I suppose that knowing Mitt Romney's favorite shows are "30 Rock," "Friday Night Lights," "Modern Family," "Seinfeld" and "American Idol" is supposed to humanize him, but when you put "American Idol" among that collection of shows, it only makes you look like you're pandering because no one who likes "American Idol" also liked "Friday Night Lights," and no one who likes "30 Rock" would advocate cutting funding to NPR and PBS, and no one who loves "Modern Family" would hold a position against gay marriage.
According to IndieWire, Ryan Gosling co-wrote and will make his directorial debut on How to Catch a Monster, a surreal drama set in a "vanishing city," that will also feature an "underwater town." Christina Hendricks has been cast in the lead.
I don't see much long-term hope in Jorge Garcia's future, but it's good to see he's still bouncing around and getting some occasional work, including last season's cancelled "Alcatraz," and now "Once Upon a Time," where he has been cast, fittingly, as The Giant, according to TV Guide.
I used to have a wicked Father of the Bride crush on Kimberly Williams, who unfortunately went on to the deplorable "According to Jim." She's looking to get back in our good graces by being cast in "Nashville," Connie Britton's country and western music drama due out this fall. That, too, is fitting casting, as she's the wife of country singer Brad Paisley.
There are a couple of new promos out for the Observer-centric fifth season of "Fringe." Here's one featuring a bloody Walter, and head on over to Uproxx to see an even more intense promo where it looks like the Observers are about to snatch up Olivia and Pacey's kid.
Mike Newell has taken over directing duties from Ridley Scott on Reykjavik, a movie that centers on the 1986 summit between Reagan and USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Michael Douglas has been cast as Ronald Reagan, according to THR.
Another Michael, this one Keaton, has been hired to replace Hugh Laurie as the CEO villain in the Robocop remake, after negotiations with Laurie fell through, according to Slashfilm. The Robocop remake is being directed by Jose Padhilla, will star Joel Kinnaman in the title role, and will also feature a smashing cast that includes Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Michael K. Williams, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.