News Briefs: NBC Orders a Pilot from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural's Eric Kripke

Please pack your knives and go to News Briefs position #2, because NBC just picked up an Eric Kripke pilot!!!


... NBC has picked up a pilot from Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and J.J. Abrams. Revolution is a thriller set in a world where all forms of energy disappear. Please let this go to series please please please.[Deadline Hollywood]


... Bravo has ordered another season of Top Chef, a show considered by many sophisticated people to be the only reality show worth watching. The upcoming season will be the show's tenth, and continue its trend of increasing viewers' cooking abilities by 0.0000000001 percent. [Bravo, via press release]

... Fox has renewed the cooking competition show Kitchen Nightmares for a fifth season, which totally confuses me because I swear the show was already in Season 5. And our episode guide thinks so too. And so does Wikipedia. So who knows what's going on, really. [Fox, via press release]


... We all know that Breaking Bad has 16 episodes left in its life, but we don't know how (or if) those 16 episodes will be split up. Well, Anna Gunn (Skyler) told the L.A. Times that the final season will be broken up in two mini-seasons of eight apiece. AMC has yet to confirm any of this, though, so don't start burning trash cans just yet. [LA Times]


... Fox is tinkering with its schedule a bit. Alcatraz will now air its season finale on March 26, instead of slightly earlier in mid-March, as it would have done with double-episode nights. Starting March 12, the show will move to Mondays at 8pm and air alongside Touch. That move will let House end its season (and probably series) with no repeats once it returns on April 2. Similarly, Fringe will take three weeks off in March and finish its season with eight uninterrupted new episodes beginning March 23. [TV Line]


... TV Land's The Exes has been renewed for Season 2! Someone tell TV Land that it's okay to cancel a show. [TV Land, via press release]


... FX is developing a comedy from Dana Gould and Foo Fighters' frontman David Grohl. The project revolves around a band on the brink of stardom AND on the brink of breaking up that seeks therapy to stay together. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has renamed the upcoming Bryan Fuller remake of The Munsters. The new dark comedy will now be called Mockingbird Lane, after the street which the family of monstrosities lived on. [TV Line]


... Syfy has a new creature feature in the works called Bigfoot (yes, just plain old Bigfoot), and the cast is AWESOME. Rocker Alice Cooper, Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family), Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) will star. Oh man Sherilyn Fenn brings back memories. She made a man out of my hand when I was just a young man! [EW]

... Showtime's Masters of Sex has found its two leads. Brit Michael Sheen and super hottie Lizzy Caplan *drool* will portray real-life 1960s sexual revolution experts William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The chances of seeing Caplan nude are great in this one. [Showtime, via press release]

... John Leguizamo has signed a talent deal with ABC and will produce and star in a single-camera comedy about his life in New York City. Groan. Why do people think we want to see shows about their lives? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hey dude, Chris Klein (American Pie) will guest-star on Franklin & Bash. Bro-dacious! [EW]

... Henry Winkler (The Fonz, duh!) will guest-star on NBC's Up All Night as Ava's father. Look for him toward the end of the season. [TV Guide]

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