News Briefs: Kyle Chandler's Showtime Pilot About the Catholic Church Is DOA

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CLOUDY EYES, EMPTY HEARTS

... I regret to announce that Showtime has opted to not move forward with Kyle Chandler's The Vatican pilot. The project, which lost Paul Attanasio as showrunner after the pilot was shot, was described as a "contemporary thriller about spirituality, power, and politics." There was also some business about reshoots coming back with problems. I have a feeling that's code for "Kyle Chandler was too good for this idea and we wanted to let him do something else with his life, even if it isn't that now-dead Friday Night Lights movie." [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... What happens in Vegas won't be staying in Vegas in the case of Modern Family. The comedy is currently planning an episode in which the entire extended Dunphy-Pritchett-Mitchell clan travels to Sin City. Executive producer Chris Lloyd says the idea is at 75 percent right now, but they hope to have it finished soon. [TV Guide]

... Saturday Night Live often holds showcases/auditions looking for new talent, and apparently the show held one in L.A. last night that was specifically for African-American women. Hey, SNL, that's probably not the best way to fix that particular problem of yours. [Deadline

... Ashley Benson of Pretty Little Liars is not a fan of Photoshop—or more specifically, what it's done to her face and the faces of her co-stars, in a new poster for PLL. I don't know what she's talking about, I think they all look wonderful.

Okay, I kid. It's refreshing to see a young actress speak out against the raging Photoshop-retouching problem that's seemingly everywhere at the moment. So thanks, Ashley. [E! Online]

... ABC has ordered four more episodes of Shark Tank, bringing the total episode count to 28 for the unscripted series' fifth season. I only just found out that this show does not actually have anything to do with people going shark-diving, and I'm horribly, horribly upset now. [THR]

... David Shore, who created a little something called House, has a new drama project in development at WGN America. It's titled American Dream (not to be confused with American Dreams, which ran on NBC from 2002 to 2005) and it's being described as a cat-and-mouse game between a Manhattan homicide cop and one of America’s top CEOs, where the former suspects the latter of being a murderer, as you sometimes do. Apparently the CEO "needs psychopathic games to refuel himself personally and professionally," and a cop uses this to "make inroads into a world he’s always wanted to inhabit—that of the rich and famous." I don't know about you, but that sounds like a perfect pair of roles for Hugh Laurie and Robert Sean Leonard. [Deadline]

... Pick up some beer and grab that Sound of Music Live! Drinking Game card, because NBC is bumping its annual broadcast of It's A Wonderful Life for an encore of the no-longer-live musical. And that shaking you just felt was Jimmy Stewart rolling over in his grave. It's A Wonderful Life will still air, but a week later. You can now catch it Saturday, December 20 at 8pm. [TV Guide]

... Duck Dynasty's one-hour Christmas special drew 8.9 million viewers last night. That means there were 8.9 million people NOT watching American Horror Story. For shame, America. For shame. P.S. Did you know that you can buy special Duck Dynasty-themed Chia Pets? [Deadline]

... Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter already has his next project lined up. FX has ordered a pilot from Sutter called The Bastard's Executioner, a period piece about a former knight under King Edward III who becomes the king's beheader. Sutter will work on his new baby once he wraps up Season 7 of Sons of Anarchy, which is expected to be the series' last. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Jamie-Lynn Sigler was once in one of the most admired dramas of all time, The Sopranos. Then she was in Entourage. Pretty steep drop-off, eh? Well, the exponential plunge ain't done yet. Sigler will guest-star on Fox's Dads as a love interest for Seth Green's character. Expect to see her in the January 21 episode if someone is torturing you and forcing you to watch Dads. (Editor's note: Tim wrote this one, so all you Dads and Entourage fans please don't say nasty things about Kaitlin.) [TV Guide]

... Eddie Matos, who appeared on soaps like All My Children and General Hospital, is heading to Hart of Dixie. He'll recur as Grandma Breeland's attractive Latino driver and romance one of the women of Bluebell. Considering Lemon is currently taking care of her grandmother, and Lemon's currently single, I'm betting it's Lemon. Which leads me to ask, "But what about Robert Buckley?!?!?!" [THR]

... AJ Michalka, sister of Hellcats' Aly, will guest-star on an episode of ABC's The Goldbergs. She'll play a wild child who befriends Erica. [TV Line]


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