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Fall TV season is one of my favorite times of the year. All Summer long, I look forward to the month when my nights will be filled once more with the return of my favorite shows, along with a batch of brand-new series to get excited about. After 2009 brought in hits like The Vampire Diaries, Glee, and Modern Family, I couldn't wait to sift through the pilots and see what was in store. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to get excited about. Along with many other TV critics, I quickly pinpointed Lone Star as one of the top five new shows to watch. Unfortunately, no amount of acclaim could help James Wolk and Jon Voight, and the show opened to abysmal ratings. It was on death row after the first episode, and canceled after the second. To rehash some of the other shows that have kicked the bucket, just keep reading. »
Can you imagine Lone Star's James Wolk or Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff under the Hawaii Five-0 sun, playing an old CIA buddy of McGarrett's? It could happen. A new casting notice says the CBS drama is looking to add a series regular to tentatively debut in the 17th episode of the season, TVGuide.com has learned.
According to the official casting call, the character will be...
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- Kate Stanhope
At the start of November, Snyder said he hadn't even thought about casting but a couple of weeks later, it was reported that the studio had begun its search for the next actor who will embody the iconic hero from planet Krypton.
Numerous rumours have linked several actors to the production, and the result has been a mad swirl of internet gossip where truth and fiction have become blurred.
A source now tells The Geek Files that, contrary to reports, "casting has Not started" at Warner Bros.
Our source added that the studio are "not re-creating anything or anyone that has been done or seen before, such as Christopher Reeve or Brandon Routh". The studio is going for "a new look altogether", we were told. »
- David Bentley
He did emphasise, though, that it was a reboot unrelated to all previous movies - which was effectively a fatal dose of kryptonite for the campaign to reinstall Brandon Routh in the role.
Just a couple of weeks after that earlier conversation, it's being reported that Snyder has launched his search for the new Superman.
Along with producer Christopher Nolan, he is on the hunt for an actor aged 28 to 32 who is either totally unknown or in a minor TV role; in other words, not a familiar face. Of course, someone with heavy TV show commitments is likely to be unavailable for putting on the cape and tights.
- David Bentley
There’s been some confusion lately on how old Superman will be in Zack Snyder’s upcoming reboot, Superman: The Man of Steel. In an interview last month, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) said his agents had looked into him possibly playing the role, but that the filmmakers were looking for actors aged 35-40 (Hammer is 24). Deadline now reports that the age range they’re currently looking to is actually 28-32, which makes more sense, although I’m sure that news will disappoint those carrying a torch for the 39-year-old Jon Hamm to play the role.
Deadline adds that the actor who ends up playing Superman will likely be a discovery, or an actor from TV who isn’t yet a big star. Hit the jump for some possible contenders.
- Matt Goldberg
This is a perfect Sunday.
Harry Shum, Jr. has a huge spread for Yellow Magazine, a fashion and arts magazine for "young English-speaking and bilingual Asians in Houston." The full spread isn't online yet, but Gleehab has a preview. As long as we're on the subject of Glee, don't forget to tweet your reactions with the #kurtrules for our recap tomorrow. As to what you'll be tweeting about, here's Puck (Mark Salling) from tonight's episode explaining why he hasn't been in school recently.
Backstage at Glee, there are many spoilers about Gwyneth Paltrow's appearance in the Christmas episode, as well as Javier Bardeem's upcoming appearance. There are so many spoilers laced throughout the piece I'm afraid to say anything, except that with all these injuries, I hope they have a great health plan. And did you know they quit using the Long Beach school theater for performances and built a 500-seat replica? »
- Ed Kennedy
Fans planning on a first look at the potential "Bones" spin-off will have to wait a bit longer.
Originally scheduled for December, Movieline reports the "planted spin-off" episode won't actually air until February or March.
This might have something to do with the fact that the character it focuses on has yet to be cast.
As we first reported in October, the proposed spin-off would follow reclusive savant Walter Sherman from Richard Greener's "The Locator" book series. The series will incorporate Sherman into the "Bones" storyline as a wartime nemesis of Agent Booth (David Boreanaz).
Zap2it readers didn't agree with our suggestion of "Lone Star" refugee James Wolk, but they did throw out some interesting choices for the role like Lee Pace ("Pushing Daisies", James Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and, more laughably, "3rd Rock From the Sun" star French Stewart.
Maybe it's good that Fox is taking its time on this one. »
When Fox canceled its much-hyped series "Lone Star" after just two episodes, the move was met with considerable fuss. The drama—about a Texas con man leading dual lives with separate wives—had been the critical darling among the new fall network TV offerings. Its death came to emblemize the struggles that the networks have faced this fall in establishing new shows in a crowded market. As New York magazine reported, some executives at Fox "wondered whether the series was 'too cable' for a broadcast network.""Too cable" may as well be code for "too complex." Though last fall's new ratings successes—"Glee" and "Modern Family"—pushed the creative envelope, most of this fall's breakouts, such as CBS's "Hawaii Five-0" and "$#*! My Dad Says," have formats and come from genres with long histories of broadcast success. For actors, a close look at what's working—and what's not—could provide clues about next pilot season. »
From Touchstone Pictures comes You Again, an outrageous comedy directed by Andy Fickman, featuring an all-star ensemble cast that includes Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber and Betty White.
No matter how old you are, you never get over high school. Successful PR pro Marni (Bell) heads home for her older brother’s (Jimmy Wolk) wedding and discovers that he’s marrying her high school arch nemesis (Yustman), who’s conveniently forgotten all the rotten things she did so many years ago. Then the bride’s jet-setting aunt (Weaver) bursts in and Marni’s not-so-jet-setting mom (Curtis) comes face to face with her own high school rival. The claws come out and old wounds are opened in this crazy comedy about what happens when you’re reunited with the one person you’d like to forget.
You Again is released in UK cinemas »
Touchstone Pictures have just sent us the new trailer for rom-com, You Again. The movie stars Kirsten Bell who goes ballistic when she finds out her brother is going to marry her school nemesis. Her mother (Jamie Lee-Curtis) can’t understand the problem until she realises that his fiance’s mother is also her nemesis (Sigourney Weaver)!
Synopsis: No matter how old you are, you never get over high school. Successful PR pro Marni (Kristen Bell) heads home for her older brother’s (Jimmy Wolk) wedding and discovers that he’s marrying her high school arch nemesis (Odette Yustman), who’s conveniently forgotten all the rotten things she did so many years ago. Then the bride’s jet-setting aunt »
- David Sztypuljak
Can't get enough "Bones?" Well, you may be in luck.
Deadline reports the series is currently considering a potential spin-off -- though not one about any character we've already met. (There goes our dream of Dr. Hodgins, children's TV host.)
Instead, the series would focus on a new recurring character, Walter Sherman, who gets his introduction in the Dec. 6 episode. A former military policeman, he served with Booth (David Boreanez) in the Iraq war, though the two apparently can't stand one another.
Sherman, based on Richard Greener's "The Locator" book series, is described as an "eccentric, obstreperous and amusing reclusive man in his late 20s-30s with highly sought after abilities to find anything" who frequently "asks offensive, seemingly irrelevant questions."
Sound familiar? That more or less sums up the male version of Dr. Brennan (Emily Deschanel), albeit one with a bit more hermit-ish tendencies.
If the idea goes to series, »
On Tuesday we found out that Fox had canceled the promising new show Lone Star after two poorly rated episodes.
The show received praise from us here at TVOvermind. The pilot episode received a glowing review (Cory Barker called it “one of the best broadcast pilots of recent memory”) and the second episode got a positive review as well. While I didn’t write either of those myself, I agree with them and personally enjoyed both episodes and was hoping to see much more than two hours from what I thought was one of the better new shows of the fall season.
After the pilot aired, creator Kyle Killen took to his blog and wrote an inspired and passionate post inviting America to a stunning upset.
Do you like to root for the underdog? Because I’ve got an underdog of epic proportions for you. We’re talking long, long shot. »
- Crit Obara
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- Michael Ausiello
Steve Carell to play a rocker (and sing) in film Of All the Things - PopWatch NBC has picked up My Life as an Experiment, a comedy produced by Jack Black - Deadline Rachel Bilson joins Krysten Ritter's film Bff and Baby - Moviefone Brad Goreski leaving Rachel Zoe and her Bravo reality series - People Tina Fey to be honored on PBS with American Humor prize - TV Squad Watch Shakira's new music video for "Loca" - Vulture Five shows that should cast newly unemployed James Wolk - Movieline The geekiest girls of the movies - GeekSugar »
Welcome to your Wednesday morning television briefing. It's official: the axe has fallen on Fox's low-rated con-man drama Lone Star after just two episodes. The initial outing for the James Wolk-led ensemble drama lured only 4 million viewers or so and the second episode saw its fortunes decline further still, with only 3.2 million tuning in. Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that production on the 20th Cenutyr Fox Television-produced drama will shut down immediately. “We will have shot five completed episodes after the pilot,” a studio spokesperson told Ausiello, “and will not complete principal photography on episode 106.” No word on the fate of the four unaired episodes that have already been shot. (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files) [Editor: As one unnamed network insider told Variety's Michael Schneider: "The viewers have spoken." Meanwhile, AOL Television's Maureen Ryan explores her take on what the cancellation of Lone Star means for the broadcast networks, which can be read here.] Fox meanwhile has announced its timeslot replacement for Lone Star, moving the third season of Lie to Me--which wasn't expected to return to the lineup until November--to Mondays at 9 pm Et/Pt beginning next week, »
It wasn't supposed to happen this way for James Wolk. The relative newcomer was positioned as one of the breakout candidates of the fall because of his performance on the high-profile Fox series Lone Star. (It wasn't just Movieline; honest!) Fame, fortune and talk of being the Next George Clooney were surely to follow, except for one teensy, little problem: No one watched Lone Star; late yesterday it became the first fall series to get canceled. Does this mean Wolk's star will burnout before it even lights up? Hopefully not! Here are six shows that could help put his breakout career back on the tracks. »
Really sad news for the fans of the excellent new series "Lone Star", a casualty of the new fall season. The Texas potboiler starring James Wolk and Jon Voight was killed. The new drama was about a charismatic con man and his double life dealings, and it has been officially pulled from the Fox schedule. On Monday night, Variety reported that the show's second episode drew a little over 3 million viewers. Down from the sad 4.1 million that tuned in for its premiere episode Sept. 20. Fox plans to run episodes of "Lie to Me" in place of "Lone Star" on Monday nights. Monday is a tough night. NBC's "The Event" goes head-to-head with CBS's "Hawaii Five-o" and ABC's »
- April MacIntyre
Prime-time soap "Lone Star" has been yanked from Fox's schedule after two episodes, AP reports.
Although the show -- which focuses on a charismatic con man (James Wolk) living two separate lives -- received critical acclaim, Monday's episode received less than 4 million viewers.
The network hasn't officially canceled "Lone Star," but it will be replaced by the psychological drama "Lie to Me," which begins its third season next Monday at 9:00 pm Edt.
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We all saw it coming. One of the most anticipated TV shows of the new fall season, Lone Star, has been cancelled after two episodes.
Lone Star centers around a handsome conman (James Wolk) who lives a double life to swindle investors and an oil tycoon family. He starts to have regrets and struggles to balance both lives and keep everybody happy. Others in the series are Jon Voight, Adrianne Palicki, Bryce Johnson, David Keith, Eloise Mumford, and Mark Deklin.
The Fox series debuted last week to a very disappointing 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.1 million total viewers. Last night, despite several days of buzz and campaigning to get new viewers, the ratings fell even lower to a 1.0 rating in the demo and 3.23 million viewers. As was the case in week one, many people who started watching tuned out »
Well, I guess someone had to be the first to go: after garnering low ratings for its first two episodes, new series Lone Star has been canceled by Fox. It was on death watch since its premiere (I tried to rally and gave you reasons why you should watch), and now it's become the official first casualty of the Fall TV season. The show was one I was looking forward to most this Fall, but it couldn't bring in high enough numbers for its network. I'm sad to see such a promising series cut short after such a brief amount of time, but hopefully this won't be the last we'll see of its crushworthy star James Wolk. Photo courtesy of Fox »
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