News Briefs: AMC Orders a Dark Cop Drama to Series

By Tim Surette

Dec 18, 2012

FRIDAY'S NEWS TODAY!

... AMC ordered the drama Low Winter Sun to series on Friday while I was flying around the country and recovering from holiday party fun that may or may not have included an ice luge in the shape of a honey badger. Based on the 2006 British miniseries of the same name, Low Winter Sun follows a cop (Mark Strong) who gets pulled into shady stuff after he murders a fellow officer. Lennie James (Jericho) and David Costabile (Breaking Bad) will co-star. Season 1 will consist of 10 one-hour episodes. [AMC via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Ben Stiller's production company Red Hour has sold a couple of comedies to ABC. You're Not Doing it Right is written by and stars Michael Ian Black (The State) as a man who barely recognizes his life after getting married and having kids. Between Two Kings follows a recently divorced father who moves in with his sick dad and must juggle the demands of his father and his son. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC might be developing a sitcom based on Justin Bieber's life. Sigh. [TV Guide]

... USA Network has put into development a drama based on a modern-day Zorro. And of course it will be called Z. If it becomes a series it'll be about an orphan in Los Angeles who grows up to become a crime-fighter in Los Angeles. [Variety]

... Bored over the holiday break? Well, ABC has decided to put all of the current seasons of its current shows online for free, rather than the standard most recent five episodes. Now you have no excuse to not be caught up on The Neighbors. [ABC via press release]

... Amazon Prime has secured the exclusive rights to online streaming for TNT's The Closer and Falling Skies, which is supposed to sound like incentive to get Amazon Prime, I guess. [Deadline Hollywood]

... LA's mini TV festival PaleyFest has added two shows to its lineup, and both of them come from Ryan Murphy. American Horror Story: Asylum and The New Normal will both be featured at the festival which begins in March. I get AHS, but does anyone really want to listen to people talk about The New Normal? [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Lost's Sam Anderson (he played Bernard) will stop by Justified for multiple episodes in Season 4. Anderson will play a funeral director who tussles with Boyd Crowder. [TV Line]

... TNT's upcoming series Legends continues to add to its cast, picking up Steve Harris (Awake). The drama centers on a CIA operative (Sean Bean) who is a master of disguise and transforms himself into other people for jobs. Harris will play his boss. Also joining the cast are Amber Valletta, Rob Mayes, and Tina Majorino. [Deadline Hollywood / Deadline Hollywood]

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  • LeahLefler Dec 27, 2012

    "ABC might be developing a sitcom based on Justin Bieber's life. Sigh. TV Guide"

    I thought it said AMC for a sec. haha what a relief!

  • klotensen Dec 19, 2012

    ABC looks and smells like a rotten corpse.

  • FringeFanatic Dec 19, 2012

    Why no creepy Duchovny, Tim?

  • deebritts Dec 19, 2012

    I might watch Legends but what are the odds they are going to kill of Sean Beans character at some point in the show?

  • hockeyrick Dec 19, 2012

    Neighbprs, New Normal are just plain funny! But not nearly as funny as Nurse Jackie, I guess!!!!!

  • JT_Kirk Dec 18, 2012

    Michael Ian Black is awesome, but I can't picture him confined to a sitcom, his material has bite but in many ways is traditional, you take away the bite the way sitcom development often is to do, and you're left with something pedestrian - I couldn't want that less. Hopefully they'll make it work though.

    Modern-day Zorro? The Fox is awesome because of the romantic period he exists in, you take that away and you're left with a cheap Batman ripoff - despite Zorro's creation predating the Bat. Making him an orphan further distances him from the character, Zorro is a noble in Spanish California which makes him stand out as someone with resources and with the ability to fight for others besides his name and the crown.

    Steve Harris as a boss character? Lame! He's field material damnit, I'm sick of the cliche of making the tough black guy the boss.

  • Blam1 Dec 18, 2012

    Legends sounds a lot like NBC's The Pretender

  • DavidJackson8 Dec 18, 2012

    A sitcom about Bieber? Oh, I get it! Because Bieber's one big joke, right? Ha ha! Good one, ABC!

    Seriously though, euw.

  • MrMustang94 Dec 18, 2012

    Rewatching falling skies makes it a little easier to stomach the fact that my wife forgot to cancel her amazon prime trial membership

  • torque_smacky Dec 18, 2012

    "ABC may be developing a sitcom based on Justin Bieber's life."

    Hey! That could be HILARIOUS. I mean, just think on how absurd his whole existence really is.

  • Taccado Dec 18, 2012

    It could actually be fun if they made it a surreal story, one in which he has to experience living inside his own mind, in different time lines and deal with existential questions. It could be kind of like a mash-up between Stranger Than Fiction, Being John Malkovich, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Memento, Groundhog Day and Mulholland Dr. Justin would have to deal with voices in his head, not knowing if his experiences are real or dreams and feeling that he is controlled by a puppet master.

  • the_ricksta Dec 18, 2012

    I would watch that

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