The Most Popular Show Nobody Watches

Today in showbiz: ABC renews its "hit" summertime cop drama, Syfy orders another Sharknado, and Zach Braff's Kickstarter movie has a cast shuffle.

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ABC has announced that it has renewed Rookie Blue for a fifth season. What's that? You've never heard of a show called Rookie Blue, let alone a show called Rookie Blue that's going to have a fifth season? Well, Rookie Blue is a Canadian co-production about a police squad in Toronto (the Toronto references are pretty subtle, though) fighting crime and, I dunno, falling in love. It stars Gregory Smith, best known as young Ephram Brown on Everwood, and Missy Peregrym, who, I dunno, has done a bunch of stuff, but for one thing played girlfriend Jackie on Life As We Know It. The show only comes on in the summer, but with ratings hovering around a 1.0, it's a strong performer for the network. That's what the ratings landscape looks like these days, guys. So, congrats to Rookie Blue. Practically no one has ever seen it, and yet it chugs along gamely, getting more seasons than Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, My So-Called Life, and The Comeback combined. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Speaking of things nobody watched, Syfy has ordered a sequel to its aggressively stunt-marketed movie Sharknado, mostly because it was a popular joke on Twitter the night it aired. So, thanks a lot, Twitter. Now we have to endure another night of people thinking it's funny to make jokes about something that's already supposed to be a joke. It's like making fun of a sitcom for being silly, y'know? It's supposed to be silly. Everyone calm down. Calm down and act like a rational adult — meaning make fun of Under the Dome on Twitter every week instead. Come on now. Get with it. Get under the #dome. [Deadline]

Uh oh. That Zach Braff movie that people gave over $3 million to just got a little bumpier. Cast member Anna Kendrick, who everyone likes because of cups and singing, is out. Yup. Sorry. She will no longer be in the movie. Replacing her will be fellow Twilight actress Ashley Greene. Y'know, the one who plays the vampire with the terrible hair. So now this movie, which some 46,000 saps gave money to, so a millionaire could make it, will star Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, and Ashley Greene. Is this the movie you wanted, folks? I wonder if it is. [Vulture]

HBO has given a series order to a comedy pilot from Jay and Mark Duplass, the brothers who have made movies like Baghead, Cyrus, and Jeff Who Lives at Home. The show is called Togetherness and it stars Amanda Peet and Melanie Lynskey. I like this pairing! Good news! The series is about "two couples living under the same roof who struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams." So, that's kind of vague, but that's OK. Leaves more territory open to explore! This is intriguing. I hope this is good. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Here is a new trailer for Rush, the true-story race car driving drama from Ron Howard. The opening scene is exciting! It's him making sexytimes with Natalie Dormer, playing a nurse. Then it gets into all the racing stuff and ZZZzzzzz. The movie might be Chris Hemsworth's big shot at a real dramatic acting career, and that's sort of interesting, but vroom-vrooms are just really hard to take seriously. I'm sorry, but they are. "Look at the serious men making their vroom-vrooms go fast." I just don't see the grand drama there. But that's just me!

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