News Briefs: Bryan Cranston Is Developing a New TV Show, Dean Norris Will Play Ben Franklin, and More

BUT IS AARON PAUL INVOLVED?

... Bryan Cranston's production company Moon Shot Entertainment has optioned the rights to The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden, and is looking to adapt it for television. The potential series would follow three boys who "use their imaginations to navigate growing up without a father." I really hope none of them imagine going into the meth business with a screwed-up father figure, because I hear that shit turns out bad for everyone involved. [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... The Hollywood Reporter's roundtable interviews have been featured both in print and online for years, but now the magazine is partnering with A&E to produce The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables, a series of four one-hour specials featuring interviews with Emmy contenders. The first two will air on Sunday, June 8 and feature drama actors and actresses, including Jon Hamm, Mark Ruffalo, Keri Russell, Claire Danes, and more. The second two will air one week later, on Sunday, June 15, and feature comedy interviews with Mindy Kaling, Edie Falco, and William H. Macy, among others. You can expect to see the same thing around Oscar time. [THR]

... Everyone knows duels are the only real way to settle disputes, because at least one person dies in a duel and dead people cannot ask for a redo. That is why I'm super excited that Bravo has announced Top Chef Duels, a new reality series featuring the biggest names in Top Chef history as they battle it out in head-to-head competitions. The new series premieres August 6 at 10pm, and there's a $100,000 grand prize on the line. You can find a complete list of contestants here. UPDATE: I was just informed that no one dies by meat cleaver on Top Chef Duels, so forget everything I said about it being cool. [Bravo via press release]

... History has ordered the six-part miniseries Sons of Liberty, about a group of "defiant" and "radical" young men whose names you might recognize—Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Joseph Warren—as they band together to start a revolution. The cast is fairly stacked, and includes Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia) as Sam Adams, Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) as Joseph Warren, Michael Raymond James (Once Upon a TimeTrue BloodTerriers) as Paul Revere, Rafe Spall (Life of Pi) as John Hancock, and Henry Thomas (Gangs of New York) as John Adams, plus Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) as Benjamin Franklin! Anything to get Norris outta that dome for a spell, am I right? [History via press release]

... Syfy will debut the first season of the New Zealand dramedy The Almighty Johnsons on Friday, July 11 at 10pm. I have no idea what time that is in New Zealand, but since you New Zealanders already had a chance to watch it, maybe you could let us know in the comments whether it's worth checking out? The series follows four everyday guys who inherit the power of Norse Gods, but never stop loving "normal" things like chasing girls and drinking beer. [Syfy via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Guess they need to change the name to The Goode-r Wife! Matthew Goode has officially been upped to a series regular for Season 6 of The Good Wife. (And yes, I've already arrested myself for how bad that joke was.) [TV Line]

... If you would like to meet the cast of Bachelor In Paradise, please follow me through this door straight into a hole because BACHELOR IN PARADISE? REALLY? Guys, I taught you better than this! Sigh, anyway, this series claims to be about finding true love and will feature past Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants Clare Crawley, AshLee Frazier, Ben Scott, Graham Bunn, Daniella McBride, Elise Mosca, Lacy Faddoul, Michelle Kujawa, Robert Graham, and Sarah Herron, plus three of the guys from the current season of The Bachelorette. For a more in-depth look, clickity-click the link! [TV Guide]


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Jun 05, 2014
Yay Matthew Goode!!! I believe the hair dresser has also been retained....
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Jun 05, 2014
Looks like I'll be watching Sons of Liberty, if for no other reason than that cast!
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Jun 05, 2014
Not a Kiwi, so I had to hunt for The Almighty Johnsons. One of my all-time favorite series. It just makes me happy. I love the work of Rachel Lang and James Griffin. (See also Outrageous Fortune.)
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Jun 05, 2014
The Almighty Johnsons is an excellent show. I loved how they mixed comedy with Norse mythology. Also, the grandpa is awesome.
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Jun 05, 2014
I watched all 3 seasons of The Almighty Johnsons on bootleg here in America. I thought it was a cheesy, but often enjoyable little fantasy yarn, not unlike a low-budget Once Upon A Time. Its especially fun seeing the extensive list of Norse Gods show up, especially when the vessel they inherit doesn't always match their godly persona.
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Jun 05, 2014
Love the Almighty Johnson's. Definitely worth taking a look. Watched it on space in Canada
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Jun 05, 2014
I'm a New Zealander - I watched a few episodes of the Almighty Johnson's but it never grabbed me enough to watch it regularly - probably because I was busy entering a trance in order to propel my consciousness to the other side of the world to watch the good shows - consciousness propelling is legal right?
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Jun 05, 2014
Not a New Zealander, although I did watch all 3 seasons of the show. Honestly, I found it pretty awesome and interesting for the most part. I loved the actors and their portrayals of the Nordic gods; looking back on it, it almost seemed like a guilty pleasure at times. It would give me the same sort of feeling/satisfaction that watching a tolerable episode of Once Upon a Time does, or old school Sam Raimi shows. You won't get a satisfactory ending either, if SyFy decides to air it all, as it seems to have been cancelled. They did try to wrap up loose ends, but I didn't care for how they did it. All in all, I would say give it a shot; I dare say it's better than some of the drivel that SyFy itself makes.

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Jun 05, 2014
Goode was already a regular in the last half of season 5
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Jun 05, 2014
New Zealander here, thought The Mighty Johnsons was terrible. Don't bother.
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Jun 05, 2014
It was an awesome show and you know it. Don't bother denying it mate.
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Jun 05, 2014
I'm a New Zealander too and loved the Almighty Johnsons I never missed an episode and was much more upset when this got cancelled than when Nothing Trivial did even though NT had the huge Facebook campaign. But I'm not sure how it will play to an American audience, its very Kiwi and I don't know if its weirdness will translate.
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Jun 05, 2014
I'm Canadian and watched it here on Canadian TV and loved it. It has its Kiwi elements, I suppose, but not so much that it becomes confusing or a turnoff. Expect the American showing to be somewhat edited for language and nudity....
I didn't even realize it got cancelled - I just thought it ran its course. So it's not like you're left hanging at the end - it all wraps up nicely.
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Jun 05, 2014
Yeah gotta agree I enjoyed Almighty Johnsons, also watched them all on Space in Canada. But im sure Syfy will cut the nudity and such
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Jun 05, 2014
Lol I almost forgot it had nudity. There were quite a lot of tits when I came to think about it.
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Jun 05, 2014
To be fair though, there isnt really much nudity ever on the show so it shouldnt be a huge problem, unlike SyFys plan to air Spartacus.....
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Jun 05, 2014
I'm a Lithuanian and I don't know what you guys are talking about.
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