News Briefs: LeBron James Fancies Himself a Producer Now, Is Developing a Sitcom at Starz


YOU DON'T GET RINGS FOR TV, LEBRON

... Traitorous NBA superstar LeBron James will executive-produce Survivor's Remorse, a scripted half-hour comedy series he's developing with Starz about two men from the streets of Philadelphia who rise to fame and then must deal with the consequences and hardships of being famous. Go home, LeBron, you're drunk. [Starz via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... In case you were having too much Labor Day fun and missed CBS's big news yesterday, the network and Time Warner have finally reached an agreement after what felt like a bajillion years, ending the weeks-long blackout. Programming resumed just in time for everyone to sit down and wonder what the hell is happening on Under the Dome. Don't worry if you missed it, though: Tim's review will tell you everything you need to know! [CBS via press release]

... Fox officially announced today that "Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning multi-platinum singer, musician, songwriter, composer and film/television and Broadway actor" Harry Connick Jr. will join Season 13 of American Idol as the third and final judge alongside Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. Do you think the guy was just like, "Well, I've done everything else. I guess I'll slum it for a bit?" [Fox via press release]

... TV fans in New York, it's your lucky day. Paley Fest, the TV festival held annually in Los Angeles by the Paley Center for Media, is coming to New York this year, from October 2-6. But there's a twist: Only series that are produced in New York will be there. Confirmed panels include Orange Is The New Black, Elementary, The Americans, Small Empires With Alexis Ohanian, The Outs, and Boardwalk Empire. [Paley Center for Media via press release]

... Production on One Life to Live has been suspended indefinitely while Prospect Park, the company that produces the newly revived online version of the soap, settles a lawsuit with ABC. Meanwhile, All My Children, which was also rebooted by Prospect Park, is still chugging along, just like Susan Lucci. [LA Times]


CASTING NEWS


... Pretty Little Liars' Lucy Hale will guest-star in the third season of ABC Family's comedy series Baby Daddy, airing sometime in 2014. There's no word yet on who she'll play, but we do know that Hale was cast after she mentioned to series star Tahj Mowry that she'd like to appear on the series. Baby Daddy will air its summer finale on September 4 at 8:30pm. [ABC Family via press release]

... Gil McKinney, most recently seen as Sam and Dean's grandfather on Supernatural, has been cast in the recurring role of Prince Eric on Once Upon a Time. He and Ariel (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) will both first appear in Episode 6, aptly titled "Ariel." [TV Line]

... Jason Priestley has now joined the ever-growing cast of CSI's 300th episode. He'll play a casino mogul whose reputation was ruined so badly that he became a crazy recluse. Bethany Joy Lenz of One Tree Hill signed on last week, not long after it was announced that Marg Helgenberger would be reprising her role as Catherine Willows in honor of the milestone event. [EW]

... Broadway vet Will Chase (Smash) is joining Nashville as Luke, a country music star and potential love interest for Connie Britton's Rayna Jaymes, because that girl apparently doesn't already have enough men in her life. [Broadway.com]

... Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. the Mountain a.k.a. the Super Mean Older Brother of the Hound, has been recast  on Game of Thrones. Again. After a brief portrayal by Conan Stevens in Season 1, and by Ian Whyte in a few episodes of Season 2, the latest iteration of the character will be played by Hafthor Julius Bjornsson in Season 4. Does anyone have Peter Capaldi's number? I have a feeling he's probably got a couple of tips to share with Bjornsson. [Zap2It]

... Ben and Kate's Dakota Johnson and Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam have landed the coveted roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Not long after the announcement was made, the internet did what the internet does and now a bunch of crazy people have signed a petition to recast the leads because they're not the actors the fans wanted. Internet, you so crazy. [Variety]


REQUIRED VIEWING


... Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies finally found some time to respond to a fan letter from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Mac (Rob McElhenney). So what if Mac "sent" the letter four years ago? Chase's response is still pretty great. And he included stickers! [Huffington Post]

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Harry Connick, Jr. is so talented. If I watched American Idol this news would seriously interest me!
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They sure picked some weird choices to play characters that are literally Edward and Bella.
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Noooooooooooo! Why would they sign up to this crap?! Why Charlie? Why Dakota? In what world do they actually think this will do well? Are they serious? I can't believe they're actually moving forward with this mess... That being said, I really feel bad for Charlie. He's an underrated actor, he's actually pretty good and he really deserves to be a star...but this won't do it for him. Pacific Rim was supposed to be his big break and that didn't work out, now I'm worried this will just kill his career.
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How did Pacific Rim not work out?
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I appreciated getting to watch Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson's season 10 premiere thanks to Time Warner and CBS wanting more eyeball revenue for NFL this week. And then I realized that it's still the only CBS show right now I give a squirt about.

Jason Priestley as a crazy recluse, shouldn't that be Luke Perry?

Holy shit, I can't believe they had Chase Utley read Mac's letter from a few seasons ago, and the stickers were the icing on the cake. That's absolutely hilarious. Thanks for sharing.
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Let it go Ohio. You're drunk.
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Internet shouls start a petition to not have that "book" made into a movie. And maybe burn all copies and have its existence wiped from humanity. Y'know, if there's time.
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Gregor getting recast made the news briefs, but Daario didn't? I'm shocked. Sure, the third recasting is news, but I thought for sure the first recasting of Daario should be on here...Plus, I was really hoping you'd know the reason. Did the first guy get a better job elsewhere? Did he lose interest? Did the GoT people decide they don't like his portrayal? I want to know!
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I'm not sure if the GoT people didn't like the portrayal of Daario but i know i didn't. Thanks for the good news!
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Charlie Hunnam, get out while you still can!!!
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"film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey"

And here I was hoping we could finally stop hearing about that crap. Why, humanity, why?
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Oh, the hardship of being a famous millionaire.
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Why protest? You can't make a movie based on Fifty Shades of Grey any worse. I'd go for broke and cast Gilbert Gottfried opposite Progressive Insurance Lady.
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all the more reason to never watch American Idol ever again.
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I was certain that the standoff between CBS and TWC would be conveniently settled prior to the start of the NFL season. I think they might well have let it drag on into the start of fall's normal programming but there was no way either side was going to incur the wrath of football (or handegg, as my Dutch friend calls it) fans.
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TWC kept the NFL network off their lineup for years, despite the wrath of (REAL vs sock her) football fans. Never underestimate the arrogance of a monopoly.
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Thumbs up for bashing soccer.
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