News Briefs: FX Casts Corey Stoll As a Vampire Hunter

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... Nice casting! FX has cast Corey Stoll as the lead in its upcoming vampire pilot The Strain. In case you already forgotten your recent binge, Stoll was a hot commodity after being the best part of Netflix's series House of Cards, playing the substance-abusing and adulterous senator Peter Russo. In The Strain, he'll play a head of the CDC during a viral outbreak that smells like vampirism. Guillermo del Toro is on board as a director, writer, and producer, and Lost's Carlton Cuse is lined up as producer and showrunner if it goes to series. [FX via press release]


... NBC made a few more scheduling decisions for its summer, with the highlight being a Sunday, June 23 launch for its new drama Crossing Lines. The series stars William Fichter and Donald Sutherland as members of the International Criminal Court, a group that chases down international crooks who operate over multiple borders. Yeah, this is the first time I'm hearing about this show, too. Also coming this summer, specifically July 11, are a pair of game shows. The Winner Is... is a singing competition hosted by Nick Lachey, and Hollywood Game Night is based on the real-life celebrity game nights that Sean Hayes hosts at his house. It's gonna be a long summer, NBC. [NBC via press release]

... Broadway Video and Yahoo! have reached a deal, which may not sound like much until you realize who Broadway Video is. The company owns the archive to Saturday Night Live, all 38 years of it. Starting in September, past episodes and clips of the sketch show will be available exclusively on Yahoo!, meaning that SNL will be pulled from and Hulu. [New York Times]

... You want to hear some totally quackers ratings news? The Season 3 finale of A&E's Duck Dynasty was watched by 9.6 million viewers, chalking up a 4.3 rating in the adult demo and demolishing the top network show (American Idol netted a 3.2 rating). Both numbers are a high for the network. Despite the protest of ducks everywhere, this continues to be a monster hit. A&E also confirmed a Season 4 in case anyone was still unsure whether A&E loved making money or not. [A&E via press release]

... YouTube is hosting a comedy week from May 19-25, featuring live events and program premieres from an impressive list of funny makers. Among those participating are Sarah Silverman, Ken Jeong, Norm MacDonald, Seth Rogen, Tim & Eric, and The Lonely Island. Just head on over to YouTube on May 19 at 5pm PT and get your insides ready for a chuckle workout. [YouTube via press release]

... AMC has ordered a pilot for Line of Sight, a sci-fi thriller from Brotherhood creator Blake Masters. In Line of Sight, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator survives a plane crash, and then his head nearly explodes from all the conspiracies and–let's just call it right here–ALIENS* that are involved in the accident. *may or may not include aliens, but it should include aliens. [AMC via press release]

... MTV is being so MTV and ordering a pilot based on the movie franchise Scream with absolutely no one connected to the project or any idea of what the show will be. They just want a pilot, darn it, and they're not going to let a thing like common sense stop them. Also announced today were the kids-of-a-sperm-donor docu-series Generation Cryo, Guy Code sorta spinoff Guy Court in which the rules of the code are upheld in fake court and oh my god I'm embarrassed to be a guy, and the nurse reality series Nurse Nation. Also, Snooki & JWoww has been renewed for a third season meaning their deal with the devil is still going strong. [Deadline Hollywood]


... We now have some details on The Office series finale, so turn away if you want to avoid spoilers! Go ahead! Turn away! Set months after the end of the documentary project, the episode will feature a wedding that brings back past and present Dunder-Mifflin workers, including guest-stars Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Malcolm Barrett, Matt Jones (Badger!), Andy Buckley, Mike Schur, and Bobby Ray Shafer. Steve Carell reportedly won't be there, but he's gotta be in this, right? The one-hour finale airs May 16. [THR]

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