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Today's TWoP News: February 23, 2009

by Zach Oat February 23, 2009 3:03 pm
Today's TWoP News: February 23, 2009

Welcome to the news, post-Oscars. We know, we know -- your worldview has shifted. It's hard to see Hugh Jackman the same way anymore. Give it time. It will pass. We recommend you watch all three X-Men films in quick succession. Do not watch Swordfish. But before you do that, here is the news. And before you ask, no, the musical is not back. But The Witches of Eastwick is, and Battlestar Galactica might be, in a bad way.

So, apparently, early reports show that this year's Academy Awards ratings are up from last year! Which is good! Of course, last year's awards ceremony received its lowest ratings ever, so basically, we're happy that this year's show wasn't the least watched show of all time. Apparently, that's worth bragging about. And it still caused the second episode of The Amazing Race to do as poorly as the first. Hooray!

From the department of terrible, terrible ideas comes this tidbit: Universal is talking to the creator of the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, Glen A. Larson, about writing and producing a Battlestar Galactica movie for the big screen. It would supposedly have no connection to either the original series or the new series, although it would include the characters of Starbuck, Adama and Baltar. So, basically, the current remake is so popular, they're going to do... another remake? With the guy who created Magnum P.I.? Granted, the current BSG TV show is ending, but you do realize this is the guy who is writing the current Knight Rider TV series? Which is awful?

CBS really likes Adam Carolla. The day after his radio talk show was cancelled, they announced that they had picked up Carolla's comedy pilot, featuring him as a driving instructor, called Ace in the Hole. One day! It seems like a snap decision to make, considering that his other two TV shows, Comedy Central's Too Late With Adam Carolla and TLC's The Adam Carolla Project each lasted like two months. Maybe if they keep his name out of the title -- and out of any promotional material, and maybe blur out his face in all broadcasts -- they can get people to watch it?

ABC revealed a ton of casting news today. Buffy alum Marc Blucas and Dexter alum Liza Lapira will join the cast of See Cate Run, the Amy Smart series about a female attorney who will become president. (The show used to be called I, Claudia -- it doesn't bode well that the title has already been dumbed down, from referencing a novel about a Roman emperor to referencing a book that teaches children to read.) Additionally, Dean Winters (30 Rock's Beeper King) will star in Happy Town, about a town plagued by a serial kidnapper (happy!); Hallmark Channel poster boy Jimmy Wolk will play a detective whose 11-year-old genius brother helps him solve crimes in an untitled (but Numbers-esque) procedural; and Nip/Tuck's Jaime Ray Newman will play one of the witches in Eastwick. Legendary character actress and original Witches of Eastwick cast member Veronica Cartwright will also join that show's cast, thereby making it nine times awesomer than it would have been otherwise.

HBO has found a writer for their series based on Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis' autobiography, Scar Tissue. Writer/director John Sayles (Lone Star, Silver City) will write the show, which will focus on Kiedis' childhood living with his dad, "Spider," who sold drugs to the Who and Led Zeppelin, among others. While it takes place in the 1970s, hopefully there will be multiple visual references to Sayles' 1980s music videos for Bruce Springsteen. ("I'm on Fire"? A classic.)

See last night's Academy Award winners here!

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