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TV Blog Buzz: Chris Hadfield inspires a sitcom; Nick Offerman's shower thoughts

Former astronaut Chris Hadfield’s next adventure may involve prime-time TV.

His book, “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth,” is the inspiration for a TV pilot being commissioned by ABC.

It’s being helmed by Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, who were behind the short-lived comedy “Surviving Jack.” Halpern also wrote the book that inspired the William Shatner sitcom “S— My Dad Says.”

The show is described as “a family comedy about an astronaut who is back from space and finds that re-entering domestic life might be the hardest mission he’s ever faced,” reports Deadline.



There’s more proof that Nick Offerman is one of the funniest guys on TV, film or the web.

His latest mini-project is something called “Simply Genius Shower Thoughts With Nick Offerman,” which was posted to YouTube by the tech website Mashable.

He reads out a series of bon mots originally posted to the Reddit group r/ShowerThoughts with serious, deadpan-delivery.

Example: “If Hillary Clinton wins in 2016, it will be the first time that two presidents have had sex with each other.”



The “Downton Abbey” cast and crew laughed off a recent historical boo-boo. But their bosses aren’t taking the mistake lightly.

In a promotional photo with Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael (who play Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham and Lady Edith Crawley), they stand regally in costume on a set dressed up to reflect the show’s early 20th-century era. Except, oops, there’s a historically inaccurate plastic water bottle in the shot.

London’s Telegraph reports there are new rules about what can be brought on set, banning anything that wasn’t around in the early 1900s.

“Modern watches and jewellery are out and so even is modern underwear as the danger is apparently too great it could be seen if we bend over,” one cast member told the Telegraph.

“They have relented in the case of prescription glasses and asthma guns, but that’s about it.”



As if there wasn’t enough death on “Game of Thrones,” series creator George R. R. Martin feels he finally has full reign to kill off his characters.

Speaking at an event at London’s Freemasons’ Hall, Martin shared with fans some insights into his writing process and how he developed the “A Song of Fire and Ice” books that inspired the TV hit.

“The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that, and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people,” Martin said, according to a report by BuzzFeed.