News Briefs: Guillermo del Toro Is Partnering with FX on a Non-Wussy Vampire Series

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BUSINESS TIME

... FX has ordered a pilot that sounds awwwwwesome. Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) will produce and write The Strain, based on the trilogy of novels he wrote. The series details a vampire outbreak, and will differ from the rest of pop culture's vampires in that these guys don't sparkle or romance your teenage daughter, they just rip people to shreds and drain them like Capri Suns. Lost's Carlton Cuse will run the series if it makes it to series, with del Toro directing as many episodes as possible. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox is developing America's Son, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C. in the vein of Hamlet. The drama, which comes from The West Wing writer Paul Redford, follows the son of a recently killed president as he uncovers family secrets and learns that his father was murdered. Sounds like another project that belongs on cable. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC is in talks to revive the canceled NBC show The Playboy Club. Wait, that's not right. TLC is in talks to revive the canceled NBC show Who Do You Think You Are?, the reality program that digs up the pasts of celebrities' ancestors. [Bloomberg]

... Spike TV has ordered to series Urban Tarzan, another one of those docu-reality shows that chases professional animal wranglers as they extract beasts from people's backyards. This time, the focus is on a guy who legally changed his name to UrbanTarzan. I'm sure he's a regular Joe like you and me. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Stephen Colbert will be making a guest appearance on The Office! The former Daily Show correspondent will play Broccoli Rob, a guy who used to be in an a cappella group with Andy. Look for Colbert in the Halloween episode. [EW]

... Sherilyn Fenn, my first love, is acting again and joining the Starz series Magic City. The Twin Peaks star will play a madam at a brothel paid for by Ben Diamond. I don't care if they're fake and plucked to hell, she still has the best eyebrows on the planet! [THR]

... Missy Pyle (Galaxy Quest) will guest-star on the NBC midseason comedy 1600 Penn. She'll play a secret service agent who looks after one of the president's daughters. [TV Guide]

... Diane Kreuger (Inglourious Basterds) has landed the lead in the FX pilot The Bridge. The series follows two detectives—one in the U.S. and one in Mexico—as they track down a serial killer who's doing the murder thing in both countries. Kreuger will play a cop from El Paso, Texas who's said to be a bit uncouth, with offensive and comedic results. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Eric Kripke is looking to old friends for help with his new show Revolution. Kripke has asked three actors from his former show Supernatural to guest-star on the new NBC series. Mark Pellegrino, who played Lucifer on SPN, will play a militia officer in Episode 3; Todd Stashwick, who played Dracula in the underrated "Monster Movie," will play a drug lord; and youngster Colin Ford, who played young Sam, will play a kid whose brother was abducted by the militia. How about we bring on Jensen Ackles as a hunky shirtless dude, too? [TV Line]


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