News Briefs: Desperate Housewives Is Killing a Major Character

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DEATH ON WISTERIA LANE NEWS

... Rumor has it that a major character from ABC's Desperate Housewives is being killed off in a March episode! Will it be the older sexy lady or the sexy older lady? Or perhaps it will be that handsome older guy who caused trouble with one of the sexy older ladies? Place your bets in the comments! [EW]


DEVELOPMENT DEALS

... Ben Stiller will star, direct, and executive produce All Talk for HBO. The comedy, from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close author Jonathan Safran Foer, centers on a Jewish family in Washington, D.C. and is in discussions with Alan Alda to co-star. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has ordered a pilot for the single-camera comedy Like Father, which was written by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town). Not much is known about the project except that it's about a father-son relationship. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC went nutso with pilots today, ordering eight comedies. Okay, here we go; I'm only going to type this once, so read carefully. Single-camera comedy Friday Night Dinner comes from Greg Daniels (The Office) and follows a quirky family that has dinner every Friday night. Jimmy Fallon has an untitled multi-camera comedy in the works about a group of thirtysomething guys who are parents but haven't yet grown up. Multi-camera comedy Daddy's Girl follows a young woman who returns from overseas to find out her dad is dating the mean girl from her high school. Single-camera comedy Next Caller Please centers on a macho radio DJ and his new feminist co-host. Another untitled single-camera comedy is about a shy woman who plots revenge on her ex-boyfriend after he dumps her. Roseanne Barr's multi-camera comedy Downwardly Mobile, starring Barr as the matron of a trailer park, also got the nod. Single-camera comedy Go On features a sportscaster who finds help in group therapy sessions. Single-camera comedy Animal Kingdom follows a vet who loves the animals he cares for but hates their owners. Of all those, only Animal Kingdom sounds like something I'd watch. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The CW couldn't keep up with NBC and only ordered one pilot. First Cut is a lighthearted medical drama about a woman who becomes a doctor and learns that the professional world can be just as dismal as her pathetic high school life. Possible pairing with Hart of Dixie? [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... To everyone who's read The Walking Dead comics, there are no spoilers ahead. Everyone else, beware. Jon Bernthal, who plays Shane in the AMC adaptation of the comics, is eyeing a starring role in TNT's L.A. Noir. The series is from Frank Darabont, who was famously ousted from showrunning duties at The Walking Dead. Perhaps spoiling a character death by way of casting interest is his way of getting a little revenge? [Indiewire]

... Tia Carrere, who just joined Celebrity Apprentice, will guest-star on In Plain Sight. She'll develop a romance with Stan as his dance instructor. Look for her on March 23. Remember when she was the hottest thing ever in Wayne's World? [TV Guide]

... Also coming to In Plain Sight is former Twin Peaks hottie Madchen Amick. She'll play WITSEC's second in command. This begs the question: Who would you rather? Madchen Amick or Tia Carrere? Tough call, but I give the edge to Madchen since she was Twin Peak's Shelly Johnson. [EW]

... Pushing Daisies' Kristin Chenoweth will gust-star on Hot in Cleveland. She'll play a friend of the ladies from Hollywood who just broke up with her famous dermatologist boyfriend. [TV Guide]

... Paula Malcomson has landed the female lead in Showtime's Ray Donovan opposite Live Schreiber. The series follows a "fixer" who helps Hollywood's elite. Malcomson starred on Deadwood, Caprica, Sons of Anarchy, and regrettably, The Event. But we'll forgive her for that last one. [Deadline Hollywood]


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