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

BUSINESS TIME

... 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]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... 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]

CELEBRITIES, THEY'RE INSANE!

... 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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I'll admit it, I'm pretty pumped for Animal Practice.
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If the Clarice TV show takes place after her FBI academy training, then the TV show wouldn't be a prequel as the page's headline says, because Clarice Starling was an FBI trainee when The Silence of the Lambs takes place.
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Lifetime? Say what?!
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Lifetime. Thats the channel where women are beat and raped? And then forced to watch Project Runway.
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Somehow I doubt Lifetime is going to hit a home run with their show, they generally amp up the cheese factor pretty high.



Not loving Bill Lawrence having to step away from Cougar Town, especially for the guy who ran Gary Unmarried which was so very sitcommy. Hopefully he can bring the good parts from that and leave behind the weaker ones.



I'm Not Dead Yet sounds like it could be good with the right idea, but TV Land is not the venue I'd expected that criteria to be found at.



I doubt Will Forte can carry a show, he's not terrible but he seems like a "friend of the main character" type.



Oh no, a casting change in Animal Practice, whatever are we going to talk about 15 years from now when the show is going strong and we wonder "what could have been?" AHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry, I couldn't help but laugh at this destined-for-cancelation show getting news updates.
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But it wouldn't be a Silence of the Lambs show if it's only about Clarice, right?



Will we see her trying to save the spring lambs from getting slaughtered?
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What? Silence of the Lambs on Lifetime? LMAO.
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Could be interesting, I look forward to seeing what exorcist adapted to tv would be like.
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So I'm guessing Clarice was raped, divorced and kidnapped a lot before she met Hannibal.
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Is it just a coincidence that networks pick up similar shows or shows based around similar topics (like The Silence of the Lambs) or do they hear of an idea and then "borrow" it? Either way, it's interesting how there are now two shows planned based on TSOTL. I can see some of the potential headlines, now. "Break out the fava beans and Chianti, Hannibal devoured Clarice in the ratings." "Hello Clarice, Goodbye Hannibal."



I like TV Land's original programming okay, but I miss the days when TV Land was loaded with classic programming.
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Didn't the sequel movie about Hannibal fail at the box office? can't help think this idea is too late to capitalize on the original story plus we know how it turns out, so what's the point?



Check local listings for ME-TV. It's sort of a syndicated network that has a bunch of classic shows. It may not be on your cable system either, as our Comcast doesn't carry it. We get it as channel 33. It's what TV Land should have been. The website is metvnetwork.com.
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It may have. I didn't hear much about the sequel aside from the normal movie promo stuff. Yeah, it does seem weird why they didn't try to make these shows after Silence Of the Lambs came out or after the sequel. They did that with The Firm television series, too. The TV series came out a long time after the film did.



Thank you for the link! ME-TV looks really interesting. Unfortunately, it says it isn't available in my area. I wish DirecTV would start carrying it.
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