How To Get A Star To Leave a Hit TV Show



[TV Line] A prospective new TV pilot just landed a big-time actor as its star, but the up-and-coming producer/writer behind the future series can’t pitch it to a single network.

Heck, he can’t even discuss it with anyone — and that’s because there’s a spoiler bomb embedded within the top-secret project.

You see, the headliner in question is currently starring on a popular hour-long drama series. And if word were to get out that he has committed himself to a new full-time gig, it could potentially ruin a major upcoming twist: his onscreen death.

So the scribe has graciously agreed to keep his script — and his stealth casting coup — under wraps until the morning after the character meets his end.

On the bright side, I hear he won’t have to keep his trap shut for much longer.

You know the drill. Start speculating in the comments section below!

Big-time Actor:

Actor’s current TV show:

Upcoming TV Pilot in which Actor will star:

Bonus Question: How will they kill him off on his current show?

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Big-time Actor: Damian Lewis

Actor’s current TV show: Homeland

Upcoming TV Pilot in which Actor will star: TBA

Bonus Question: How will they kill him off on his current show? He was hanged.

So they killed off Brody on the Homeland season finale last night. Why? Why? WHY?!?!

This season of Homeland had been pretty odd to begin with, with Brody barely appearing in the first half of the season anyway, but it is very unusual for a show to kill off one of its top two stars.

We’re bummed because Brody was a great character, was played to perfection by Damian Lewis, and was one of the main reasons we watched the show. Plus, we were secretly hoping all along that Brody would be shown to be the father of Carrie’s baby. We’re going to call Saul about that.

From TVLine:

Homeland Season 3 Finale Recap:

Semper Falsus

“Everywhere you go, people die,” disgraced Marine sergeant Nicholas Brody was told earlier this season on Showtime’s Homeland. “But you always manage to survive, like a cockroach after nuclear bombs go off.”

Well, la cucaracha esta muerta.

As Season 3 of the spy drama neared its end, Brody had been deployed to Iran by the CIA, for the purpose of getting close to IRG boss Danesh Akbari and killing him, leaving agency plant Majid Javadi in charge. And though Brody salvaged the op and amazingly pulled off the execution — and this week, even more amazingly sneaked away, getting as far as to a safe house with Carrie, where they awaited extraction — he nonetheless wound up caught by the IRG, imprisoned, and sentenced to death by a military tribunal, as an enemy of the state.

Carrie railed at Javadi, who’d gotten the OK on this change to the op by new CIA boss Lockhart, acting on the president’s orders. Javadi, though, urged her to celebrate the success of the mission, which will only be stronger in Brody’s death. And though Brody asked her not to, Carrie was in attendance and looked on as he was publicly hanged before dusk.

Damian Lewis is working on a TV mini-series called To Appomattox (which also stars Rob Lowe), but that is not the TV series described in the blind item. There should be an announcement in the next two weeks about the TV show that lured Lewis away from Homeland.

There were lots of clues that pointed toward Homeland as the one-hour drama in the original blind item. Did you catch “bomb”, “embedded”, “top-secret project”, “committed” (Carrie), “stealth”, “trap”, and “you know the drill”?

Nobody got a 3 out of 4 on this one. Rosierattle was the first to guess Damian Lewis. Special kudos to Stolidog, TForce7878, and Aperitto for doing a good job picking up on several of the terrorism and military-related clues!



Guess what? The original author of the post has spoken! While we were getting all bent out of shape about Damian Lewis on Homeland, Michael Aussiello was talking about Ron Perlman from Sons of Anarchy! From TVLine:

ron perlman sons of anarchyWell, I can now confirm that the subject of said blind item is… Sons of Anarchy‘s Ron Perlman.

The actor, whose Clay character was brutally killed off during the FX drama’s recently-concluded sixth season, will star in Hand of God, an hour-long drama pilot penned by Burn Notice EP Ben Watkins (aka the up-and-coming writer) that just found a home at Amazon.

Per Deadline, the project centers on the powerful Judge Harris Pernell (Perlman), a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side who has a religious awakening and starts hearing voices through his ventilator-bound son that could be God speaking to him.

World War Z helmer Marc Forster is set to direct.

Thoughts? Admit it — you thought this B.I. had Damian Lewis written all over it. Surprise! Oh, and someday I’ll explain why I couldn’t solve this riddle sooner. It might be worth holding for my memoir.

Yes, we thought this had Damian Lewis written all over it… because it did! You know you were just leading everybody on, Ausiello!

Congratulations to… nobody. A couple of you did guess Ron Perlman, but making multiple guesses in one comment just doesn’t count. Don’t sweat it. Linda Hamilton didn’t get this one right, either.

It’s pilot season! There are no rules!

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