No surprise here: NBC has canceled struggling freshman dramas Mercy and Trauma, sources confirm. A network rep declined to comment.
My Bubble Show Scorecard has been updated.
Every year prior to Emmy nominations, the suits at the major TV studios stuff voters’ mailboxes with tons of DVDs featuring what they feel are their shows’ best episodes of the season. I just got a hold of Universal Media Studios’ fancy Emmy kit, and here are the episodes they chose to single out from this season’s Office, 30 Rock, Parenthood, etc. Note: These may differ from the formal submissions that are used in determining the winners. Also, keep in mind that Emmy-worthy episodes that aired after the mailer deadline could not be included, which is presumably why SNL didn’t include the Betty White episode.
“Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001″
Aired: Dec. 3, 2009
Everyone tries to be who they’re not, and Liz gets bangs.
“Anna Howard Shaw Day”
Aired: Feb. 11, 2010
Valentine’s Day; Liz gets a root canal. READ FULL STORY
Expect some major fireworks in the Hamptons this summer.
Sources confirm to me exclusively that Trauma actress Anastasia Griffith is joining the cast of Royal Pains in the major recurring role of Dr. Emily Peck, a no-nonsense MD and a potential business rival of Hank’s (Mark Feuerstein). READ FULL STORY
Question: In honor of Neil Patrick Harris being cast in the Smurfs movie, you should give us some big scoop. It’s what the Smurfs would want. —Riina
Ausiello: Actually, I just conducted a straw poll in Smurf Village and turns out what the Smurfs really wanted was me, not NPH. All kidding aside, I really did conduct a poll. And I won. By a landslide. Seriously. Moving on… here’s your big scoop: My magazine column is movin’ on up to the News & Notes section beginning with this week’s issue (on sale Friday). Someone please start a congratulatory thread in the comments section so I don’t have to.
Question: I heard Desperate Housewives is casting a new vixen to replace Nicolette Sheridan. Any idea whom they’re looking at to play her? —Scotty
Ausiello: You’re assuming the role is female. Speaking of Housewives, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT. READ FULL STORY
WHO: Anastasia Griffith, Derek Luke, Cliff Curtis, Jamey Sheridan, Taylor Kinney, Kevin Rankin, and exec producers Peter Berg, Jeffrey Reiner, and Dario Scardapane.
PREMISE: ER only completely outdoors. (It follows first responder paramedics.) Despite the impressive pedigree — Berg and Reiner hail from FNL — I just can’t get excited about this show. Probably explains why I haven’t watched the pilot yet.
12:10 pm/PST: “We’re not going to blow up the world every week,” says e.p. Dario Scardapane. “But there will be an intense event that these people will respond to.”
12:14 pm: Press tour makes you smarter. I just learned that MCI stands for mass casualty incidents.
12:24 pm: A question about the abundance of medical shows yields this unchecked statistic: There are 26 medical dramas on TV at the moment, a fact that Berg finds shocking. “There are 26 medical dramas on TV?” he marvels. “That’s a lot.”
12:29 pm: Press tour makes you smarter. I just learned that Anastasia Griffith (Damages) is British.
12:32 pm: Press tour makes you smarter. I just learned that PTS stands for post traumatic stress. Just kidding. I knew that. I’m just bored. And hungry. Speaking of which…
… it’s lunchtime!