News Briefs: Netflix Orders a Cartoon About a Horse, With Voices from Will Arnett and Aaron Paul

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TAKE MY MONEY, NETFLIX

... Netflix put its stamp on 2013 with its revolutionary way of distributing original programming in large chunks, crushing stock expectations, putting out one of the best new shows of the season, making an entire series out of a few notes scribbled on toilet paper, reassembling one of comedy's greatest series, and making Kevin Spacey speak directly into a camera. But its greatest achievement is yet to come, and it involves a horse that likes whiskey. Television's new darling has picked up BoJack Horseman, an animated series following a washed-up horse actor voiced by Will Arnett (Arrested Development). By his side is his former TV sidekick (voiced by Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul), as well as his feline agent and ex (voiced by Amy Sedaris). Holy shit. Look for this next year. [Vulture


BUSINESS TIME

... Sundance Channel, with help from international distributor and indie studio Entertainment One, is developing an adaptation of the Israeli series Reaching for Heaven. The drama follows the fallout that hits a family when one of the parents suddenly becomes extremely religious. And to make it extra spicy, it will be set in Las Vegas. [Sundance Channel via press release]

... A&E is rebranding BIO Channel into something called FYI. According to a press release from A&E, FYI will be "a contemporary lifestyle network reflecting how people actually live their lives today." If that's the case, then it's going to be a bunch of shirtless dudes in their pajama pants sitting on the couch with Pringles crumbs in their belly buttons, because that's how I'm livin'. [A&E via press release]

... Sons of Anarchy wrapped up its sixth season last night. Some loved it. Some hated it. I felt like this about it. But regardless of how much people enjoyed it, many people tuned in for it. "A Mother's Work" was the most-watched finale in the history of the series, with 5.2 million viewers. [FX via press release]

... Rob Reiner is developing Basket Case for Spike. Based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen, the comedic drama follows an investigative reporter who has trouble with authority and corruption and is demoted to the obituary desk, where he gets a fresh look at the deaths in the city of Miami. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The Bridge has promoted Matthew Lillard and Emily Rios to series regulars for the FX drama's second season. The two play a pair of reporters in the bordertown show about weirdos, serial killers with convoluted plans, and a leather jacket with a horse embroidered on it in Texas and Mexico. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Arrow has cast eternal bad guy Robert Knepper as William Tockman, also known in the comic world as "Clock King." He's a villain who got his name by planning out his crimes down to the very second. Apparently he was created during the great creative drought of the comic world. Look for him in Episode 14. [TV Line]

... Guy Pearce (Memento) will guest-star on NBC's Sean Saves the World as a potential love interest for Sean (Sean Hayes). I guess Pearce forgot to read that giant tattoo on his chest that says "DON'T GUEST-STAR ON SEAN SAVES THE WORLD." (Disclaimer: This joke was recycled from my Twitter account.) [TV Line]

... NYPD Blue's Gail O'Grady will guest-star on ABC's Revenge. She'll play Conrad's first wife. [E! Online]


REQUIRED READING

... It's a man's world, for better and for much, much worse. And Buzzfeed has put together a list of 16 female characters who unjustly caught grief from fans mostly because they were ladies. [BuzzFeed]


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