News Briefs: Deadwood's David Milch Is THIS Close to Returning to HBO With a New Drama Pilot

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SHOW ME THE MONEY!

David Milch, the creator and brilliant mind behind shows like Deadwood and Luck, is nearing a green light at HBO for his drama pilot The Money. The project would tell the story of a dynastic New York media family and has been described as being typical Milch. Preliminary casting is underway; someone please alert Ian McShane. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Not wanting to be upstaged and replaced in our crazy hearts by the recent shenanigans of fellow child star Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an exclusive 90-minute post-rehab interview. The interview is set to air August 18 on OWN, Oprah's cable network. But that's not all, OWN is also producing an eight-part documentary series featuring Lohan that will air in 2014. Take that, Bynes! [EW]

... Some guys you may have heard of named Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen are teaming up for Cinemax's The Knick, a new series about Knickerbocker Hospital and the doctors and nurses who push the boundaries of medicine in downtown New York in 1900. Production begins in September and the series will debut in 2014. [Cinemax via press release]

... The Talk's ratings continue to impress the people who watch The Talk. The show recently attracted its largest audience to date since its premiere three years ago. According to Nielsen estimates, The Talk averaged 2.62 million viewers last week, up from 2.544 million during the week of June 24. [Variety]

... Ignoring my pleas for a competition-based reality program in which the 75 country music awards shows that currently exist fight to the death for the chance to be crowned the One True Country Music Award Show, ABC and the Country Music Association have announced that the 47th Annual CMA Awards will be televised live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 6. [ABC via press release]

... Charisma Carpenter, she of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Veronica Mars (seriously, I can keep going) fame, is set to host a new true-crime series on Investigation Discovery called Surviving Evil. The show premieres August 28 at 10pm and presents the true stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and survived. I suppose Carpenter probably knows something about that after all those times she stared down vampires and monsters and giant evil snakes and survived. Except that one time she didn't... [Investigation Discovery via press release]

... HBO's new comedy series Hello Ladies is probably exactly what you just imagined in your head while reading this sentence. The show stars Stephen Merchant (of the U.K. version of The Office and HBO's Extras) as Stuart, an awkward web designer from England who recently relocated to Los Angeles to seek excitement and romance. The series premieres September 29 at 10:30pm. Christine Woods (Go On), Nate Torrence (Get Smart), and Kevin Weisman (Alias) are also set to star. [HBO via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) is set to return to Fox's New Girl for two episodes early in Season 3. Wever plays Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) college girlfriend, with whom he rekindled his romance late in the show's second season. Considering Wever is only booked for two episodes, I have a good idea as to who Schmidt chooses in the Cece vs. Elizabeth battle. But then again, this is Schmidt we're talking about, so it's entirely possible he'll choose his driving moccasins and sharkskin laptop sleeve. [EW]

... Peter Weller (ALIAS: RoboCop) will guest-star in Season 6 of FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy. He'll play a ruthless ex-cop who's now working at the port in Stockton, and who has a run-in with the boys of SAMCRO. I predict this will turn out well. Weller previously directed five episodes of SoA. [THR]

... Rome actress Indira Varma has been cast in the fourth season of HBO's Game of Thrones as Ellaria Sand, the promiscuous lover of new character Prince Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal. [EW]

... Esai Morales (NYPD Blue, Caprica) is joining Criminal Minds as Matt Cruz, the new BAU section chief. He will make his first appearance in the third episode of Season 9, which premieres September 25 at 9pm. [TV Guide]


REQUIRED READING

... What makes Franklin & Bash such a perfect pop-culture punch line? From its stars who are just famous enough to its storylines full of throwback hijinks, Vulture breaks it down. [Vulture]

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