News Briefs: TNT Orders Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir to Series

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DONE DEALS AND DEVELOPMENT

... TNT has finally given the green light to L.A. Noir, the period drama that was announced like 67 years ago or maybe 18 months ago. It's the project Frank Darabont created after he was kicked off of The Walking Dead and it centers on the world of cops and crimes in 1940s and 1950s Los Angeles. However, TNT has ordered six episodes to start. That could have something to do with Darabont's notorious attention to detail, which is a euphemism for TOTAL CONTROL. Anyway, the drama stars The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn, as well as Milo Ventimiglia, Neal McDonough, and Simon Pegg. [TNT via press release]

... TNT has also put an adaptation of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein book series into development. This twist on the classic centers on a new version of Doctor Frankenstein, Victor Helios, living in New Orleans 200 years after he thought he killed his beast creation (Victor is staying alive with some tricky science), but the monster is alive and well and living in New Orleans too. So they both get an apartment together and hilarity ensues! Oh wait, that's not right. They battle each other to the death. Was the original Frankenstein story that boring, Mr. Koontz? [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has ordered a show called Bake Off to series. It's based on the British series The Great British Bake Off. It's a reality competition program featuring contestants seeing how high they can get I WISH!!!! It's a reality competition featuring Americans baking things. Apparently it's a huge hit in England, but then again, so are baked beans for breakfast. [CBS via press release]

... ABC is adapting the Dutch series Vuurzee under the name of Sea of Fire. The would-be series would follow murders, kidnappings, and teen porn movies that tear apart a small town. Apparently the series drew comparisons to Twin Peaks, which these days means it would probably be a better fit for cable. [Deadline Hollywood]


RATINGS RATINGS RATINGS

... More debatings for the ratings! President Barack Obama and Businessman Mitt Romney got on stage and pointed fingers at each other again last night, and 65.6 million people watched. That's a couple million below the last presidential debate, so maybe they'll get renewed for another debate! NBC beat all other networks with 13.8 million total viewers. [EW]

... Maybe those two million fewer people were watching Emily Owens M.D.? The CW's new medical drama debuted last night against the debates and drew 1.7 million viewers for a 0.5 adult demo rating. That's not that great. [EW]


DIDN'T FIT ANYWHERE ELSE NEWS

... There will be a bit of a crossover episode between Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 on October 30. DTTBIA23 will host, when June makes a video—think fan-made YouTube tribute video—of Chloe in a fake relationship with one of the Happy Endings guys. But which one? [TV Guide]


CASTING NEWS

... Dylan McDermott is joining the rest of his old buddies and guesting on American Horror Story: Asylum. McDermott famously and furiously masturbated in the first season as the cheating husband of the haunted house. He joins fellow returnees Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, and Zachary Quinto in Season 2. [EW]

... Terriers' Donal Logue will guest-star on Sons of Anarchy as a U.S. Marshal. Look for him in the final three episodes of Season 5. [EW]


LOVE IS AN ILLUSION NEWS

... Emily Maynard and Jef Holm, the "winners" of last season's The Bachelorette, have called off their engagement, which means there are two more lunatics out there in the dating pool SO LOOK OUT! [EW]

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