News Briefs: AMC and Seth Rogen Are Adapting the Comic Series Preacher

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THIS IS THE BEGINNING 

... AMC and Sony Pictures Television have decided to make at least a few dreams come true today by announcing that they've reached an agreement to bring Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's twisted '90s comic book series Preacher to life as a drama written and executive-produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End). The story follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a preacher from Texas who's lost his faith after learning God has left heaven and is shirking all his responsibilities. Custer takes it upon himself to track Him down and set things straight (hey, so that's where the good idea for a Supernatural spin-off went). Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin will round out the main creative team as executive producer and showrunner. [AMC via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... If you're looking to catch up on The Americans—FX's excellent drama about Russian wig aficionados trying to make it in America—before Season 2 premieres on February 26, Amazon has just secured exclusive online rights to the series. The company also recently acquired the rights to stream HannibalVeronica Mars, and Downton Abbey in their war against the big bad Netflix, which means I'm currently doing the math to figure out if I can afford another subscription service and still feed myself. [Variety]

... TLC has ordered 35 new episodes of Sex Sent Me to the ER, which premiered on December 28, 2013 as a four-part series. The network has been airing encores on Saturdays at 10pm, and they've been averaging 1.9 million viewers. Guys, I think you're doing it wrong. [TLC via press release]



... Sherlock may soon be getting the Lego treatment in the wake of a fan proposal that's amassed 10,000 supporters. The company regularly reviews such ideas, and is officially considering the production a Sherlock set as one of six finalists in its winter 2014 development cycle. That's one Lego I probably wouldn't mind stepping on, but wouldn't step on because it's too cute. Well, as cute as any Lego can be, I guess. [THR]

... Lifetime has given a 10-episode series order to Un-Real, an hour-long pilot from Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire SlayerPrivate Practice) starring Shiri Appleby (Life Unexpected). The dark comedy was inspired by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s short film Sequin Raze, and explores the behind-the-scenes chaos at a reality dating series. Appleby plays Rachel, a young woman whose job is to manipulate the contestants in order to get the ridiculous footage her producer (Rules of Engagement's Megyn Pricewants. [Deadline]



CASTING NEWS

... Now that The Michael J. Fox Show is a rotting corpse in the graveyard of failed TV sitcoms, Michael J. Fox is free to return to The Good Wife. So it's good news that he's coincidentally just signed a deal to reprise his role as Louis Canning for several episodes this season.  [TV Line]

... The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan, who is also The Vampire Diarie's Lauren Cohan and Chuck's Lauren Cohan, is lending her voice to FX's Archer for multiple episodes. She'll play Juliana Calderon, the wife of a Central American dictator voiced by Fred Armisen. Juliana is a described as a socialite who is used to getting whatever she wants, and apparently what she wants now is Archer. Cohan's first episode is slated to air Monday, March 31. [EW]

... Happy Endings' Zachary Knighton has just signed on to star in Fox's new pilot Weird Loners, a single-camera comedy from Michael Weithorn (King of Queens). The show follows four people who are afraid of relationships and who unexpectedly end up living together in a townhouse in Queens. Knighton will play Stosh Lewandowski, because someone involved in the show apparently has some unresolved Veronica Mars feelings. Stosh is a sales rep and a womanizer, and he's basically homeless. But wait, there's more! Knighton is also set to guest-star on NBC's Parenthood as Evan Knight, a teacher at the school Kristina founded. He's also a potential love interest for Erika Christensen's Julia. And to that I say: BOOOOOO. BOOOO, EVAN KNIGHT. [TV Line]

... Jay Baruchel is returning to TV in Man Seeking Woman, a new FX comedy pilot that's based on Simon Rich's book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. He'll play Josh Greenberg, a romantic dude who reenters the dating scene after his girlfriend dumps him, only to find that it's basically hell. Rich, a writer on Saturday Night Live, penned the script, and is producing alongside Lorne Michaels. [THR]

... Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who just ended her arc as a big pregnancy faker on Nashville, will soon be appearing in a multi-episode role on Two and a Half Men. She'll play Gretchen, a new love interest for Jon Cryer's Alan. Look for her first appearance on Thursday, March 6. [Deadline]

... Scandal is introducing Fitz and Mellie's children, Jerry and Karen, in the second half of Season 3, and the probably highly sought-after roles have gone Dylan Minnette (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Madeline Carroll (Grey's Anatomy). Good for them. [TV Line]

... Right on the heels of casting The Original's Daniella Pineda's yesterday, NBC's new drama pilot Odyssey has added Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie). He'll play Peter, a disillusioned corporate attorney who's now working in business intelligence and ends up getting pulled into an international military conspiracy. [THR]


"TRUST ME, I'M A DOCTOR AND I WATCHED HOUSE" NEWS

... A German doctor was immediately able to identify a mysterious illness after realizing he'd seen something similar on an episode of House. Every time I tell people I know something because of television they tell me I need to get a real job. Well, jokes on you, jokey jokers, because I'm going to go re-watch all of House and start saving lives on the reg. Booyah! [EW]


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