Wednesday, April 17, 2024

ABC Throws Hail Mary Pass for “Big Sky”: Casts Rosanna Arquette, Plus Jensen Ackles to Play Ryan Phillippe, and Desmond from “Lost”


“Big Sky” is a show no one watches or knows anything about. But ABC owns it, so they keep renewing it despite low ratings and general apathy.

Now the network is throwing a Hail Mary pass for the show. They’ve hired Rosanna Arquette, a real star and marquee name, to be a guest star. The show already announced they persuaded Reba McEntire to come aboard. She’s a country superstar with a huge following.

They’re also backtracking to their first, promising episode that starred Ryan Phillippe. “Big Sky” killed off his character in the first episode after promoting him as the star. So now they’ve hired Jensen Ackles from “Supernatural,” a younger, cheaper Phillippe, to play a similar character.

“Big Sky” also announced they’ve added Henry Ian Cusack, aka Desmond from “Lost.”

Will all this save “Big Sky”? If these additions don’t work, plus a story you’d want to follow, that will be it for this marginal drama.

PS to the producers: do something clever, license the song “Rosanna” by Toto have it play in a bar where the character passes through. She could say something like, Can you turn that down?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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