Syfy Might Save The Event (Yes, Seriously)

... Producers always say their shows are never completely gone after they've been canceled. "We're talking to other networks," "We're making a movie that will serve as a series finale," "A kindergarten class in Topeka is taking over production of the show." Usually it's all hooey, but in the case of producer Steve Stark and his show The Event, it might not be. Syfy is in talks to revive the program as a miniseries, according to reports. Everything is just talk for the moment, while Syfy and NBC figure out whether the plan makes financial sense. But there are a lot of questions ahead if the idea moves forward: How many actors will they be able to get back? How can Syfy afford the show's budget? Will Sarah Roemer be able to find her way to the new set without a chaperone? [TV Line]

... Halle Berry has attached her name to a new script that's making the rounds in Hollywood. Higher Learning would see the Oscar-winner play a college professor. A sexy college professor. HBO and Showtime are the first networks to get a look at the potential series, the details of which are still unknown beyond the professor part. I added the "sexy" part, but that's a given because it's Halle Berry. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has cast the lead for its midseason legal thriller The Firm, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name. Playing the role of Mitchell McDeere (who was played by Tom Cruise in the movie) will be... Josh Lucas! Wait, Josh Lucas? Who is Josh Lucas? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Whether you love her or want to kill her in the most excruciatingly painful way possible, Sarah Silverman is taking a shot at returning to television. Potty-mouthed Silverman is working with The Sarah Silverman Program showrunner Dan Sterling on a new show (details forthcoming). If it gets picked up, they'll assume their roles of star and showrunner. [THR]

... This The Voice thing might be working out for NBC. It's even helping out other shows. Last night, more than 15 million viewers tuned in for the return of America's Got Talent (which may have talent, but certainly doesn't have good taste... booyah!), which served as the lead-in to The Voice (14.4 million, but with an impressive 4.9 adult demo rating). Oh, and this happened even though the NBA Finals were on ABC. Is this the kind of crap that's going to save NBC? [EW]

... Fox comedy Raising Hope is giving one of its own a raise. Cloris Leachman, who plays the mentally absent Maw Maw, has been promoted to series regular after spending season one under the inaccurate title of "special guest star." [TV Guide]

... Network TV is starting to look a lot like basic cable. And not the good kind. Fox has picked up the reality series Buried Treasure, starring antique hunters Leigh and Leslie Keno, the twins from Antiques Roadshow. The twin brothers will search people's basements, attics, and garages for hidden gems. [EW]

... ABC's new fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time has added a few fairy godmothers. Former Life Unexpected showrunner Liz Tigelaar and Buffy the Vampire Slayer executive producer Jane Espenson have joined the staff of the show as consulting producer and co-executive producer, respectively. The series, from Lost writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, centers on a woman who learns that fairy tales are real—and that she is the missing daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White. Sounds totally fake, dude. [THR]

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