Today in Hollywood news: Greg Poehler is all of a sudden making a name for himself in the TV business, NBC plans another British import, and Anastasia Steel has a mom.
Parks & Recreation star Amy Poehler has a brother named Greg who lives in Sweden. For a while, Greg was just a regular guy, working as an accountant and doing other regular stuff like that. But eventually the siren song of television wooed him in and he has, with Amy's help, created a show called Welcome to Sweden, the first-ever English-language show on the Swedish channel TV4. The series is based on Greg's life in Sweden, but now the show is coming to America, as NBC has done the Poehlers a solid and bought the American broadcast rights. In addition to Greg Poehler (in his first acting gig), the cast features Lena Olin as his love interest's mom and, bizarrely, Patrick Duffy and Illeana Douglas as Greg's parents. Illeana Douglas? How old is Greg Poehler? Illeana Douglas is in her 40s! Just like Amy Poehler is in her 40s. What kind of age difference between siblings are we talking here? That's very strange. Very strange. Ah well. I'm sure it'll be fun. And it's nice whenever Illeana Douglas gets work. Bra för henne! [Deadline]
NBC is taking something else from socialist Europe. Well, Britain, but still. The network is developing a pilot based on the British comedy Cuckoo. This is a little strange, because that show starred Andy Samberg as a British girl's annoying hippie boyfriend whom she brings home to meet her befuddled parents. So in this version will it be an American girl with a British boyfriend? Or will it just be two Americans? Because if that's the case, we've already seen that and don't need it again. [Deadline]
TNT has renewed its reality detective series Cold Justice for a second season. Upon hearing the news, Kathryn Morris clapped her hands and said "Hot damn," popping a bottle of champagne and celebrating until a friend had to gently remind her that Cold Justice wasn't her show. "Huh? What was my show called then? Cold Case? Oh. Yeah. That sounds right. Oh well. Bottle's open. Who wants?" [The Hollywood Reporter]
Another week, another chance to see how the new shows of the season are faring. The Blacklist was still very strong last night, with over 11 million people tuning in, for a 3.2 rating. Sleepy Hollow is doing well enough, though it's down in the 7 million viewers range. On the more troubling end of things, CBS's Hostages isn't doing well at all. Only 5 million or so people watched the third episode last night, the show losing a significant amount of its Mom lead-in audience and earning a pretty lousy 1.2 rating. That's kind of surprising! It's got two big stars in it (well, three if you count Tate Donovan) and it's solidly entertaining. But maybe people aren't willing to take on a show that may or may not be a "limited series." You gotta be definitive about that stuff, CBS. [Entertainment Weekly]
Jennifer Ehle is going to play Anastasia Steele's mom in the movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, E.L. James's Twilight fanfic turned global phenomenon. (Seriously she's worth like tens and tens and tens of millions of dollars. It's horrifying.) I don't know what role the mother has in the story, but hopefully it involves grabbing that young lady by the ear and bringing her home. Such filth she gets herself involved in! [The Hollywood Reporter]
Oops. Fox has canceled the animated series Murder Police, which featured the voices of Jane Lynch and Wilmer Valderrama, before the show even aired. TV Guide says that Fox wasn't happy with what they were seeing in the early cuts, so they decided to give it the axe. The studio making the show will look to sell it elsewhere. Showbiz! [TV Guide]
Here's the first trailer for Shia LaBeouf's new thriller Charlie Countryman, featuring some funky facial hair, Mads Mikkelsen, and a weird accent from Evan Rachel Wood. Oh and Melissa Leo shows up toward the end! It could be interesting, but then again, Shia LaBeouf.