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TBS Fall Trailers: Rashida Jones, Ashley Tisdale Comedies

TBS has released trailers for three upcoming comedies.


From the Emmy®-winning creators of Will & Grace comes a new multi-camera comedy. Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Mike Castle (Family Trap), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black), Ryan Pinkston (Tower Prep), Matt Cook (True Blood) and George Wendt (Cheers) star in the ensemble comedy set in Charlestown, Mass. The series centers on a group of coworkers who all went to high school together but ran in very different crowds. Now they find themselves working together at Buzzy’s, a barbershop that was recently bought by one-time loser Ben (Pinkston).

Angie Tribeca. This character-driven police comedy is the brainchild of Steve and Nancy Carell. Rashida Jones (The Office, Parks and Recreation) stars in the satirical look at police procedurals. The single-camera comedy focuses on an eccentric but brilliant group of Lapd detectives who investigate crime, reveal way too much
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Buzzy's: TBS Orders New Barbershop Comedy

TBS has picked up a new workplace comedy called Buzzy's. Set in a barbershop, the show's cast includes Ashley Tisdale, Mike Castle, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Pinkston, Matt Cook and George Wendt.

The cable channel has ordered 10 episodes for a 2015 debut.

Here's their press release:

TBS Greenlights "Buzzy's," Workplace Comedy from Creators of "Will & Grace"

Ashley Tisdale, Mike Castle, Lauren Lapkus, Ryan Pinkston, Matt Cook and George Wendt Star

TBS has greenlit the workplace comedy Buzzy's, the latest series from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the Emmy(R)-winning creators of Will & Grace. Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Mike Castle (Family Trap), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black), Ryan Pinkston (Tower Prep), Matt Cook (True Blood) and six-time Emmy(R) nominee George Wendt (Cheers) star in the ensemble comedy, which comes to TBS from KoMut
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TBS Takes Will & Grace Creators' Workplace Comedy Buzzy's

TBS has greenlit the workplace comedy "Buzzy's," the latest series from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the Emmy-winning creators of "Will & Grace". Ashley Tisdale ("High School Musical"), Mike Castle ("Family Trap"), Lauren Lapkus ("Orange Is the New Black"), Ryan Pinkston ("Tower Prep"), Matt Cook ("True Blood") and six-time Emmy nominee George Wendt ("Cheers") star in the ensemble comedy, which comes to TBS from KoMut Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.
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Blood-Boiler of the Day: TV Show Canceled for Having Too Many Smart, Interesting Girl Characters

Blood-Boiler of the Day: TV Show Canceled for Having Too Many Smart, Interesting Girl Characters
Hollywood execs can get awfully creative when they need to come up with excuses for why film and TV should stay so male-centric. Boys won't watch stories about girls? Wrong. Women and girls don't go to the movies? Wrong. So what's the next self-serving industry delusion they're peddling now? Boys like dolls so much more than girls do. (Because, come on, action figures are totally dolls.) Boys' love of dolls is, in fact, the explanation writer Paul Dini got for why his Cartoon Network show, Tower Prep, was canceled. In a fascinating discussion with director Kevin Smith, Dini relates that higher-ups at the cable network urged him to focus his storylines on his male characters and make his female characters "one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as the boys." When Dini proceeded to create fully realized girl characters anyway, the Cartoon Network axed the show.
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Paul Dini: 'Tower Prep' creator says Cartoon Network doesn't want girls

Kevin Smith and Paul Dini opened up a can of worms during a recent chat on Smith's podcast "Fatman on Batman." During a discussion about the Cartoon Network series "Beware the Batman," Dini explained why Cartoon Network and other networks that air superhero cartoons aren't trying to grab a female audience in addition to their male one.

"They're all for boys -- 'We do not want the girls.' I mean, I've heard executives say this, you know, not [at Disney Xd] but at other places, saying like, 'We do not want girls watching this show,'" he tells an incredulous Smith. "They. Do. Not. Buy. Toys. The girls buy different toys."

As io9 points out, action figures and role-playing toys accounted for $1.39 billion in the Toy Industry Association's published sales data in 2012, while the sale of dolls accounted for $2.69 billion. While Smith laments in the interview that executives are being lazy by
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Female Superheroes’ Worst Enemy? Toy Sales

Gal Gadot is going to have her own action figure soon. She is — for more than just the cinematic medium — going to become the face of Wonder Woman for a new generation of girls and boys looking to have the Justice League invade Castle Grayskull with the Ninja Turtles. Of course, even though she’ll be immortalized in plastic, she’s still merely a side character in Batman vs Superman. She may even be a cameo, but there’s still probably a toy executive meeting with a Warners executive right now to wring their hands over how well such a toy will sell. As if we needed proof of such a scenario, veteran geek property producer Paul Dini revealed recently that the biggest threat to the smart women in his Tower Prep series lived at Toys ‘R’ Us. Don’t read if you’re one eye roll away from a coma. Here
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Meme: Peter O’Toole Has Passed, Arsenio Hall Checks Kanye West Hard, Christmas Is About To Get “Vicious”

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French President François Hollande boycotting Sochi, Pope Francis fights back against Marxist charges, has Elvis been reincarnated in the body of a sixteen year old French Canadian?

The great Peter O’Toole has passed away at the age of 81. An eight time Oscar nominee with a career that spanned over 50 years, O’Toole is perhaps best known for Lawrence of Arabia, but continued to churn out movies until his retirement in 2012.

French President François Hollande will not be attending the Sochi Games, nor will any high ranking French government officials. He did attend the London Games. No reason was given, but given his politics the human rights issues in Russia are the most likely cause. The United States is yet to announce their official delegation. Denying Russia the pomp of world leaders is starting to feel like a very nice protest. Hit them in their ego.

Paul Dini, who has worked on Tiny Toon Adventures,
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Andrew Dunbar Cast As "Firefly" In Arrow

A couple of weeks ago, it was rumored that the Batman villain Firefly/Garfield Lynns was set to appear in a future episode of The CW's Arrow, which was recently picked up by the network for a full season. Now, Entertainment Weekly confirm that the villain will make his debut on the show on its tenth episode, titled "Burned". The episode is scheduled to air in early 2013. Actor Andrew Dunbar (Tower Prep, Battlestar Galactica: Razor) will play Firefly. In the comics, Garfield Lynns becomes a villain after suffering severe burns as a firefighter. As with every character on Arrow, expect this take on Firefly to be more grounded/realistic than the comic book version. You can check out Arrow on The CW Wednesdays at 8 Pm Est. Follow @PaulRomCBM !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.
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'The Killing's' Richard Harmon: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Me (Guest Blog)

'The Killing's' Richard Harmon: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Me (Guest Blog)
Richard Harmon plays the smug and privileged Jasper Ames on AMC’s The Killing. He’s Rosie Larson’s ex-boyfriend who must know more about her tragic fate than he lets off. Aside from the AMC series, the Vancouver native stars in the futuristic drama series Continuum premiering on Canada's Showcase on May 27, and has appeared on The Secret Circle and Tower Prep. The actor also recently completed shooting for the feature film Rufus, starring Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.). So, while his character on The Killing remains a mystery, the 20-year-old

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ABC Pilots Add Quartet Of Actors

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Karen LeBlanc has been added to the cast of ABC’s pilot Beauty And The Beast. She will play, Ehren, a role originally written for a man. Ehren is the de-facto head of the rebel band that wants to see Emperor Dorian (F. Murray Abraham) de-throned. LeBlanc is with Greene & Assos. and manager Gayle Abrams. Jacinda Barrett has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour, playing the wife of lead Anthony Edwards. She is with ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Tower Prep star Drew Van Acker, who is recurring on Pretty Little Liars, has joined ABC’s soap Devious Maids, playing the son of one of the Beverly Hills families that employ the maids. He is with Wme and Luber Roklin. Also cast in the pilot is Brett Cullen as the very wealthy Michael who recently remarried after a long, destructive marriage. He is with Domain and Lovett Management.
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Friday round-up: previews, cast interviews and new projects

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This is the first part of the weekend monster update, with more news & stuff coming in the next couple of days.

I got my Grimms confused in yesterday's post as it turns out. Tonight's episode won't be "Let Your Hair Down," but "The Three Bad Wolves." Rapunzel doesn't show up until next week.

Nick (David Giuntoli) is called to a suspected arson case, which exposes a longstanding family feud that brings Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) face-to-face with characters from his troubled past. While Monroe wrestles with restraining his wild side, it’s up to Nick to keep everything from going up in flames. Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.There are a few sneak peeks at THR and Dread Central. Spoiler TV has the promotional stills. Here is the teaser:

Yesterday's excellent "Danse Macabre," which did well in the ratings, is available on
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Watch the Scarecrow Episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour and Then Vote for Your Favorite Ending

  • Dread Central
On Saturday, December 10th, The Hub network will present two different endings for one new episode of its award-winning series “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.” Both endings of "Scarecrow," guest starring Bailee Madison, will be presented back-to-back. In this rare instance kids of all ages can watch the same story with a classic, creepy twist as well as a version where good triumphs over evil.

In this spine-tingling episode (which airs at 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Et), a scarecrow appears in a field where a young farmer's daughter (Bailee Madison, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and her brother (Richard Harmon, “Tower Prep”) begin to suspect that it means to drive off more than just the crows and suddenly find themselves fighting for survival.

Following the second episode, viewers can visit The Hub website to vote for their favorite ending of the “Scarecrow" episode.
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Morning Meme: Defending Tracy Morgan, Small Town Pride, and "From Dollywood To Hollywood"

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We largely covered the Tony Awards last night, but here’s a list of Neil Patrick Harris’ best jokes. He had a lot of them. When can we elect him our leader?

In news that seems to surprise some, but not me, the “Gay Girl In Damascus” lesbian blogger rumored to have been kidnapped never existed. It was a 40-year-old American man.

Ron Nyswaner, the gay writer behind Philadelphia, is currently producing a movie with Jesse Eisenberg and Tracy Morgan. He attempts the most insulting apologist piece about Morgan to date. There were tears? You bet there were tears, but Morgan’s don’t interest me.

Author Anna Quindlen gave the commencement address at Grinnell College, and what she said doesn’t distill well. But the heart of it seems to be that the baby boomers have destroyed America by focusing on money, but today’s youth can rebuild it.
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Judas Kiss’ Richard Harmon Wins Best Acting Award

By Carlos Pedraza

Judas Kiss star Richard Harmon took home a Leo Award on Saturday for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Series, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

The Leo Awards celebrate the artistic excellence in the film and television industry in British Columbia, where a large number of American movies and TV series are produced, creating a billion-dollar industry centered in Vancouver. In the meantime, local players, many trained on American projects, create smaller homegrown works also honored by the awards..

The Haunting Hour went into the awards, held in Vancouver, B.C., with five nominations in the Children/Youth category for Best Program, Direction, Screenwriting, Sound Editing and Performance.

The show, produced in Vancouver, was the most nominated in the category, and won four of the five awards it was nominated for (the screenwriting nod went to the kids’ show, Tiga Talk!). The Haunting Hour airs on The Hub,
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The Science Of Cool Films This Summer With Mischa Barton, Willa Holland, Steve Guttenberg, More

Humanistic Films has announced a summer 2011 start date for the high school movie The Science of CoolSteve Guttenberg, Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), and Eden Sher (The Middle) have joined the cast, which includes The O.C. co-stars Mischa Barton and Willa Holland, Drew Van Acker (Tower Prep), Guy Kent (The Day the Music Died), Matt Dallas (Kyle Xy), and Rumer Willis (Sorority Row).  The plot centers on "two high school nerds who discover a secret chemical formula when a science experiment goes terribly wrong that transforms them into the coolest kids in school; but with greatness comes great consequences." The film has been in development for a few years now -- Eric and Patricia Goren first wrote the script in 2008.  At one point Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) and Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights) were attached, but sadly both dropped out due to prior commitments.  William Zabka is on board to direct.
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Twilight Breaking Dawn Teenage Renesmee Actress Revealed?

Christie Burke is rumored to have been cast to appear as a teenage version of Renesmee in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. The younger version of Renesmee is being tackled by Mackenzie Foy.

Any one of the millions of Twilight fans who know the books by heart will immediately recognize that Renesee never appeared as a teenager. In taking a page from Harry Potter, scribe Melissa Rosenberg has reportedly written in a flash-forward sequence with a teenage Renesmee and Taylor Lautner getting cozy with one another.

This same scene would also include the entire Cullen clan as they'd appear about 7 or so years into the future.

Burke's acting credentials are fairly limited. She has appeared in a handful of commercials including one for Wrigley's, made appearances on Tower Prep and Eureka, and appeared in some other small movie roles. The girl doesn't even have an IMDb page yet but she's
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Caprica season finale, "Apotheosis," airs tonight on Space

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Caprica 1x18, "Apotheosis," airs tonight at 10 pm on Space in Canada. Here is the synopsis (spoilers):

Daniel (Eric Stoltz), Amanda (Paula Malcomson), and Zoe (Alessandra Torresani) race to stop Clarice's (Polly Walker) master plan and save thousands of lives before Caprica is changed forever.

The last episode of the season was written by Jane Espenson and directed by Jonas Pate.

Here is what they say about it at

This is the final episode of the series, and there will be surprisingly more closure than you’d expect for a series that didn’t get the life cycle we all hoped it would. The last bit of the episode has an amazing montage with a glimpse into the future and the ongoing mythology of the Caprica/BSG world.

And just so there is no confusion: "Apotheosis" was not written as a series finale. There was a detailed outline
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Images: Acker, Acker, Baby

Tower Prep is the new live-action adventure series from The Cartoon Network. Judas Kiss' very own Richard Harmon (full disclosure: I'm a producer on the film) is one of the characters on the show; unfortunately, he isn't the lead. 

As a consolation prize, the main character of the new series is one Ian Archer, who mysteriously winds up at a school for students "gifted" with super-powers. Think Heroes meets 902910. 

Archer is played by one Drew Van Acker, a former Abercrombie and Fitch model turned actor. While I have no first-hand knowledge of how good the series is, I can say that Mr. Acker's prior work has been... revealing, especially since some of the poses were for Genre, the lifestyle magazine for gay men. 

Here are some highlights:
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Previews for Caprica 1x13, "False Labor"

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Syfy has posted three preview clips and a teaser for episode 1x13, "False Labor," which airs next Tuesday at 10 pm. Still no podcast for yesterday's episode or the one from last week, but you can keep checking here. The sneak peek clips are embedded below.

Here is the synopsis for "False Labor" from the official site:

Political trouble on Tauron causes Sam to put his own life in danger.

Elsewhere, has posted a video chat with Ryan Robbins. He mostly talks about Sanctuary, but there are some interesting bits about Caprica and the characters he played on Battlestar Galactica. As it turns out, there was one we didn't get to see (Head Baltar).

Paula Malcomson won't only appear in episode 1x06 of The Event, but also episode 1x07, "I Know Who You Are." SpoilerTV has the synopsis. 

Bear McCreary's Human Target CD went on sale yesterday.
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Tower Prep Premieres Tonight: And You Thought Your School Was A Prison For Gifted Kids?

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Premiering tonight on Cartoon Network, Tower Prep is a new live-action, hour-long series aimed at young adults. The show follows a group of teens with special powers held at a mysterious boarding school of an undisclosed location and agenda.

If you thought your high school experience was odd, try not remembering how you got to this prep school in the first place (and in one character’s case, not even remembering anything before arriving at said school) and being faced with nameless adult authority figures. Yes, it’s just “Head Master” or “Nurse” to these kids, but this is no Xavier’s Institute for Higher Learning.

Executive producer and writer, Paul Dini (Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), of comics and animation cred, talks about the inspiration behind the series:

“This was an idea that always intrigued me ever since I went to boarding school some years back.
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