Today in show business news: Ellen DeGeneres wants to make two little girls into superstars, Fox wants more Dads even though nobody else does, and the BBC has a fancy new miniseries in the works.
British YouTube sensations Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, little British girls who sing saucy covers of pop songs, have put Ellen DeGeneres under some kind of spell and now she really wants to make them famous. She's had them on her show and now she wants to give them their own show. She's worked up a deal with NBC to put the girls on their own damn sitcom, a comedy about the girls being involved in some kind of royal intrigue. The British are choosing a new princess or something and the girls decide to help the right one get the crown. It sounds awfully Disney Channel for primetime, but hey, that worked for NBC once before, didn't it? (Well, depends on your definition of "worked.") The real question here, though, is why? What does Ellen see in these little girls? What strange power do they have over her? Sophia Grace was supposed to be in the Into the Woods movie before she was replaced, so did she learn some kind of magic during her prep work? Who knows what the explanation is, but Ellen is in the tank for these tiny things. Let's see how far she can take them. [Deadline]
Dear god why. Fox has ordered six more scripts of its terrible show Dads, even though it is critically reviled and nobody watches it. (Well, OK, it does all right on DVR.) So what is going on here? It's almost as if the show is produced by a very powerful guy who Fox doesn't want to jeopardize its relationship with. Almost! But that can't be it. They're probably being blackmailed by Peter Riegart, Martin Mull standing behind him holding a baseball bat, acting as his enforcer. That's probably it. Can't be anything else. [Entertainment Weekly]
Oh my, look at this fancy thing. Kenneth Lonergan, the revered playwright and screenwriter behind fare as varied as This Is Our Youth, Margaret, and Gangs of New York, has been tapped by the BBC to write a miniseries adaptation of Howards End. The last person to adapt the E.M. Forster novel won an Oscar. So this ought to be good. Very polished and refined and pedigreed and all that. And when it comes to America, on PBS most likely, we'll all watch and nod and say "Oh it's really quite good, isn't it?" all the while desperately wanting to switch over to The Good Wife, bored to tears as we are. It's a grand Masterpiece tradition! [Deadline]
Jay Baruchel has joined the cast of Cameron Crowe's new movie, which already features Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin. That is quite a cast. What is everyone thinking? I mean, did they see his last two movies? Have any of these people seen Elizabethtown, most importantly? And this movie has Emma Stone playing an Air Force pilot and involves missiles and mystical forces and a talking computer. Honestly, what is anyone thinking? Does no one have agents? Does no one read? Does no one watch movies? I just don't get it. I really don't. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The new FX series Fargo, sorta based on the movie, has added to its cast. And what additions! Fresh off of Breaking Bad and on his way to Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk will make a pitstop in Minnesota/North Dakota, as will Kate Walsh, Oliver Platt, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Glenn Howerton. They join the already cast Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Colin Hanks. This is a good group of people! What must newcomer Allison Tolman, who is cast in the kinda-sorta Marge Gunderson role, think about all of this? How exciting. This is all very exciting. This better be very good. [Entertainment Weekly]