypocrisy and inconsistency"

You describe the human condition very well, that's something we all exhibit at one time or another and it's something the show did an excellent job of portraying IMO.
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I agree,for first 3 it's about humans,but they exhibited it constantly in the show. Only one,who stayed true to himself is Sammy. Inconsistency is more about the show,when they just dropped some characters(not killed them,but they just weren't in show no more and no one ever mentioned them),ignoring past and so on for few more reasons.
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Where the heck has Edward Norton been? He's such a great actor and he narrated an environmental documentary once that was pretty good. Fight Club, Primal Fear, Everyone Says I Love You, and of course The Incredible Hulk. His was not as cool as Mark Ruffalo's Hulk but still great. I may actually watch SNL to see him. maybe.
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Ugh that is right Southland is not returning this year. Crap. Dumb TNT, how is rizzolie and isles still on and they cancelled Southland.
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Never underestimate the power of lesbians my friend.
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I would have said Edward Fight-Club Norton, instead, but hey...
Also, who else is bored with dads moving in with their sons, sons moving in with their dads, mums moving in with their daughters and daughters moving in with their mums? Here's an idea for you tv exec: a mum moving in with her son, or a dad moving in with his daughter or... (Please don't.)
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The original The Cisco Kid was even before *my* time. Family lore says that my older brother's first words were "The Cisco Kid will be back in a minute." We're a TV family from way back. If anybody can bring back the show, Salma Hayek can.
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Adapting a classic western with a modern feel makes me think of the summer Lone Ranger flick that was a trainwreck, to say the least. I'll wait and see, though...
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I'm so mad you guys threw that "dads is cancelled" bit in there I was about to be so excited! Lol and wow these repetitive premises and more remakes (well a 5th remake to be specific that's being currently developed) just shows how creative these TV folk are! Keep doing what you're doing guys (not really)!
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I think I could have my own sitcom. I mean, I have lived with my parents my whole freaking life. Never even had to move out, except for an exchange programme. Could that be the twist?
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I think Michael Cudlitz is a GREAT choice for Abraham. He looks almost identical to the character in the comics. And he'll have the perfect personality for it too. Excellent casting me thinks.
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Michael Cudlitz as Abraham makes up for Danny Trejo not being cast as the Governor.
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Love Michael Cudlitz. That's awesome news!!
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While my mileage varies on House of Cards and I haven't seen Hemlock Grove, Orange Is The New Black is fantastic. Netflix snagging the Damages writers to write a drama for the network will be a welcome addition.

The fifth Wizard of Oz project in development? While The CW's one seems an interesting take, what are the chances any one of these will actually be successful?
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MICHAEL CUDLITZ!
I have been stoked about this news since it erupted on his twitter feed yesterday. Southland was an amazing drama, and I have been dying to know his next big tv role since its cancellation.

Anthony Hopkins letter to Bryan Cranston... glad to see great actors can still give their kudos to other actors in a heartfelt manner.
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Happy to see Michael Cudlitz on tv again. I loved him in Southland. He made that show.

Also, kudos to Anthony Hopkins for recognizing talent when he sees it.
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So Dads won't be cancelled. Does this mean that at least half of the Dead Pools will fall out of the race?
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Dang it.. did I miss Dead Pools this year? Ugh stupid log in problems.. I was out for weeks.
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Yes *laughs gleefully because he didn't have Dads in his Dead Pool*
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Same here. Industry analysis said this was unlikely to get an early pull due to the cheap production and big-name producer.
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Ana Lucia's partner is joining The Walking Dead!

This couldn't be more awesome if it were Lost's Black Smoke Monster.
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WHAT ABOUT PARENTHOOD?
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