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Biz Break: You Get a TV Show, You Get a TV Show, EVERYONE Gets a TV Show

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 3, 2012 | Comments ()


NBC is the first network of the season to start ordering back nines, as it's given a full-season order to Go On, Revolution, and New Normal, the first two considered the most successful new sitcom and drama of the fall so far. In fact, NBC -- which was formerly the lowest rated major network -- actually won premiere week in the 18-49 demo, thanks in part to those three shows, plus Sunday Night Football and "The Voice." I am absolutely flummoxed as to the appeal of "Revolution," which actually merited NBC's biggest DVR ratings of all time last week, but I suppose if there's such a thing as an action-adventure series suited to the post-"The Voice" time-slot, it's "The Voice."

There's still no cancellations, although "The Mob Doctor" and "Partners" look like the likeliest candidates to get the first shitcanning of the season.

Meanwhile, because everyone in the feature film world is doing it, the Wachowski Siblings have decided to try their hand at developing a television show, too. Why not? It's low-risk, high-reward. If a show gets picked up and airs more than 6 episodes, I believe, the creators can bail on the project and collect residuals forever. See: J.J. Abrams. Anyway, according to Variety, the Wachowskis are developing "Sense8," along with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, and because it is the Wachowskis, no details about the premise have been released, thereby building a mystery that will eventually grow so large that the actual show will never be able to match expectations.

The Wachowskis aren't the only people developing a new TV show this week, as Jason Bateman is also getting in on the action with "Then Came Elvis," which sounds like an 80's version of "The Wonder Years," as it centers on a family coming together after a divorce, complete with adult narrator reflecting on his teen years.

Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch continues his transition from television to the big screen with a biopic on Wikileaks found Julian Assange. The film is being developed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), and while Cumberbatch will play Assange, Joel Kinnamon would play Assange's right-hand, Daniel Domscheit-Berg. I hope we find out they are secretly lovers.

In superhero news, Scarlett Johansson is reportedly going to show up as Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while Emelia Clarke, Jessica Findlay Brown, and Alison Brie are up for the role of the Captain's love interest. Either that, or the casting director just really wanted to watch those three girls make out with Chris Evans.

In other movie news, Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar has officially fallen as far as he can without actually climbing into a dumpster and eating the trash, as he's agreed to direct Yogi Bear 2, which he will also rewrite.

Finally, if you're wondering if there's friction behind the scenes of "American Idol" between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, the producers at least want you to think that there is, as this argument between the two new judges "leaked" to TMZ. I understand there's some cursing going on, but honestly, I have no idea what is being said.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Idle Primate

    "“Sense8,” along with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski"


  • Kate

    That Wikileaks movie is already sounding horrible. Daniel Domscheit-Berg wasn't Assange's right hand man, he was just a volunteer Assange crashed with for a few weeks. Even Domscheit-Berg's own book inadvertently makes it clear he had a very minor role in Wikileaks. By his own admission the guy can't even do basic coding.

  • googergieger

    If I've said it before, I'll say it again. Who are all these people?

  • AudioSuede

    Cumberbatch is perfect casting for Assange. He's even got the voice for it! But I'm not looking forward to Sherlock with white hair :/

  • Hell, I want to watch those three girls make out with Chris Evans! Well-played, casting director. Release the screen tests and we shall laud you further.

  • Groundloop

    I have no idea who Jessica Findlay Brown is, but I've already started designing the "Clarke-Brie United" soccer jerseys in my head, so I for damn sure don't need Chris Evans Britta'ing up the place.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    At least they are angling away from "reality" shows.

  • John G.

    Benedict Cumberbatch is a good choice for Assange, but they'd better make this the story of a hero journalist, and not the American propaganda version that treats him like some kind of terrorist.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I consider your post and mine to now be spiritually linked. And apparently simultaneously and equally disliked by someone.

  • John G.

    those "someones" are called morons

  • I don't think the Nicki/Mariah drama is staged. These reports started as soon as Nicki started taking meetings to judge Idol. Contestants at auditions have backed up the stories of tension at the table.

    The alleged TL:DR is this: Mariah was told it was a 3 person panel and that she was the only female judge. Then they hired Nicki and it was on. Randy Jackson is allegedly back on the judging table just to stop Mariah from beating Nicki to death during the shoots. And poor Keith Urban is just looking for the next Carrie Underwood.

  • I think the argument is over who paid the most dues to get their success. Minaj reckons she paid hers by sucking a 1000 dicks to get her shot, but Carey believes that still doesn't match what she did with/for Tommy Mottola.

    But yes, Urban looks ready to take up Scientology if it will get him the hell out of there...

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I don't think Carey would be able to do that. She's one of the most limp persons I've ever seen.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Its not the the Wachowski Siblings.

    Its the Wachowski Starship!

  • Brown

    I'm more interested in Sense8 due to JMS than the Wachowskis.

  • Idle Primate


  • Yes, that's what the world needs, an even bigger ego-boost for Assange. As if the guy isn't self-delusionally arrogant enough already.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Sometimes you gotta put the act above the character, dude. If he was just a bloke I'd met at a party and he proved to be arrogant and self-delusional, I'd hate him and then forget him. If I met him at the same party, knowing what he'd done with Wikileaks, then he could be wearing a sign saying 'I'm the motherfucking man, bitch!', blowing himself and signing autographs with a chihuaha dipped in paint, I wouldn't give a fuck, I'd still high five him. And I wouldn't care that he'd probably thrust the chihuaha's tiny little arsehole at my outstretched palm. I'd still walk away thinking, 'what a dude.'

  • zeke_the_pig

    If this Assange thing ends up being a thinly-veiled character assassination someone's gonna get a face full o' pig shit.

  • Pausner

    All these people get TV shows and movies, but David Cronenberg and Tim Roth can't get The Knifeman series to pick up steam.

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