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Today's TWoP News: Thursday, August 25th, 2011

They've got the beat?

Looking to get some of its mojo back after a rough summer, Glee unleashes a dodgeball-centric Season 3 promo set to the tune of The Go-Go's "We Got the Beat." How did they know the one thing we wanted out of this season was to see Mr. Schue hit in his stupid face? All is forgiven, Glee. (No, not really.)

Ever since the prequel series Enterprise warped off the airwaves back in 2005, Trekkers have wondered when the Star Trek franchise would be returning to TV. Well, recent rumblings suggest that a new show is inching its way through Hollywood. Writer/producer David Foster, whose previous credits include the Battlestar Galactica reboot, claims to have developed a premise for a show set within the original Trek universe (not the alternate timeline introduced in J.J. Abrams' recent big-screen reboot) specifically taking place following the events of Star Trek: Voyager. In the tradition of Babylon 5, Foster has sketched out a full 5-7 year plan for the series, which he hopes to pitch to CBS. No word on whether he'd use any existing characters, but we'd welcome another encounter with Q.

MTV's granddaddy reality series The Real World will return to San Diego for its new season, which kicks off on September 28. Any chance that this thing was still filming during Comic-Con? It would be great to see the cast get bitch-slapped by a Wookiee or two.

Hoping to land a space on FOX's mid-season berth, Veronica Mars mastermind Rob Thomas performs some triage on his new sitcom Little in Common, swapping out Paula Marshall for Heather Graham in a new version of the pilot. The Boogie Nights sex symbol stars opposite Rob Corddry as a couple that moves from California to Texas and has difficulty getting into a Lone Star state of mind. Y'know what, have Tim Riggins drop by to pay them a visit and they'll soon be out watching high-school football games and drinking at honky-tonk bars.

Speaking of the dearly-departed Friday Night Lights, the show's creator Peter Berg struck a deal with NBC to write a sample script for a female-centric Western series he's developed with fellow FNL collaborator Sarah Aubrey and Love Bites' Liz Heldens. The last female-centric Western we remember was 1994's Bad Girls with Drew Barrymore and Madeline Stowe, which was totally awesome, so color us excited for this one.

Berg's not the only one shopping around a new series. Shonda Rhimes has convinced ABC to buy Gilded Lillys, a period drama set in a Manhattan luxury hotel in 1895.

He ain't Captain Jack Sparrow... he's better. Game of Thrones finds its dread pirate Salladhor Saan. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency vet Lucian Msamati has been cast as Saan, who is pledged to support Stannis Barathon in the upcoming clash of kings.

Michael Showers, who played Captain John Guidry on HBO's Treme was found dead in the Mississippi River nearby New Orleans' French Quarter yesterday morning. Officials estimated that his body had been floating in the river for two days. A full report is pending following the completion of an autopsy.

Boy Meets World fans, rejoice! Ben Savage has booked a guest-starring role on Bones as a murder suspect whose wife purchased the lottery ticket at the center of the crime. Gee, that's a situation Mr. Feeny never prepared him for...

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