TV Nerd News #17
Despite being incredibly busy this week with our Emmy coverage, I’ve still made time to bring you another edition iGR’s TV Nerd News! And no, it’s not because I feel guilty about missing last week; nope, not one bit. This week features an interesting adaptation and a boat load of casting news so I’m just going to go ahead and start while you contemplate if I actually feel guilty or not.
7/9 – SOMETHING SOMETHING MISLEADING HEADLINE ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY GUYS
- Maybe you were smart enough to decipher my snarky headline, maybe you weren’t but the real issue here is that Fox thinks it’s a good idea to bring The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to TV. Now, admittedly I don’t know the source material other than the fact that it gave birth to an absolutely terrible film adaptation. On the other hand, it did give birth to the bizarre story about why Sean Connery (Goldfinger) decided to do it shortly after passing on the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings (spoiler: he didn’t understand the latter so he decided the next time he read a script he didn’t understand, he’d do it for that reason alone). All of this said, Fox did appoint Michael Green (Kings) to adapt it and that move I can actually get behind because Kings was criminally underrated and completely mis-marketed by NBC (surprise!). Here’s hoping he has better success this time.
7/10 – SUMMER GLAU PICKS A NEW SHOW TO DRIVE INTO CANCELLATION
- There’s an unfortunate running joke about Summer Glau’s (Firefly) career because a majority of the shows she’s been on get cancelled soon after she appears on them. That is not likely to happen with the show she just signed on to be a part of though: Arrow. That’s right, a DC show was able to land her before Joss Whedon (The Avengers) was able to, ya’ know, create a character specifically for her since he likes casting people he likes. The interesting thing about the role is that it’ll be the antagonist for the season and playing a villain is kind of a new thing for Glau. Still, let’s just hope that her bad luck on shows doesn’t extend to this one because Arrow’s first season really showed a lot of promise.
7/10 – NEW GIRL GETS A NEW (SORTA) GUY!
- I actually alluded to this during Part 2 of our Emmy Nominations but I figured I’d expand on that because he deserves it. Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) will be reprising his role of Coach in New Girl! You may recall that Wayans Jr. was in the Pilot of Fox’s hit comedy but ended up leaving the show afterwards when Happy Endings was granted a surprise second season. He’s not back into the fold permanently (yet at least) but it’s definitely good news to hear because as I mentioned in my nomination for him, Wayans Jr. is an extremely funny guy and deserves to find something worthwhile after the unfortunate cancellation of Happy Endings.
7/11 – POPULAR PARENTHOOD ACTOR TO RETURN FOR MORE…PARENTING? I DON’T KNOW
- To be honest, I have no real vested interest in Parenthood but because the news centered on Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights TV) I felt somewhat compelled. Don’t get me wrong, the show’s not bad, I just need to catch up on it. However, I am a huge fan of Lauria’s and keeping track of FNL alum in general so it’s nice to see that he was able to land a fairly consistent gig after FNL ended and The Chicago Code went nowhere. Who cares if it’s for the show that the FNL showrunner Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights) is in charge of? I certainly don’t and apparently neither does he because Lauria has signed on to star in a majority of the show’s next season.
7/11 – PARKS AND RECREATION LIKES TO TAUNT OTHER SHOWS WITH ITS PERFECT CASTING
- It’s only for one episode but Parks and Recreation casting Kristen Bell (House of Lies) as a snooty version of Leslie Knope (from Eagleton of course) is, as the headline suggests, perfect. She proved in Party Down that Bell has a real knack for playing, for the lack of a better word, bitchy characters. Plus, her appearance will mark the third show in which she’s co-starred with Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and that has to be some kind of record for non-Whedon shows.
That’s it for this week edition of TVNN! If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, check out Monday’s FNN and a new edition of Trailer Tuesday should be available shortly. In addition to that, part 3 of mine and Mat’s 2013 Emmy Nominations will be up a bit later, as well. In the mean time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly!