Guys, we told you to watch Emily Owens, M.D. last night, and what'd you do? You watched the damn debate instead. And now the show, which is not great but is at least a spot of decency in a pretty lackluster new season, has earned very low ratings and who knows what will happen to it now. A bit hubristically (or at least misreading their demographic) the show aired exactly opposite the debate and took a beating because of it: 1.7 million viewers and a dreary 0.5 rating, which is steeply down from the premiere of Ringer in the same slot last year. So, not good news. There is a glimmer of hope, though. The show built on its lead-in, Hart of Dixie, in total number of viewers. So, all might not be lost? Luckily, The CW's ratings standards aren't terribly high, though of course they did cancel Ringer last year. But we'd guess that show was significantly more expensive to make. The point is, there's likely still a little time. Check it out, see if you like it, and if you do, watch it. That is how TV shows stay on the air, you know. By people watching them. So be those people. You can do it. [Deadline]
If you die on The Walking Dead it doesn't mean you're lost forever. Take, for example, (and this is gonna be a last-season spoiler, so watch out) Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn, both of whom perished on the show last season but now have a new gig together on a series from former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont! All three were let go from that gig, and now all three will be working on the just-picked-up TNT series L.A. Noir, which is basically about the same thing that Gangster Squad is about. Jon Bernthal plays a dogged cop pursuing L.A. gangster Mickey Cohen, while Milo Ventimiglia will play a former Army buddy of Bernthal's who's turning to the dark side. DeMunn plays Bernthal's boss. So it's a period crime drama from Frank Darabont on TNT. That could do well! It won't do better than The Walking Dead, but it could be respectable. That would be a real rise from the dead. [Entertainment Weekly]
Elizabeth Banks has signed on to star in Walk of Shame, one of those "person has to get from one place to another in a single day but encounters lots of wacky obstacles along the way" kind of movies. In this case she's a local news anchor trying to get from the house she woke up in after a one-night stand to the TV studio so she can get a big promotion and live a more fabulous life. Presumably there is a guy involved who eventually teaches her that career isn't everything, or something, and then in the end everyone's in good shape. Or it's really dark and she gets fired because she's late and finds out she's pregnant from the one-night stand and ends up living on Skid Row with a baby whose father's name she can't remember and then as she's dying a guy named Jean Valjean comes and promises to watch after her baby and she sings "I Dreamed a Dream" as she wastes away into nothing. No one's ever told a story like that! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Hm. Woody Harrelson and Martin Sheen, good actors both, have joined the cast of a movie called September Morn which, yup, you guessed it, is about September 11th. The movie is described as "in the vein of Twelve Angry Men" and is about what happens when a "group revisits and questions the independent investigation into the events of September 11, 2001." Oh brother. Do we need this movie? I mean, do we really? What is the appetite for 9/11 movies? There have already been a rather lot, most of them pretty darn unsuccessful, creatively and financially (the truly execrable Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close comes to mind), and yet we keep makin' 'em. It just seems, I dunno, misguided or something. Anyway, the movie also features Esai Morales, John Heard, Ed Asner, Daniel Sunjata, and Judd Nelson of all people, so this isn't exactly a top-shelf, A-level movie. It is important that no women be cast, though, as this is far too big a topic for a lady to handle. [Deadline]
Another not-so-great idea: A TV crossover episode. ABC's Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 will be inter-breeding with Happy Endings in an upcoming episode. Ugh. It's not like a true crossover though, as it really only has something to do with a YouTube video and a mashup of sorts? I don't know, it's confusing: "June has made a video of Chloe (Krysten Ritter) and one of the Happy Endings guys falling in love." So, huh. Like from the show Happy Endings or the characters who live in Chicago? That doesn't make much sense, but at least it's better than, "Hey guys, this is my friend from Chicago." That stuff is the lamest. (Except for Ursula and Phoebe, of course.) But perhaps the saddest thing of this news comes from the article itself: "The question remains: Is Chloe a Dave (Zachary Knighton), Max (Adam Pally) or Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) type of girl in June's eyes? Hit the comments with your thoughts." And sure enough, there are no thoughts, no one has hit the comments. Because no one has any time to think about that particular question, out of all the many questions on the internet today. Anyway, what shows do you think should crossover next?? Lemme know down belowww!! [The Hollywood Reporter]
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