'Gotham' casts Morena Baccarin in major role
Firefly and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin becoming a Gotham resident. Baccarin been cast in the Fox drama series in a recurring role this season that's expected to become a series regular in a presumed season two. EW has confirmed that she'll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, "a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham's most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum's Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her »
- James Hibberd
Steve Coogan to Headline Showtime's Happyish Pilot; Dramedy Originally Starred Philip Seymour Hoffman
Happyish had been ordered to series in January of this year, weeks before Hoffman’s passing. With Coogan now in place, it reverts to the pilot stage.
Coogan will play Thom Payne, a middle-aged man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25-year-old “wunderkind” boss arrives full of “social” and “viral” ideas. Is Thom in need of a “rebranding” for the new generation? Is pursuing happiness is a fool’s errand? Or, at his age, is “happyish” the best one can expect? »
Will Smith bringing 'Hitch' comedy series to Fox
The date doctor is coming to television. EW has confirmed that Fox is developing a comedy series based on 2005's Hitch, starring Will Smith and Kevin James. The half-hour, single-camera series is being described as "a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics." Will Smith and Jada Smith will executive produce alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will write the script, and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett. Hitch raked in close to $370 million worldwide at the box office. It follows Smith's Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, a professional dating consultant put to the test when Albert Brennaman »
- Emily Blake
Jim Carrey introduces us to his 'girlfriend' in new 'SNL' promos
Promos are out for this week's Saturday Night Live with host, Jim Carrey, and musical guest, Iggy Azalea. The videos show Carrey, who is hosting for the third time, and Aidy Bryant, who are apparently dating now. Carrey, for example, treats viewers to one of his world-famous impressions, this time with Bryant as his subject. Oh, and did we mention this is the Halloween episode? Carrey dons a Jason-esque mask, knife in hand. Other frights are in store. Watch the promos here, if you dare: »
- C. Molly Smith
A Supernatural Spinoff Will Happen If "The Idea Is Right," Creator Says
All right, who sold their soul at a crossroads? I'm not angry, I just want to know who to blame for The CW's continued interest in producing a Supernatural spin-off.
Series creator Eric Kripke recently spoke to TV Line about potential future efforts to expand the world of Sam and Dean Winchester in the wake of last season's failed attempt to launch Supernatural: Bloodlines, which aired as a backdoor pilot but wasn't picked up to series.
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- Kaitlin Thomas
When Taylor Swift's 'Out of the Woods' meets 'Circle of Life,' everything makes sense
Taylor Swift's non-offensively generic pop album (that hasn't even officially released yet) is just ripe for everyone else's projections, and today has produced one remix that has melded together the queen of cats with the movie all about really big cats. With its similar power ballad tone, it was probably inevitable that Swift's "Out of the Woods" would be remixed with Lion King's "Circle of Life," courtesy of mash-up master Chambaland. Get ready though; this will probably be the beginning of the long Taylor Swift remix train ride once 1989 actually hits shelves Oct. 27. Take a listen at Chambaland's Tumblr. »
- Teresa Jue
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