News Briefs: FX Orders Its Own Homeland from the Creators of Homeland

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BUSINESS TIME

... "Get me a Homeland!" —Every network boss right now. And FX just got its second. Cold War drama The Americans is set to debut next month, but FX isn't done with political dramas. The network has ordered the series Tyrant direct from the creators of Homeland, producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff (who created the Israeli series Homeland is based on). Tyrant follows an American family that gets caught up in chaotic Middle Eastern politics when the dictator of an Arab nation dies and his American son becomes the head of the country. Yes, this is a drama. [FX via press release]

... Fox has started development on Upstairs, a series based on a comedy short by Shawn Wines. The premise is this: A normal guy lives with his rich friend in an apartment in New York City and a hot chick lives across the hall. It'll bluntly cover the difficulty of living in New York City. The original short is embedded below, but it will just make you mad knowing that someone got a TV deal out of it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Mexican-American pop star Jenni Rivera was killed in plane crash on Sunday that killed everyone on board. Last week it was announced that ABC and Rivera were working together on a new series Jenni, which would've starred Rivera as a single mom. Rivera was also the focus of the reality television program I Love Jenni on Spanish-language Mun2. [Variety]


CASTING NEWS

... Another excuse to post that picture of Brooklyn Decker? Fine. Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Decker will guest-star on The League as Gina Gibiatti, a former high-school classmate of the guys who insults them 'til they weep like babies. Also, she'll be attractive. Decker recently booked a guest role on New Girl. [EW]

... Eliza Dushku has been cast in the pilot The Saint from production company MPCA. The series is another remake of the Leslie Charteris book series that spawned the Roger Moore television series and Val Kilmer movie, and centers on crafty criminal Simon Templar as he steals from the rich and helps out the unfortunate. Dushku will play the female lead and love interest Patricia Holm. The project does not have a network attached yet, this sounds like something NBC would wet itself over. But that could be said about anything. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC may have canceled Last Resort, but Robert Patrick won't be completely out of work. The man who played COB will be upped to regular status on HBO's True Blood where he played Alcide's father last sason. Not a bad gig to fall back on. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Happy Endings will welcome RuPaul in a guest role. The part-time drag queen will play a hairdresser on the ABC comedy early next year. [TV Line]

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