Veronica Mars, K-Fed and The Donald: New Faces in Odd Places
August is the oddest month of the year for the network TV biz.
This is the time when series finally get down to it -- making final decisions about casting which wil last until the end of the year, though November's noted "sweeps" ratings period. Here is where actors find out whether they're a rising star about to find serious fame on a major production, or kicked off the train before it's even left the station.
The most inexplicable beneficiary of this week's flurry of casting is the former Mr. Britney Spears, K-Fed, who landed a role on the CW's equally inexplicably surviving not-so-teen drama, One Tree Hill. His role: Jason, the cocky, enigmatic frontman for “No Means Yes,” a seminal rock band from the fictional town of Tree Hill, North Carolina.
Playing a talented musician, eh? He's going to need lots of research.
The week's second bit of casting news makes more sense -- geek-goddess Kristen Bell transitions straight from the CW's canceled Veronica Mars to a much larger platform: NBC's super-powered drama Heroes. Bell is playing "Elle," a sexy, intriguing, mysterious young lady who has ties to Peter's apparent death, H.R.G.'s past, and Claire's future. When fans first meet Elle in October, she will commit a terrible crime, but as always with "Heroes," it will be unclear whose side she is really on.
Hmmm. Okay, I'm hooked.
Finally, Donald Trump can't stop shilling for The Apprentice, saying he's negotiating with Britney Spears to do the celebrity version of his show, Paris Hilton has asked to do it and he's planning to call Lindsay Lohan. Because the two things all these women need is more monery and more press attention, humiliating themselves in a TV show built around lionizing The Donald. I think Trump's been sniffing his own hair spray a bit too much.
More telling, is the celebrities who have actually agreed to go on the show: Carmen Electra, Joan Rivers, George Foreman, Kimora Lee Simmons.
What, Erik Estrada and Todd Bridges weren't available?