News Briefs: NBC Officially Greenlights A.D., the Sequel to History's The Bible


... NBC has greenlit A.D., a 12-hour miniseries that will serve as a follow-up to the History Channel's miniseries The Bible. The project was first announced earlier this summer alongside the Rosemary's Baby miniseries that was greenlit last week. Although it has no official premiere date, NBC thinks A.D. will "most likely air in spring 2015." Specific! [NBC via press release]


... Pivot, the recently launched network marketed toward Millennials, has acquired the right to at least be on my radar. The network is launching a Women Empowerment programming block and will be airing episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars back-to-back Monday through Friday from 10pm-12am beginning January 13. This pleases me greatly, but 10pm to 12am? Seriously? I don't actually keep vampire hours. [Pivot via press release]


... Speaking of everyone's favorite P.I., a Veronica Mars reunion panel will kick off the Paley Center's annual PaleyFest celebration on March 13, 2014. That's a year to the day that the Kickstarter to fund the film was launched, and a day before the film hits theaters. This year's PaleyFest, which is moving to the Dolby Theatre, will also include panels for ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars and FX's American Horror Story: Coven. The full lineup will be announced on Wednesday, January 8, and tickets for the general public go on sale January 19. [TV Line]

... According to the stars of Downton Abbey, their costumes are not washed in order to make them look authentic, resulting in a smelly set. I suddenly understand why Dan Stevens was so vehement about being written off the show. I forgive you (a little bit), Dan. [The Telegraph]

... Another week, another article about Frank Darabont and The Walking Dead. This time, he's suing AMC for profits from the series. He alleges that the cable channel breached his contract and is now depriving him of tens of millions of dollars. This reminds me that I need to file my lawsuit against AMC for the emotional trauma I suffered as a result of the final season of Breaking Bad. [THR]

... Shakira and Usher will return as coaches alongside Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for Season 6 of The Voice. This news comes on heels of the lowest-rated end-of-season episode to date. Last night's first half of the Season 5 finale pulled in 12.7 million viewers and a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49, but was still down 21 percent from last fall's finale, and 11 percent from last spring's finale. Season 6 premieres February 24 at 8pm. [NBC via press release and EW]

... Hulu will premiere a new 3D sci-fi series starring Jewel Staite (duh) and David Hewlett (Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis) on January 18. Titled State of Syn, the project centers on Staite's Annika Drake in a story about an unstable futuristic society and a tech company that's manufacturing a new drug that's poised to become the new opiate of the masses (that's a paraphrased Karl Marx reference for all you folks who think my brain doesn't contain any useful information!). The series takes the form of 10 five-minute installments that use an "eye-popping, layered animation style that is like a graphic novel in motion." Whatever that means. [Hulu via press release]

... Jim Rome on Showtime, the sports talk series on Showtime (in case you forgot where it aired after you finished reading the beginning of this sentence) will return for Season 3 on January 15, when it will continue to awkwardly share the Wednesday original sports programming slot with 60 Minutes SportsJim Rome will air on the second Wednesday of every month at 10pm. [Showtime via press release]

... Girls is screening its Season 3 premiere in nine cities across the United States. Fans in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas,  New York, Philly, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. will have the chance to see the episode before the official premiere on January 12. [HBO via press release]

... Thanks to the kind folks at Shout! Factory, the first season of L.A. Law is being released on DVD February 25. This is awesome news for fans of the series, which ran on NBC from 1986-1994. This is also good news for Terriers fans, because according to my math, we'll only have to wait until 2038 for the series to be released on DVD! [Tampa Bay Times]

... In case you were wondering why Emily and Daniel's wedding chapel looked so familiar in this week's Revenge, it was filmed in the same location as Julie and Caleb's wedding during The O.C.'s Season 1 finale. Basically, if we hadn't already known Ems and Danny Boy were headed for doom, we'd have probably been able to infer that much anyway. [EW]

... The extremely talented Bruce Dern and Laura Dern will appear on Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, December 26 at 7pm. This is the first time in the show's 19-year history that a father and daughter have taken the stage together. [Bravo via press release]


... How I Met Your Mother's Ashley Williams has been cast to star opposite comedian Jim Gaffigan in his new single-camera comedy pilot at CBS. She'll play his wife Jeannie in the pilot, which is based on Gaffigan's real life. The comedy was actually ordered to pilot last season with Mira Sorvino in the role, but has been retooled, so please join me in praying to the comedy gods that this version doesn't suck. [Deadline]

... This is actually the opposite of casting news, but whatever. The Young and the Restless  has fired Michael Muhney (Veronica Mars) after six years. I don't even watch the soap and I'm angry about this. Someone hire this guy, stat! Save Sheriff Lamb! I mean, errr, Adam Newman! [TV Line]

...  Jane Seymour, Ed Asner, and Alanna Masterson (sister of series star Danny Masterson) will all guest-star in the third season of TBS's Men At Work. Seymour will play Jane Ellis, the elegant head of a publishing house who has an affair with Milo. Asner is Bob, a friendly, eccentric man who returns Neal's bag after he forgets it on a park bench; in return, Neal offers him an internship to keep his brain active. And Alanna Masterson is "Mopey Hipster Girl," who Tyler meets at a party. [TV Guide]