News Briefs: Netflix Nabs Another Original Series, All My Children 2.0 Gets Delayed

By Tim Surette

Nov 12, 2011


... Netflix is staying in the original programming game, and is on the verge of signing its second series. Orange Is the New Black is a comedy from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan that centers on female prisoners. If the deal is finalized, the 13-episode series would run exclusively on Netflix. The video on-demand and DVD-rental service made a deal earlier this year for the series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. [Deadline Hollywood]

... I know you're planning to upgrade your dial-up modem so you can watch All My Children when it migrates to the online space, but you can wait a bit longer. The previously announced January launch of All My Children 2.0 has been pushed back a few months. And for goodness' sake, that thing with the hole that pops out of your computer is a CD-ROM drive, not a cup holder! [EW]

... Starz is sticking with history and developing a six-hour miniseries that chronicles the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire. Titled Harem, it will follow a young, ambitious (and, I'm assuming, smoking hot) slave girl who marries Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and ushers in the "Reign of Women." [THR]

... Syfy has announced a new creature feature for our own Price Peterson to make fun of: Get ready for Tasmanian Devil, starring Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) and Apolo Ohno (speed-skating champ)! The movie will follow base jumpers who get chased by Grizzly-sized Tasmanian devils. This is actually the least crazy of Syfy's crazy movies. [Syfy, via press release]


... Ashley Greene, who is apparently in those Twilight movies, will guest-star on ABC's Pan Am. Greene will appear in a December episode as a debutante with a connection to Ted. [EW]

... British actor Paul Bettany has landed the lead role in Showtime's drama pilot Masters of Sex. Bettany will play William Masters, a sexual behavior pioneer from the swingin' '60s. The role is a dream job, as it's the perfect excuse for Bettany to become a method actor. [Deadline Hollywood]

... 50 Cent, perhaps you've heard of him, will guest-star on Bones spin-off The Finder as a Nobel Peace Prize-winning theoretical physicist. Just kidding! He'll play a hip-hop mogul named Big Glade. [TV Line]

... And playing Mr. Cent's lawyer on The Finder will be Eureka's fetching Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Her character, Athena Brooks, will share a past with Leo (Michael Clarke Duncan). [TV Line]

... One Tree Hill is welcoming back a familiar face: Antwon "Skills" Taylor, played by Antwon Tanner, will return for the series finale next year. [TV Guide]

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  • PackedMind Nov 17, 2011

    Salli Richarson-Whitfield was on Bones, if Bones and The Finder are in the same TV Universe will her character be the same? Probably not. I just hate when shows do that. ( Looking at you Private Practice )

  • LeahLefler Nov 14, 2011

    I can't wait to see The Finder.. I loved that episode of Bones and it's been forever. I also can't wait to see The Soup tackle that Syfy movie.. sweet.

  • jaden84 Nov 14, 2011

    Awww I was looking forward to seeing 50 Cent play a Nobel Peace Prize Winning theoretical physicist too. Ah well.

  • SokkaAppa Nov 13, 2011

    yo Tim that 50 cent bit was hilarious!!!!!!!

  • cecylia248 Nov 13, 2011

    50 cent as a nobel "peace" prize theoretrical physicist!! Lol!..

  • aliSuz Nov 12, 2011

    It's very rude to "joke" that soap watchers don't understand technology. Many older generations do. Oh, and younger generations watch soaps. I'm 21 and watch General Hospital so shove it.

    I feel sorry to the AMC fans. You guys deserved a proper ending on ABC and now probably won't get anything online :(

    Ew not an Ashley Greene fan at all. I don't really want to see her on Pan Am. Glad she's just a guest star.

  • vicbjones Nov 12, 2011

    I actually thought the joke about All My Children fans needing to upgrade their computers was funny. Your being 21 and confusing "to" and "for" (as in "I feel sorry for the AMC fans") is almost as pathetic as Price Petersen not knowing the difference between inferred and implied.

  • aliSuz Nov 13, 2011

    Wow it was obviously a typo. I have better things to do than reread my comments for I was talking about the fans confusing the CD-ROM drive for a cupholder joke, not updating the computers. Considering I'm going to graduate school next year I am far from pathetic. Grow up.

  • jelly_donut_92 Nov 13, 2011

    Calling people pathetic on the internet because they made a grammar mistake is more pathetic.

  • radrobd Nov 12, 2011

    All My Children is over. All good things must come to an end. They should have had a proper finale in September.