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-by Missi Pyle
Pushing Daisies "Bzzzzzzzzz! (2008)"
Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) is sooooo good. His writing is insanely magical. I keep begging him to make me a regular in one of his shows. We keep trying but I never quite get the job. So he once in awhile lets me play someone fabulous. "Betty Bee"? Come Oooon!!!!
I actually cut the tip of my finger off on camera while snipping roses in a scene on this job. I held the tip of my finger to stop the blood from coming out until the end of the scene. They were very impressed I didn't stop the scene right after I cut it. But I'm from the theatre -- the show must go on! previously on 'The Missi Experience': gone girl, working actor, upcoming projects
- GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Fox has extended the Season 3 order for "The Mindy Project" to a very-nearly-full season. Originally picked up for a somewhat truncated 15 episodes, "The Mindy Project" has gotten six more episodes from Fox, bringing the season to 21 episodes. Yes, you probably could have done that math yourself. The back-six continued Fox's history of extending "The Mindy Project" beyond what Live+Same Day ratings logic might normally dictate. In its most recent airing, "The Mindy Project" drew just under 2.47 million viewers and did a 1.1 key demo rating. Actually, thanks to "A to Z" and "Manhattan Love Story" and "Mulaney," that key demo number looks pretty robust. Using the "most current" measurement that includes a mixture of Live+Sd and DVR figures, "The Mindy Project" is averaging 3.1 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 for the season. Fox notes that among women 18-34, "Mindy" is a Top 5 live-action comedy and gets a »
- Daniel Fienberg
MTV “Challenge” star Diem Brown dies of cancer at 32 The MTV reality star was diagnosed with cancer for a third time this summer. She fought until the end, tweeting on Tuesday: "I Need PRAyErs and advice my doctors are seemingly giving up but I won't & can't rollover." Al Roker completes his 34-hour “Rokerthon,” setting a Guinness World Record The “Today” weatherman set the record for the longest uninterrupted live weather report. Afterwards, Roker celebrated with a recliner and massage. Lee Pace is coming to “The Mindy Project” The “Pushing Daisies” will play a San Francisco tech millionaire who took Mindy’s virginity in college. Click Read Full Post For More “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” teases the new season When the Fxx series returns in January, Frank will have a healing pool. Jon Hamm photobombs his “Mad Men” ex-wife and daughter Check him out with January Jones and Kiernan Shipka »
- Norman Weiss
It looks like Danny Castellano might soon have some competition for Mindy’s affections from a resurrecting, romantic named Ned. Of course, the infamous character from Pushing Daisies is not appearing on The Mindy Project himself, but the actor that played him, Lee Pace, will be guest starring in an upcoming episode during the Fox comedy’s third season. According to E! News, which first reported the casting, Pace will play Alex, an ex of Mindy’s who just happens to now be a “San Francisco tech millionaire.” Also, Alex is the guy that Mindy lost her virginity to back when she was a nerd in college. As of right now, Pace is only scheduled to appear in one episode of The Mindy Project , so it does not look like he will be a major threat to Danny and Mindy’s happiness. Also, since he and Mindy were closest with each other back in college, »
- Chris King
Mindy Project fans, you’re about to meet the man who first Crtl+Alt’d Dr. Lahiri’s V.
Related Mindy Kaling on Mindy Project’s Pivotal Pair: ”I Love You’ Is Not Their Issue’
When Mindy knew Pace’s character, Alex, he was a nerdy college student. Now, he’s a millionaire (and rather good-looking, to boot).
Pace, who currently stars in AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, is booked for only one episode as of now. »
If you can't get enough of Dr. Mindy Lahiri and her romcom-flavored kerfuffles, you're not alone. Fox has ordered six more episodes of "The Mindy Project" for this season, bringing the final tally to 21 eps of Mindy Kaling goodness. That means more colorful outfits, more cool guest stars, and more sweet dance moves from Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina).
"The Mindy Project" is one of those shows that took a minute to find its groove, but now Kaling and her crackerjeam team are on fire. They've even succeeded at getting the two main characters together romantically without killing the vibe of the show. Sorry, "Moonlighting."
In other cool "Mindy" news, Lee Pace of "Pushing Daisies" fame - and also "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Hobbit" and all that jazz - will be guest starring in an upcoming episode as a slick Silicon Valley dude that Mindy lost her virginity to way back in college. »
- Jenni Miller
Sound the alarm, TV's coolest show just got cooler! Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace has been cast on The Mindy Project as an upcoming guest star. Pace will play Alex, a handsome San Francisco tech millionaire who took Mindy's virginity back when he was a dorky college student. Now, we aren't mathematicians here, but from where we're sitting, this is awesome in 3 indisputable ways. 1) Lee Pace is charming as hell, and we get to see him in one of our favorite shows. 2) Dorky Mindy sounds amazing, and we can only hold out hope that there will be flashbacks, and hopefully mouthguards and nose-hair trimmers. 3) Danny and Mindy are going strong, »
This led to Sony entering the female fray with a Spider-Man spinoff scripted by Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice," "Pushing Daisies"). No confirmation yet if it's Spider-Woman, but it's a significant development. And this week industry leader Marvel, with plenty of female superheroes to choose from, finally announced its own own female counter-attack by turning the spotlight on Captain Marvel, aka Major Carol Danvers (coming July 6, 2018). Who will Marvel cast as its first leading female superhero? Let the best action actress win. We still don't know the fate of a Marvel feature starring Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow (Nicole Perlman, who plucked "Guardians of the Galaxy" out of Marvel's bin of second tier comics, turned in a treatment in 2011). Fan pressure has been mounting ever since Black Widow become an important fixture of The Avengers. She's busting to break out on her own. The timing couldn't be better and »
- Bill Desowitz
Twin Peaks, the cult show that blended horror and soap opera, will return with nine new episodes in 2016, say co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost. The co-creators teased fans the return just a few days ago by tweeting this at the exact same time:
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style. #damngoodcoffee
— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) October 3, 2014
Dear Twitter Friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee
— David Lynch (@DAVID_LYNCH) October 3, 2014
Today, however, it was announced that Showtime not only had adopted the rights to the series, but that they would air reruns leading up to the revival in early 2016 (ostensibly also to air on the channel). The network released this statement along with the following video:
When Hannibal first premiered in 2013, no one really expected much. How could a show about one of film’s greatest villains survive on TV, let alone network TV? And from Bryan Fuller, the man who created the delightful Pushing Daisies? But somehow, against all odds, Hannibal has become a visually stunning show that’s among the best and most fully realized on TV.
A prequel to most of the Thomas Harris books and films, Hannibal has forged its own path, creating a world that is a terrifying and dazzling mix of horror and character study. Set before Red Dragon, Hannibal explores the relationship between Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and the emotionally unstable but brilliant FBI consultant Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
Even before the show started, the series’ chances for survival seemed to land squarely on the shoulders of whomever would be chosen to play Hannibal. Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal had become so legendary, »
With the recent release of Hannibal Season 2 to Blu-ray and DVD, I had the opportunity to catch up with Bryan Fuller to get his thoughts on an excellent second season and find out what he’s planning for Season 3:
Looking back at Hannibal’s second season, are you happy with how it turned out?
Bryan Fuller: With Season 2, I was really happy with how it grew organically. When you’re in the middle of it, you’re not sure if you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing. It’s great because that terror bubble keeps you on your toes, but I feel really good about Season 2.
Season 2 saw a push away from the weekly killer format of the first season. Was that intentional or something that also grew organically?
Bryan Fuller: It was a wiggling out of the crime procedural restrictions. I wanted to »
- Jonathan James
Fans of the “Fullerverse” — the sometimes-spooky, always-askew macrocosm where TV producer Bryan Fuller’s shows (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) are said to take place — have long been cautious about putting down roots there. That’s thanks to Fuller’s track record for making “brilliant but cancelled”–type fare, none of which has lasted more than two seasons. But he’s finally broken his two-and-done curse with Hannibal, his über-macabre take on the modern mythology of Hannibal Lecter, which received a third-season pickup in May. On the eve of Hannibal’s second season arriving on DVD today, we talked to Fuller about Hannibal’s diehard fans (called “Fannibals”), Hannibal’s most divisive characters, and who Kristin Chenoweth could one day play on the show.As someone who’s been a fan of several of your shows, it’s such a pleasure to get to talk to you about a »
- Rose Maura Lorre
Directed by Adam Kane
Aired September 15, 2014 on Syfy
While Bryan Fuller’s style may be a bit too quirky, macabre, or esoteric for some audiences, there’s no denying that the man knows how to give good pilot. The first episode of Wonderfalls was an endearing, fast-talking affair that gradually injected fantasy into early 20s/retail ennui. The first episode of Pushing Daisies was nothing less than a storybook brought to life, a vibrant spin on the matters of life, death, and what happens when the order of the two reverses. And the first episode of Hannibal was a visceral, otherworldly affair that made it clear from the outset it wasn’t your parents’ Hannibal Lecter.
That track record leads to a lot of high expectations for High Moon, even though unlike those previous shows the pilot is (likely) all there’s going to be. »
- Les Chappell
"Hannibal" and "Pushing Daisies" producer Bryan Fuller is moving forward with the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel "American Gods". In a new and lengthy interview with Den of Geek, Fuller says he and screenwriter Michael Green have no plans to whitewash the lead character of Shadow as some feared might happen:
"In our conversations about who our ideals are for specific roles, Shadow is described as... is he a gypsy? Is he Hispanic? Is he black? Or is he all of those things in one? So we know that he is not white! I think if we cast a white man to play Shadow we would be the biggest a--holes on television."
The plan is to not just translate but potentially expand upon the world which Gaiman created:
"You have to ground it in the emotional reality of what Shadow, or Wednesday, or Laura is experiencing in that moment. »
- Garth Franklin
A sci-fi saga set in outer space produced by Bryan Fuller, the creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls? The idea sounded promising when SyFy ordered a 90-minute pilot for High Moon last summer, but alas, the finished product didn’t entice the network to send the show to series. Fuller’s fans and geeks of all stripes can judge for themselves when SyFy airs the pilot as a TV movie on Monday, Sept. 15, at 9 Pm.
- Jeff Jensen
When last we talked about High Moon, an adaptation of John Christopher's novel The Lotus Caves by Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal"), it was being called a pilot; but now it seems to be just another in the network's long line of Original Movies.
High Moon, starring Jake Sandvig, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonathan Tucker, and Charity Wakefield, tells of a group who arrive on the moon and realize they've got company... and they Don't come in peace!
The film airs on Monday, September 15th, at 9/8c on Syfy. Check out the trailer and a still below.
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- Debi Moore
Fuller's adaptation never got picked up to series, but now Syfy is slated to show the 90-minute series premiere which has been repurposed as a TV movie that will air later this month. To tease the telemovie, the network has just posted the first five minutes of the pilot-turned-telemovie online at TV Line.
Jonathan Tucker, Jake Sandvig, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Charity Wakefield star in the series which is set on the Earth's moon which is now home to numerous mining colonies. Chaos erupts when a new life form is revealed.
Jim Danger Gray ("Hannibal," "Torchwood") wrote the script and Adam Kane ("Pushing Daisies") directed the work. Funnily enough this marks the second failed pilot of Fuller's to be turned into a telemovie event, »
- Garth Franklin
Ready for something out of this world?
Syfy, which earlier this year passed on Bryan Fuller’s High Moon pilot, is repackaging the 90-minute opener as a TV movie, and we’ve got an exclusive first look at the heart-stopping first four minutes.
Related Fall Preview 2014: Your Handy Calendar of 99 Premieres
An adaptation of John Christopher’s 1969 young adult sci-fi novel The Lotus Caves, the project — penned by Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies) — is set in a future in which the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon’s resources. However, chaos erupts after a new life form is discovered. »
The list of TV series cancelled too soon is long. Acclaimed shows like "Carnivale," "Firefly," "Journeyman," "Freaks and Geeks," "Pushing Daisies," "Terriers," "Angel," "Undeclared" and many more line bargain basement DVD bins when all should have had at least one more season to really soar.
One of the most painful loses though was that of one of TV's greatest character dramas - HBO's western "Deadwood". Creator David Milch's show wrapped its third season back in 2006 and was put on hold. Though never officially canceled, it has effectively been axed and the cast have gone on to other projects.
Nevertheless the love for that show is still there, not just from fans but those who worked on it. One such person is "Gone Girl" actress Kim Dickens who attended the 66th Annual Emmy Awards over the weekend and was asked by TV Line about the show's demise:
"Deadwood still hurts. »
- Garth Franklin
Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?
While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)
After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and »
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