'CSI' Is Never Going Off the Air
Today in show business news: CBS has renewed CSI for yet another season, the already troubled Jane Got a Gun runs into a Jude Law problem, and Christina Applegate might be the new Beverly D'Angelo.
Because why stop now, CBS has renewed its snazzy crime solving show CSI. That means Ted Danson will be employed for another year, which is always a good thing. Not that he'd be hurting if he was put out, considering he makes $200,000 an episode. Two hundred thousand dollars for a week of work! Sure, the hours are long, but what's he really doing? Standing in the desert holding a flashlight or walking around a spaceport or wherever they work? That's not very hard. I mean it's not $200,000 a week hard. Sheesh. Waiters get paid like three bucks an hour plus tips and that is a hard job. Ah well, whatever. It's all relative I guess. Are you excited for season forty-three of CSI??? Yeah, me neither. [Deadline]
First, director Lynne Ramsay drops out of Jane Got a Gun by just not showing up on the first day, and now actor Jude Law has quit. Apparently he left the film because he was only there to work with Ramsay. The new man at the helm, Warrior director Gavin O'Connor, just didn't cut it for Jude, I guess. So now they need to replace a major actor. And the funny thing is, Jude Law was a replacement himself. He was filling in for Michael Fassbender, who had to drop out because of X-Men scheduling. Man, this movie has had some problems! Will it get made? Who knows. In the meantime everyone's stuck in Santa Fe wondering what the hell is going on. Which, I guess there are worse places to be stuck. Could be Michigan! [Deadline]
Christina Applegate is in talks to be the new Beverly D'Angelo in the Vacation reboot. Well, see, Ed Helms is playing a grownup Rusty Griswold and Applegate would be his wife. So she's technically Beverly D'Angelo's daughter-in-law, but she's really just Beverly D'Angelo. So that's fun! I mean, who doesn't like Christina Applegate? She's always game. Plus it'd be a nice consolation prize for her after the complete and terrible collapse of Up All Night. Now we just gotta figure out who's playing Rusty Jr. and Audrey 2. Louis and Harry! Louis and Harry! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Vera Farmiga, the formidable (farmigable?) actress who just debuted on Bates Motel, has been cast opposite Robert Downey Jr. in a dramedy (ugh) called The Judge. The movie is about "a successful attorney who returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town's judge, is the suspect of a murder. The man sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before." Which... where's the comedy there? Doesn't sound very funny. Anyway, Farmiga will play a waitress who never left town and has a past with Downey Jr. It's always a waitress, isn't it? Just waiting around until the guy comes back. Sigh. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The first episode of ABC's plot to kill Louie Anderson, Splash, did surprisingly well in the ratings. It earned a 2.6 in the 18-49 demo, the biggest reality debut since The X Factor. So that is unexpected! I guess people really want to see Louie Anderson die. Who knows what he did to them, but they really have it out for him. Sorry, Louie. It's a weird world. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here is a video of Game of Thrones cast members singing the theme song. It is far more enjoyable than it has any business being.
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