This Week: ¿Tricia Helfer, Asesina? -- Star Trek Featurette -- Influence -- Game of Thrones -- Mad Hatter Madness -- Best News Ever, Sort of -- This Week in Casts
¿Tricia Helfer, Asesina?
Former Battlestar Galactica Cylon hottie (and recent Community guest star) Tricia Helfer has accepted the lead role in the upcoming ABC drama Killer Women, based on the Argentinian drama Mujeres Asesinas. The series will focus on the only women in the testosterone-heavy world of the Texas Rangers, and will also star Marc Blucas, who played Riley on Buffy.
Fun fact about Rangers that our international readers might enjoy: There are three unrelated categories of “Rangers” in the American governmental system. The first are the Army Rangers, who are hardcore fighting machines. (Think Nicholas Cage in Con Air.) The second are Texas Rangers, who are basically the Texas state police with a militia past. And the third are Forest Rangers, or Park Rangers, who protect American parks from litter and bears.
I mention this only because every time I hear mention of “rangers” I am reminded of the movie Con Air, and how confused I was that Nicholas Cage played a ranger, which I understood to mean “forest ranger.” After all, forest rangers aren’t supposed to be scary-strong killing machines capable of beating John Malkovich. That was when I learned there are other types of rangers, some of whom could beat John Malkovich into a twitchy pudding. And now I’m passing that knowledge along to you.
I would totally watch a show about Tricia Helfer, bears, and John Malkovich.
Star Trek Featurette
Paramount has released a one-and-a-half minute “featurette” previewing the upcoming Star Trek film. Even for a non-Trekkie like me, it looks pretty awesome:
More information about Kyle Killen’s new show Influence, is leaking out. According to TVLine, Steve Zahn will play one of two brothers who run an advertising agency, and his character is a man with bipolar disorder who is also “a world-renowned expert in the fields of human behavior, psychology and motivation. Clark [his character] is a former professor whose academic career imploded when the university became aware he was having an affair with a 22-year-old student.”
Not many of us watched Awake or Lone Star, Killen’s previous two shows. But those of us who did were impressed. Hopefully Influence will have a longer run; Killen deserves more success than he has had.
Game of Thrones
The props, costumes, and other GoT chattel have been curated into an exhibition that will tour five cities worldwide: Belfast, Toronto, New York, São Paolo, and Amsterdam. I would love to go, but for some reason the exhibit is not coming to Los Angeles. I am mildly offended by that fact.
But then my feeling of selfish offendedness (offensibility? offendiosity?) goes away, because I am enraptured by the new Game of Thrones trailer:
Mad Hatter Madness
This Deadline article is full of news: first, NBC is developing an Alice in Wonderland-themed project for the fall season. Second, ABC is thinking about recasting Sebastian Stan as the Mad Hatter on Once Upon a Time.
Why? Because ABC wants to do a Mad Hatter spin-off. The article isn’t clear about what that means for Sebastian Stan and Once. Would he still be available for guest roles on that show, with someone else playing the Mad Hatter role on the spin-off? Or are we supposed to pretend we didn’t realize the Mad Hatter used to have a different face? Sebastian Stan is awfully busy, on Broadway and filming the new Captain America flick.
I like the Mad Hatter on Once, and I like him because of Sebastian Stan. If I were ruler of the world, I would veto a recast. Probably by screaming, "Off with their heads!" Because that never gets old.
Best News Ever, Sort Of
Chang-haters, rejoice! Although Ken Jeong’s first commitment for the fall season is to Community (which “could go either way” when up for renewal), his second option is an entirely different show about something else, which I won’t watch. Okay, this isn't actually good news: Chang will still be on Community if it gets renewed. But you can't blame a girl for dreaming...
This Week in Casts
Jorge Garcia has been cast in a new CBS pilot about (and I’m not making this up): “the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.” Garcia will, sadly, not play the son, but rather the law firm’s investigator. To which all I can say is: