A&E Orders Western Longmire

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Today's Most "Important" News
... Here comes a bold prediction! Longmire will be good! A&E; just ordered ten episodes of the show, an adaptation of Craig Allen Johnson's Walt Longmire about a widowed sheriff in Wyoming. Like every other network on TV, A&E; is making a strong push into original programming, and Longmire is its best shot at catching up to FX and AMC. Robert Taylor stars as the titular character, and Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Cassidy Freeman are also on board. [THR]

... BBC2 has asked for a second season of The Hour, the 1950s-set conspiracy newsroom thriller that's quite good, actually. Dominic West (The Wire) gets most of the attention just for being on the show, but Ben Whishaw is really turning heads as journalist Freddie Lyons. The first season just aired on BBC America, and I watched the first episode last night and didn't fall asleep once! It's that good! [Broadcast Now]

... NBC is moving forward with the development of Caprice Crane's Stupid and Contagious, a romantic comedy based on her book of the same name. The series will follow two neighbors who hate each other at first, but... oh I don't want to spoil it for you. [Deadline Hollywood]


Casting News
... Even after it began to stink like two-week-old cheese, Heroes maintained one great aroma: Zachary Quinto. The actor had his breakthrough on the show as Sylar, a power-sucking supervillain, but has milked most of his resulting success in the world of film. No more! Quinto is returning to television via FX's American Horror Story, where he'll play a former owner of the haunted house for four episodes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Actor D.B. Woodside, who played the principal on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is joining NBC's Parenthood for five episodes. He'll play a doctor and potential bedmate for Jasmine. [THR]

... NBC's upcoming Up All Night is apparently keeping its casting in the family, and has booked Saturday Night Live's Will Forte as a stay-at-home dad who bonds with Will Arnett's character. [Vulture]

... Stephen Root (NewsRadio, True Blood) and real-life wife Romy Rosemont (Glee) will test the limits of their acting by playing a couple in the sixth episode of Fringe's fourth season. I don't know any more than that, so don't ask! [TV Line]

... Outlandish female comedian Ali Wong is joining outlandish female comedian Chelsea Handler's comedy Are You There Vodka, It's Me Chelsea. Wong will play an outlandish female who's been Chelsea's friend since grade school. [Deadline Hollywood]


Renewal News You Can Probably Skip Because It Won't Make Much Difference
... A&E; has revealed that new episodes of Gene Simmons Family Jewels will begin airing on October 4. I'm not sure if this is a renewal announcement or a warning. [Hitfix]

... MTV has renewed Geordie Shore, the UK's take on Jersey Shore, for a second season. Doesn't network know it's just encouraging these clowns? [ThisIsLondon]


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