News Briefs: Fox Buys J.J. Abrams' Robot Cop Sci-Fi Pilot

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BUSINESS TIME

... J.J. Abrams is teaming up with Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman and Fox for a new pilot about a robo-policeman. The untitled sci-fi drama is set in near-future Los Angeles where regular flesh-and-blood cops are partnered with lifelike android cops that are indistinguishable from their human counterparts in every way except they aren't total dicks. [EW]

... Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter is changing direction with a new project at FX. He's sold a comedy to the network called Diva. Clown. Killer, which might star his wife Katey Sagal as the titular Diva, a washed up '80s rock star. She has a son who works as a party clown, and there's an assassin in there somewhere, too. I'm guessing this is the project Sutter was referring to when he called me a "douche" in response to a piece I wrote on FX cutting back on taking risks. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has purchased the comedy Bastards from writer Jason Micallef (who penned the upcoming filmButter). The series is about a "family who has never met." You all should get really excited about this project because it's going to knock your frickin' faces off. And also go see Butter when it's in theaters in early October because it's hilarious! (How was that, Jason?) [Deadline Hollywood]

... American Pickers creator and star Mike Wolfe has sold a scripted comedy to CBS. The project is a workplace comedy set at an antiques and collectibles sho-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cee Lo Green will be the centerpiece of a new family sitcom in development at NBC. The Voice mentor will star in a show loosely based on his life (aren't they all?) about a man who juggles his pop-star life with his domestic life. Oh man! Where do they come up with these? [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Tina Fey is guest-voicing an upcoming episode of The Simpsons. The 30 Rock star will play a substitute teacher who doesn't take kindly to Lisa for some mysterious reason. I'm guessing it's because she's a yellow, four-fingered freak with a head shaped like a caricature of the sun. [EW]

... Ryan Murphy has announced that Frances Conroy is returning to American Horror Story for Season 2 (called American Horror Story: Asylum). She played a maid in Season 1, and will play "the ultimate angel" in Season 2. [Ryan Murphy's Twitter]

... Christina Ricci will guest-star on The Good Wife, joining a slew of guest actors already booked for Season 4. Ricci, last seen in ABC's Pan Am, will play a controversial female comedian who needs Alicia's help. [EW]

... Are you ready for a Raver-lution? Haha, that's some The Beatles humor for ya. Grey's Anatomy vet Kim Raver is joining the cast of Revolution in a recurring role as [SUPER TOP SECRET]. If the show makes it that far. [TV Line]


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