Is Eric Kripke Working on The Sandman?

... We (and by we I mean all us insane Supernatural fans) are eagerly awaiting Supernatural creator Eric Kripke's next project, and today we have our first rumor to cling on to and overanalyze. Kripke's name has been thrown into the mix of a TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's mega-popular The Sandman comics. Warner Bros. TV is in the process of acquiring the rights to the comics, and high on their list to run the show is Kripke. While The Sandman would indeed be a killer project to work on, it would also be pretty intimidating as its such a cherished property and thus open to fanboy nerd-grade criticism. Plus, it would need a bajillion dollar budget to do it justice. I'm thinking Kripke should stay away from it and do something original. [The Live Feed]

... Oh my! Star Trek veteran and TV pitchman George Takei is making a guest appearance on CBS' The Big Bang Theory. Executive producer Bill Prady tweeted the announcement yesterday, saying George will be on the show's fourth episode of the upcoming season. [Twitter]

... TNT has renewed Memphis Beat for a second season. The show is doing pretty well for the network, averaging 4.5 million viewers. Memphis Beat is about a Scientologist who does Elvis impersonations. I think. [THR]

... Even though I can't stand Saturday Night Live, I will be watching it on October 2. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston announced he will host the sketch show that evening relatively fresh off his third consecutive Emmy award. [LA Times]

... Buffy the Vampire Slayer news! Wheeeee! Private Practice showrunner Shonda Rhimes tweeted that Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander in Buffy, is guest-starring on her medical show. Hey, I didn't say it was good news. [Twitter]

... The Walking Dead has been given a second season. The Walking Dead hasn't been given a second season. Wait, it has. No, it hasn't. Look, we all know it's getting a second season eventually, let's just wait for an official announcement. [Comic Book Movie]

... Top Gear's mystery driver The Stig has been unmasked. A judge in the UK ruled against an injunction on a future book that reveals the identity of The Stig, and the book's publisher went ahead and issued a press release identifying the man (who also happens to be the author of the book). And The Stig is... let's just say last year's rumors were correct. [Associated Press]

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