News Briefs: We'll All Binge on Kyle Chandler When He Becomes a Netflix Star

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... Kyle Chandler, best known as Coach Eric Taylor from Friday Night Lights but who was also that guy who read newspapers from the future in Early Edition, will star in Netflix's upcoming drama from the creators of Damages. The series follows siblings whose deep secrets are dug up when the black sheep brother comes home. Chandler was previously attached to a Showtime pilot called The Vatican, but that network said no thanks. If Chandler doesn't get you excited about this, the creators of Damages should. [Deadline Hollywood


... ABC is the only one of the major four networks that doesn't air football, but that could change. The network is reportedly having discussions to acquire rights to Thursday-night NFL games; the league is shopping six to eight of those contests for next season. Medium deal for you the TV viewer, HUGE deal for ABC if the network can pull it off. Plus, maybe we'd get rid of those awful Thursday Night Football broadcasts on NFL Network. [Sports Business Daily]

... CBS has set premiere dates for its two reality winter reality series Survivor and The Amazing Race. On February 23 at 8pm, Americans will transform the globe into their own personal game show and run around in search of clues because CASH. On February 26, CBS will relive high school trauma as Survivor contestants are separated into three cliques: brains, brawn, and beauty. I was rejected from competing this season because there's no "smelly" clique. [CBS via press release]

... ABC has ordered the comedy pilot Black-ish as it preps another cycle of new shows that will probably be canceled very quickly. But this one has the awesome Anthony Anderson, so maybe it will be good? Anderson stars as an affluent father of two kids who he fears will grow up without a sense of their African-American cultural identity. []

... A&E is developing a remake of the 1980s drama Highway to Heaven, which ran from 1984 to 1989 on NBC. Mark Wahlberg would produce (whaaaaa?) what the network is calling an "edgier" reboot of the series. The original starred Michael Landon as an angel sent down to Earth to help troubled humans overcome their problems. I guess the edgier version will have more angel sex? [THR]

... Jimmy Kimmel Live will film in Austin for SXSW during the week of March 10. Ummm, that's all I got. [ABC via press release]

... Duck, duck, loose...r ratings. Duck Dynasty aired its first new episode since its big "homosexuality = bestiality" controversy, and its ratings were down. 8.5 million people tuned in, and among the 18-49 set, it was number two for the night behind American Idol. Usually controversy fuels ratings, but it looks like Duck Dynasty ran into a lot of competition and is cooling off after a bonkers Season 4 premiere last summer. [Variety]

... Bravo is cooking up (ha!) another Top Chef spin-off, this one called Top Chef Extreme. I wish I could say it involved cooks whipping up a plate of Duck l'Orange while riding a dirt bike through a fiery hoop, but it's just former Top Chef contestants competing one-on-one against each other. [The Wrap]

... NBC is moving forward with Salvation, a drama about a family involved with a megachurch and all the lies, corruption, and occasional miracles that come with it. This is NBC's seventh pilot order of this young season, meaning the network is totally going for it again. If at first you don't succeed, try again. And again. And again. And again. On second thought, maybe NBC should just give up. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Joan Allen (The Contender) will join the fourth and final season of The Killing as an antagonist to Detective Linden. Allen will play the headmistress of an all-boys academy who is tangled up in the season's murder mystery. []

... French actor Olivier Martinez has joined ABC's Revenge as the father of Margaux (played by the recently promoted Karine Vanasse). No word on when he'll appear, but his character Pascal LaMarchal has a complicated history with Victoria (don't we all?). [Deadline Hollywood]

... True Blood has found a replacement for the character of James, the role that was abandoned by Luke Grimes after he disagreed with the direction of the character. Bunheads' Nathan Parsons will now take over the fangs. Don't worry—James will still be a handsome white guy who takes his shirt off! [TV Line]


... Orange is the New Black cast member Michelle Hurst (she played Miss Claudette) is recovering after being placed in a medically induced coma for two weeks following a car accident. Get better, Michelle! []

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