BWP TV News Of The Week for June 18-22

Welcome to the first edition of BWP's weekly TV news recap! We've got plenty of news for you, from trailers, to casting, even a few nuggets from the internet. Read below to see all the news from BWP, from around the net, as well as what to expect in the week ahead from the site!

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Around the Net:

  • Arsenio Hall is returning to late night television. No, this isn't 1992. On the heels of a popularity upswing, thanks to winning Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, Hall has inked a deal with CBS Distribution to host a new syndicated talk show next year. The show will launch on Tribune stations in the States, with more to come, reportedly, although there hasn't been an "official" green light yet.
  • Just as "Rescue Me" wrapped things up on FX last year, our favorite basic cable network is jumping right back into things with Denis Leary. The channel has ordered a pilot for a new comedy called "Bronx Warrants". The show will be about detectives in New York who work on commission for every criminal they bring in with outstanding warrants, and people who care more about the money those criminals bag them than justice.
  • Tim Roth is going to star in David Cronenberg's new series "Knifeman". The show is about a "adical, self-educated surgeon who will go to unorthodox lengths to uncover the secrets of the human body." So, basically, it's House with the guy from Lie to Me. The show hasn't found a network yet but it has starpower and good writers (Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald - Weeds and Friday Night Lights), so expect it on your television eventually.
  • EW is reporting that a group of animated comedy writers and creators are banding together against an Emmy Academy decision to allow Community to compete in the animated writing category for one animated episode they did this past season, "Digital Estate Planning". The petition includes some big names such as Seth McFarlane (Family Guy), David X. Cohen (Futurama), Matt Groening, James L. Brooks & Al Jean (The Simpsons) and nearly 50 more writers. Now, before Community fans get their pitchforks and torches ready, the writers aren't protesting Community, they're just upset that a live-action show is allowed to compete in the animated categories, which don't even get announced on the live show on ABC, and that their shows aren't allowed to compete in the top categories, because of a loophole that categorizes episodes like "Estate Planning" as specials. Totally reasonable complaint, if you ask me.
  • Check out the new trailer for Dexter season 7! We won't spoil season 6 for you, but let's just say things are going to get tricky for everyone's favorite serial murder, with regards to his sister. Season 6 was terrible, but it's nice to hear Michael C. Hall's ominous voice again.



  • So, Nicolas Winding Refn (of "Drive" directing fame) is adapting the 1968 erotic sci-fi classic Barbarella for television. The company behind it, Gaumont International, is also the company that's working on NBC's Hannibal TV show.
  • The BBC will be bringing the Muppets back to television. Sort of. The British network has announced a new show with the Jim Henson Company called "No Strings Attached" that will introduce a brand new set of puppet characters that will go up against celebrities in some sort of "games" as well as sketches. No word on whether any of the classic Muppet characters will make appearances or if this is a standalone project.
  • In the "sure it is" news of the week, Charlie Sheen is telling people (rather, The New York Times that his upcoming FX comedy Anger Management will be the last show he ever does. "When I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks and when this ends, I’m done," said Sheen. "This is my swan song." Convenient that his show has an option for nine extra seasons. Either way, you can see Sheen act crazy next week on FX, or next year on the big screen as the President in Machete Kills. Yes, that's actually happening.
  • The battle between CBS and ABC rages on. In case you haven't heard, CBS is trying to sue ABC for basically ripping off their Big Brother reality competition show and renaming it "Glass House". The latest developments: CBS filed an restraining order against ABC last week, trying to force the courts to postpone the show's debut this past Monday. That was rejected, but it didn't really matter anyway because The Glass House bombed in its ratings debut. CBS then decided that since the legal system wasn't doing them any favors, they would get snarky and childish, sending out a tongue-in-cheek press release "announcing" a new show called Dancing "On" the Stars, where people would dance on celebrity graves, because that's going to help their case. Also, let's not point out the irony of CBS suing someone for making a show similar to their. They're not putting a ripoff of BBC's Sherlock on the air next season or anything.
  • In other shitty CBS show news, the drama Unforgettable was cancelled last month (along with CSI Miami) despite ratings stronger than most shows on NBC, because when you're CBS you can do that. But at the risk of making a bad pun, it turns out that the show isn't forgotten after all. Deadline reports that the people being the Poppy Montgomery-starring procedural and CBS are in talks to bring the show back for 13 episodes in Summer 2013, which would mark the first time a high profile drama would air in the summer on CBS in a while. The show is about a lady with an eidetic memory who solves crimes. Just ask your mom and dad what it's about.
  • Okay, last bit of CBS news. Because society is unsalvageable at this point, TBS has bought the off-network to 2 Broke Girls for a record $1.7 million an episode. The Big Bang Theory, which airs on the same network in reruns, sold for $1.5 million an episode. May God have mercy on our souls.
  • Someone remade Walter White's meth lab with Legos, and it's awesome. Check out the full set on Reddit.

  • In a small victory for all you perverts, the US Supreme Court has ruled against the FCC and its fines of accidental nudity and profanity. While it's not exactly precedent for scripted nudity on network TV, it does mean that "accidental" "indecency" on live events like the Super Bowl (see: Janet Jackson's nipple) or awards shows, or whatever probably won't get fined going forward in most cases. And that's precedent enough.
  • Finally, in celebrity pet sidekick news, Cee-Lo Green has replaced Purrfect the Cat with a pink cockatoo named Lady. The cockatoo will accompany him on the third season of The Voice. This may seem like frivolous news reporting, but the people had to know. Here's a video NBC.com actually spent money making to report this.


BWP's TV Coverage

Things have been sort of slow for us here at Better With Popcorn ever since the TV season officially ended, but this week we kick things back into gear. Sunday sees the debut of Aaron Sorkin's new show "The Newsroom" on HBO with Jeff Daniels, so expect a review of that from Caleb Pass. Then, next week, "Louie" returns for season 3 on FX, and I will have weekly reviews for that, as well as a review of the abovementioned Charlie Sheen sitcom "Anger Management". Wilfred (season 2) as well as Russell Brand's new talk show debut the same night.

Until then, make sure to check out Maria Prax's review of True Blood from this past weekend!

See you all next week, and until then, don't change that channel.