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NOT A GOOD IDEA NEWS

... One of television's greatest and most sacred miniseries is getting the reboot. History Channel, the network that's found success with The Bible: Television Edition and Hatfields & McCoys & Costners & Paxtons, is remaking the seminal and landmark miniseries Roots. The 1977 ABC mini was a HUGE television event that tackled the taboo subject of slavery in colonial America. The project may have gotten a boost in interest from History following early Oscar buzz for 12 Years a Slave. [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... NBC has asked for four more scripts from Sean Saves the World. WHYYYYY!?!?!!? [THR]

... Rumor time! Gossipers are saying that Ryan Murphy is planning to spin off Glee as a vehicle for Lea Michele in order to end the series in an agreeable way while still keeping it alive in some form. Details on the project are nil, and may I remind you that this is just unsubstantiated chatter, so don't go blabbing it around as fact or else we'll all look like dopes. [Radar Online]

... The CW is developing yet another superhero series, this time taking aim at Hourman. Who? He's a DC Comics character who can foresee bad things that happen exactly one hour in the future. Attention everybody: I am sick of superheroes. [THR]

... Want to see the first new image from Sherlock Season 3? Okay!

... Fox is developing a weird little show from the mind of Eureka co-creator Jaime Paglia. The premise follows two rival families, one white and one Latino, involved in the world of car customization and street racing in Southern California. There's even a Romeo & Juliet twist, as kids from each family fall in forbidden love. It's like Welcome to the Family meets The Fast & The Furious and you bet I'll be calling this Welcome to the Fast & Furious. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Is The CW becoming a place for teen-oriented period pieces? The network that's already airing Reign is adapting the novel The Painted Girls for television. The book is set in 1880s France during the "Belle Epoque" era, and follows a trio of women at a ballet academy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lifetime has greenlit an adaptation of the Broadway musical The Trip to Bountiful. The series would star theater originals Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams, as well as Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer, in the story about an elderly woman (Tyson) who goes on a journey to the town of Bountiful despite protests from her son and daughter-in-law. Sounds exciting! Look for it in 2014. [Lifetime via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Treme's Khandi Alexander has been cast as Olivia Pope's mother on Scandal. She'll appear throughout this season on a recurring basis, in flashbacks... because her character is dead, duh. But if you watch the show, you already knew that. You'll first see Alexander in this Thursday's episode, meaning that some people knew about this news for weeks and didn't say anything! How rude. [THR]

... Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, also known as the two broke girls of CBS's 2 Broke Girls, have been named the hosts of the People's Choice Awards. That sounds about right. The awards ceremony will be telecast on January 8 on CBS. [CBS via press release]

... Rob Corddry (The Daily Show, Childrens Hospital) will make a guest appearance on ABC's Trophy Wife as a martial-arts instructor. He'll play Sensei Rick, whose aggressive teachings counter Pete's preconceptions of the discipline after he lets his kids take karate. [EW]

... Everyone's favorite time traveler Jason O'Mara (Life on Mars, Terra Nova) has landed the lead in the USA pilot from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix called Complications. O'Mara will play an ER doctor whose life is changed when he intervenes with a drive-by shooting. One of these days, O'Mara will finally get a gig on a series that lasts more than a season. [Deadline Hollywood

... Cheyenne Jackson will remain a member of the Ryan Murphy family. Jackson, who played Vocal Adrenaline coach Dustin Goolsby on Glee, has joined Murphy's HBO pilot Open, a drama about human sexuality. Jackson will play a sexy meth addict, which is, like, totally redundant. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Game of Thrones has added Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov to its Season 4 cast. Koloklo— Klokonvo— argh, Yuri will play Styr, the leader of the tribesmen Thenn, a clan north of the Wall that's part of Mance Rayder's army. [EW]


PEOPLE ARE MONSTERS 

... Steven Yuen, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, attended the Walker Stalker Convention, a celebration of his show, and some of the fans in attendance showed their appreciation in pretty crappy ways. While parked at the convention, his car was broken into and thieves took his laptop, camera, a notebook full of thoughts and ideas, and other valuables. Bummer. [11Alive.com]


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AIRED ON 1/8/2014

Season 40 : Episode 1

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