News Briefs: The Coen Brothers Are Getting Into TV

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BIG NEWS

... Film geek favorites the Coen brothers (No Country For Old Men, Fargo) are working on a television project with Fox. Harve Karbo is an hour-long single-cam comedy (hour-long single-cam comedy!?!?) about a Los Angeles private eye who takes cases that just so happen to put him in touch with Hollywood's elite. It's still far from becoming a series, though; so far, Fox has only ordered a script. [THR]

... Stoner geek favorite Snoop Dogg is one step closer to clouding up your TV. NBC has taken the chance on Don Reo's family sitcom project, which stars Mr. Dogg as the dad. Please let this make it to air, please! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sci-fi and comic geek favorites Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Robert Orci (Transformers), Seth Green (Robot Chicken), and Michael Dougherty (X-Men 2) are teaming up on a project called Ex-Comm at ABC. The show is described as a "presidential procedural" that's set in the present day and follows a secret government team that investigates odd occurrences. It's like The X-Files meets The West Wing and will no doubt be called X-Wing, which is awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Favreau is also working with CBS on a comedy project called Tweaked, about the dating life of single parents in Los Angeles. Ex-Comm sounds a million times better. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... X-Men's James Marsden (he played Cyclops) will guest-star on 30 Rock sometime this season. There are no details on the role he'll play yet, but we're guessing he'll have eyes (or a single eye, HAHA, X-Men humor!) for Liz Lemon (Tina Fey). [EW]

... Also guest-starring on 30 Rock will be Denise Richards. [Denise Richard's Twitter]

... To dispel the rumor that they're the same person, hottie Lizzy Caplan (Party Down, True Blood) will guest-star on Zooey Deschanel's New Girl. Their presence on the same set will form the hottest, sexiest place on Earth and create a vortex that will destroy the universe. But it will be so worth it. P.S. If the sexual black hole doesn't happen for whatever reason, Caplan will play a chick who is pursued by Jess's roommate Nick for three episodes. [TV Line]

... Charles S. Dutton (Roc) will guest-star on Criminal Minds as a boxing trainer who finds out his favorite student is a serial killer. I told you that right hook was lethal! [Theater Mania]

... TNT's upcoming series Perception, starring Eric McCormack has lined up some guest-stars! They are: Edward Furlong and Tom Sizemore! It's like a who's who of where have these guys been? [TV Guide]


NOT-THAT-EXCITING NEWS

... Eddie Murphy might return to Saturday Night Live, where he once advanced society's understanding of colored people. Specifically green people. As Gumby. [NY Post]

... Xbox Live is going to incorporate streaming television from Bravo, Comcast, HBO Go, and Syfy. Look for it this holiday season if you can pry yourself away from playing Elder Scrolls IV: Skyrim. Free-roaming dragons, dude! FREE-ROAMING DRAGONS! [Deadline Hollywood]

... A.C. Nielsen Jr, the man who made the Nielsen Ratings system what it is today, has passed away at the age of 92. [NY Times]


REALLY REALLY SAD NEWS

... A sad farewell to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away at the age of 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I don't even know what Apple TV does, but I know he changed the world thanks to his invention of a computer that I know how to use. RIP, Steve. [Everywhere]


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