News Briefs: USA Is Moving Forward With a WWII Alien Invasion Drama

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GENRE SHOW? PERIOD-PIECE SHOW? WHY NOT BOTH?

... USA Network is setting out into barely charted territory twice with one show! The network has ordered a pilot for Horizon from The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd, provided it gets the right cast. The show would be set during WWII and follow a woman who believes her husband was killed fighting aliens—not the Japanese—in the South Pacific. One thing leads to another, and in the all conspiracy-unraveling she becomes instrumental in preventing an alien invasion. [Deadline Hollywood]


LOTS OF BUSINESS TIME

... HBO has ordered a pilot for Silicon Valley from Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge. The comedy takes place in the high-tech gold mine of Silicon Valley, where "the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success" i.e. nerds. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Are you a fan of stupid ideas? Then you'll love this latest one from Fox! The network has ordered a pilot for Babes on a Bus, a reality show that will put 10 women on a bus and drive them around the country as they seek the love of their life. At the end of the week, the women can choose to stay in the town they're visiting or get back on board to travel to the next destination. If you just read this whole blurb, you're now 30 IQ points stupider. Sory abowt that but if it maks yu feell beter I jus lost 130 iq ponts writting t. [The Wrap]

... Comedian Hannibal Buress (The Eric Andre Show) will be the focus of a new ABC comedy project. Buress will write and star in a show that has him playing a cop in a small town, the fourth cop comedy in development at the network. ABC = Always Buy Cop (Comedies) [Deadline Hollywood]

... PBS has picked up a second season of British drama Call the Midwife, a delightful little series which I've never seen! [Washington Post]

... Lifetime has ordered eight one-hour episodes of Preachers' Daughters, a reality series that follows the teenage daughters of pastors. Everyone is going to Hell for this. [Lifetime via press release]

... The WGA has announced the nominees for its Writers Guild Awards, handing out nods to Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Homeland, and Mad Men on the drama side, and 30 Rock, Girls, Louie, Modern Family, and Parks and Recreation on the comedy side. Click the link for a full list of nominees! [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's Up All Night is undergoing one more change. The second half of the current season is due to make the shift from single-camera comedy to multi-camera comedy, and it will now do that with a new showrunner: Linda Wallem (Nurse Jackie) will replace Tucker Cawley. And then Christina Applegate's character will be changed into a man, the baby will become a talking dog, and the show will be set during the Civil War. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is learning that we're all sick of stupid dancing and is considering a reduction in its Dancing With the Stars cycles. The fading reality show may cut back to just one cycle per season instead of the two it currently airs. NBC, meanwhile, is thinking of airing a new season of The Voice every Tuesday. [NY Post]


SORTA CASTING NEWS

... Celebrity diving shows are ALL THE RAGE among like two people in charge of making decisions at ABC and Fox. ABC has Celebrity Diving in the works, and Fox announced today that it will debut Stars in Danger: The High Dive on January 9, well before ABC does its first cannonball. Among the "stars" jumping into water on Fox's version are Jersey Shore's JWOWW, Kim and Kyle Richards from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, former NFL receiver Terrell Owens, and grandmother heartthrob Antonio Sabato Jr. Yep, someone got paid a lot of money to come up with this. [THR]

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