News Briefs: Bryan Cranston Is Developing a New TV Show, Dean Norris Will Play Ben Franklin, and More

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BUT IS AARON PAUL INVOLVED?

... Bryan Cranston's production company Moon Shot Entertainment has optioned the rights to The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden, and is looking to adapt it for television. The potential series would follow three boys who "use their imaginations to navigate growing up without a father." I really hope none of them imagine going into the meth business with a screwed-up father figure, because I hear that shit turns out bad for everyone involved. [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... The Hollywood Reporter's roundtable interviews have been featured both in print and online for years, but now the magazine is partnering with A&E to produce The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables, a series of four one-hour specials featuring interviews with Emmy contenders. The first two will air on Sunday, June 8 and feature drama actors and actresses, including Jon Hamm, Mark Ruffalo, Keri Russell, Claire Danes, and more. The second two will air one week later, on Sunday, June 15, and feature comedy interviews with Mindy Kaling, Edie Falco, and William H. Macy, among others. You can expect to see the same thing around Oscar time. [THR]

... Everyone knows duels are the only real way to settle disputes, because at least one person dies in a duel and dead people cannot ask for a redo. That is why I'm super excited that Bravo has announced Top Chef Duels, a new reality series featuring the biggest names in Top Chef history as they battle it out in head-to-head competitions. The new series premieres August 6 at 10pm, and there's a $100,000 grand prize on the line. You can find a complete list of contestants here. UPDATE: I was just informed that no one dies by meat cleaver on Top Chef Duels, so forget everything I said about it being cool. [Bravo via press release]

... History has ordered the six-part miniseries Sons of Liberty, about a group of "defiant" and "radical" young men whose names you might recognize—Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Joseph Warren—as they band together to start a revolution. The cast is fairly stacked, and includes Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) as Sam Adams, Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) as Joseph Warren, Michael Raymond James (Once Upon a TimeTrue BloodTerriers) as Paul Revere, Rafe Spall (Life of Pi) as John Hancock, and Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York) as John Adams, plus Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) as Benjamin Franklin! Anything to get Norris outta that dome for a spell, am I right? [History via press release]

... Syfy will debut the first season of the New Zealand dramedy The Almighty Johnsons on Friday, July 11 at 10pm. I have no idea what time that is in New Zealand, but since you New Zealanders already had a chance to watch it, maybe you could let us know in the comments whether it's worth checking out? The series follows four everyday guys who inherit the power of Norse Gods, but never stop loving "normal" things like chasing girls and drinking beer. [Syfy via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Guess they need to change the name to The Goode-r Wife! Matthew Goode has officially been upped to a series regular for Season 6 of The Good Wife. (And yes, I've already arrested myself for how bad that joke was.) [TV Line]

... If you would like to meet the cast of Bachelor In Paradise, please follow me through this door straight into a hole because BACHELOR IN PARADISE? REALLY? Guys, I taught you better than this! Sigh, anyway, this series claims to be about finding true love and will feature past Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants Clare Crawley, AshLee Frazier, Ben Scott, Graham Bunn, Daniella McBride, Elise Mosca, Lacy Faddoul, Michelle Kujawa, Robert Graham, and Sarah Herron, plus three of the guys from the current season of The Bachelorette. For a more in-depth look, clickity-click the link! [TV Guide]


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