Ricky Gervais isn't emotionally attached to the American version of The Office.
The 51-year-old British comedian - who created the original BBC series - admits he has only watched the NBC version, starring Steve Carell, a few times and is only a fan because it has made him more money than any of his other TV shows. "I don't think I've seen much of it. It wasn't my baby. It was my rights, so I cashed the checks. I think it was good, but I didn't have the same emotional attachment to it. I [have made] more [money] than anything else probably I've ever done. It's the gift that keeps on giving, syndication," he told the June issue of GQ magazine.
Ricky insists he is not worried about the lukewarm response his new show Derek has received from his fans: "I don't worry about it at all. I think I'm pretty self-aware. I think I know what I'm doing. You know when you've been a prat, you know when you're being a prat, you know when something sounds pretentious. They mean they don't like Derek as much as Extras? Science as much as Animals [two of his stand-up specials]? They mean they don't like me. That's what they mean. So they're trying to justify their dislike in a critical response."
It's not a bad thing to be Joss Whedon's friend. Like, say, when your character is killed off in one of the summer's biggest films and he's resurrected in an ABC television series. Such is the case with Clark Gregg. Cue the comic book fans' tears of joy.
Marvel announced in a panel yesterday at New York Comic Con that the character of Agent Phil Coulson will be revived for the small screen series adaptation of S.H.I.E.L.D. Based on the Jack Kirby comics of the same name, the series will follow the adventures of the secretive military agency S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate). Coulson will be brought back from his death in The Avengers, but there's no word yet as to exactly how that will be done...
Joss' brother Jed Whedon will join him in producing the show, along with Jed's wife Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb.
There's no word yet as to when the series is set to premiere.
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Benedict Cumberbatch is a "bit cynical" about Elementary.
The British actor plays the leading character in the UK's Sherlock, and while he wishes those in the US show - which also tells the story of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in a modern setting - the "best of luck," he did tell lead actor Jonny Lee Miller he would rather he didn't take part.
"It's very odd. I did say to Jonny, 'Well, I'd prefer you didn't do it but you've got a kid to feed, a nice house in Los Angeles and a wife to keep in good clothes.' When you get used to a certain standard of living and they waft a paycheck at you, what are you going to do? I think Jonny was like, 'Mate, I've got a f**king mountain to climb here, you've got nothing to fear.' I wish him the best of luck, but I'm a bit cynical about why they've chosen to do it and why they cast him," he said.
Matt LeBlanc is against a Friends reunion.
The actor - whose most notable television role to date is as Joey Tribbiani on the hit sitcom - revealed that he wouldn't support the cast getting back together or agree to a movie adaptation of the show. Matt admitted that he hadn't heard of any plans to record more scenes and suggested that it would be wrong to try to recreate the series on the big screen.
"Yeah, that probably won't happen. There's no plans for anything like that. Everyone seems to be talking about that these days, but nope, no irons in the fire there," he said.
When asked whether he thought David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox collaborating again was a "bad idea," he added, "Personally I do. I think that show was all about a finite amount of time in six people's lives. Once they have moved on from that phase, that family unit has broken down a little bit. I'm sure they'd keep in touch a bit, but it wouldn't be the same."
-Oksana Grigorieva, Mel Gibson’s ex, has chosen to give Oprah Winfrey her very first interview. It’s not known yet when that sit-down will air. (Let’s just hope it doesn’t involve singing as well.)
-According to an annual survey from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), HBO’s True Blood has the most gay characters on television. ABC tops major networks with 11 characters overall, while CBS came in last with only one.
-Anderson Cooper, who has filled in for Regis Philbin many times, is planning to launch his own daytime talk show in Fall 2011. The news anchor will also continue his evening duties with CNN.
-Spike TV’s Deadliest Warrior—a show that pits historical fighters against each other—is being adapted for the big screen. The details surrounding Paramount’s project have not been revealed.
Could this be the event that brings viewers back to HBO?
Early next year, Oscar winner Kate Winslet will be featured in Mildred Pierce, a five-part miniseries based on the James Cain novel. (Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for her role in a 1945 adaptation.) The Depression-era set tale centers on Pierce (Winslet), a mother who fights to maintain a middle-class position for her family, and the troubled relationship with her daughter (True Blood‘s Evan Rachel Wood).
Mildred—directed by Far From Heaven‘s Todd Haynes—will debut in the spring.
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In the past year, we’ve seen the fan hysteria behind Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and the cancellation of the loved-but-not-watched series Moonlight. Now, we’ll get to see if another vampire-related project will be as successful as the former or as neglected as the latter.
Later this week, HBO will introduce the latest entry in the blood-sucking genre. In True Blood, the newest creation from writer/producer/director Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), vampires are able to co-exist with humans. A synthetic supply of the red stuff allows them to feed without necessarily needing to hunt.
After the jump, you can see the moment when Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar-winner Anna Paquin) meets 173-year-old Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) for the very first time.
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Just when I thought ABC was making huge strides with programs like Pushing Daisies, the network decides to take a few creative steps back.
In the past week, it’s been announced that two motion pictures may be adapted for the small screen.
On Monday, Variety reported that John Updike’s novel about three witches (and a devilish man) may be getting new life. The Witches of Eastwick - which later became a 1987 film starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer and Cher - is now being redeveloped into a television pilot.
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Here are some of the TV on DVD options available today.
- Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Collection 3)
- Ben 10 (Season 4)
- Code Monkeys (Season 1)
- Doctor Who: Black Orchid (Episode 121)
- Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (25th Anniversary Edition)
- Doctor Who: The Time Meddler (Episode 17)
- Family Ties (Season 4)
- Foyle’s War (Set 5)
- Get Smart (Season 1)
- Hotel Babylon (Season 2)
- Lonesome Dove
- Masters of Science Fiction (Complete Series)
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While it’s still possible to catch a glimpse of Lisa Bonet on a daily rerun of The Cosby Show, it’s surprisingly been a whopping 17 years since the actress was last on the show. In that time, Lisa’s daughter, Zoe Kravitz, has even starred in several motion pictures (The Brave One, No Reservations). But now it’s time for mom to go back to work.
In ABC’s Life on Mars, Lisa Bonet will play Maya Daniels, the present-day love interest of the program’s lead character. The show, an adaptation of a British series by the same name, centers around Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara), a cop who mysteriously travels back in time to the 1970’s.
Other stars already lined up for the drama include Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Gretchen Mol (Rounders), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) and Jonathan Murphy (October Road).
Life on Mars premieres October 9th right after Grey’s Anatomy.
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