Well, what do you know — it looks like scary nuns, aliens, insane Nazi doctors, and Adam Levine bring in more traffic than Connie Britton and a guitar. American Horror Story: Asylum brought in insane ratings last night, while Nashville took a hit none of us saw coming. But there was plenty of other news today — mostly involving pilots and production deals. It's that time of year, y'all! (Err... sorry, Nashville):
ABC Gets Dirty: Pilots, pilots everywhere! In the absence of their Desperate Housewives, ABC has bought a Mark Gordon pilot called Dirty Girls, based on the Gillian Telling book Dirty Girls: The Naked Truth About Our Guilty Secrets. Scandalous! The pilot will be a single camera comedy, which will focus on the dirty, scandalous lives of a group of women. Cha-ching! [Deadline]
Desperate Housewives Producer Finds Religion: No, not more GCB. In more ABC pilot news, former Desperate Housewives producer Bob Daily is working with the network on Rev, a half hour comedy based on the award-winning British series of the same name. The US version will focus on an Episcopal priest from rural Wisconsin, who moves to a failing inner city Chicago parish and deals with its zany congregation. [Deadline]
Samberg Gets a Show: In a big piece of casting news, recent SNL alum Andy Samberg has moved to Fox, to star in an unnamed show from the Parks And Recreation duo of co-creator/exec producer/showrunner Mike Schur and executive producer Dan Goor. The show will be a single-camera comedy, focusing on a precinct of NYC detectives — of which Samberg is the lead. He'll also help produce the show, making it surefire pilot order bait. [Deadline]
Brendan Fraser Goes Legend: Brendan Fraser is headed to TV! The Mummy star will headline TNT’s Legends, a drama pilot from Homeland exec producer Howard Gordon. The pilot is based on a spy novel by Robert Littell, so it's only fitting that Fraser will play a a skilled (but conflicted) undercover agent. [TVLine]
American Horror Story Scares Up Big Ratings: FX can pop open that champagne — last night's Season 2 premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum was the number two-ranked primetime program on TV Wednesday in Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Men 18-34. Who beat them out? Why, Modern Family, of course — one of television's most massive hits. Not too shabby, FX! Even better, AHS was numero uno in the 10 p.m. time-period in those demos, as ABC's Nashville took a shocking hit. [Via Release]
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They say there are three things you should never talk about: religion, money, and politics. But no one said you can't talk about politicians.
Thank goodness too — because after last night's vice presidential debate, there is much to talk about. And even more to laugh about. Here are the funniest Twitter jokes aimed at Congressman Paul Ryan and current VP, Joe Biden.
Hello 9 1 1? There s an old man beating a child on my tv— Bill Maher (@billmaher) October 12, 2012
"Malarkey" was my favorite Mutant Ninja Turtle, by the way.#debate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 12, 2012
I feel like I'm watching a real housewife reunion as I watch the debate -— Caroline Manzo(@CarolineManzo) October 12, 2012
Biden and Ryan could never work together as synchronized swimmers.#VPDebate— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) October 12, 2012
This poor kid debating Biden!!! His flag pin is shiny though!— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) October 12, 2012
Ryan: Did you order the code red? Biden: You’re Goddamn right I did!!#VPdebate— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) October 12, 2012
Paul's Ryan hair looks like his mom smoothed it down with her wet palm.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) October 12, 2012
How great would it be if @joebiden had said "you're an idiot & have no idea what you're talking about" instead of saying malarkey?— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) October 12, 2012
Joe, you're killin' me!!!!!@saturdaynightlive is going to have a field day!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 12, 2012
BREAKING: Post debate results just in... Ryan now at 6% body fat, 94% water.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 12, 2012
whoever is using "My Friend" as the key word for the #DebateDrinkingGame should be DRIZZUNK right about now.— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) October 12, 2012
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Midler, who recently dropped out of a biopic about disgraced music mogul Phil Spector due to a back injury, has signed on to play Crystal's estranged spouse in the new comedy, which will be directed by You Again's Andy Fickman.
In the film, Midler and the When Harry Met Sally star find themselves living together again and trying to parent their three grandchildren - one of whom will be break-out child star Bailee Madison of Brothers and Just Go With It fame.
Production is set to begin later this month (Sep11) in Atlanta, Georgia, according to Variety.com.
Midler is still battling back problems after being diagnosed with a herniated disc and placed on bed rest; just last week (30Aug11) she wrote in a post on her Twitter.com account, "Still semi-immobile and stuck on the couch. Ironically, movies about paralyzed people on (U.S. TV network) Lifetime all week!"
Bailee Madison and Bette Midler have joined the cast of the generation-gap comedy Us & Them, Variety reports. They join star star Billy Crystal, who plays a grandfather tasked with babysitting his three grandchildren alongside his estranged wife, to be played by Midler. The film is directed by Andy Fickman, whose last effort was the Disney comedy You Again, one of 2010's worst-reviewed releases. Surely the formidable comedic one-two punch of Crystal and Midler, two of the funniest people of the 1980s, will deliver better results.