Show Biz Breakdown: Origins
I’m not quite sure how this next piece of news isn’t the greatest news on the planet but we’ll have to see how you react. Everybody’s favorite gruff muscle-with-a-conscience Mike Erhmantraut himself will be a major part of Community’s upcoming fifth season. Of course Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) has been around the TV game a long time before Breaking Bad came along but there’s no denying that his performance on the AMC show has endeared himself to a new generation of TV viewers. Community has pretty much replaced Chuck as the show with the best stunt casting (though I’m not sure any show will surpass Chuck in that department) so it shouldn’t be that surprising that Banks will find himself on the show, especially since Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) has already dropped by but that doesn’t make the news any less awesome. Word is he’ll play an intense criminology professor because of course!
If Community has replaced Chuck in the stunt casting department then Parks and Recreation isn’t that far behind. In addition to a crazy amount of stunt casting for the Parks and Rec gang’s dopplegangers, they’ve gone ahead and added one of the buzziest actresses on TV right now in the form of Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) as Tom Haverford’s (Aziz Ansari) newest love interest. This piece of news is interesting for two reasons: one, Maslany is riding a huge amount of buzz for her work in the first season of the BBC America show but two, it’s also her first role on an American sitcom. And putting aside my Community obsession, I’ll say that I don’t think there’s a better show she could’ve picked to do it with. Oh and I promise I’ll actually watch Orphan Black at some point so I can fully appreciate just how big of a snub it was that she wasn’t nominated for an Emmy.
Showtime must love the Bond franchise because one of their newest shows in development features a ton of people involved in the long-standing spy franchise. Written by John Logan (Skyfall) and produced by Sam Mendes (Skyfall), Penny Dreadful has not only cast former Bond girl Eva Green (Casino Royale) but they have cast Bond himself! No, not Daniel Craig (Bond franchise), Timothy Dalton (Licence to Kill)! As someone who’s a huge fan of the Bond franchise and Dalton’s most recent foray into TV on Chuck, this is fantastic news, especially because it finally seems as if Showtime is taking their programming seriously and not just throwing random comedic dramas at the wall for a million seasons in the hope that it would stick with someone. I must say, my previous indifference to the network is quickly diminishing between this series and the one featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote).
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