Yesterday I blathered on about how they could make an awesome Ugly Betty musical, and then today there's news that there is a Little House on the Prairie musical coming to a stage near you (well, if you happen to live in Minneapolis). Incredible. I'm already sitting here contemplating a trip to home of Mary Richards this summer, because I loved the Little House books (yup, I read!). When I was younger and adored the series with a passion... I still watch it sometimes if I'm home sick on a weekday. The best news is that Melissa Gilbert (aka Half Pint) is joining the cast playing Ma Ingalls, which is cool and wrong all at the same time.
So NBC has announced its new fall schedule, telling us when America's favorite shows -- including Heroes, The Office and 30 Rock -- will return, and when the new shows (Talking Car 2.0, Christian Slater vs. Evil Christian Slater) will debut. But my attention is zeroed in on one date: October 3. That's the night I get my Life back. I loved the first (short) season of the show, in which Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) returned to the police force after 12 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and can't wait to see how he applies his Zen philosophy to a full second season. Got 8 hours? Watch the first season, starting with the first episode, after the jump.
How the hell have I never seen this show before? I mean, I don't watch all of the shows on Fox Reality, but I love all things Nigel Lythgoe related (I worship him on So You Think You Can Dance), so I can't fathom how this one slipped past my radar. Lythgoe and Ken Warwick (Idol executive producers) have a series that follows their purchase of a Vineyard (which apparently has been a dream for the best friends and former dancers). The series has the best name, Corkscrewed: The Wrath of Grapes, and shows the trials and tribulations of the rich and famous, and also features some other familiar faces, Simon, Randy and Ryan. It's basically insane and big on hyping all their other shows. It starts a little slow, but damn, I'm working my way though the episodes now and I'm hooked. I've so got other stuff to be doing... but I can't help myself.
Now this is what I called being prepared. Joss Whedon loyalists are tired of being burned by Fox who caused Whedon's Firefly to go down in a blaze of glory by pulling it off the air in its first season. The devotees have banded together in support of Joss's new midseason (as in January 2009!) series Dollhouse which also stars awesome Buffy alum Eliza Dushku. These crazies, er, fans are campaigning harder than Hillary Clinton, and arranging viewing parties and creating at cult-like buzz about a show that no one has even seen yet! Part of me admires these nut jobs, er, fans for using the power of the internet to support their favorite TV guru, and since the clips of this show that were shown at the Fox upfront look kick ass, they shouldn't be disappointed by the series when it eventually airs.
Ali Lohan isn't the only celeb sibling with a reality show - Matthew McConaughey's brother, Rooster, is set to star in a series called Black Gold for truTV. The show, from the producers of Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, will follow Rooster and a team of drillers as they race to find oil in Texas. Because it's 1850. Basically, think Dirty Jobs meets Jed Clampett.
I must be a glutton for punishment, or really just in need of a good cry, because I'm watching the season finale of House again. I would like to make it clear that I don't cry at TV shows frequently. It really takes a lot, but there was something so poignant and heartbreaking about this particular episode that I just caved to the watery eyes and grabbed some tissues. Sara M does a fabulous job of recapping the entire episode, but if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend watching the episode below before you read about it. Even if you aren't a big fan of the series, your heart might melt just a little bit, as the show takes a break from its typical procedural style and goes out on a limb with a trippy concept. Oh, and if nothing else, check out Anne Dudek in that fierce red pantsuit, she looks freaking amazing. I'm totally jealous. Best thing that ever happened to Cutthroat Bitch, aka Amber, was for her not to get the job working for House, so she could wear fabulous clothes and not be stuck in a white coat or scrubs all the time.
A ton of new TV casting news has come out, and you won't believe who's coming to your television! First off, Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, will be joining the cast of FX's new series Anarchy, where he will play the president of an outlaw motorcycle club that protects its California town from drug dealers and corporate developers. He replaced Scott Glenn, who played the part in the pilot, when the show became more of a dark comedy. Other movies Ron Perlman should replace Scott Glenn in: The Hunt for Red October, The Silence of the Lambs and Backdraft. A little Ron Perlman makes everything better!
Finally, the Boy Scouts can reconcile their dedication to exploration and community service with their burning desire to be on reality television. In a new series slated for the Outdoor Channel, most of whose shows involve shooting at things, the Boy Scouts of America and and Boys' Life magazine will team up to produce the show Scouting for Adventure, Presented by Boys' Life. The six-episode series will follow Scouts as they explore the wilderness and learn outdoor skills and teamwork at Scout camps across the country.
Oh Dick Wolf, what would a world without you look like? Where would we be without your deft interpretations of lurid tabloid dramas and celebrity dust-ups? Without that masterful way you have of weaving narratives loosely based on real events so that in our collective memory, we draw just as often from the truths you invent as the one supplied by the New York Post, US Weekly, et al? For tomorrow night's L&O season finale we get yet another ripped-from-the-headlines tale, this one owing its plot to the recent Spitzer/call-girl fiasco. It was only a matter of time, you realize. I wonder how literally the show's gonna take this puppy. The governor is played by the fully follicled Tom Everett Scott, rather than a balding Spitzer look-alike, but are we still going to have to suffer through scenes of him going to town on his special lady friend while sporting classy black dress socks? Le shudder.
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