TV pilot roundup: Typecasting edition
It’s Typecasting Week here in TV, as networks announce three new pilots that will in no way challenge their lead actors!
First, Amy “RICK RICK RICK RICK” Poehler will star as a bratty kid in Nickelodeon’s new animated series, Mighty B. Poehler describes her character, Bessie, as “an optimistic child ‘who believes she can grow up to be a rock star, actress, politician and brain surgeon all at the same.'” I say once more: RICK RICK RICK RICK!
Next up, TNT has announced that it’s in negotiations for two shows: Heartland, in which everyone’s favorite Everwood doc, Treat Williams, will play… a surgeon, and Grace in which Holly Hunter — a tough Southerner who once played a cop (pictured) in that one movie where Sigourney Weaver was being stalked by Harry Connick Jr. — will star as a tough Southern cop. For the record, TNT is also swearing this show is nothing like The Closer, which stars Kyra Sedgwick as a tough Southern cop. OK, then!
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One final un-casting note: TNT has also cancelled Saved, TomEverett Scott’s strangely-entrancing-because-it’s-so-all-over-the-placeEMT series. Poor Tom Everett Scott. I like him. Will someone pleasefind something worthwhile for that boy to do? Perhaps, I dunno… hecould play, like, a drummer! In, like, a young rock band that’s juststarting to make it big! Or a werewolf! Yeah!