HBO Sets Premiere Dates for Boardwalk Empire, Luck

... HBO sat in front of a crowd of angry journalists today at the TCA press tour and revealed a slew of premiere dates for the fall season. Boardwalk Empire returns September 25, Hung and How to Make it in America come back on October 2, and Bored to Death and Enlightened—a new series starring Laura Dern—will claim October 10 as a start date. Luck, the horse-racing drama starring Dustin Hoffman that was created by Michael Mann and David Milch, will premiere in January 2012. Game of Thrones is still what seems like a million years away, so now is a good time to work on that Joffrey-and-Drogo-as-roommates sitcom script that's been bouncing around your brain. [HBO]

... One of the best horror anthology series ever—and of course I'm talking about Tales from the Crypt—is looking to return from the dead. One of the producers of the original HBO series is looking to resurrect it, but get this: The new hour-long show won't be an anthology and it won't be related to the HBO original. WHAT!? Instead, it will be serialized and feature characters from the comics. In other words, the new Tales from the Crypt won't be anything like the old Tales from the Crypt. Well that makes sense. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's Community is on FIRE with its guest-casting. The comedy has already booked John Goodman and Michael K. Williams for Season 3 appearances, and has now signed Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Party Down) for a role. He'll play a political science teacher at Greendale's mock UN convention. [TV Line]

... Not to be outdone, Parks and Recreation has added Patricia Clarkson as Tammy 1, the first wife of Ron Swanson. Expect her to be one nasty bitch. [TV Line]

... Former cross-dressing comedian (he's still a comedian, just sans pantyhose) Eddie Izzard will stop by CBS' The Good Wife. Izzy will play a barrister (that's what they call lawyers in jolly old England, mate!) who takes on Lackhart/Gardner in a libel case. Right now he's signed on for one episode, but that could easily change. [TV Guide]

... Guest-star extraordinaire David Anders is doing what he does best... guest-starring! Anders will join ABC's new fairytale show Once Upon a Time as a doctor who dates Ginnifer Goodwin's character. The big question is whether or not he'll also play a character from a fairytale, as the series is told through two different realities: one in the real world and one in the fairytale world. With his good looks and classical theater training, he'd be perfect for Sneezy. [TV Guide]

... BBC America, which will declare independence from the BBC any day now in a bloody revolution, has announced its first original series. The drama Copper, a Canadian production, has been given a ten-episode order and centers on an Irish cop who works the slums in 19th Century New York. A Canadian production about an Irish cop for the American arm of a British company? How many accents can fit into one show? [Deadline Hollywood]

... A&E; has passed on the pilot Big Mike, starring Greg Grunberg (Heroes) as a heavyset detective in San Diego. But the network is seriously considering picking up Longmire, a drama about a Wyoming sheriff that's based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels and stars Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, and Lou Diamond Phillips. You're not going to believe this, but I'm actually interested in seeing this. [Deadline Hollywood]

... You didn't ask for it, but here it is anyway: Ashton Kutcher as one of CBS' Two and a Half Men:

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