TV Nerd News #4
Uh oh guys, what’s going on? It’s Tuesday and we have a new edition of…TV Nerd News!? Yes, unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish this for yesterday so we have a very special edition of the week’s TV news today. Just like my film edition, this #4. FOUR! Again, I literally have no valid reason to continue making a big deal about increasing numbers but I’m certainly going to make sure that horse is good and beaten to death.
Anyways, enough with that nonsense! Let’s get to some TV news:
3/11 – John Malkovich makes his way to TV, joins NBC’s drama pilot CROSSBONES
- I have to admit, this news caught me offguard a bit, if only because while John Malkovich‘s (R.E.D) career isn’t exactly on fire, he’s still a pretty good get for NBC. They tried to get Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) to be Blackbeard a few months ago but he seems more interested the success from House to do major features: he was originally cast at the villain in the upcoming RoboCop reboot but he ended up dropping out, only to end up being cast as the villain in Brad Bird‘s (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) upcoming Tomorrowland. So while Hugh Laurie’s film career begins to take off, John Malkovich’s is cooling and thus, we end up with Malkovich as the legendary pirate instead of Laurie.
3/12 – Fox and JJ Abrams find the lead for HUMAN; Minka Kelly also signs on
- When Michael Ealy (Seven Pounds) was cast a few weeks ago, I mentioned that this was one of the pilots I was most looking forward to seeing picked up. That is, as long as they were able to adequetly cast the lead to play opposite Ealy’s android character. Well, did they ever find the right person in the form of: Karl Urban (Dredd 3D)! Honestly, this news was pretty close to shocking. After all, Urban is just coming out of the strong buzz he was receiving for the Dredd reboot and of course, he’s also returning as Bones in Star Trek Into Darkness. If there’s one jaw-dropping, surprising casting of this pilot season, Urban’s casting in this has to be it. That’s not all though because Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) also joined the cast as a colleague, described with incredibly strong morals. Strong morals or not, why don’t we just skip to the part where it’s obvious that her and Urban’s characters will be love interests? Given all the names involved in this pilot now, I have a hard time imagining that Fox will pass on this so that’s good news for me. Since it’s law enforcement, there will be a procedural element to it but let’s hope that they have a stronger narrative in mind than just that.
3/13 – Wait, what? The VERONICA MARS movie is finally happening!?
- Sort of like last week’s story about Jon Stewart taking a break from The Daily Show, I wasn’t quite sure where to place this story but given the glut of film news, I chose to stick this story here. Don’t mistake that as downplaying the story though because this development is absolutely huge for the film and TV business. So much so, in fact, that I’m in the process of working on an entire piece that deals with this story. That said, let’s get some of the particulars out of the way. Veronica Mars was a teen detective show developed by UPN starring Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and was ultimately picked up briefly by The CW after UPN and The WB merged. Unfortunately, the show only lasted one season under the re-branded network before they canceled it in 2007 and in the process, left fans hanging as producers were unable to shoot the third season like it would be the last. Since then, show creator Rob Thomas (Party Down) tried and tried to get a movie made to wrap the series up for the fans but the studio, Warner Bros., wasn’t convinced that there was an audience big enough to justify greenlighting the movie: enter the internet phenomenon Kickstarter. According to Thomas, the process for all of this started a year ago because Warner Bros. wanted their lawyers to make sure any deal allowing the funds to be raised on Kickstarter would not violate union regulations. Either way, they got the okay and on Wednesday, they launched the campaign with the goal of achieving at least $2 million within 30 days…they ended up raising the $2 million minimum in less than 12 hours! I’ve already gone into a little more detail in this article than I wanted so let me just say this: stay tuned for my follow-up because I’ll probably end up talking about it ad nauseam.
3/15 – Stephen Fry is the Alfred to Rupert Grint’s Batman in CBS’s comedy pilot SUPER CLYDE
- Again, another story with a surprisingly inspired bit of casting. Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is largely underused in our country despite but quite popular in his native United Kingdom. Fry will be playing a butler, the show’s equivalent to Batman’s Alfred. This continues to shape up as a really intriguing pilot because of a strong cast that includes Rupert Grint (the Harry Potter franchise) and Tyler Labine (Reaper), as well as a very interesting premise. I’ve mentioned my hesitation with CBS shows before but creator Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) has proven that he can create an entertaining show on any network.
3/17 – Dwight Schrute: Detective? Rainn Wilson joins CBS drama pilot BACKSTROM
- Not to be outdone by all the other crazy casting stories the past week, CBS’s Backstrom also landed a major star and one I certainly didn’t expect when I read the casting notice: Rainn Wilson (The Office). Yes that’s right, everybody’s favorite weird Assistance to the Regional Manger, Dwight Schrute is going to be a police officer! Wilson was reportedly offered a deal on NBC that guaranteed at least a 6-episode pilot pickup but he declined and ended up settling on Backstrom. I have a hard time imaging him as a cop but the same was said about Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) being a meth cook after his stint on Malcolm in the MIddle. I’m obviously not comparing Wilson to Cranston but the jump from typecast sitcom character to achieving something else entirely isn’t impossible.
Well that’s it for this week’s edition of TV Nerd News. Hit up the comments to let us know what you think of this week’s TV news and check out the latest editions of Film Nerd News and Trailer Tuesday! In the mean time, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @IGResponsibly!