MAN CITES DEXTER AS INSPIRATION, CONFINED TO PSYCH WARD
A 21-year-old Minnesota man who says he was inspired by Dexter to become a well-known serial killer has been ruled mentally ill and ordered to undergo psychiatric care. Andrew Busskohl targeted people he believed to have committed crimes but escaped punishment and plotted their murders, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Busskohl was convicted in June 2009 for plotting to kill and dismember his neighbor. He also reportedly picked names from the phone book and plotted to kill them. “This is a 21-year-old kid who scares us all,” Washington County attorney Peter Orput told the newspaper. Note to anyone else inspired by Dexter: Please seek help. Seriously.
LAW & ORDER REVISITS PUBLICIST SHOOTING
In a story seemingly ripped from the headlines, Law & Order: Los Angeles will be filming an episode inspired by the shooting death of well-known Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen. According to Entertainment Weekly, ”the episode revolves around the murder of another one of Hollywood’s image-producing agents – a stylist. The team quickly realizes that it was not a random crime but actually, a killing for hire.”
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS STAR CAST IN NEW HORROR SERIES BY GLEE CREATOR
Friday Night Lights star Connie Britton has been tapped to star in American Horror Story, a series for FX by Glee creators Ryan Murphy (who also created Nip/Tuck) and Brad Falchuk. Filming of the pilot episode will begin in April (after the current season of Glee has wrapped). Though details on the show are scarce, Murphy says it is a story he and Falchuk have been discussing for a long time. “[FX President] John Landgraf and I have maintained a wonderful relationship since Nip/Tuck ended its run and he gave me an open invitation to develop a new show for the network,” Murphy says. “FX is the perfect place for this series and we look forward to a great homecoming.”
Authentic props and wardrobe items from movie and TV shows are definitely conversation starters, but there is now a screen-worn shirt from 24 available, which – if you wear it in public – will pretty much guarantee that you’ll be left alone. If you remember the final season of 24 – the episode that takes place between 11 p.m. and midnight – Jack Bauer is being mercilessly tortured by one of Bazhaev’s goons and his stab wound is reopened in the painful process. Jack’s shirt quickly becomes stained with his own blood, and while he (spoiler alert!) ultimately kills his torturer, he can’t save his white cotton shirt. That very shirt – bloodstains and all – did survive the series, however, and is now available for auction to the most devoted (albeit maybe a little demented) fan! Check out this and other auctions here.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: THE REAL DEAL
The University Daily Kansan is praising Friday Night Lights as the most authentic series n television as the final season of critically acclaimed series prepares its broadcast debut next month on NBC. “[No] other television show in history that portrays the realism and conflict of American life as well as Friday Night Lights does. And the acting by both the adults and the teenagers is remarkable. The writing, unparalleled.” The series will be honored in May at the fourth annual Television Academy Honors for exemplifying “Television with a Conscience.” What do you think? Does Friday Night Lights seem more real than reality TV?