God I love the Dancing with the Stars rumor mill. In other news, I am a sad, sad person.
I just knew that I should know better than get overly excited about a 90210 remake helmed by Rob Thomas. The big buzz that's been going around this AM (even on my local morning news) is that Jennie Garth is rumored to have left the pilot she was working on to make tracks back to West Beverly. Garth would be reportedly playing a fashion design teacher -- naturally, because every high school has one of those -- named Kelly Taylor. Oh, fun! But nothing is set in stone yet. So while I'd be thrilled to have Kelly as a mentor to all these newbies (I can already hear her saying, "I understand, I joined a cult once too! Now let's look at swatches.") I'm a little bummed because there are also reports that Rob Thomas is leaving the project to focus more of his briliant brainpower on Cupid. Damn it. He was seriously my only hope that this spin-off had potential. Now I'm worried. Very worried. And today started out as such a good day.
Apparently Veronica Mars genius Rob Thomas wasn't totally crazy for leaving shoo-in hit 90210 to go work on a remake of his short-lived comedy Cupid. The romantic comedy, which stars the dreamy Bobby Cannavale and showkiller-in-desperate-need-of-a-hit Sarah Paulson (she of Studio 60, Leap of Faith, American Gothic and Deadwood), is Thomas's new twist on a guy who thinks he's cupid and the therapist who thinks he's nuts. It's now got a potential spot on the midseason lineup along with four other new shows.
Hey comedy nerds, guest what! Jeffrey Tambor and Gary Cole have joined ABC's crime family-gone-straight pilot, Good Behavior. Veronica Mars and 90210 creator Rob Thomas will executive produce, while Christopher Guest regular and (woman I most wish would adopt me) Catherine O'Hara will play the family's matriarch. Rounding out the rest of the cast is DJ Qualls, Eddie Kaye Thomas and a slew of newbies.
Thursday is a sad day. The CW is toiling away at their next attempts in the hour-long drama genre, Jonah Hill continues to get work, and the cultural achievement that is the Fox Reality Channel will be gone by March.
There's a slow and steady buzz building for the forthcoming ensemble comedy Party Down, about a group of deluded, down-on-their-luck actors and writers cooling their heels in the catering biz while waiting for their big break. Much as I'm loathe to let the opinions of other pop culture commentators like myself influence my own predilections, I have to say that this little gem looks straight up amazing. We've still got a ways to go before the show premieres March 20 on Starz! (yes, Starz!), so to help fuel the fire, I'm here to tell you why you should be effing stoked about this show.