Today in showbiz news: Roseanne is nearing a deal with NBC, Brian Austin Green keeps coming back, and a Utah television station makes a big change.
Nut farmer Roseanne Barr is close to signing a deal to return to television, this time for real. She had a pilot last year that never went anywhere, but this one seems like more of a sure thing. The deal being struck, with NBC, is what's called a 10/90 deal. Meaning they'll greenlight ten episodes of Roseanne's multicamera family sitcom, and if they hit a certain ratings number, there will be an automatic order for 90 more episodes. It's risky! But the payoff could be good. It's what they did for Charlie Sheen's FX show Anger Management, and that's gone pretty well so far. But this would be the first time a broadcast network has done such a deal, so who knows what will happen. Though, come on, it's Roseanne. Everyone loves Roseanne! Except for the people who really, really don't, but whatever. This looks like it's going to happen, guys. Are you excited? So long as no one wins the lottery on this one, I'll be happy. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Speaking of Anger Management. You hear so many tales of woe about teen stars who burn out, flame out, wipe out, whatever, once they hit adulthood. But then, once in a while, you get someone like Blossom's Mayim Bialik, now on hit series Big Bang Theory and an award-nominee to boot. And then there's Brian Austin Green. He was on 90210 forever and then bounced around a bit before resurfacing, to much nerd acclaim, on the tragically short-lived Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles. When that was canceled he bounced around some more, was on another short-lived show on TBS, and then it seemed like maybe his streak of good luck had finally handed. But not so! He's just been made a series regular on the execrable but popular Anger Management. He'll play some sort of "foil" for Charlie Sheen's character. He did just that in a well-received guest spot recently, and I guess they loved him so much that he's been offered a full-time job. He is the Anya of Anger Management! I guess that means he'll die in the end, too. Sigh. [Deadline]