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It looks like Kirstie Alley’s sitcom comeback is going to be short-lived.
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The sitcom — which co-starred fellow sitcom vets Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards — found Alley playing Maddie Banks, a Tony Award-winning actress whose life was turned upside down upon the discovery of her long-lost son Arlo (played by Eric Peterson).
The episode finds Melanie, Joy and Victoria finally exploring Elka’s mysterious apartment, before they bump into Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and subsequently embark on a psychedelic, pop culture-filled adventure.
Per Entertainment Weekly, Bialik will cohost with Peter Funt, son of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt. The on-camera pranking series will debut Monday, Aug. 11 at 8/7, airing new episodes every night that week through Thursday, before settling into a weekly Tuesday schedule.
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♦ Speaking of Big Bang Theory, our sister site Deadline reports there has been no “significant »
The single-camera project from Christopher Vane (Suddenly Susan, Bill Engvall) follows Buddy, a deep-in-debt scalawag (played by Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum) who lies low in a small town by passing himself off as the gay pastor the local church recently hired.
Per our sister site Deadline, Garcia has been cast as Buddy’s put-upon girlfriend back home in San Francisco, who is left to believe he died of a suicide, »
Now that Yahoo has saved Community from cancellation, fans of Enlisted are hoping the site is willing to save their show, too. It makes sense to me, especially since Enlistedis a younger comedy with a better chance of finding new viewers through word of mouth.
Sherlock has been renewed for a fourth season that will include a special followed by three more episodes. Sadly, filming doesn’t begin until next year.
Carol Kane has taken a role on Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham according to TVLine. She’ll play the mother of an iconic Batman character.
Okay. I don’t know how to feel about this. Walton Goggins will appear in the final season of Sons of Anarchy as transgender character Venus Van Dam. I hear Venus started out as an offensive joke but became a praise-worth character in the latest season. Unfortunately, SoA has been on »
- Lyle Masaki
Sara Rue is returning to TV, this time for TV Land’s new show Impastor. She won the female lead role opposite of Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum (Buddy), who moves to a small town to leave behind his past debuts. With this move he is required to come up with a new personalty and thus he declares himself as a gay pastor. Yes, this comedy reeks of Fran Drescher’s old show. Sara will play Dora, Buddy’s assistant. Christopher Vane is behind this new comedy.
Sara worked on previous comedies such as Popular, Rules of Engagement and Less than Perfect. She hasn’t had a big role in a while and while TV Land is the Las Vegas of TV-it could give her a new lease on life. Right now it appears that show is in pre-production which means we will likely not see it until sometime in 2015.
- Sarah Peel
The single-camera project from Christopher Vane (Suddenly Susan, Bill Engvall) follows a deep-in-debt scalawag named Buddy (Rosenbaum) who lies low in a small town by passing himself off as the gay pastor the local church recently hired.
Rue will play Dora, Buddy’s prim and somewhat anal retentive assistant.
Chris D’Elia (Undateable) has been tapped to play Adam, the impulsive musician who disappeared from Jennifer’s life shortly after getting her pregnant, TVLine has learned exclusively. He’ll return a changed man, or so he says, eager to insert himself in Jennifer and their daughter’s lives.
D’Elia will appear in several episodes of the TV Land comedy, beginning »
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has so far been (arguably) the most controversial superhero flick of all time, and we are still two years away from even seeing the finished product. Cameras are currently rolling in Michigan with Zack Snyder once again behind the lens for the ultimate comic book team up.
Although the idea of Batman And Superman in one film is an incredibly tantalizing idea, eyebrows have been raised ever since Ben Affleck was cast as the famous caped crusader. Fans became even more dubious when it was announced that the film was no longer a Man Of Steel sequel, but rather a Justice League prequel that includes Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa). On top of that Warner Bros threw us another curve ball with the casting of Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, The Social Network) as Superman’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor. »
- Ben Read
The Book of Mormon gets animated, Russia is hypocritical about marriage, and thoughts on asymmetric man thongs
Michael Rosenbaum, who I’ve had a major crush on since Smallville, has landed the lead in TV Land’s Impastor, about a scumbag on the run from his debts who masquerades as a small town’s newly hired gay preacher. I would have been happy with Rosenbaum just being back on my television, but add the gay aspect and I’ve already set my TiVo. I suppose on a side note, I should ask what’s up with all the faux-gay characters on TV lately?
You knew it was going to happen but prayed to the Flying Spaghetti Monster it wouldn’t. Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is running for Congress for the seat of disgraced Vance McAllister. I wonder if he’d wear the beard and the camo to the floor of the House? »
- Ed Kennedy
TV’s erstwhile Lex Luthor is up to his old tricks, this time faking it as a clergyman.
The single-camera comedy from Christopher Vane (Suddenly Susan, Bill Engvall) follows a deep-in-debt scalawag who lies low in a small town by passing himself off as the gay pastor the local church recently hired.
Since wrapping his Smallville run, Rosenbaum’s TV credits have included the Fox comedy Breaking In and NBC’s Will Ferrell-produced, 1960s-set midseason comedy Mission Control, opposite Krysten Ritter (though his role, »
TV Land is looking to Smallville for its next lead. Michael Rosenbaum has joined the cable network's single-camera comedy pilot Impastor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Impastor centers on a low-life (Rosenbaum) who hides out in a small town by conning the residents into thinking he's their newly hired gay pastor. The casting comes weeks after Rosenbaum left NBC's 1960s space comedy Mission Control, which was ordered to series in May, in a recasting. Chris Vane will serve as writer/executive producer on Impastor, which will also be executive produced by Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, as well as
- Philiana Ng
Have you noticed how very few recastings there had been this pilot season? If I’m not missing something, CBS’ How I Met Your Dad was the only pilot to recast a major character after the table read this year, with Tiya Sircar joining. I hear the studios implemented pre-table reads and introduced other procedural tweaks that greatly reduced the number of cast changes. That also applies to the newly picked up series. One recasting that is going forward is on NBC‘s midseason comedy series Mission Control. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control, from Universal TV and producer Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, examines what happens when a strong woman (Krysten Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. The project is recasting the role of Bus, a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likeable Nasa astronaut. It was played in the pilot by Michael Rosenbaum. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Hollywood stuntman and choreographer Greg van Borssum is offering up a piece of 'what if' Hollywood history today, as he shares photos of the Justice League cast assembling for Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller's canceled adaptation.
Way back in 2007, after Superman Returns proved to be a disappointment, Warner Bros. planned to move forward on a Justice League movie that recast the Man of Steel with D.J. Cotrona and gave us a new Batman in Armie Hammer, even though Christian Bale was in the midst of his The Dark Knight trilogy at the same time. Also seen in the first photo are (from bottom) director George Miller, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter. Next row finds Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Teresa Palmer as Talia al Ghul, stuntman Greg van Borssum, and producer Barrie M. Osborne (The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers »
(Cbr) In the month since Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder’s sequel to "Man of Steel", the "Social Network" star has faced his fair share of detractors. However, he also has some surprising sources of support — namely, two actors who previously played Superman’s arch-nemesis. Ex-Lex Kevin Spacey, who played the character in Bryan Singer’s "Superman Returns", tells Empire that Eisenberg is “a remarkable actor. He’s just going to fucking own it. I think it’s a great idea and I wish him the best with it.” "Smallville" veteran Michael Rosenbaum, meanwhile, says Eisenberg doesn’t “need any advice from me, he’ll do his homework.” “Jesse’s a good actor. He’ll do it his own way and that’s the best way,” he said. “If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Two previous Lex Luthors have just given their blessing to the latest iteration - Jesse Eisenberg.
He tells Empire: "First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor. He's just going to [frick]ing own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."
"First off, I think he's a really good actor. I don't think he needs any advice from me, he'll do his homework. Do it your way. I'm sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason. Jesse's a good actor. He'll do it his own way and that's the best way. »
- Garth Franklin
To call the casting for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel (unofficially titled Batman vs. Superman) controversial would be a monumental understatement. First, the studio shocked (and enraged) audiences by announcing that Ben Affleck would be donning the Batsuit this time around. Then, they chose Fast and the Furious alum Gal Gadot for the part of Wonder Woman. It wasn’t long before the actress fell victim to a slew of internet hate, which has now turned its focus towards Jesse Eisenberg due to his casting as Lex Luthor. Though The Social Network actor (along with Affleck and Gadot) may prove to be an inspired choice, for now, the majority of fans are on the fence.
In an interview with Empire, »
- James Garcia
The Mindy Project alum Tommy Dewey will star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC’s pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut (Dewey) in the race to land on the moon. Dewey’s Tom is the newest member of Mission Control, a former test pilot who quickly bonds with the male crew and immediately bumps heads with Mary (Ritter). Dewey gets bonus points for his resemblance to the first man in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left). On Mission Control, Dewey joins recently cast Michael Rosenbaum who plays another astronaut. Dewey, who co-created Sons Of Tucson, starred in the original pilot for Fox’s Dads last season. He is with the Kohner Agency, New Wave and Myman Abel. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TV news and notes:
- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gossip Girl" alum Michelle Trachtenberg has joined the CBS comedy pilot "Save the Date." She plays the no-nonsense sister of the lead character (Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly declares she's getting married and then races to make it actually happen. Julie White ("Go On") will play the sisters' mom.
- Marvel fans will get their first peek at "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe," a primetime special on ABC. The special will go behind-the-scenes on Marvel movies, as well as "Agents of Shield." In addition to the sneak peek at "Age of Ulton," there will also be clips from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and future episodes of "Agents of Shield." "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe" airs Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.
- CBS' "How I Met Your Mother »
Not one, but Two former Lex Luthors recently shared their thoughts on Jesse Eisenberg playing the villain in Zack Snyder's Batman Vs Superman. When the news first broke last month many were shocked Eisenberg had been cast as Luthor, and now Superman Return's Kevin Spacey and Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum have both expressed their opinions on the controversial casting. We'll start with Kevin Spacey first, who in an interview with Empire, says Jesse Eisenberg »
- Jesse Giroux
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