Next Up For AMC: Aliens!

... AMC first gained fame for its unusual stories of ad men in the 1960s and a chemistry teacher who cooks meth, but now it's headed toward more typically geeky fare. This started last October with the zombies of the The Walking Dead (cool!), and now it might continue with aliens (also cool!): The network is developing a series about mankind's first contact with aliens, and unlike everything else with Michael Bay's stamp on it that ends with explosions, human slavery, and lizard skin, this project as being described as a "realistic take." So no half-man, half-alien babies? [EW]

... Summer and network television just don't mix. ABC has released its summer schedule, and oh boy, no one is even trying anymore. Look for Wipeout, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, and Rookie Blue on June 16; Amazing Race rip-off Expedition Impossible and the military hospital drama The Hot Zone to premiere on June 21; new reality competition Take the Money and Run on July 28; and Bachelor Pad and America's Karaoke Challenge on August 8. I'll be hanging out exclusively with cable this summer, for sure. [ABC via press release]

... Consider this an announcement that an announcement is coming soon. Just a day after Lights Out was sent to the canvas by FX, word is that Justified and Archer are ripe for renewal. Expect official word soon, at which point you and I can exchange a very macho high-five. Eyes on the elbow! [Deadline Hollywood]

... SNLer Maya Rudolph will return to NBC, as she's committed to a comedy pilot for the network. She'll star opposite Christina Applegate in an untitled project that follows a mom (Applegate) and a stay-at-home dad who are raising kids. Rudolph will play Applegate's best friend. [TV Guide]

... HBO's Game Change continues its impressive casting, adding Woody Harrelson to the drama about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign for thepresidency. The Cheers star will play John McCain's campaign manager. Ed Harris will play McCain and Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hickory dickory dock, Andrew Dice Clay is joining Entourage. [ET Online]

... Oliver Stone is setting up a conspiracy drama for FX about a secret group of people who create fake news stories to advance clients' agendas. You know, like Fox News. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Adrian Pasdar, who played Nathan Petrelli on Heroes, is taking a lead role on an NBC workplace comedy pilot. The untitled project follows a woman who helps people adjust to sudden career changes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... From one remake to another! Justin Bruening, who starred in NBC's atrocious Knight Rider remake, has joined the cast of NBC's sure-to-be atrocious Wonder Woman remake. Bruening will play a possible love interest for the double-W, like duh, obviously. [TV Line]

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