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TCA 2011: ABC looking to Marvel to potentially fuel its genre slate

THE INCREDIBLE HULK | © Marvel Studios

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ASSIGNMENT X asked ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee where he saw the state of genre TV on ABC, particularly now that Marvel Entertainment is part of the ABC family. “When it comes to genre, look at Marvel, you can see we have a glint in our eye,”  says Lee who is currently developing THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV series with filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and AKA JESSICA JONES with TWILIGHT scribe Melissa Rosenberg. “I had a lot of fun with KYLE XY on my last channel [ABC Family]. It’s all about the storytelling. […]Read On »

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Clip of the Day: Jim Carrey gets freaky on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Jim Carrey and Taran Killam in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 36 | ©2011 NBC

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE has always been hit and miss, but with the usually hilarious Jim Carrey hosting, one only hoped the show would have been better than it was. However, among the mediocrity, there was this deranged, short sketch that got it right.  Set in an amusement park ride, it used Carrey (and SNL cast members Taran Killam and Bill Hader) in a weird, nightmarish scenario. The sketch didn’t drag, it wasn’t redundant, it got in, and got out – with tons of laughs. Check it out below to see what we mean:

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Breaking News: Elijah Wood returns to the Shire for THE HOBBIT

Elijah Wood in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy | ©New Line Cinemas

Cool news on the movie front today – it’s official that Elijah Wood will be returning to the Shire and appear in the two-film Peter Jackson directed THE HOBBIT as Frodo Baggins, a role he originated in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Ironically, Frodo doesn’t appear in THE HOBBIT books, but I’m sure Jackson has a logical way of incorporating him into the universe. Expect more news of other returning RINGS actors in the coming weeks.

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TCA 2011: The scoop on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES | ©2011 HBO

One of the most anticipated HBO series is the fantasy saga GAME OF THRONES (airing in April) and based on the popular George R.R. Martin novels of the same name and at today’s Winter TCA session, we got some info on the project. According to Martin, who is co-executive producer on the series, he says “I never thought they would make this as a film or movie.” The author/creator admits HBO was always a dream for this project and is thrilled by how rabid his fans are to see the finished HBO product. “Fantasy and science fiction fans are intense,” […]Read On »

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Breaking News: New PEE-WEE HERMAN movie will be a road picture

PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE movie poster | ©Warner Bros.

While promoting his forthcoming HBO special of his Broadway show THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW ON BROADWAY at today’s Winter TCA session for HBO, Paul Reubans, aka Pee-wee Herman, revealed some information about the new Pee-Wee Herman movie that he’s writing. “Judd Apatow is producing and I’ve been working with a writer named Paul Rust and we just turned in the first act during the first week of Christmas,” says Pee-wee, who says writing will commence on the script once they’re done with the special. He admits it’s a more traditional story and not a “dark” movie as had previously been […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: (Update) Big News for TORCHWOOD – new title for Season 4 is TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY

TORCHWOOD - Season 1 DVD

At today’s Winter TCA session for Starz, some cool new TORCHWOOD news was announced. According to executive producer and creator Russell T Davies, the new title will be TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY and reveals what the premise will be in Season Four. “The premise is a miracle that happens on earth,” says Davies. “Not a single person on earth, no one dies. The old stay old. No one keeps dying. It’s great news for some people and globally, it’s an instant overnight population boom. The earth relies on people dying. Suddenly you’re affecting everyone on the planet. That’s where our Torchwood […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: The new Starz series CAMELOT will have sex and violence

CAMELOT - Season One | ©2011 Starz

At today’s Winter TCA press tour session in Pasadena, CA, CAMELOT executive producer Chris Chibnall spoke about how his take on the King Arthur/Merlin fable  (which debuts on Starz on April 1) will definitely have its share of sex and violence. “I would say this is a drama for adults,” says Chibnall. “We’ve approached it as a drama for adults with characters with complex, conflicting desires. There’s some sex in there. There’s some violence in there. I think it’s its own beast. It’s a show for adults, which is my main thing. It’s not a family thing. There are other […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: (Update) The scoop on SPARTACUS – Season 2 (Yes, it’s happening)

SPARTACUS - BLOOD AND SAND | ©2010 Starz

It’s not surprising, but at today’s Winter TCA press tour in Pasadena, CA for STARZ, it was announced that yes, SPARTACUS – Season 2 is happening. Here’s what Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht had to say. “We’re officially announcing the long-planned delayed second season of SPARTACUS,” says Albrecht. “This will be the official second season, which picks up where we last left SPARTACUS and his gang of escaped gladiators. We don’t have casting news for you today, but the reason we’re announcing the official moving ahead, because we’re very confident where we are in the casting process we will […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: T-Bag (Robert Knepper) from PRISON BREAK will appear on BREAKOUT KINGS

Robert Knepper in PRISON BREAK |© 2008 Fox

One of the most exciting bits of news coming out of the Winter TCA Press tour today – Robert Knepper’s T-Bag character from PRISON BREAK will appear on A&E’s new series BREAKOUT KINGS from the producers and creator of PRISON BREAK. How cool is that? The new series features a crack team of U.S. Marshals using expert “breakout” criminals to help them capture other prisoners on the run. That’s where T-Bag figures in. “The character T-Bag breaks out of Fox River prison and our guys chase him,” confirms executive producer Nick Santora, but says don’t expect to see a PRISON […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Mike Tyson races pigeons for ANIMAL PLANET. Yes, Pigeon Racing!

Mike Tyson in TAKING ON TYSON | ©2011 Animal Planet

Not sure what to make of this panel today at the Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, CA, but boxing legend Mike Tyson is now pigeon racing. Yes, pigeon racing. For TAKING ON TYSON, Animal Planet will be presenting a six-part docudrama about his love of pigeons and his fascination with pigeon racing. The show airs in March. Tyson was very vibrant in talking about pigeons and says he’s not looking to change people’s image about pigeons. “Normally, people have an image in their mind, they want to keep that image,” says Tyson. “It will be hard for me to […]Read On »

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