Today in show business news: MSNBC is bringing a celebrity scion into the fold, a discarded show finds a second life, and Two and a Half Man makes it official with Amber Tamblyn.
What a strange day it's been for Ronan Farrow. First, the 25-year-old lawyer/diplomat/possible second coming's mom, Mia Farrow, suggested that Frank Sinatra might be his dad, not Woody Allen, as has long been believed. Then, word breaks that he's in talks to have his own dang show on MSNBC. He'd likely be on the weekend lineup, talkin' about various issues and whatnot. And wouldn't that be something! A 26-year-old with his own news show. Just a reminder to him that he has to wait until he's 35 to run for president. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Well, those of you who like such things ought to be excited. Ted 2 has an official release date. On June 26, 2015 you can all rush to the movie theater to get another helping of that wise-crackin' teddy bear, his weird human buddy, and I dunno some girl who like complains or whatever girls do. Though of course we'll all be a year and a half older then, so maybe some of you will have grown out of your phase that had you liking Ted and other such things. It could happen! Also some of us will be dead. That's just a fact. Sigh. [Deadline]
John Mulaney will have a sitcom after all. The Saturday Night Live shot a pilot for NBC earlier this year, a multicamera comedy loosely based on his own life, but the network passed on it. Eager to snatch away the comedy crown from NBC, and doing a good job of it so far, Fox ordered a new pilot and now they've picked it up to series. That's exciting! It's unclear if the old cast will be fully intact — Martin Short is said to still be on board as Mulaney's boss, while Nasim Pedrad and Elliott Gould might be out — but no matter what, this should be interesting. John Mulaney is funny. So maybe he made a funny show. [Entertainment Weekly]
I'm not sure how she's going to break the news to David Cross, but Amber Tamblyn has been made a series regular on Two and a Half Men. Yep. She was hired to do a five-episode test run, playing Charlie Sheen's dead character's long-lost daughter, and they liked her enough that she's got a steady gig. And hey, maybe it's not "cool" comedy like Cross does, but it pays the darn bills, doesn't it? And sometimes that's all that matters. [Deadline]
Homeland season two spoiler alert. You know how David Estes got blowed up in the finale? Well don't worry, the actor who played him, David Harewood, has just landed a great new gig. And it's on rival premium network HBO! He'll play a hard-charging CEO in David Milch's pilot The Money. Ah... David Milch, huh? So it'll look great and all the actors will be good but we'll have no idea what's happening. None. But still! Good for mean old Estes. I guess he sort of deserves it. Now we just need to get poor Chris Brody off that show and into a real gig. Come on, Teen Nick. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Universal has fired the head of Focus Features and is closing the New York offices. That's what Focus employees learned today. How was your day? [Deadline]