Stephen King's Dark Tower Will Be Adapted for TV and Film

... Fellow dweebs, dorks, nerds: Our next TV obsession has been announced. Stephen King's epic book series The Dark Tower is coming to television. And film. In a huge move, rights to the series have been handed over to Ron Howard and buddies (the gang behind A Beautiful Mind) to turn the fantasy series into a movie, which would then lead to a television series. No time table has been set, but don't expect a project like this to see the light of day for a long time. The rights previously belonged to Lost braintrust J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Carlton Cuse (OMG why didn't THEY make it!?!?), but the trio apparently gave the rights back when they realized they wouldn't be able to do it justice. For those who aren't familiar with it, The Dark Tower is set in a vaguely Western fantasy universe that incorporates characters from all of King's books. This will be awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]

... President Obama took a few friendly jabs at emcee Jay Leno during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, saying Leno was "the only person whose ratings fell more than mine last year." Obama also said he was glad that he was speaking before Leno, because "we've all seen what happens when you take the time slot after Leno." Someone get this guy his own talk show. [THR]

... Showtime has announced launch dates for: Penn & Teller: Bullshit (Season 8, June 10), The Real L Word (series premiere, June 20), The Big C (series premiere, August 16). [THR]

... Prison Break's Sarah Wayne Callies has landed the female lead in AMC's upcoming zombie series The Walking Dead. She'll play Lori Grimes, wife of protagonist Rick (Andrew Lincoln), in the comic adaptation. [EW]

... Alec Baldwin is set to host Saturday Night Live's season finale, the actor says. If this sounds like a repeat, it should. Baldwin will be hosting the sketch show for the 15th time, tying him with Steve Martin (his Academy Awards hosting buddy) for most SNL hosting appearances. [Access Hollywood]

... Actress Lynn Redgrave has passed away at the age of 67. The film and theater star died peacefully in her Connecticut home. Redgrave's last television appearance was as Olivia on Ugly Betty. [Associated Press]

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