Jack Bauer Says the 24 Movie Is Coming Out in 2012

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... Kiefer Sutherland was on The View this morning, poor guy. In between talking about purses, high heels vs. wedges, and feelings, Sutherland let out one big nugget of man-formation: The much-talked-about-but-never-announced-as-official 24 movie will be out in the summer of 2012. I know he's the star of the show and all that, but I'll wait until I hear something from the studio before I make a note in my calendar. [EW]

... James Gandolfini is returning to HBO, this time to deal with scum via a rack of ribs instead of a gun rack. The Sopranos star will play the lead in an HBO movie based on the book Eating with the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea from my BBQ Shack in Hackensack. The story follows Bobby Egan, owner of a BBQ joint in New Jersey who somehow became involved in negotiations with North Korea nuclear weapon crisis. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC announced its summer schedule today, and if you thought summer programming was uneventful before, prepare to reexamine your standards for constitutes excruciatingly boring-to-the-point-of-suicide programming. Get ready for the return of America's Got Talent on May 31 and The Marriage Ref on June 26, and the premieres of a few new shows. Game show It's Worth What? (date to be announced) will see contestants trying to discern the prices of junk, The Voice (April 26) is a singing competition in which the judges don't look at the contestants, Still Standing (TBA) is a trivia show where contestants are excused via trapdoor, and Love in the Wild (TBA) combines all the fake relationship-ness of The Bachelor with the competition of Survivor by throwing 10 single men and women into the jungle of Costa Rica to compete for love and prizes. Someone gets paid to come up with these ideas? [NBC via press release]

... Jeff Daniels is the front-runner to join HBO's upcoming pilot from The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin. The show, which carries the working title More As the Story Develops, follows the behind-the-scenes drama at a 24-hour cable news network. This project was always high on my list of things to get excited about, but with Daniels on board it climbs right to the top. [THR]

... Nerd-brain explosion! Stephen King is rumored to be writing a future episode of AMC's awesome The Walking Dead. [IGN]

... Fringe's Friday experiment may be yielding unwanted results. Against stiff competition from March Madness and people adjusting to Daylight Savings Time, Fringe put up its worst ratings ever on Friday, an unimpressive 1.3 among adults. That's still within the 1.2-1.4 range that producers said Fox would tolerate, but the problem is that we didn't believe the producers for a second when they said that. [TV By the Numbers]

... TV Land has renewed Retired at 35 for a second season. It has also greenlit two new series for production: Happily Divorced stars Fran Drescher as a florist who returns to the dating scene after discovering her husband is gay (shouldn't he be the florist?). The Exes stars Donald Faison (Scrubs) as one of three divorced men who live across the street from their divorce attorney. And that's pretty much why I don't watch TV Land. [THR]

... Motley Crue (sorry, the correct punctuation isn't worth it) drummer Tommy Lee is hosting a show for Syfy. I'm not sure if that says more about where Syfy is headed right now or Tommy Lee. Culture Shock will follow Lee around as he travels the globe and encounters unusual rituals and other mysteries. Hopefully he'll have some time to bang some groupies as well. [EW]

... HBO is getting all political on ya! The cable channel has optioned the book Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, about Dick Cheney's (you guessed it) vice presidency, for a mini-series. The network also recently announced that it's making a movie based on the book Game Change, about John McCain and Sarah Palin's run for the 2008 presidential election. [Deadline Hollywood]


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