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Today's TWoP News: February 11, 2009

by Zach Oat February 11, 2009 3:37 pm
Today's TWoP News: February 11, 2009

Good evening, and welcome to TWOP News. Unfortunately, our TWOPcopter has crashed out by the interstate, so we won't be able to bring you a traffic report, but please do your best to content yourselves with the following bits of television news. Today's top stories: Snoop Dogg takes the stage, Mark Valley takes center stage and Jack Harkness sings showtunes onstage. Score!

Guaranteeing that we'll be hearing from hipster-stripster screenwriter Diablo Cody for years to come yet, her split-personality series over at Showtime, The United States of Tara, got picked up for a second season of 12 episodes. (Which is good, because we kinda like it now.) If it hasn't already happened, we expect the show to introduce a fifth personality, an edgy teen with a dry wit who gets Tara impregnated because she has nothing better to do.

As big fans of the comedy troupe Upright Citizen's Brigade (and not just Amy Poehler, neither), we couldn't be more thrilled that members Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts will star as odd-couple brothers who run a sports bar in a new Spike TV series. Unfortunately, the last time we got this excited was when Strangers With Candy alumni Mitch Rouse and David Pasquesi starred as factory workers in a new Spike TV series, and that show seems to have vanished from the face of the Earth.

Having appeared on every type of show one can possibly see on television -- crime dramas, animation, soap operas, porn -- Snoop Dogg is now getting his own variety show on MTV, because MTV will show anything.

In remake news, ABC has announced that they will be adapting No Heroics, a British comedy about superheroes who hang around in a bar. Because The Tick did so well! Not having seen the original series, we're less irate about this than we've been about Fox's remake of Absolutely Fabulous. By the way, that casting is now official: Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan) and Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock from the Sun) are now Eddie and Patsy. Bleargh.

Mark Valley fans rejoice -- the fringe cast member of Fringe is now going to be center-stage as Christopher Chance, a security specialist who assumes the identities of people in trouble, on the new Fox show Human Target. Hopefully, it will fare better than the first time they tried to adapt the DC comic book, with a short-lived 1992 series starring Rick Springfield. If the man who sang "Jessie's Girl" can't keep a show alive, what hope does Valley have?

John Barrowman fans, rejoice twice! Not only is BBC America bringing over the Torchwood star's musical theater reality series, Any Dream Will Do (in which he and Andrew Lloyd Webber try to find the next star of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), they're also airing the one-hour special The Making of Me, in which he talks to scientists and his family to find out whether it was genetics or social influences that made him... uh, you know, want to be in a musical theatre reality series with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

How do you like them apples? Holler at your boy.

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