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Greta Gerwig to star in 'How I Met Your Mother' spin-off

Posted: 13 Feb 2014 01:40 AM PST

The actress will also produce the pilot for How I Met Your Dad.

FRANCES Ha star Greta Gerwig has been cast as the lead in the pilot for the CBS spin-off How I Met Your Dad, which she will also produce and likely write for 20th Century Fox Television.

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas will executive produce with Emily Spivey and Pamela Fryman, the latter of whom will direct the pilot.

The series is a kindred spirit of How I Met Your Mother that tells a new story about new characters from a female point of view.

Gerwig will play Sally, a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she's going in life. She has just figured out that she has nothing in common with her husband of less than a year. A break-up is inevitable, but Sally will find a solid circle of support in her friends and family, who are often too willing to give "good" advice that can backfire badly. Meanwhile, Sally must filter out the input and decide what's best for her.

While the pilot will film in Los Angeles, the series is expected to shoot in New York City.

Gerwig was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha. She recently wrapped the indie movie The Humbling, which co-stars Al Pacino. – Reuters

The 'X Factor' gets axed

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

AMERICAN television singing contest The X Factor, led by judge and show creator Simon Cowell, was cancelled on Friday after three seasons, network Fox said.

The X Factor, which was unable to replicate the ratings success of fellow Fox singing contest American Idol, was only able to muster 6.2 million viewers for its season three finale last December, about half of its first season finale audience.

Cowell, 54, whose acerbic on-screen personality helped transform American Idol into one of the top shows on US television, will also return to the UK version of the show in an effort to help declining ratings there.

"I've had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol," Cowell said in a statement.

"And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!)"

The X Factor was seen as a way for Cowell to put his own stamp on US reality television as it was a show he created and produced, and helped lead it to popularity in Britain.

The US version of the show struggled to find the right mix on the judging panel, running through nine different personalities in its three seasons on the air.

In 2012, Fox spent a reported US$15mil (RM50mil) to hire pop singer Britney Spears as a judge on the show in a bid to boost ratings, but she was unable to turn her star power into larger audiences for Fox.

Last year, viewership fill to about six million per episode from nine million in 2012. Its main rival, The Voice drew about 12 million viewers per episode.

Cowell, a British media and music mogul best known for the biting criticism of contestants that helped draw viewers to American Idol, will be without a show on US television for the first time since Idol began in 2002. – Reuters

Taylor Lautner to star in BBC comedy 'Cuckoo'

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 03:08 AM PST

The Twilight actor replaces Andy Samberg on the series.

AMERICAN star Taylor Lautner (pic) will take up a new small-screen role as the replacement of Andy Samberg on the British comedy Cuckoo.

The TV series followed a British girl, Rachel (Tamla Kari), who returns from the United States after a hiatus from school with an American husband named Cuckoo, played by Samberg.

"I'm delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner," said BBC Three controller Zai Bennett, who

added that it would be "one of the comedy treats of the year".

Lautner, 22, will play a new American who arrives two years after Samberg's character disappeared in the Himalayas. He's described as "a nice-but-dull lawyer" by the BBC.

Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale play Rachel's parents in the Bafta-nominated series, which launched its first season in 2012.

Aside from starring as Jacob Black in the Twilight movie franchise, Lautner has starred in several movies including Abduction, Valentine's Day, The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl and the upcoming Tracers.

His TV credits include NBC's My Own Worst Enemy and Fox's The Bernie Mac Show.

American Samberg currently stars on Fox's freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which earned the actor a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Actor in addition to the show's win for Best Comedy. – Reuters


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