Is 2011 the year of the TV miniseries' return to popularity?
After the success of John Adams a few years ago, HBO is making a series about an even more crotchety vice president, Dick Cheney. Somewhere out there, some set designer is frantically working to be a part of this project just so he can design Cheney's secret bunker.
Not to let cable have all the miniseries fun, ABC is picking up a miniseries about the passengers of the Titanic. At first I thought they were just planning on running the James Cameron movie over a few nights, but it turns out they are actually airing something brand new. This series will be written by Julian Fellowes, who has contributed to making most of the period pieces we love, including Downton Abbey.
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be holding a press conference on April 4 to announce a news of him being involved with an "international television series." Yeah, this is news about news, but when it comes to Arnold even the idea of what an "international television series" could be seems like something we need to be thinking about. (We even thought about guest roles he could take.)
The date for the Daytime Emmy Awards has been set as June 19th on CBS. Does anyone else think it's strange that this show happens at night?
And now some casting new...
Connie Britton, i.e. Tami Taylor, will be starring in Ryan Murphy's FX show American Horror Story. Just the idea of her righteous anger in a scary show gives me goosebumps.
Scary in an entirely different way, Heather Locklear is coming back to TV for a CBS comedy called The Assistants. Maybe this show will help us forget about that horrible Melrose Place reboot she participated in and let us remember her as she was in Spin City.
They may still be in negotiations, but it looks like Jeff Daniels might be taking the lead in Aaron Sorkin's HBO show. All he needs now is Josh Malina as his sidekick/producer.
Private Practice is getting another new cast member at the end of this season. Benjamin Bratt will be joining the practice in the last episode to become a regular next fall. Considering the shows Bratt has been a star of, it seems like someone must want Private Practice to get cancelled.
TV veterans Donald Faison, Kristen Johnson and Wayne Knight will be in a new sitcom. You have three guesses which network it's on, and the first two don't count.
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