News Briefs: HBO Sets Premiere Dates for Eastbound & Down and Boardwalk Empire

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... HBO has set premiere dates for a few of its fall series. Boardwalk Empire returns for its fourth season on September 8 at 9pm, and Eastbound & Down starts its fourth and final season on September 29 at 10:30pm. I guess you can say that Eastbound & Down has been canceled, but we pretty much already knew that this would be its final season, seeing as it's the follow-up to the last time the show was supposedly canceled. Other HBO projects getting dates: the comedy movie Clear History, starring Larry David, premieres August 10 at 9pm, and Hello Ladies, starring Stephen Merchant looking for love, gets going September 29 at 10pm. [HBO via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... FX has done the right thing and canceled Brand X With Russell Brand, but it hasn't done away with Russell Brand entirely. After realizing that letting Brand do a live, daily show wasn't working, FX has opted to use him elsewhere and ordered a Brand-starring pilot loosely based on Brand's life, in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Game of Thrones is being watched by a lot of people. But how many people? Enough to give it the second-biggest audience among original HBO series, according to a collection of data put together by someone. Across all platforms it's notching about 13.4 million viewers per episode this season, which stands just below the 14.4 million that watched The Sopranos in 2004. [Vulture]

... FXX, the upcoming offshoot of cable network FX, has ordered its first original series in the animated Chozen, from the Eastbound & Down team of Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green. The series follows a white, gay rapper who's just been released from prison. What else would you expect from McBride? [FX via press release]

... Upcoming NBC comedy The Family Guide already has a new name. It's now called Growing Up Fisher, but we can probably also call it Should Be Canceled Any Day Now. [TV Guide]


CASTING NEWS

... Leverage star and internet sensation Christian Kane will guest-star on TNT's upcoming drama King & Maxwell. Kane will play the brother of star Rebecca Romijn's character in Episode 6. [TV Line]

... Ernie Hudson, the black guy from Ghostbusters, is close to joining Frank Darabont's upcoming '50s cop drama Lost Angels. Hudson would play a mobster in the employ of Bugsy Siegel who owns a bunch of clubs. [IndieWire]

... ABC's spouse-switcheroo Celebrity Wife Swap has announced six participants for the upcoming season, debuting June 23. Going through this traumatic experiment will be Bristol Palin and Joan Rivers, the wives of Rowdy Roddy Piper and "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, and former pop stars Nia Peeples and Tiffany. Why is this show not called Take My Wife... Please!? [ABC via press release]

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