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News Briefs: USA Doesn't Want Happy Endings

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UNHAPPY HAPPY ENDINGS NEWS

... When ABC opted not to renew Happy Endings we all thought, "Nothing to worry about, it's hilarious, someone will pick it up." That someone was supposed to be USA Network. Now they've decided they aren't picking it up, and the future of Happy Endings just got murkier. Sigh. Your move Netflix/Hulu/TNT/TBS/Public Access. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Starz has ordered the latest project from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore to series. Outlander, based on a book series by Diana Gabaldon, follows a WWII-era nurse who gets zapped back to 1743, where she's caught in a war between Scottish clans and ends up marrying a handsome young warrior. [Blastr]

... DVD commentaries for television shows range from insightful to snoozy; some participants are great, while others are barely able to feign interest. But here's an idea for one that sounds incredible: Community creator Dan Harmon weighing in on the show's fourth season for the DVD set. You know, the season that happened while he wasn't around, after he was fired at the end of Season 3 (this weekend, Harmon tweeted that he was returning to the series for Season 5). Harmon told the crowd at LA's Cinefamily that Sony TV came to him with the idea, and reconfirmed that he has still not seen a second of Season 4. Of course, while it seems fun for the rest of us, I wouldn't want to be Season 4 showrunners Moses Port or David Guarascio if it happens. [THR]

... Oxygen has renewed the tattoo reality show Best Ink for a third season, and also ordered two more skin-art shows. Tattoos After Dark follows the happenings during night shifts at a pair of parlors; Break Up Tattoos brings exes together to talk about their ill-fated commitment tattoos, then lets the former lovers fix 'em up.  Wasn't this network aimed at women at one point? Now it's just tattoo fanatics? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bravo has announced a premiere date for Eat, Drink, Love, and since neither of us know what that is, let's find out together. The show is "a docu-series about five single ladies clawing their way to the top of the male-dominated Los Angeles food scene." Great. August 11 at 9pm. [NBCU via press release]

... History Channel is debuting a series called God, Guns, & Automobiles on July 8. The reality show isn't as exciting as its title makes it sound and follows two Missouri auto dealers as they try to sell cars out of their Max Motors dealership. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS


... Dominic West (The Wire's McNulty!) will star in Showtime's relationship drama pilot The Affair. As you can tell by the title, it goes O.P.P. pretty quickly. West will play a nice, content husband who strays from his vows when he meets a woman he believes is his soulmate. The series will follow two marriages that get ruined by the affair and approach the fallout from both the male and female perspective. [Showtime via press release]

... Girls has added Michael Zegen (Boardwalk Empire's Bugsy Siegel, The Walking Dead's Randall) to its cast. The HBO series isn't saying who Siegel will play, but it's rumored that he'll help replace Christopher Abbott (Charlie), who left the show abruptly between seasons. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Alyssa Milano (ABC's Mistresses, which premieres tonight!) has been named the new host of Project Runway: All Stars, which will air its third season in the fall. Mistresses AND Project Runway: All Stars? The Milano Comeback Train is full steam ahead! [THR]

... IFC's parody miniseries The Spoils of Babylon is putting together quite the cast. The comedy, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Funny Or Die, will mimic the style of the epic miniseries of the '80s and '90s and will feature Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Tobey McGuire, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Tim Robbins, and Kristen Wiig. Six 30-minute episodes are being made for early 2014. [IFC via press release]

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