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8 TV News Items that Will In No Way Improve Your Advanced Trigonometry Skills

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 29, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 29, 2012 |

  • How does a pompous, mediocre-looking blowhard with impulse control issues like Alec Baldwin marry a woman who looks like this? Is it 1) because he’s an extraordinarily gifted actor; 2) because he’s rich; or 3) those flowing blonde locks? (via VF)


  • On that note, here’s an image — via Vulture — from the set of “30 Rock.” Is that Tina Fey’s baby, or is that Liz Lemon’s baby?


  • I guess I hadn’t recalled that the 1980 film, Fame had spawned a 1982 television series by the same name. Well, three years after Hollywood remade the movie, “American Idol” creator Nygel Lightgoe is remaking the television series, setting it “against the backdrop of today’s unprecedented access to the world of celebrity,” where “it will expose the gritty struggle, heartache and pain endured in the search for stardom.” Jesus Christ: Is Lythgoe trying to insinuate that there’s something “gritty” about auditioning for “American Idol,” because obviously this iteration of “Fame” is meant to highlight a new kind of stardom: Reality-television stardom.


  • After years of trying, and failing, to get a new installment of the Beverly Hills Cop series off the ground, it appears now that the movie may be turned into a television series. But before you get your knickers twisted, there is some reason to be optimistic: Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “The Unit”) is behind the adaptation, according to Vulture. More interestingly, Eddie Murphy had suggested that he’s willing to participate by appearing occasionally on the show, which Murphy envisions as a show about Axel Foley’s son, who is now the chief of police in Detroit.

  • I’m not as enamored with “Modern Family” as I was during its first season, but I do love this tweet from “Modern Family” showrunner Steve Levitan.

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  • Fox’s “Bones,” which returns on September 17th, will be returning with a new title sequence, remixed by Crystal Method.

  • While we’re on the subject of long-running but fairly bland procedurals starring people we like more than we like their shows, here’s a promo for season five of “Castle.”

  • Finally, here’s some fantastic news for “Breaking Bad” fans: Last Sunday’s episode, which reached 3 million viewers, was the most watched episode of the entire series’ run. Strangely, however, the show is doing about twice as well with men as with women, according to Vulture.

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