Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NEWS: NECESSARY ROUGHNESS Canceled; NASHVILLE's Charles Esten Faces $1M Question; TV’s Problematic Portrayal of Aging

NASHVILLE star faces $1 million question
Charles Esten (Deacon) will appear as a contestant on WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE with new host Cedric The Entertainer on Wednesday and Thursday. He's playing to see how much he can win for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And the syndicated show reveals he's going to be the first celebrity player ever to make it all the way to the $1 million question on the daytime version of the game show.

“We are proud of this show and its writers, which had a unique ability to address topical subjects before they unfolded in real life on the sports pages,” the network said in a statement. “We want to thank Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, the incredible cast led by Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne and our partners at Sony Television.”

TV’s Problematic Portrayal of Aging
On television these days, if a character is yacking about flatulence, making randy remarks to a member of the opposite sex or being baffled by simple things, that character is likely to have some gray hair. Somehow, it seems, the TV gods have decided that characters old enough to have adult children need to be vulgar, inappropriate or moronic. Or all three.

Robert Gant coming to THE TOMORROW PEOPLE
QUEER AS FOLK vet (and recent Y&R guest star) Robert Gant has been cast as the surprise boyfriend of Stephen’s mom Marla.

Dianna Agron Explains Why She Wasn't in Cory Monteith's GLEE Tribute Episode, "The Quarterback"
"I've nothing but love for that show and everybody involved in it, and it was such a huge part of my life. I think it's equally hard when I'm not there every day anymore, I don't see all of them every day anymore to have things like this fly around. It's more heartbreaking than it would be if I was there with everybody. It makes me feel even farther away from our show."

Fred Dryer Books Arc on NBC's CRISIS
Dryer will be credited as a recurring guest star and play Thomas Jefferson Smith, a powerful, imposing, confident and wise seasoned CIA agent who, despite being in his 60s, can still kick butt. He joins a cast that includes Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson and Rachael Taylor.

ARROW Casts SPARTACUS Alum as Daughter of Ra's al Ghul
Katrina Law has been tapped to play Ra's al Ghul's other progeny, Nyssa al Ghul.

Scanning TV’s bookshelves
These days, everything that’s visible on a TV series — particularly a book — is there deliberately, positioned on a side table or in a bookshelf with allusive intent. Every author and title mentioned, every binding shown, has been chosen for effect. We live in a time when frames from an episode can be detached, examined, GIFed, spun into viral eternity, a time when corporations are paying money to have their brand of pregnancy test piled up in Carrie Mathison’s bathroom drawer on HOMELAND; nothing on screen is random anymore.

'24' return casts infamous hacker character>
The character is called Adrian, and he’s described as a charismatic hacker and a leader of the free information movement. The part naturally brings to mind Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Veteran feature film actor Michael Wincott (has been cast.

CW Developing Drama About Sleeper Terrorist Cell At Top New York University
The CW is so focused on launching a terrorism drama, it is developing not one but two such projects. Described as Alias meets Homeland, the untitled Garcia/Harto drama centers on a young female FBI agent with the New York City Joint Terrorism Task Force whose undercover assignment at a prestigious New York university becomes the focus of the entire agency when she discovers a vital terrorist cell hiding in plain sight.

The Ratings Are in for ALPHA HOUSE, Amazon’s First Made-for-the-Web TV Show
The company has announced that over the past weekend, “Alpha House” was its “number one most-watched show.” What exactly does that mean? An Amazon rep semi-clarifies via email: “It means more Amazon customers watched Alpha House than any other series on Prime Instant Video over the weekend.”

MTV’s AWKWARD Gets Back 10 Order For Season 4
Season 4 of MTV‘s flagship comedy AWKWARD has not even started production yet but the network has already ordered 10 more episodes, bringing the fourth season of the show to 20 episodes.

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