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9 Things You Need to Know to Significantly Improve Your TV Small Talk Repertoire Today

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 1, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | August 1, 2012 |

  • Fans of NBC’s Up All Night, who — like myself — enjoy the show, but don’t really care for the Ava diversions will be happy to know that next season, the show will retool and eliminate Ava’s talk show and focus more on home stories. That does not, however, mean that Maya Rudolph is going anywhere. In fact, according to HuffPo, Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes has been added to the show as Ava’s former accompanist.

  • Vince Vaughn has decided to reboot the Brady Bunch for CBS. The focus in the reboot will be on Peter Brady, now a grown-ass divorced man who remarries. His ex-wives will also be part of the narrative. Edgy! Way to go, CBS! You and Vaughn have finally found a way for an entire new generation to feel apathetic about a 70’s sitcom.

  • Jenni Konnor, writer and exec-producer on Lena Dunham’s Girls — which is currently film its second season (that’s already cast in a guest role Pajiba 10 entry, Donald Glover) — tweeted out this image yesterday with the message, “Spoiler alert?” suggesting that the HBO sitcom is going to at least dabble in comparisons others have made of the show to Sex and the City.


  • Meanwhile, Julie Bowen on her first day back on the set of Modern Family posted this photo of Phil doing his best Freddy Mercury homage. Will the Dunphy family do a “Bohemian Rhapsody” sing-a-long in the minivan in the opening episode? The Magic 8 Balls says … That tired trope? Almost certainly!

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  • Elsewhere, former Friday Night Lights and current Parenthood showrunner, Jason Katims, has cast his sixth “FNL” alum on the current NBC drama. This time around it’s Matt Lauria, who — according to TVLine — will play a returning soldier from Afghanistan who bonds with fellow war vet Zeek.

  • Toby Jones and Sienna Miller will be playing Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren, respectively, in the HBO movie, The Girl. Here is your first look, also from TVLine.


  • In an interview with EW, someone brought up David Yates’ idea for a Doctor Who movie, and again, Steven Moffat sounded kind of pissed off about the idea.

    There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane. So that whole proposal was not true, did not happen. I can say that with authority because, as far as the BBC is concerned, I’m the voice of Doctor Who. So if I say it, it’s true. The BBC own Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense — not the idea of making a film, we’d love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor. That’s writing the book on how to destroy a franchise. You don’t behave like that with it. Not ever.

  • Speaking of Doctor Who, Josh Kurp passed along a link here to a potential villain in the next season of Doctor Who that is so perfect it will blow you on your ass. But, steer clear if you don’t want to be spoiled because it may ruin the spectacularity of the potential reveal.

  • Finally, I’d be woefully remiss if I didn’t mention this spectacular Game of Thrones and Skyrim Megamix that our friend Fatboy Roberts put together. I discovered Fatboy Roberts about a year-and-a-half ago, when I got into this phase where I was listening to a lot of mash-up albums, like Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album and Lil Wayne’s (500) Days of Weezy. Then I stumbled upon Scott Weinberg’s interview with Fatboy Roberts talking about his geek remixes. Basically, Fatboy Roberts remixes geek movie soundtracks like the Star Wars end credits and the Kill Bill remix.The Rocky remix will give your ears the shudders. I barely know what Skyrim is, but the Game of Thrones remix with it still blew me away. I don’t know how to convince you all to check him out, but maybe this remix of the Parks and Rec theme will offer the encouragement you need. It’s remarkable what a few well-placed drum beats can add to a piece of music.

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