News Briefs: A&E Cancels Intervention

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WE NEED TO TALK NEWS

... A&E is cutting off Intervention after 13 seasons and eight years of the worst surprise parties ever. According to A&E, the series will have covered 243 interventions in its lifetime, with five more episodes in its final season (debuting June 13 at 9pm). Quick! Let's all corner A&E in a room and tell it not to do this! [A&E via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh are in talks to team up for a new Cinemax series called The Knick. Set in 1900 New York, it follows the breakthroughs in the medical industry during that era before the dawns of antibiotics and miniature robots. Owen would star, and Soderbergh would direct all 10 episodes. Soderbergh recently announced his retirement from directing, but apparently that comes with an asterisk: feature films only. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC Family has ordered the reality competition show Spell-Mageddon (worst show title ever?), a new twist on the classic spelling bee. Contestants—the network didn't specify how old they'll be—will spell words while "hilarious distractions" try to knock them off their game. It's being described as a spelling bee meets Wipeout. Sounds kind of D-U-M to me. [ABC Family via press release]


SCHEDULING AND NAME CHANGES

... The Season 2 premiere of The CW's ballet-focused reality series Breaking Pointe has been moved up! Originally scheduled to debut July 29, it will now begin on July 22. Now it can be canceled that much sooner. [The CW via press release]

... Hey! That upcoming Syfy show Notorious Hauntings about paranormal investigators who check out historical sites? It's now called Killer Contact. And it will debut July 16 at 10pm. You're welcome. [Syfy via press release]

... Starz's next original series The White Queen will premiere on Saturday, August 10 at 9pm. Co-produced by the BBC, it's an adaptation of Phillipa Gregory's novels about England's War of the Roses. Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, Janet McTeer, and James Frain star. [Starz via press release]

CASTING NEWS

... FX's Sons of Anarchy is bringing in one of TV's most trustworthy performers next season. CCH Pounder (The Shield) is joining the Season 6 cast as Tyne Patterson, a District Attorney who doesn't play nice with SAMCRO and their violent methods. The move reunites Pounder with Sons creator Kurt Sutter, who was a writer on The Shield. [EW]

... DirecTV's upcoming high-concept series Full Circle from Neil LaBute is assembling an impressive cast. David Boreanaz (Bones), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club) have all joined the drama, which follows restaurant conversations between two different characters in each episode, with one of the characters talking to a new character each week until the "full circle" is complete. The DirecTV exclusive is looking at a fall 2013 premiere. [THR]

... Community's Jim Rash will be the host of Sundance Channel's The Writers' Room, a 30-minute roundtable examining some of television's best series and the writers who pen them. Among the shows being featured are Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, New Girl, and American Horror Story. The Writers' Room debuts July 29.

... You can take Kelly Clarkson's name out of the running for next season's panel of American Idol judges. A day after reports hinted that the reality show is trying to shake things up by looking at former Idol favorites to return as judges, Clarkson's rep has said the singer won't be judging the show next season. Now that that's out of the way, hopefully we can get started on the next completely stupid unsubstantiated rumor. [THR]

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