News Briefs: Ryan Murphy Sells a Gay Family Comedy to NBC

By Tim Surette

Oct 14, 2011

"IMPORTANT" NEWS

... He's squeaky clean, he's a monster, repeat. Ryan Murphy, creator of the family-friendly Glee and nightmare-inducing American Horror Story, is going nice again with a comedy at NBC. The show follows a gay couple and the woman who helps them start a family. Awww! Who could guess it's from the same guy who likes gimp-suit ghost sex? [Deadline Hollywood]

... In strangely similar news, Oscar-bait movie The Kids Are All Right, about a lesbian couple and the sperm donor who helped them start a family, is being adapted for television by HBO. So far only a pilot has been ordered. Are same-sex couples TV's next trend? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ellen Degeneres is producing an ABC show called Weitz & Wong, about a mixed-race couple (Jewish and Chinese, hence the punny title) and their children. Oh boy. "Traditional" families are so last year. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Former Daily Show host Craig Kilborn is attempting to return to television via an untitled single-camera comedy at ABC. Kilborn will play a mystery writer who "has mastered the art of living" and sees his life turned upside down when he meets a woman. Mastered the art of living? You mean he's mastered breathing, eating, and pooping? [THR]

... With the NBA close to calling it quits for the season, ABC will fill its Sunday afternoon with Million Dollar Mind Game, a game show based on a Russian series that was filmed almost a year ago and has just been sitting in ABC's closet. The show pits teams against each other as they race to solve logic puzzles. Can't ABC just put WNBA games on instead? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Law & Order boss Dick Wolf is getting into the period-piece game. He's working with HBO on a set-in-the-1950s drama about a think-tank that's tasked with stopping the launch of a nuclear bomb. Spoiler alert: It worked! [THR]

... British series The Trip may get a chance to tour a new countryside. The show's producers, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, are in discussions to bring the show, about two men who tour restaurants (it's better than it sounds), to the United States. [Digital Spy]


CASTING NEWS

... Jamie Kennedy will host the TruTV reality show Guinness World Records Gone Wild, a new competition show that will see ordinary people trying to gain entry into the fabled record book. [EW]

... Holly Robinson Peete, who was recently fired from The Talk, will return to CBS for a multi-episode arc on Mike & Molly. She'll play one of the thin ones. [Deadline Hollywood]

... In news news, Ted Koppel will be a correspondent on Brian Williams' upcoming news magazine Rock Center. Try to stay calm, ladies! [Associated Press]


NEWS I CAN'T BELIEVE IS REAL

... Just how out of touch is CBS? The network has signed Fred Durst, the lead singer of Limp Bizkit, to potentially star in a comedy. He'll play an aging rock star trying to balance his lifestyle with raising a family. Please let this happen. Please, God. Please. Seriously, please. I just want to see how bad this it can be. [Deadline Hollywood]


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  • Clear Oct 17, 2011

    Hopefully the Ryan Murphy comedy will be like Will & Grace. Please please please please.

  • Spoontown Oct 15, 2011

    Yay for The Trip, grown up comedy with 2 great comedy actors.

  • becksdakex Oct 15, 2011

    So many bad news...I'm getting fed up with Ryan Murphy, weird sex and being gay seems like the only thing he can think of.

  • jaynashvil Oct 15, 2011

    Fred Durst.!?!?! That's a name I'd hoped to never again hear used in the present tense. Show business doesn't have an opening for more of his obnoxious preening; Zak Bagans from "Ghost Adventures" is currently filling that void, thank you..

  • Big_Pecks Oct 15, 2011

    Please don't green-light any of these shows.

  • torque_smacky Oct 15, 2011

    A lot of dumb things find success on CBS. A Fred Durst sitcom isn't that hazardous a bet for the demographics of that network. Six seasons and a movie!

  • darkitp Oct 14, 2011

    Ryan Murphy is rehashing will and grace and selling it to those idiots in nbc .. what a Genius bastard

  • Diane_AZ Oct 14, 2011

    * click! *

  • Shikady Oct 14, 2011

    Well, Charlie Sheen had a show for years and he suck @ acting. Jim Belushi too.

  • ResEv Oct 14, 2011

    If there is a Dead Pool next year, that Fred Durst show is going in all 5 slots.

  • TimSpot Oct 15, 2011

    Ha! Agreeeeee

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