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


BIBLE 2 NEWS

... 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]


WELCOME TO THE HELLMOUTH NEWS

... 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]


BUSINESS TIME

... 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]



CASTING NEWS

... 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]


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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.
And wasn't it also the chapel where 90210's Max (almost) got married?
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Yeah, Veronica Mars had some great female empowerment. Remember the episode where a feminist made a false rape accusation to exile the campus fraternity? And succeeded? And this was the happy ending? Demonstrating a proper use of power should be more important than empowerment itself. There have been many terrible people with power throughout history.
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NBC has officially made a sequel to the Bible. How could that possibly go wrong?

PaleyFest? Oh snap, I live in LA, I can go to a Veronica Mars reunion panel! Thanks for the head's up.

I like Jewel Staite and David Hewlett, but I dislike Hulu so much that I fear I won't seek that weird show out. Also, "eye-popping" is only acceptable use in press releases when talking about horror films that actually are popping eyeballs, other than that it is now a verbotten phrase.

Shout Factory is pretty great at geeky releases, so surprised to hear they're going with LA Law. They'll do a good job with it though.

Jim Gaffigan is a funny guy and a serviceable dramatic actor, but man do I not want to see his show become the next "According to Jim - Hotttt Pockets!"

Wait, there's still a soap opera airing?
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So you're getting me the complete Mary Hartman Mary Hartman collection for Christmas, right?
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$180 of pseudo-soapy goodness, my friend.
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Sequel to The Bible? I was hoping for a prequel: God being and angst-ridden teenager with an overbearing mother, bullied in school by other gods like Thor and Zeus, a lone weakling without a way to express itself. To pass its time God decides to create a little planet with life on it, so that it can escape into a fantasy world of tiny creatures that it can pick on to make itself feel better after all the bullying it has to endure. For six days it works on the planet, and the morning of the seventh it lights up a joint and chills for the rest of day. And thus Earth is created.

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I smell a pitch to The CW!
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Don't give them any ideas.
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Hey I keep vampire hours! Now whether or not I have Pivot is another story.....
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I was lying. I totally keep vampire hours. I'm really bad at sleeping.
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I'm going to be sad when Darabont settles out of court and we never find out the shady accounting practices AMC likely engaged in to start profiting off their one successful, in-house-produced original series.
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I saw Buffy and Veronica together in one picture and I got excited to read about the show they're doing together. Better luck next time.
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I love me some scifi :D
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Mira Sorvino, ha!
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"This pleases me greatly, but 10pm to 12am? Seriously? I don't actually keep vampire hours."

Oooo, I do!! .....but I don't own the zillion-dollar cable package that would include a channel as obscure as Pivot. And with both shows on DVD on my shelf the whole thing is moot.

Still, Pivot's on the right track so far.
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I'm very excited about State of Syn. Now don't screw it up!
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The guy in the AD picture looks like Matt Dallas from Kyle XY
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Frank Darabont should sue TNT for screwing him with the scheduling of Mob City. Yeah, lets put it on during Christmas, when everyone is too busy to watch tv. And nothing gets you in the festive mood like gangsters in the 1940's. Great show, but its being wasted right now and doesn't seem like it'll be picked up for more episodes.
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I think TNT realized what a dog they had on their hands and wanted to burn it off before the new fiscal year. Mob City is all flash, no substance.
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I'm enjoying it so far. But I love mob stuff. Especially stuff from this era. It's not as good as Boardwalk Empire, but I think this is worth the watch. Let's see if the last two episodes improve.
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I really hope it gets picked up, the feel of the show is something unique and not to mention that episodes 4 through 5 were great! If it doesn't we'll be sure to hear something about Frank Darabont and a curse, wouldn't seem to far fetched.
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Pivot seems like an interesting network, so of course I don't have it... but I've got Buffy and Veronica Mars on DVD so I don't think I'd be watching TV reruns of them anyway :p

I made that connection between Revenge and The OC.. Nolan's old house's exterior in season 1 also looked like the house Naomi and her sister bought in 90210, don't ask me what season because I stopped watching it around then.
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Awesome news about Jewel Staite and David Hewlitt's sci-fi project, looking forward to it.
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Not to be agist or anything. But Gaffigan has to be like 12 years older than Williams. And sadly none of the shows he has been in has lasted very long.
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What shows? I mean that seriously...
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He played a weatherman on a sitcom with Christine Baranski on CBS years ago called Welcome to Philly or something like that, and he was on a show on a show on TNT or TBS that from the promos almost looked like a precursor to New Girl.
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I know he has had recurring roles on a couple shows. Ed, That 70's. There was a show I came across called Welcome to New York. The most notable that I can recall would be My Boys.
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Actually, I am slightly familiar with him and that he's done TV work, but I couldn't tell you what. Oddly, I guess, I mostly know him from talk show appearances, not acting.
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That is true. I went to his IMDB page because I was sure that he was in more shows than just those few. I couldn't believe it was only maybe three with My Boys being the most prominent.
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I'll watch anything Jim Gaffigan is in. I understand Michael Ian Black has also been cast. I'll watch it anyway.
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I literally screamed at my screen when I saw that Muhney had been fired. Loved him on VM and was giddy as hell when he was cast as Adam. Michelle Stafford left, Billy Miller is leaving the same day as Muhney. There's only a few people I love left. If Greg Rikaart (David, Jack's bf on season six of Dawson's Creek) leaves or is fired...I'll be done with Y&R.
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I'm gone as of Jan 30. No Michael Muhney, no me!
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Ashley Williams playing Jim Gaffagan's daughter? Oh, cool. Wait, WIFE?

I love these two people and want to see them on TV, but...
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It's a TV show. Just because there's a 12-year age difference between the actors doesn't mean the characters are the same age as the actors. And even if the age difference is the same, so what?
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