News Briefs: Castle Might Get Renewed Twice

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CASKET NEWS

... ABC WILL renew Castle, eventually. And when it does, it might do so for two seasons. The holdout on the news shouldn't scare fans, as ABC hasn't renewed a darned thing yet. Expect official word no later than next Tuesday, when ABC holds its Upfront presentation in New York. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... TNT has ordered the Howard Gordon (Homeland) project Legend to series. The drama stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as a spy whose specialty is disguise, allowing him to become a different person for each mission he takes on. Yesterday, TNT ordered the thriller The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane as the captain of a Naval destroyer after nuclear war destroys most of the world. What's going on at TNT? Both of these series sound good. I mean, they're no Franklin & Bash, but they're a step in the right direction. [TNT via press release]

... Starz is developing a new drama with Piers Morgan called Fleet Street. The series would be about the rise of tabloid journalism in 1970s London as told through the eyes of an American journalist. Proving networks share a single brain, this is the second drama about the birth of tabloids put into development in the last two weeks. FX is working on adapting James Ellroy's novel Shakedown, about a private detective turned tabloid reporter in 1950s Los Angeles. [Starz via press release]

... Showtime's The Borgias might not get re-elected for a fourth season. If the current third season is the series' last, then hope is that the show would wrap things up with a two-hour movie. [Deadline Hollywood]

... BET has canceled the series Don't Sleep!, apparently. If anyone out there knows what Don't Sleep! is, please let the rest of us know in the comments. [The Root]


CASTING NEWS

... Colin Ferguson, Eureka's Jack Carter, is staying at Syfy and will join the cast of Haven as it enters its fourth season. Ferguson will play a character named William, a mystery man who crosses paths with FBI agent Audrey Parker. [Deadline Hollywood]

... How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris is the host with the most, and word is he'll return as emcee to the Tony Awards for a fourth consecutive year. There is nothing in the world that goes better together than Harris and the Tonys. [NY Daily News]

... Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, is going from handsome (supposed) king to just handsome prince. Madden has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella film. Prince in the North! Lily James (Downton Abbey) will play Cindy, Cate Blanchett will play the wicked stepmother, and Kenneth Branagh is directing. [USA Today]


SAD NEWS

... The Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper passed away this morning at the age of 84. Cooper played Katherine Chancellor on the daytime soap for 40 years, won one Emmy, was nominated nine more times, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. [TV Line]


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