by Billie Doux
And it's pilot-paloosa! Seriously, it's obviously pilot season, because if I saw one article about a new pilot this week, I saw a dozen. Here are my personal highlights. If I didn't mention any that intrigue you, post a comment!
-- Anthony Head plays a King (what a stretch, huh?) in the pilot for the CW's The Selection, which sounds like a cross between Hunger Games and The Bachelor.
-- Scott Bakula and Geena Davis play husband and wife bounty hunters on an as yet unnamed pilot for TNT.
-- Seth Gabel and Georgina Haig (Fringe) both landed pilots the same day. Gabel will play a DA named Usher on ABC's Gothica, which sounds a bit like a dark fantasy version of One Upon a Time. And Haig will be playing a cop in the pilot of the southern legal drama Reckless.
-- Naveen Andrews (Lost) was also cast in Reckless. Sounds like he's playing a go to it guy who will do anything to accomplish his mission. That sounds familiar. I don't tend to even try legal dramas, and it takes a Nathan Fillion or a Simon Baker to keep me watching a procedural, but I'll give this one a shot.
-- Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) was cast in the NBC pilot entitled Believe, which appears to have some fantasy elements. It's about a young girl with powers and a criminal who protects her from evil. Kyle doesn't play either of these roles, but this one still sounds a bit intriguing.
-- There's Downton Abbey news that they've added six new members to the cast (probably because the cast is so incredibly tiny that it needs to be supplemented) and that someone will be leaving. Yes, they say who. (Or is that whom?) So don't click unless you want to know.
-- Are they or aren't they? There was news earlier this week that Carrie Fisher would return to the Star Wars franchise as Leia, and even that Harrison Ford was on board as well. And yet now it sounds like they're teasing us. I bet they will, though. Who says no to Star Wars?
Renewals, Cancellations and Replacements
-- The Following has been renewed. I'm not following The Following. It sounds like something that might skip right over my violence threshold. (Is it? What do you guys think?)
-- Speaking of my violence threshold, I've been a fan of Dexter for years (it sits exactly on the edge of that threshold), and I'm getting a bit tired of how coy everyone is acting. Dexter usually airs on Showtime in the fall, but the eighth season is airing this coming spring, starting June 30. And I've seen at least three articles hinting strongly that this will be final season. The president of CBS, Les Moonves, just said it, too. Will they freaking announce it, already? Maybe the terrific ratings for this past season seven had them in talks with Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter to maybe stay on a bit longer, but I don't get the feeling that will happen. Personally, I want an ending scheduled in advance so that the show can go out with a bang. It's a dark story and it needs a real, actual ending.
-- Mark Hudis, the new True Blood showrunner who replaced genius Alan Ball, is no longer showrunner and has been replaced by Brian Buckner. He didn't even finish an entire season? This doesn't sound good. I've been getting the feeling for awhile that True Blood was running out of steam and I won't be surprised if this summer's sixth season is its last.
Joss Whedon is still my master
We're big fans of Joss Whedon here at Doux Reviews, and the first official trailer for his foray into Shakespeare was released this week. I'm not into trailers, but this one is bloody marvelous.
Sunbunny observed the occasion with a post asking Mr. Whedon to continue filming every play that Shakespeare wrote, and offering to assist with the casting. Personally, I'm not particular about who plays what, as long as Nathan Fillion, Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof are in everything. And could we find a good role for J. August Richards?
In related news, Deadline posted a lengthy interview with the master in which he talks about why he took a few weeks off from The Avengers to do Shakespeare in his own home, and (alarmingly) how close he is to burning out. (Nooooooooo! Take a long vacation, Joss Whedon! Become refreshed and renewed! Please don't burn out!) Whedon also mentioned that he was not offered Star Wars, or even entered into discussions to do it, but that it wasn't a diss of any kind -- he was just already committed to Avengers 2, which he wants to make even better than the original. Like that's possible.
New at Doux
Say hello to our new writer Beth, an old friend of mine, who will be reviewing Psych for us! Welcome to Doux Reviews, Beth!
And finally, this week's requisite Supernatural content
If you've been around this site for at least five minutes, you're probably aware that I'm a huge fan of Supernatural, currently in its eighth season. Let us close this week's DN with Supernatural doing the Harlem Shake in a devil's trap. (Actually, the best part of it is the confused dog trying to figure out what the people are doing.) (See? No cats, but I managed to get a dog mention in there.)
And that's it for this week. Comments? Rants? Good news to share? Lines are open.