Today in show business news: MSNBC has its youngest anchor yet, HBO announces some big premiere dates, and Justin Bieber gives us the best holiday gift.
The whirlwind of recent Ronan Farrow rumors has finally settled on something real: The wunderkind son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen will get his own weekday show on MSNBC. The initial rumor was that he would get a weekend show. Then it was that he wouldn't get any show, just some airtime on other people's programs to give him some on-the-job training for a future show. But now it's been confirmed that he's getting the whole enchilada, a weekday show premiering early next year. And he's turning 26 in December. So... That should make the rest of us feel pretty great, right? Trudging up the six flights of stairs to my studio apartment and watching reruns of Full House until SVU comes on is going to feel especially good tonight. How about you? What'll it be? Joyously choking down lukewarm dollar pizza as you think proudly about all of your accomplishments? Sitting at the computer in your darkened living room, refreshing Twitter in your underwear, so very glad you've made all the choices you've made? Oh wait. Sorry, those are still me. Yup, still me. Except I don't have a living room. Anyway! Let's shake it off. Good for him. His success isn't our failure. There isn't a finite amount of success in this world! Go out and grab yours. But first put some pants on. Wait, dammit, sorry, still talking about myself. [Entertainment Weekly]
HBO has announced the premiere dates for Girls and two new series, True Detective and Looking. The third season of Lena Dunham's Brooklyn-based comedy will premiere on January 12, along with the Woody Harrelson/Matthew McConaughey limited series True Detective. Meanwhile, Looking — known as "Gay Girls" because it is about young, modern gay men living in a big city (San Francisco in this case) — will premiere the next week, after Girls. So that ought to make January interesting! Of course the idea of Gay Girls is a little horrifying because it could be so terrible, but let's not be pessimistic about that. January is bad enough. [Deadline]
On Christmas Day, a radiant golden child will be delivered to this Earth and save us all. And his name begins with a J. It's Justin Bieber! Yes, the comely young Singnadian has a new movie coming out, a concert film of sorts, and it was announced today that it will be released on December 25 of this year. Fitting for the season, the film is called Believe. As in, "You better believe I just peed in that bucket." That's going to be the catchphrase of the holiday season! So unwrap those presents quickly and then race on over to the nearest multiplex. Or, y'know, open up the fortune cookies quickly if you're from New York, if you catch my drift. The point is, no matter your creed, you gotta see this ding-dang movie on opening day. Say it with me: "You better believe I had servants carry me up the Great Wall of China!" [The Hollywood Reporter]
America Ferrara has signed on to star in a CBS pilot called Damascus. She'll play a nun/lawyer who teams up with another lawyer to fight "a secretive and powerful organization that is determined to destroy them." Oh godddd. Another nun/lawyer show??? I swear, after A Legal Habit we should have just shut this tired old genre down. Obviously these shows never got better than Sister Justice, but they just kept churning them out anyway. Superior Court, Cross Examination, that British one Wig & Wimple. It's just too much. No more lawyer nuns. Love you, America, but it's gotta stop. [Deadline]
For the first time ever, Trey Parker and Matt Stone missed a deadline turning in a South Park episode. The power went out in their offices, so they fell hours behind and weren't able to deliver on time. So, Comedy Central will run something else and the episode will be shown next week. Well, I guess 239 out of 240 isn't bad, right? [Deadline]
Here is a trailer for the new Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop. It's basically Flightplan with a man. Why didn't they call it Flightman? They should have called it Flightman. Though, really, it's not exactly the same setup. Neeson is an air marshal framed for hijacking a plane he's currently on, so he's gotta exonerate himself and, of course, land the plane safely. Julianne Moore is there too, and the way the trailer is cut makes it seem that she's secretly the villain? Doesn't it kind of look that way? Why else would she take the role? Anyway, I will see this and I will see it twice. It's gonna be good.