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... FX is taking a shot at another serial-killer drama, this time one that will center on someone you might be familiar with: Patrick Bateman. The network is attempting an updated version of the cult film American Psycho; the series will follow Bateman, now in his 50s, as he trains a new protege. At least it has a one million percent chance to be better than American Psycho 2! [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... Sundance Channel, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite networks because I am so hoity-toity, has acquired the domestic broadcast rights to the French zombie drama series The Returned (Les Revenants). The eight-episode series aired in 2012 to critical acclaim and sounds pretty awesome: In a small rural town, a handful of people return from the dead and try to reintegrate with their families. It sounds more artsy than visceral, and its indie cred is boosted by a soundtrack from Scottish post-rockers Mogwai. The series will air in the U.S. starting Thursday, October 31 at 9pm. [Sundance Channel via press release]

... The CW isn't going all the way to Asia or Germany or wherever it is that France is located, it's just skipping up north for a new comedy. The network has acquired the domestic broadcast rights to Canadian comedy Seed, a half-hour series that follows a bachelor sperm donor who connects with a few of his "products" and their families. Seed will air later this season, and it will probably be paired with The CW's only other 30-minute show, Whose Line is it Anyway?. So, who out there has donated sperm? Tell your stories in the comments! (Just kidding, please don't.) [The CW via press release]

... Showtime is developing a pro-basketball drama with White Men Can't Jump and Bull Durham director Ron Shelton and several members of the Los Angeles Lakers family, including Kurt Rambis, Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss, and Linda Rambis as producers. The series would follow the family-owners of a pro hoop squad, and it sounds like it might be at least sorta-biographical with the Buss family and the Lakers. Let's hope they include the fact that the Lakers can suck a fat one because MY Los Angeles Clippers run the town now. [Showtime via press release]

... TLC has renewed the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? for a second season (on TLC). The show switched to cable after NBC opted to ditch it and has averaged 1.8 million viewers since the move. The show features stars of genuine quality tracing their roots by shaking the family tree. [TLC via press release]

... Jeopardy! will celebrate its 30th anniversary this season, and to commemorate the milestone, the quiz show will invite several former contestants to return for an all-out war. Starting on Monday, September 16, the tournament featuring 45 contestants from the 1980s and later will start answering in the form of a question for a shot at one-million dollars. Fans can also vote via the Jeopardy website for one contestant per decade to return, . [Jeopardy! via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Icelandic whale serenaders Sigur Ros will be this season's musical guest on Game of Thrones, playing a secret role in the HBO fantasy series. Game of Thrones has previously booked members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol make small cameos, and commissioned indie rockers The National and The Hold Steady to record versions of songs that appear in the book series. I cried at a Sigur Ros concert once, true story! [EW]

... Starz's Outlander has added Duncan Lacroix to its cast. Outlander, from Ronald D. Moore, is a sci-fi romance following a WWII nurse who is warped back to the 1700s during the times of Scottish warriors. Lacroix will play the godfather to the main male lead, a Scottish bloke who's set to marry the time-traveling nurse. Lacroix was most recently seen in Primeval and Game of Thrones, but he was merely "Karstark soldier #2" in the latter. [Starz via press release] 

... D.B. Sweeney (The Cutting Edge always and forever) is joining ABC's sultry new drama Betrayal. The series stars Hannah Ware (Boss) as a photographer who starts an affair with a powerful attorney, but things get super complicated when he tries a high-profile case directly against her lawyer husband! Oops! Also, this show is terrible. [THR]

... Hey I missed this the other day because I am stupid, but Bruno Mars will be your halftime entertainment for this year's Super Bowl. I'm going to pretend that I know who Bruno Mars and say, "Hooray!" [New York Times]


YOU GOT PUNK'D NEWS

... You know that twerking fail video that hit the web last week like its pants were on fire? Well, the viral vid turned out to be a hoax from Jimmy Kimmel. We all got burned


R.I.P. NEWS

... All you longtime Los Angelenos out there will be sad to hear that Cal Worthington has passed away. Worthington was a mainstay on commercials in the Southland, adding a lot of flair to his used-car dealership ads with elephants, tigers, and lizards all posing as "his dog Spot." Worthington also made several trips to Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show. Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal. I loved this guy. [LA Times]

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AIRED ON 7/3/2014

Season 12 : Episode 93

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