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By Seth Freilich | Trade News | August 6, 2008 |


This is going to be a quick and dirty round-up, this is. Like a teenage boy on prom night, if you get my drift. See, at the time you’re reading this, I’m either getting ready to poo myself, or am currently pooing myself as I take an argument before the Ninth Circuit. Coupled with the fact Dustin is in town, I just don’t have time for all the usual nonsense this week. So let’s drink the punch and get this disappointing poke out of the way.

NBC has greenlit a new procedural that’s actually been floating around for a while now. “Lost and Found” is produced by Dick Wolf’s (“Law & Order”) company, and the pilot was by a former “L&O” producer. It focuses on a female LAPD detective who causes trouble for her bosses, so they send her down in the basement to work on the unidentified murder victim cases, the John and Jane Doe cases. But don’t worry — this isn’t your standard procedural. The character has a quirky and twisted sense of humor, you see! And she doesn’t have fancy resources, since she works in the basement, you see! So it’s no fancy-schmancy “CSI.” It’s new!

Speaking of “new,” the recasting for the “Life on Mars” remake continues — last week I talked about Harvey Keitel taking over for Colm Meany. And it was noted in the comments that Gretchen Mol had signed on. They’re now joined by Lisa Bonet, with Mol and Bonet playing the lead character’s girlfriends (Mol plays his 1970s girlfriend, while Bonet plays the modern day gal). No word yet, however, on if this brand new pilot will suck as much as the old pilot, but the odds are surely against it, even with some decent casting.

In better casting news, “Pushing Daisies” has brought Stephen Root on for a four-episode guest arc. He’ll play some character tied to both Ned and Chuck’s fathers, and he’ll be stirring some shit up for all the characters. Root’s good at the quirky, and “Pushing Daisies” ain’t anything if it ain’t quirky, so this should be quite a fun little pairing.

In penis casting news, HBO has cast Thomas Jane for the lead in “Hung,” that comedy about a basketball coach with a big schlong. All I know of Jane was that he was in that awful The Punisher flick, but he also had an excellent appearance on “Arrested Development” (Homeless Dad!), so he’s kind of a wash in my book. A wash with a big dick, apparently.

TNT has given the go-ahead to “Time Heals,” a show about a single mom who is also the local hospital’s head nurse. It comes from a dude who worked on “St. Elsewhere” and also wrote for “Dead Like Me,” so it could be a’ight.

AMC is two-for-two on original dramas right now, with “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” It’s now looking for the hat trick, having just ordered a political thriller pilot focusing on a Stonecutters-like secret group that pulls strings all over the world. AMC says it’s “a world you have not seen on television before — it’s not your typical spy thriller.” Well, they’ve earned the benefit of the doubt although, if I may say so, it might be time to move away from the alliterative show titles (odds on the show being called “Secret Society” have been taken off the board).

Season One of “According to Jim” is coming to DVD on October 21! Season One of “According to Jim” is coming to DVD on October 21! Season One of “According to Jim” is coming to DVD on October 21! Season One of “According to Jim” is coming to DVD on October 21!

…sigh. So this is what it’s come down to, people? Really? Last Wednesday night, the ratings winner of the 8 p.m. timeslot was CBS’ “Greatest American Dog.” I mean … who’s watching … a fucking … dog reality show. Blurgh.

Speaking of which, here’s the trailer for the “Battlestar Galactica” prequel series, “Caprica.” Blurgh with a capital meh:



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Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. He applauds y’all for using “extraordinary nutsack” a lot last week, and urges you to keep it the fuck up.

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