What constitutes news, you might ask? An awesome celeb hosting an awards show we've never watched? That's news. Two fallen 1980s movie stars being cast in TV shows? That's news. A TV show set in the 1970s getting dropped like a bad habit? That's news. A 1990s TV star being cast in a remake of a 1980s TV show, due to appear on TV in 2010? That's a math problem, but it's also news. All those decades and more on today's... TwoP News! (Cue American Idol theme music.)
It's a British invasion! A ton of Brit shows make their way here this week, plus an American show that the British somehow already have. Outrage! Let's storm their ships and throw their DVDs in the harbor!
The troubled Life on Mars American adaptation got a bit of good news finally. Michael Imperioli of Sopranos fame (Can't you just hear Adriana saying "Christofa"? It haunts me still.) is stepping in to play a '70s-style politically incorrect cop. Halle-freakin-lujah! I loved the BBC show, thought it was clever and quirky and had such a look about it. (Though I'm clearly a sucker for pretty looking period shows like Mad Men, Deadwood and Freaks and Geeks.) So all the news about changing showrunners, revolving casting and the other issues plaguing the show have had me more than a little nervous. In fact, I've been bracing myself for this to be the next Viva Laughlin or Coupling. The fact that Imperioli is joining the cast gives me a little hope (much more so than the fact that it is being currently helmed by the people that brought us such dreck as October Road) that they might actually be able to make this one fly. He played a cool detective on Law & Order and I can already see him and Jason O'Mara butting heads, so let's just hope no one is sent to sleep with the fishes.
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