News Briefs: Lifetime (Yes Lifetime) Is Developing a Silence of the Lambs Prequel


... If you could choose one network to make a Silence of the Lambs show, it'd be Lifetime, right? The cable channel is in the early stages of developing Clarice, a drama following the Silence of the Lambs character Clarice starling that Jodie Foster played in the movie. The show would pick up on Clarice's life as a young FBI agent fresh out of the academy. And probably an abusive boyfriend who just didn't treat her right because she was forced into prostitution at a high-end gentleman's club! NBC is also developing Hannibal, based on Clarice's frenemy Hannibal Lecter from the film. [TV Guide]

... Ric Swartzlander will takeover showrunner duties on Cougar Town when it moves to TBS. Swartlander's last major contribution to comedic television was Gary Unmarried. Creator Bill Lawrence had previously announced he was stepping down. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TV Land has ordered a few more comedy pilots. I'm Not Dead Yet is a single-camera comedy about a man who discovers he had a heart condition that could kill him at any moment, so he starts doing whatever he feels like. Brothers-In-Law is multi-cam and follows two unlike dudes forced to hang out because they're married to or engaged to a pair of sisters. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin is looking to adapt The Exorcist for television with a twist. Talk about head-spinning news! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Feel free to use that one at a party. [Vulture]

... Fox may have passed on Rebounding, the comedy pilot starring Will Forte, but it's not dead. USA is talking about picking up the show, about a man dealing with the death of his fiancé with the help of his pickup basketball buddies, as a potential pairing for its Modern Family repeats. [Deadline Hollywood]


... JoAnna Garcia (Priviliged) has taken over the lead female role in Animal Practice, NBC's new comedy about a vet played by Justin Kirk. She'll play the manager of the animal hospital where Kirk's character works. MONKEY AMBULANCE! [EW]

... This may be the last we hear of Grant Bowler. The Lost and True Blood actor has landed the role opposite Lindsay Lohan in Lifetime's biopic about Liz Taylor and Richard Burton called Liz & Dick. Lock your dressing room door, Grant. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Britney Spears has reportedly (REPORTEDLY!) already stormed off set of The X Factor, where she's making her debut as a judge on the talent show. Apparently she got upset when the audience disagreed with some of her comments. This could be fun! [TMZ]

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