News Briefs: Amazon Is Thinking About Saving Pan Am

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ANOTHER "MAYBE THIS SHOW ISN'T CANCELED" BIT OF NEWS

... Amazon is the latest to give TV fans false hope that their favorite show isn't really canceled. The super bookstore is now in the original programming game (and therefore in the recycled programming game), and is in talks with Sony Pictures TV to rescue ABC's canceled Pan Am from death. Pan Am might not be a huge hit in the U.S., but it's big in Europe and recently won the Rose d'Or award for Best Series, the European equivalent to the Emmy. Then again, soccer is the biggest sport in Europe, so keep that in mind. [Deadline Hollywood]


WE'RE NUMBER ONE! WE'RE NUMBER ONE! NEWS

... CBS can polish that Most-Watched Network mug on its desk again: The network will end the 2011-2012 season with the most total viewers for the ninth time in 10 years, boasting an average of 11.74 millions viewers in primetime. Fox came in second with an average of 8.87 million viewers, resulting in the largest margin of victory in 23 years, according to CBS. In the 18-49 demographic, Fox took first, followed by CBS, NBC, and ABC. [CBS via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Add VH1 to the growing list of networks jumping on the musical competition reality series bandwagon. Sometime in the future look for 60-Minute Superstar, which will pluck aspiring singers from their lives for an instant audition. Coincidentally, 60-Second Superstar is my nickname with the ladies. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Improv director Christopher Guest (A Mighty Wind, Best in Show) is pondering television. He's working on a new series called Family Tree, an improv'd comedy about a man in search of his real family. And the best part? That man is The IT Crowd star Chris O'Dowd! [Vulture]


CASTING NEWS

... Samuel Jackson will host the BET Awards, coming to BET on July 1. Set a reminder, Siri. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's Munsters reboot has cast Eddie Munster! It's Mason Cook, from Spy Kids In 4D! Enjoy the shaved hairline, kiddo! [Deadline Hollywood]

... 90210 is demoting Season 4 regular Gillian Zinser from "actress on a TV show" to "actress currently looking for work." Zinser's character Ivy will not be returning to The CW series except in a guest-role capacity, if any. [TV Line]


CELEBRITY GOSSIP NEWS

... "The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons is GAY?" —overheard question as asked by a clueless man. [NY Times]

... The demonspawn that has come to kill us all is... a boy! Congratulations, Snooki. [In Touch]


PICTURE TIME

... Do you want to see the first unhooded picture of Michonne, the samurai-sword-wielding zombie-pet-keeping badass from The Walking Dead? Of course you do. [EW]


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