Jason O'Mara could be going from fighting dinosaurs to riding with cowboys. The Terra Nova star has joined CBS' untitled cowboy drama starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.
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Written by Goodfellas' Nicholas Pileggi and Without a Trace's Greg Walker, the project is about Ralph Lamb (Quaid), a real rodeo cowboy-turned-sheriff, in 1960s Las Vegas. O'Mara will play ...
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Question: Just wondering about Terra Nova and the rumors that they'll be shopping it around to another network. It took them pretty much forever to get the first season prepared, I'm assuming because of the special effects. If they wind up on another network, that probably means a smaller budget, faster production, fewer dinosaurs, more focus on the people, character-driven stories, etc. Right? Sounds entertaining to me. (I do confess, though Terra Nova struck me as a bit of a mess in some ways, I was looking forward to seeing how the story played out.)
Some thoughts on the highs and lows and assorted other TV news that caught my eye this week:
DEAD MAN WALKING: So there I was watching AMC's The Walking Dead last Sunday — the first piece of TV I hungrily consumed after a week of mostly TV-free vacation (except for the Oscars, which I should have passed on) — and as self-righteous Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) yammers on about everyone's humanity being at stake if they execute their prisoner (Randall the Outsider), I start rolling my eyes and going, "Oh, die already, you blowhard."
When Kevin Bacon signed on last month to play a serial killer in the new Fox pilot from The Vampire Diaries producer Kevin Williamson, there was a catch: Bacon would only commit to star in 15 episodes a year. Eager to make Bacon sizzle in primetime, the network agreed.
Fox execs view the Bacon drama, should it go to series, as an opportunity to start airing more cable-like short-order TV series. ABC struck a similar deal this past year with Missing star Ashley Judd in order to accommodate her schedule. Only ten episodes of Missing were shot this year, and even in success, that number will never be more than 13.
Stephen Lang, Jason O'Mara and Shelley Conn
Fox's canceled dinosaur drama Terra Nova could live on via Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Terra Nova has gone extinct — at least on Fox.
The dino drama failed to get a renewal order from the network, TVGuide.com has confirmed. But...
United States of Tara star Brie Larson has landed the female lead in CBS' Nick Stoller pilot, Deadline reports.
In the comedy loosely based on executive producer Stoller's real-life experiences, a...
Stephen Lang isn't wasting any time waiting on word from Fox if Terra Nova will be picked up for a second season. The actor has just signed on for a three-episode arc on USA's In Plain Sight, playing the troubled father of...
As mid-season shows debut over the next three months, it will be crunch time for a number of series that haven't been tearing up the Nielsen charts. Here's what network insiders say are the shows on the bubble as execs look to set their schedules in May.
A second-year ratings fade may mean it's time to pull a sheet over the Dana Delany-led Body of Proof. While the network ordered an extra episode of Pan Am in order to keep a hold on the cast until May, its chances of returning next fall are as likely as an airport going a full day without a flight delay. Comedy Happy Endings doesn't do a great job retaining the lead-in from the mighty Modern Family, but ABC parent Disney has an ownership stake in the show and it's a favorite within the network's entertainment division — so a pickup for another season is considered a lock. And fan fave Cougar Town will get a final shot for renewal if it performs well in its new Tuesday time period starting February 14.
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Question: I've been watching Once Upon A Time from the beginning, and I thought by now, we'd start to see some real movement towards the present-day fairy-tale folks realizing that something was amiss. But it seems to be dragging and dragging, and while the "fairy tale" portions are fun to watch, there's nothing there that gives one hope that finally, someone other than Henry knows something's amiss. It's getting boring. Any tidbits as to when that ...