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TV Junkie: ABC Picks Up 2 Drops 1; Elijah Wood to Star in FX Comedy
Elijah Wood and Jason Gann star in FX's "Wilfred" which has been picked up for 13 episodes and will air sometime in the next 18 months.
ABC picks up full seasons of "No Ordinary Family" and "Better With You" while giving the ax to "The Whole Truth" (not a surprise) but will continue to shoot all 13 episodes (through mid-December) and ABC will air all of the episodes.
Elijah Wood will star in his first TV series as part of FX's "Wilfred" - an adaptation of an Australian series. From the press release: Wood stars as "Ryan" an introvert who struggles to find social and professional happiness, until he meets "Wilfred" (played by Jason Gann), who is described as part Australian Shepherd, part Russell Crowe on a bender. The world sees Wilfred as a dog; Ryan sees Wilfred as a man dressed in a dog suit." The series will air on FX sometime in the next 18 months. We have to admire FX just "going for it" by buying 13 episodes of this show without doing tons of market research, screenings, or tweaking of the show. Generally we see this faith in artistry on the premium networks like HBO.---
Tonight is the night that "Glee" (Fox @ 10pm) does their rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. As someone who went to their first Rocky Horror a quarter century ago I understand that there is such a thing called progress but I'm reluctant to spend time watching a made-for-TV-exploitation of the very homemade subculture that revolved around midnight screenings across the country. What's next, Justin Bieber covering Bauhaus?
The Los Angeles Rally to Restore Sanity will have plenty of in-person entertainment on Saturday in addition to a giant LCD screen showing the live broadcast of Jon Stewart's rally in DC. Lined up are: Kate Flannery of "The Office", comedian Paul Provenza of "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" and comedians that include Jimmy Dore, Troy Conrad, Dylan Brody and Jeff "The Dude" Dowd and cartoonist Lalo Alcatraz, author of syndicated comic strip "La Cucaracha".
"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" season 2 is coming to Los Angeles and is looking for families with children to be cast in the show. If your family is having problems overcoming obstacles to get into healthy eating and think you'd like to be cast in the show, contact casting producer Brad Holman at email@example.com
The effervescent and incredibly funny Busy Philipps is again doing some independent comedy which we think suits her better than the endlessly repetitive, milquetoast, and value-less sitcom that is "Cougar Town". This time it's Atom.com's "Jason Nash is Married". Check out the embed at the end of this post.
The "Dexter" animated comic is now online - check out the first episode at the end of this post.
The TV Junkie Plan: "No Ordinary Family", "Raising Hope", "Sons of Anarchy", "Lopez Tonight" (Bill Maher), "Dead Set", Fallon (Joan Rivers, Juliette Lewis, Underworld performs)
8:00pm NOVA PBS/KCET - Emergency Mine Rescue The rescue of 33 miners trapped nearly a half mile below the surface in Chile.
8:00pm No Ordinary Family ABC - Jim tries to discover the cause of recent earthquakes; Stephanie suspects that J.J. may be lying about his lack of powers
8:00pm Glee Fox - After learning of Emma's love of the film, Will has the glee club perform "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" for the school's annual musical
9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - After terrorists kill a state department employee and a plastic surgeon, the team searches for the only witness
9:00pm Frontline PBS/KCET - The Spill BP's history preceeding the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
9:00pm Raising Hope Fox - Family Secrets When Sabrina's boyfriend can't make it to a Halloween party, Jimmy offers to put on his costume and go in his place; Virginia takes Maw Maw, dressed as a cat, trick or treating; a box of videos of Hope's mother arrives from prison.
9:00-10pm In Treatment HBO - A 16-year-old discusses his promiscuity, his unsettled family life with adopted parents and an alarming voicemail / Paul visits a young therapist in order to get a new prescription for sleeping pills.
9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - Cloverdale
9:00pm Dirty Jobs Discovery - Wetland Warrior Mike works as a stand-in fugitive attempting to outsmart a team of bloodhounds and evade being captured; combating evasive species
10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Adam is forced to make a decision that will change the company's future; Jabbar has a surprising reaction to Crosby and Jasmine's news
10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - When Samcro pays a visit to another charter, not everyone's happy to see the mother chapter.
10:00pm Caprica Syfy - False Labor
10:00pm Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Comedy Central - Nick talks about the trouble they had casting the Freddy Krueger sketch; stand up comedians Nick Kroll and Paul F. Tompkins.
11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Comic Bill Maher; actress Lauren Conrad; Taio Cruz performs.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Taylor Swift performs; comic Seth Meyers.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Robert Downey Jr.; chef Paula Deen; Jamey Johnson performs.
12:00am Dead Set IFC - People seek refuge anywhere they can, including the Big Brother house, as zombies take over.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor John Stamos; latest "Dancing With the Stars" castoff; Donavon Frankenreiter performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Danny DeVito; actress Brie Larson; comic Henry Cho.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Comic Joan Rivers; actress Juliette Lewis; Underworld performs.
Maura Tierney's "The Whole Truth" was officially cancelled by ABC yesterday. [Photo of Tierney at the 2010 TCA Summer Sessions by Thomas Attila Lewis]
Donald Trump was a fading TV presence when the WGA strike put a dent in network schedules.
Pickets are being held outside at movie and TV studios across the city
For some critics, this feels less like a momentous departure and more like a footnote.
Disneyland's famous "Fantasmic!" show came to a sudden end when its 45-foot animatronic dragon — Maleficent — burst into flames.
Leads Ali Wong and Steven Yeun issue a joint statement along with show creator Lee Sung Jin.
Every two years, Desert X presents site-specific outdoor installations throughout the Coachella Valley. Two Los Angeles artists have new work on display.