USA Likes it Rough: Congrats to Callie Thorne and the Necessary Roughness crew — USA has officially picked up a third season of the original drama, which stars the Golden Globe nominated Throne as a sports psychologist struggling to maintain her practice. It's definitely good news for the show — which earned 2.9 million viewers during its August finale — but the fact that the order was reduced from its current 16 episodes to 10 may keep the stress ball rolling. [Deadline]
Downton Abbey Tears Down The Competition: Screw you, online streaming! Despite the fact that Downton Abbey's third series aired eons ago across the pond, last night's stateside premiere drew in a series high 7.9 million viewers — nearly doubling last year's 4.2 mil return.
NBC Casts a Nazi Doctor: Well, he played one on American Horror Story. James Cromwell — who recently starred as an evil doc on FX's miniseries — is joining NBC's Do No Harm as a mentor to the show's Jekyll and Hyde-esque doctor (Rescue Me's Steven Pasquale), who struggles with multiple personalities. Cromwell will appear in at least three episodes, and his motives are reportedly ambiguous. Dun dun dun! [TVLine]
Smash Finds a British JFK: Blimey! British actor Julian Ovenden (Cashmere Mafia) has officially been cast as Marilyn Monroe's famous lover-in-chief for the show within a show on NBC's hit Smash. The theatrically trained tenor will appear in multiple episodes of the show's second season. [TVLine]
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Fans of DOA series Emily Owens, MD, listen up: in the wake of the disheartening cancelation of the charming freshman CW hospital drama, some good news has arrived!
It was announced on Thursday that Emily Owens producer Dan Jinks will executive produce a new Robin Hood drama for The CW, with the script penned by Cashmere Mafia’s Tze Chun. Sherwood, an hour-long period drama with a female slant, has officially received script commitment at the network.
Set in 1072 England, Sherwood revolves around a young noblewoman who sets out to free her serf boyfriend, who has been wrongfully imprisoned by ruthless Norman occupiers. She gets help from the vanished Robin of Locksley, inadvertently reuniting – and joining – the fabled Robin Hood and his Merry Men, inspiring new hope for the oppressed people of Nottingham.
Before you start groaning at the prospect of yet another show focusing on archery, or yet another Robin Hood project, let’s celebrate the fresh direction The CW is taking. We know that 2012 was the year in archery, but all of these recent pop culture archers were modern. The bows and arrows in the dystopian future reality show movie The Hunger Games, The CW’s DC Comics franchise adaptation series Arrow, Marvel’s The Avengers, and even the Olympics are high-tech, perfectly-manufactured, and in some cases even weaponized. Sherwood, dating all the way back to the medieval times, will certainly showcase imperfect, hand-crafted bows and arrows. There will also be a certain level of authenticity to the use of bows and arrows, since there won’t be any guns or other modern weapons to render the archers ineffective.
And as for the high influx of Robin Hood projects in recent times – BBC’s 2006 series Robin Hood and Ridley Scott’s 2010 Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe most prominently come to mind, as well as NBC’s in-development re-imagining Robin Hood project hailing from Blue Bloods’ Ken Sanzel, focusing on an Iraq War veteran-turned-outlaw in upstate New York – The CW’s series is the first to take a female perspective on the tale, focusing not on Robin of Locksley but actually on the young woman who reunites and joins the Merry Men.
No word yet on any casting news, but I think it's safe to assume there will be lots of shirtless ab shots of Robin, and the young noblewoman at the center of the series will look like she just left the salon with a new blow-out and makeover even after hours of journeying on horseback and storming castles. Who do you think will star in Sherwood? Will any of the Merry Men be ugly (doubt it...)? Hit the comments with your dream casting choices!
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Lucy Liu has appeared on the small screen as much as the big one of late, and it looks like that trend will continue.
The onetime Charlie's Angel has landed a prominent role on season 4 of TNT's cop drama Southland, alongside series regulars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben 'Don't Call Me Benjamin' McKenzie.
The series has posted very solid viewer ratings for TNT ever since the network picked it up in 2009 from NBC, which dropped it. The series returns in January 2012.
Liu has recently been seen on shows such as Dirty Sexy Money and Cashmere Mafia, and heard in Kung Fu Panda 2.
I’ll be honest, I have no idea who Addison Timlin is nor have I seen any of her work before. We all have missing pieces in our pop culture diet (I still haven’t seen The Wire) and it’s not really our fault. It’s just that as a society we produce a LOT of pop culture entertainment and it’s impossible for one person consume it all. The sheer massive quantity means there is a lot of great stuff out there that you can spend your life discovering. The bad thing is that sometimes things slip through the cracks.
Like the entire career of Addison Timlin.
Now, Timlin is in talks to join the cast of Odd Thomas as the main character's girlfriend, which we have reported on before. She seems smart, definitely cute (read: willing to get naked), and has been getting fairly constant work so she must be somewhat talented. But I had no idea who she was. When researching for this article I had the startling discovery that I had absolutely nothing I could possibly say about her. Normally I’m able to find at least something I can recognize for any given celebrity, but Tomlin? Nada. Never got into Law & Order (my parents are in law, so I got enough of that at the dinner table), Cashmere Mafia (this is real?), or Derailed (missed it, forgot about it). I’ve been meaning to get into Californication, but I have a lot of other Showtime series to get through before that.
It was a strange feeling to be reminded that no matter how much TV I watch, no matter how many movies I sit through, I will never be able to see it all and that I shouldn’t waste my time on trivial trash when so much greatness is out there. So thank you Addison Timlin for reminding a wannabe-Pop Culture guru that he doesn’t know everything nor could he ever hope to do such a silly thing. And all you had to do was fall through the cracks.
Mia Mason and Jack Cutting make a quintessential New York power couple. Just engaged, the two face off in a cutthroat, "survivor-style" competition in order to determine which of them will be promoted to U.S. Group Publisher at Barnstead Media Group. A smitten Caitlin must face up to the strange but wonderful feelings she is encountering with a new love interest at the office. Meanwhile, Juliet decides on a unique method of payback for her husband Davis' indiscretions and simultaneously, in a bold move, must decide whether to drop her public image to step out in the world. And Zoe and her husband, Eric, are on another 24/7 whirl of balancing their full-time careers and the challenge of being good parents to two small children -- all with good humor.
Episode 2. Conference Call
(AIR DATE 01/09/2008)
No sooner is Mia appointed publisher of Barnstead Media Group than she is ordered to fire her mentor, Grant Normandy. Meanwhile a battle of wills ensues between a sexy stay-at-home supermom and working mom Zoe, who finds her rival has propositioned Eric with a no-strings-attached offer that he might find hard to refuse; Caitlin and her new girlfriend, Alicia, surprise their friends when they announce that they've taken their relationship to a new level; couples counseling for Juliet and Davis takes a turn for the worse; and Juliet decides to make some changes herself.
Episode 3. Dangerous Liaisons
(AIR DATE 01/16/2008)
Juliet struggles with her feelings about Davis as she contemplates a down-and-dirty tryst with a seductive charmer from her past. Meanwhile, in a power clash, Mia butts heads with the new male editor she hired to re-launch "Modern Man" magazine, Zoe is caught in the middle of a messy office affair between Clayton and Katherine, and a nervous Caitlin must deal with being ousted by a gossip blog.
Episode 4. The Deciders
(AIR DATE 01/23/2008)
Caitlin and Alicia attend a lesbian bridal shower, where an overwhelmed Caitlin finds she still can be attracted to an incredibly hot guy. Mia, whose parents fix her up on a blind date with a brain surgeon, decides to take the good doctor to a blowout party, hoping to make her ex-fiancé, Jack -- who has recently hooked up with a gorgeous news anchor -- jealous. Meanwhile, after discovering that her colleagues are double-dealing her, Zoe is called on to save an important client's business; and Juliet struggles to trust her husband, Davis, after catching him in a questionable meeting with his mistress, Cilla Gray.
Episode 5. Stay With Me
(AIR DATE 02/06/2008)
Zoe and Eric struggle to find time to celebrate their tenth anniversary, as Zoe meets up with a ruggedly handsome colleague in Southampton. Meanwhile Juliet and Davis, whose marriage is already under fire, discover a provocative photo of Emily on the Internet. Alicia drops a bomb on Caitlin that may change their relationship. Under mounting pressure at work, Mia is anxious about a new relationship with Jason, even as Eric and Zoe's sexy new manny, Adam, becomes a tempting distraction to her.
Episode 6. Yours, Mine and Hers
(AIR DATE 02/13/2008)
Mia and Caitlin search Jack's apartment for a revealing sex tape Mia made with him, even as the ex-couple continue to fight their feelings for one another. Meanwhile, just as Caitlin warms up to the idea of being a mother, Alicia stuns her by revealing how she wants to raise her baby. Zoe battles to land a new billionaire client, but her unappreciated efforts force her to make a life-changing decision. The nasty divorce battle for property ownership heats up between Juliet and Davis.
Episode 7. Dog Eat Dog
(AIR DATE 02/20/2008)
A charming multibillionaire pursues Juliet, both personally and professionally, in an attempt to take over her company. Caitlin's job is on the line as her boss, cosmetic's titan Lily Parrish, puts mounting pressure on her to produce a big publicity splash during Fashion Week, and Mia falls for a foster dog but is unable to pass the ownership test for pet adoption. Meanwhile stay-at-home mom Zoe struggles to be the perfect mother, much as she once aspired to be the perfect executive.