Pushing Daisies Creator is Back on TV

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... TV supergenius Bryan Fuller, the man behind the late Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, and Wonderfalls, is returning to television. Fuller has sold his latest project to Syfy, which is ramping up its efforts with several new original series. Fuller's newest offering, The Lotus Caves, is based on the book of the same name that follows colonists who go beyond the boundaries of their lunar settlement and discover a system of caves ruled by super-intelligent pie-makers. I mean aliens. [Syfy via press release]

... When you are a big-time TV producer, you sometimes forget that there are other people in the world. Because you are a huge jerk. Mark Gordon, producer on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, and Army Wives, attended a table read for Lifetime's Army Wives and launched into a recreation of a scene from the movie Blazing Saddles. He reportedly grabbed someone (or himself) in a headlock and screamed (apologies for language), "I'm going to kill you nigger... nigger." Now, that can be funny when it's in a Mel Brooks movie and African-American actor Cleavon Little does it, but when it's some rich white guy who does it in a meeting with multiple African-American actresses in attendance (Gabrielle Union and Wendy Davis), it's worthy of TV.com's Bonehead of the Day award. Gordon has since apologized. [Deadline Hollywood]

... I thought this had already happened, but apparently I'm an idiot. AMC has made it official: Its next series will be the show formerly known as The Killing (it's currently untitled), based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen. The mystery is set in Seattle and follows the police investigation of a girl's murder. Big Love's Mireille Enos will star, with Billy Campbell and Michelle Forbes also in the cast. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jennifer Lopez will NOT be an American Idol judge, and you'll never believe why! She made too many "unreasonable" demands! I know, weird, right? Apparently J-Lo wanted $20 million and her own makeup/wardrobe trailer, complete with an elite team of stylists. She also demanded a unicorn for traveling around the set. [The Live Feed]

... Jack Black's next TV guest appearance won't be where you expect it to be. The "funny" man has landed a stint on Nickelodeon's pedophile paradise hit iCarly. He'll play a "videogame nemesis" to Spencer. [EW]

... Marcia Gay Harden, who can act circles around anyone, is returning to Law & Order: SVU to reprise her role as federal agent Dana Lewis. She'll reappear in the eighth episode of the upcoming 12th season. [TV Guide]

... Former Prison Break baddie Robert Knepper has found a new show to be all evil on. Knepper will appear on the upcoming NBC show Chase as an ex-gangster who gets back into the naughty side of things. Knepper was last seen on that horrible show Heroes. Did I just say Heroes was horrible? Yeah I did! Bring it, Heroes fans! [Vulture]


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