Thursday, January 15, 2009

TV NEWS: Sarah Palin-inspired Poehler series, Diablo Cody on "90210," "Bones" sex scene, and more

Amy Poehler's new series, rumored to have been an Office-spinoff, will be a mockmentary of local government. She'll play a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. "In the show, Leslie attempts to improve her town and advance her career by helping a local nurse (Rashida Jones from "The Office") turn a construction pit into a park. They're opposed by defensive bureaucrats, NIMBY neighbors and developers. She's helped and hindered by Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari from "Human Giant"), another government official. In the process, Leslie hopes to inspire her bored college intern (newcomer Aubrey Plaza who will appear in Judd Apatow's upcoming Funny People) and reach her goal of becoming the first female President of the United States." Oh my god! They're dedicating a show to making fun of Sarah Palin. Genius! I demand crossover. Not only with "The Office," but with "30 Rock." I don't care how you do it--just do it.
• In other "Office" news, Michael may have thought his boss, the douche who took away his beloved Holly, was his archnemesis, but he'll meet his true match when a new corporate head, played by another "Wire" alum, Idris Elba (The Unborn and This Christmas), joins the series.
Sarah Jessica Parker is name-dropping Britney Spears as a potential co-star in the next Sex and the City movie. Parker's on the look-out for an actress who can play the niece or cousin that Carrie mentors in the art of love, life, and fashion in NYC. I vote for Joanna Garcia ("Privileged). She has the right amount of wide-eyed wonder mixed with impeccable comic timing.
• If I were to tell you that Chevy Chase will be playing an uber rich tech mogul, who is suspected of stealing ideas from Chuck's father, which Chuck would you think I was referring to? Well, with "Pushing Daisies" canceled, that leaves "Chuck" and "Gossip Girl" as the main contenders. Alas, Chase will be guest-starring on the action comedy for three episodes, which means that we'll actually get to meet the uber geek's MIA dad. First we worked out Sarah's daddy issues, now Chuck's--next I vote for Morgan's.
• In an upcoming episode of "90210," someone gets into a car accident...Zzzz...AND Diablo Cody, the extraordinary Oscar-winning writer of Juno, guest stars. Hmm, if Adrianna is pregnant, does that mean there'll be some weird Juno tie-in a la dream sequence or "insidery" joke with Cody playing the abortion clinic receptionist.
• There is an upcoming sex scene on "Bones" between Booth and Brennan, but not before Booth gets buried alive and they both go undercover as a married couple in a circus.

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