News Briefs: Damon Lindelof at HBO Would Be Pretty Cool, Actually

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BUSINESS TIME

... Are you ready for two-and-a-half great seasons of a six-season show? Just kidding, Lost fans. Lost co-creator and adamant finale-defender Damon Lindelof has a project in the works at HBO of all places. The project is based on the Tom Perrotta book The Leftovers, which follows those left behind in a cosmic event that some consider the Rapture. Sounds like a cool project for a guy who should thrive at HBO. But seriously, what was up with Aaron? Was he the Man in Black or Jacob reincarnated? Why did he have to be raised by Claire? Why... sorry. Back to work. [Deadline Hollywood]

... AMC is now in danger of losing another carrier. AT&T; U-Verse might be dropping the home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men because of AMC is asking for an increase in carriage fees. Guys, please! Just work it out! Dish Network is also currently in a holdout with AMC, and these games of chicken better end before Breaking Bad returns on July 15. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedy Central has ordered three new series. Anthony Jeselnik will topline a topical series, Amy Schumer will star in a sketch show, and Ben Hoffman will be the centerpiece of the sketchy The Ben Show, which will see Hoffman trying out new things each and every week. All three will be on the network's schedule in 2013. [Comedy Central via press release]

... The Walking Dead is getting its own magazine. I think we can fairly say this is too much. [The Wrap]


CASTING NEWS

... I don't know how you go from the sugary Glee to badass Vikings, but Jessalyn Gilsig is doing it. The actress who plays Will Schuester's ex-wife is joining History's Vikings as the wife of the lead character played by Gabriel Byrne. Travis Fimmel, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen, and Katheryn Winnick were also added to the cast but I don't know who any of those people are but I would totally get a beer with Gustaf because that's the kind of name a drinking buddy should have. [History via press release]

... Erinn Hayes, who is very funny, has joined NBC's sitcom Guys With Kids, which looks very unfunny. The Childrens Hospital star will play the role of naggy Sheila, the wife of Jesse Bradford's character. Erinn, you deserve more than this but hey, it's a paycheck. [EW]

... It's official! Ann Curry is OUT of Today, and she cried telling everyone the news on television. She's expected to be replaced by Savannah Guthrie. [MSN]


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