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Biz Break: 7 Scintillating News Bits You Can Read on Your Smart Phone While Standing in Line to Vote

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 3, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 3, 2012 |

How in God’s name are we supposed to focus on pop-culture minutia on a day like this? I hope you’re not even reading this post, unless you’re killing time before the results, reading it on your phone while waiting in line at a polling station, and/or taking a break from trying to locate where you’re supposed to vote.

I like the way they do it in Washington state (I think).


Anyway, so: Yeah. I guess Harrison Ford is maybe interested in returning for the new Stars Wars movie. He’ll be 70 by the time its released, which makes him better suited to the Obi-Wan Kenobi than Han Solo, but I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to work him — and Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill — into the movie if they want to be in it.

Peter Gallagher — who has the world’s sexiest eyebrows — will appear on “How I Met Your Mother” soon as cocky and aloof Professor Vinick who taught Ted architecture in college. Also, this season has been a total sh*t-show or recycled plot-lines, filler eposes, and wasted opportunities. I could’ve sworn I’d seen last night’s episode three times, already.

CBS is working on a spin-off of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which itself was a spin-off of “NCIS,” which was a spin-off of “JAG.” I think this one is set in an RV or something.

It will feature new characters who will be introduced in two-part episode of NCIS: LA later this season. The proposed spinoff, produced by CBS TV Studios, will follow a small mobile team of agents, who are forced to live and work together, as they crisscross the country solving crimes.

Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs,” “Cougar Town”) is developing another television show, which has received a put-pilot commitment from ABC for an ensemble cop show called “Feel the Force.” It centers on two rookie female cops who struggle to prove themselves in a male-dominated police force.

Male-dominated work force, you say? If John C. McGinley is not cast in the show as one of the domineering, sarcastic males, I will be greatly disappointed.


Coldplay drummer Will Champion will show up on “Games of Thrones” next season as … a drummer. Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody was cast in a cameo role over the summer. I wonder if, in 30 years, Snow Patrol and Coldplay will be considered this generation’s Air Supply?

CBS is giving its Super Bowl lead-out slot this year to “Elementary,” which is an achingly dull procedural. Here’s 5 of the better Super Bowl lead outs in recent memory, all significantly better than the choice of “Elementary.”

Finally, via Collider, here’s a first look of Brad Pitt’s long in-development World War Z, an “Entertainment Tonight’ promo for a full-length trailer due out on Thursday. Those are fast zombies, folks. NOT CANON.

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