J.J. Abrams and Supernatural's Eric Kripke Want a Revolution at NBC


... The following pairing goes together better than a shot of whiskey and cheap beer: J.J. Abrams (co-creator of Lost) and Eric Kripke (creator of Supernatural) are working together on Revolution for NBC. The drama will soon be headed into pilot production and is so far described only as an epic thriller. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Pan Am got off to a good start on Sunday, averaging just shy of 11 million viewers and a 3.1 rating. That's not bad, considering the show was up against football... then again, I'm not sure the same people who watch football are Pan Am's target audience. The ABC period piece actually saw its audience grow from its lead-in of Desperate Housewives; it's the second new series this season to perform better than the show that was supposed to help it (the other one is Fox's New Girl which topped Glee last Tuesday). [EW]

... You know you can't get enough Rob Schneider! Whether he's gigolo-ing, hot-chicking, or "You can do it!"-ing, his infectious style of mediocre humor is perfect for one network: CBS! The Eye has placed a midseason order (eight episodes) for Schneider's comedy about a bachelor who marries into a Mexican-American family. If you haven't yet entered our Dead Pool, this is good information to know. Ahem, How to Be a Gentleman... watch your back! [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is adapting Valley of the Dolls, the 1966 novel about a trio of women that's already become a movie, a miniseries, and a soap. Lee Daniels, who directed Precious, is behind the project. NBC really likes its adaptations, doesn't it? [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is also developing an American adaptation of the Danish drama Borgen (also called Government). The original series considered the spiritual successor of Forbrydelsen, which AMC adapted into The Killing earlier this year. Government centers on a forty-something female politician and has been called the Danish The West Wing. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Maura Tierney (ER, NewsRadio) will guest-star on The Office as the wife of new Sabre CEO Robert California (James Spader). [Zap2It]

... Saturday Night Live will welcome host Ben Stiller and musical guests Foster The People on October 8, and host Anna Faris and musical guest Drake on October 15. Sheesh, I remember when I used to know the bands who played on the show. Now I can't tell if I'm too cool, too old, or both. [USA Today]

... Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle will appear on ABC's Happy Endings. He'll guest-star as a hoops-playing mailman who's a little too agro in a game with Brad and Dave. [THR]

... Not sure about this one. Joe Manganiello, who plays Alcide on True Blood, will play Ashton Kutcher's replacement on Two and a Half Men. And by replacement I mean the new beau of Walden's ex-wife. [EW]


... CBS has purchased a project from author James Frey and Jericho co-creator Jon Steinberg about a president who goes back to practicing law after failing to win re-election. [Variety]

... Law & Order guru Dick Wolf has a two new projects in the works at his production company. The first, from The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, follows a lesbian couple who are doctors at an inner-city hospital in Philadelphia. Yeah, that will fly on network TV. The second is a procedural in which the detectives go into the memory banks of murder victims to solve the crime. I don't know about you guys, but I'm dentist-appointment-excited about these two. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, the duo behind How I Met Your Mother, have sold The Goodwin Games to Fox. It's a comedy about three siblings who come together after the death of their father. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle) is working on a new drama for Fox. Ready for this? It's about a serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers. [Deadline Hollywood]

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