The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types can care about. Today: Paul Bettany has been declared an expert in the art of love, Ben Stiller's wife gets her shot, and The Early Show will never be the same.
Paul Bettany, aka The White Heat aka The Albino Avenger aka Mr. Jennifer Connelly, has been cast in a Showtime pilot called Masters of Sex. It's about the high-octane world of professional sex golfing. No, it's actually about "human sexuality pioneers" William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who are credited with starting that whole sexual revolution thing. (Thanks, guys!) It's set in the 1960s, so, duh, this is Showtime's Mad Men or whatever. Because literally nothing made ever again that's set in the 1960s won't be called ____'s Mad Men. There could be another show on AMC set in the 1960s and everyone would roll their eyes and say "Oh brother, so what, this is AMC's Mad Men?" And why is that? Because people are awful. [Deadline]
Well, well, well. Looks like someone's been listening to us. Ben Stiller has just signed a production deal with ABC Studios to produce television shows, one of which would star his wife Christine Taylor. So, a TV show with Christine Taylor, just as we suggested! Man, it feels amazing to wield this much power! OK, OK, let's try something else. Uh... It would be great if everyone in Hollywood gave the rest of us a million dollars each. That'd just be a really great idea. So, yeah. Good idea being talked about. Take note, H-town. (OK now let's see if it works. It probably will. So feel free to go and buy that house or catamaran or solid gold TotalGym or whatever you had your eye on. The check is basically in the mail. We did it.) [THR]