News Briefs: Conan O'Brien Sold a Comedy Project to Fox

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SLOW NEWS DAY HEADLINE NEWS

... Conan O'Brien's Conaco production house has sold a new comedy project to Fox. Bob's New Heart Show follows a young doctor who undergoes a heart transplant and has a change of, err, heart with regard to his hard-partying lifestyle and decides to move back to his hometown and head up a small practice. The project's creator, Ben Wexler, is currently a staff writer for Community's fourth season. But then again he also wrote on Nikki. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... Starz is co-producing Crime, a drama from writer William Monahan (The Departed) about bad guys in 1960s Britain. If Crime makes it to series, Starz would have North American broadcast rights. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Al Jazeera has acquired Al Gore's Current TV, giving the Qatar-based news network a foothold in the American media circus. The company is expected to rebrand the channel as Al Jazeera America and produce original content out of New York. CNN just pooped its pants. [NY Times]


CASTING NEWS

... Jerry O'Connell has joined the cast of the untitled CBS pilot about four dudes, several of them divorced, who live in a short-term rental complex following upheaval in their lives. O'Connell will play Stuart, a gynecologist who's on divorce number two. Also staring are Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, and Chris Smith. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sandra Bernhard is guest-starring on ABC's The Neighbors. Yeah, that sounds about right. [TV Line]

... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has booked My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos and Lost's Harold Perrineau for guest roles. Look for them in the back-to-back episodes ending January and beginning February. [TV Guide]


SAD NEWS

... Patti Page, the singer who parlayed that job into a career on television, has died at the age of 85. Page sang the hits "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window" and later hosted The Patti Page Show on NBC. [NY Times]

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