News Briefs: AMC Greenlights a Pair of New Pilots

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... Any time AMC shows interest in a new series, our ears perk up because it could be the next Breaking Bad. But I guess it could also be the next The Pitch. Fortunately the two new series heading to pilot stage sound more like the former. Low Winter Sun is based on a British miniseries about the murder of a cop by detective, with detective eventually being pulled into the criminal underworld. The second is yet to be titled, but follows a District Attorney who reopens an old murder case after finding new evidence. AMC's track record of converting pilots into series is very high, so expect at least one of these to be on your TV within a year. [AMC via press release]

... Starz is teaming up with Michael Bay for a series called Black Sails, a prequel to the popular story Treasure Island. That's right, PIRATES. Michael Bay is about to blow up a bunch of pirate ships! It's been ordered straight to series, so this is happening. And yes, per Starz tradition, there will be nudity. PIRATE NUDITY. [Starz via press release]

... Tattoo School is coming to TLC as a series! The reality competition previously aired as a special in which competitors were trained in the art of inking people for two weeks. The winner, determined by the "student with the best final, original tattoo," will win a golden tattoo gun. The losers will be anyone who gets tattooed by the "winner" who's only been trained in permanent art for TWO WEEKS. [TLC via press release]

... Here's another one of those wacky 100-episode initial orders for an "urban" comedy. Bill Bellamy is set to star in Mr. Box Office, about a movie star who is sentenced to community service teaching underprivileged kids. That's sitcom comedy gold right there! Also starring in the project will be Tim Meadows, Vivica Fox, Rick Fox (not related!), Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jon Lovitz, JB Smoove, and (wait for it) Gary Busey. What. A. Cast. This will be syndicated to all those weird stations that air weird shows like this. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Community writer-producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan have signed a new deal with 20th Century Fox TV, meaning they'll be leaving Community after this season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has announced when it will be burning off the final episodes of How To Be a Gentleman, a comedy about two very different guys who become friends that was pulled off the air after three episodes. Look for them on Saturdays starting May 26. [THR]


CASTING NEWS

... Lifetime has cast singer Jewel as Johnny Cash's wife June Carter Cash in the made-for-TV-movie The June Carter Cash Story. This being Lifetime, I suppose we can also expect movies about George Washington's sister, Michael Jordan's girlfriend, and Steve McQueen's mother. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Simpsons crawled into my brain and plucked out five of my favorite ladies to appear in the same episode! Zooey Deschanel, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Silverman, and Sarah Michelle Gellar will all guest-voice in an upcoming episode. The ladies will all reprise former roles as potential romantic interests for Bart in an episode during the upcoming 24th season. I've never been more jealous of a jaundiced, four-fingered, bug-eyed kid in my life. Actually, this is the second time now that I think about it. [EW]

... Hosting duties for the May 19 season finale of Saturday Night Live have fallen to an old man named Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones frontman will serve as both host and musical guest, and if he has time he'll sit the cast members on his knee and tell them stories about hand-crank automobiles and cocaine parties with groupies. [NBC via press release]


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I like pirates. Not so much Bill Bellamy. But that cast! My friends were just asking about Jon Lovitz the other day. I will have to be sure to find the show when it comes on. Can't wait to see SNL with Jagger, that is going to be interesting, and Simpsons with most of my girlfriends. Bart needs a steady girlfriend. But not one of mine. As for Community, that is really sad. Just pick it up for one last epic season, NBC.
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About the AMC pilots: the first sounds kind of cool; the second doesn't. Either way, both sound like they're very likely going to be more The Killing and less Breaking Bad. I don't hate The Killing as much as many others do, but if they are more like The Killing, they certainly don't sound, uh, thrilling.
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Black Sails sounds awesome and I'm looking forward to the Simpsons episode with all my favorite ladies!
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That was a stupid comment about June Carter Cash, as if she had no talent or claim to fame other than Johnny Cash's wife. Maybe Tim thinks women should walk behind their husbands as well. If STARZ actually put in its press release that Black Sails would have nudity as a selling point, that's pathetic. As for Mick Jagger hosting SNL, it's nice to see someone as host who's actually the show for once.
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What happened to that AMC ET first contact show?
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Yay for girl pirate nudity! Their will be girl pirate nudity right? Looking forward to that Simpsons episode where all of Bart's girlfriends come back.
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lol... Jewel.
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I heard a while back here that AMC might do another comic book series, that one will be called powers by Brian Michael Bendis
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FX, not AMC. :)
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June Carter Cash was an extremely important figure in Johnny Cash's life: his muse, the love of his life, as well as a musician and actress in her own right. Perfectly respectable basis for a movie. "Walk the Line" was a good movie.

Otherwise, I'm worried about the producers leaving Community and Low Winter Sun sounds promising, if it's given the Mad Men/Breaking Bad treatment and not the Killing or god forbid, the Walking Dead treatment.
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Great news for the Simpsons
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Zooey was on The Simpsons clip during FOX's 20th anniversary special:

http://i.imgur.com/MJulp.jpg (about to be tripped)

http://i.imgur.com/XUjp6.jpg (angry Zooey)
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Can't wait for that The Simpsons episode.
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Not interested in either of those AMC shows...Well, the first one if it stays a mini series...mini series converted to a full show? eh...no thanks. There's probably a REASON it was a mini series.



For that second news article...you lost me at "Michael Bay". He's a hack that pours money onto things and thinks that makes them good. What's worse is people buy tickets to these big explosion no brain films. Don't feed the badness.
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone made fun of him best:



Michael Bay: "We start by making a big CG building and then we have a meteor

go CROSSHH! And it, and it's all like CRAAWW a-and motorcycles burst into flame while they jump over these helicopters, right?"

General: "No, no! We need ideas how to stop the terrorists."

Michael Bay: "An eighteen-wheeler spins out of control and it's all like BROSSHH! And then this huuuge tanker full of dynamite - CRRSHGHGHHG!"

General: "Those aren't ideas, those are special effects!"

Michael Bay: "I... don't understand the difference."



"Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?"
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he gets to keep making movies because people like the guy you replied to like to pretend they are too sophisticated to enjoy splosions... meanwhile, Michael Bay movies have grossed 4.5 billion dollars worldwide; so either a lot of movie-goers are idiots with very deep pockets, or some of these pretentious film snobs are slumming it and shelling out their cash right along it with the "brainless masses".
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He panders to the lowest common denominator. It's not difficult, he just has the opportunity. Trey Parker and Matt Stone have it right.
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Neither of those AMC shows sound like the new Breaking Bad, they both sound like The Killing.
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*shudders*

Never think that thought again.
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I don't know what to think about the Community Producers jumping ship. Either they got everything said and done for a next and last season and they are seeking employment elsewhere and jumping a sinking ship. Either way, NBC is dumb as S$%t for letting them go. But hopefully that means that Fox is going to bring some good comedies next season where they didn't this season.
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