munchman: We Refuse to Make “Pan Am is Grounded” Jokes

…Instead we’re leaving that to the outstanding professionals at the Huffington Post.

Pan Am Canceled

‘Pan Am’ Canceled: ABC Series Officially Grounded

Pan Am” is officially dead. Sony was attempting to get “Pan Am” a new home after ABC canceled the low-rated series, but the revival failed to take off.

In a letter to World Wings International, a non-profit organization of former Pan Am flight attendants, Nancy Hult Ganis, a former Pan Am flight attendant and executive producer on the ABC series, made the announcement.

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We tried to watch PAN AM a couple of times, but everything about it, starting with the in-your-face COLOR!!!, through the mindless scripts that couldn’t decide what genre they were in, to Christina Ricci’s performance, which could only have been achieved with appropriate ’60s era performance-killing (as opposed to enhancing) drugs made our bodies scream, “Back!”

Well, not really scream because nothing on PAN AM ever had any emotional effect at all. But it did make us reach for Grandma’s bong.

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Two New Shows We’ll Watch

…until we realize that they aren’t giving us anything they promised.

Stick with us on this. It’s the only way you won’t be disappointed.

Tim Roth to Star in David Cronenberg’s ‘Knifeman’ Series

By Tim Kenneally

Tim Roth is about to explore the cutting edge of television programming.

“Lie to Me” star Roth has signed on to star in “Knifeman,” David Cronenberg’s maiden foray into television. Roth will play John Tattersall in the series, which chronicles “the trials and triumphs of a radical, self-educated surgeon” who goes to “extraordinary and unorthodox lengths … to uncover the secrets of the human body.”

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‘Barbarella’ Series in the Works From Nicolas Refn

By Tim Kenneally

“Barbarella” is coming to the small screen.

“Drive” director Nicolas Refn is working with Gaumont International Television on a TV series based on the Jean-Claude Forest comic-book character made famous by the 1968 Jane Fonda film of the same name.

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Aaron Sorkin Puffs Up Aaron Sorkin

…but it’s okay because he’s teaching us something, see?

How to Write an Aaron Sorkin Script, by Aaron Sorkin

by AARON SORKIN

A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing— when words won’t do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern. In the pilot of The Newsroom, a new series for HBO, TV news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) emotionally checked out years ago, and now he’s sitting on a college panel, hearing the same shouting match between right and left he’s been hearing forever, and the arguments have become noise. A student asks what makes America the world’s greatest country, and Will dodges the question with glib answers. But the moderator keeps needling him until…snap.

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Besides, upsetting as it is, this guy’s The Best.

Quick, Man, Get Out While The Getting’s Good!

‘Fringe’ Co-Showrunner Jeff Pinkner Departs Before Final Season

By Tim Kenneally

“Fringe” is heading into its fifth and final season, but it’s doing so without the man who helped guide the series.

Jeff Pinkner, who’s served as co-showrunner on the series since 2008, has left the show to pursue other projects ahead of its 13-episode final season.

“For four years, J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner have worked tirelessly as a team to keep all the worlds in order on ‘Fringe,'” co-creator and executive producer J.J. Abrams said of the departure. “We’re thankful for the invaluable contributions Jeff has made to the show and of course wish him well and look forward to working together in the future.”

Abrams added, “J.H. Wyman’s importance to ‘Fringe’ cannot be overstated, however, and I’m thrilled that he will continue as showrunner for the concluding chapters of our story. We can’t wait for our fans to see what we have in store for them in the wild conclusion of ‘Fringe.'”

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Translation: “‘Jeff bailed on us,’ said executive producer J.J. Abrams. ‘I hope he croaks.'”

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Anyone See Katy Perry on THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW?

Katy

We here at TVWriter™ have never experienced the likes of Ms. Perry on a chat show before. Always wondered about her success, and now we know.

Because now we’ve been treated to a glimpse of the humongous, in-your-face, out-there, totally overwhelming – wait for it – AMBITION that’s made her a star. Girlfriend makes Madonna look chill. She’ll cut ya, for sure.

Not Katy – Zooey

OTOH, The Perryblossom does show how lucky we are that Zooey Deschanel is nowhere near as perky as her frantic fans have described her. Because then Zooey would’ve been the manatee mugging/shoving/interrupting on the Nortmeister’s couch instead.

Speaking of Graham Norton, let’s give it up for him, okay? The man is so cool that he makes me want to give everything I have to charity and dedicate my life to becoming a cute, bouncy, funny-as-hell, Rich Brit Twit.

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