News Briefs: Quentin Tarantino Wants to Turn Django Unchained Into a TV Miniseries
BECAUSE WHY NOT?
... Quentin Tarantino has announced—via a press conference held at the currently in-progress Cannes Film Festival—that he has 90 minutes of unused footage from Django Unchained and that he intends to reedit the movie plus the extra footage into a four-hour TV miniseries. Also, if this quote from from the press conference is any indication, this might actually be one of his smartest ideas to date: "It would be a miniseries and people love those. You show people a four-hour movie and they roll their eyes. Show people a four-part miniseries and they'll sit and watch it all in one sitting." Guys, I think Tarantino might be a genius and maybe should also consider a job in marketing? [The Guardian]
... Justin Bieber will appear on So You Think You Can Dance this season, which I guess means we're still letting him live in America? Anyway, beginning with the season premiere on Wednesday, May 28, Bieber and his choreographer Nick DeMoura will showcase two dance crews during each of the show's four audition episodes. Fans will then be able to tweet about their favorites, and whoever "wins" will be invited to perform during the eventual season finale. [Fox via press release]
... Last Comic Standing returned on Thursday after four years away, and it premiered to solid ratings, earning a 1.7 in the 18-to-49 demographic and pulling in 5.2 million viewers during its first hour, and jumping to 5.5 million viewers in its second. Fox's new drama Gang Related, however, premiered to only 3.0 million viewers and 0.9 in the demo. [HitFix]
... According to "sources," cult movie classic Wet Hot American Summer, which starred several now-extremely-famous actors and comedians as campers at the fictional Camp Firewood, might soon be getting a prequel at Netflix in the form of a 10-episode TV series. The project would be executive-produced by David Wain and Michael Showalter and reunite the original cast, which includes Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poeher, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon, and Christopher Meloni. They'd be playing high schoolers in the prequel, which is hilarious for obvious reasons, but also makes me wish this idea were headed to The CW so that everyone could continue to complain about how the network always hires actors who are way older than their characters. [Variety]
... TBS has canceled The Pete Holmes Show after two seasons. The four-nights-a-week series aired after Conan, but was not able to draw the audience it needed to stay alive. It will sign off for good on June 19. [THR]
... Supernatural's cast roster is getting prettttttty crowded, y'all. For most of the series' run, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have been sitting alone on the series regular bus, with Misha Collins coming and going as Castiel was needed. And even though Mark Sheppard has played a significant role as Crowley for years now, Season 10 will mark his first as a series regular, which makes sense given the events of Tuesday's game-changing Season 9 finale. I look forward to many Moose references. [EW]
... Catherine Dent (The Shield) has joined the cast of AMC's new pilot Galyntine. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the drama follows a small group of survivors who are forced to adapt to the challenges of their new technology-free world. [Deadline]
... We know most of you hated the ending of Dexter, so you can take solace in the fact that Michael C. Hall wasn't necessarily the biggest fan of it, either. (See, How I Met Your Mother stars, you don't have to praise your series finale!) His recent interview with the Daily Beast talks a bit about Dexter's conclusion, as well as his latest project. Hit the link to check it out! [The Daily Beast]
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