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In the Works: BBC Set to Adapt J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy'; 'Jane Eyre' Producer Onboard

The BBC is adapting J.K. Rowling's foray into non-YA lit, "The Casual Vacancy." Brit film and TV producer Paul Trijbits will executive produce a television production of the bestseller. Trijbits is first tasked with finding a writer to adapt.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2012 11:47 AM
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AFI Awards 2012: Film and TV Ten Bests

The American Film Institute's AFI Awards are revealing because they are chosen by two juries--filma nd TV--who represent a cross-section of critics, academics and industry insiders.  The AFI Award juries focus on the community’s creative ensembles as collaborators. See full awards lists below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2012 2:30 PM
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FX Takes Rights to 'Homeland' Team's Next Drama Series, 'Tyrant'

FX has scooped up the rights and ordered a pilot for "Tyrant," the next project from "Homeland" executive producing team Gideon Raff and Howard Gordon. Like "Homeland," "Tyrant" has Middle Eastern themes, centering on an American family accidentally caught up in the political turbulence of the region.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2012 1:38 PM
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Watch Deleted Scenes from Lena Dunham's 'Girls,' Plus Season 2 Poster & Upcoming Soundtrack Album

Season two of HBO's "Girls," from creator-writer-director wunderkind Lena Dunham, premieres January 13. The new season's poster has landed, as have some deleted scenes from season one. Watch as Dunham's Hannah Horvath faces humiliation at her local cupcakery, and gets schooled in respect for menial jobs.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 10, 2012 12:55 PM
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Zemeckis to Warm Up 'Death Becomes Her' at Bravo. Why?

NBCUniversal cable channel Bravo is set to remake Bob Zemeckis's 1992 Universal film "Death Becomes Her" as a one-hour TV movie. I am mystified as to why. Zemeckis, whose new deal is at Universal, will exec produce the drama along with Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine for producer Universal Cable Prods. and Lupara Prods., who will be looking for a writer, reports Variety.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2012 2:34 PM
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HBO Greenlights Pilot for Mike Judge's Live-Action Comedy 'Silicon Valley' -- I Believe You Have My iStapler

Mike Judge, of "King of the Hill," "Beavis and Butthead" and "Office Space" fame, will dabble into live-action TV with scripted, single-camera comedy "Silicon Valley." HBO has greenlit the pilot.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 2:55 PM
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Zou Bisou Bisou! Best Pop Culture Quotes from 2012 [Videos]

"Argo fuck yourself," and other soundbites from the year, are compiled in Vulture's 2012's Most Memorable Pop Culture Quotes. Also included are Lena Dunham's shakey assertion in "Girls" that she's "at least a voice of a generation," and Megan Draper's "Zou bisou bisou" crooning from "Mad Men."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 4, 2012 12:58 PM
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Weekend Recap: Coppola's 'Charles Swan' Trailer, Jon Hamm's Next Comedy, and 'Homeland's Damian Lewis Sings 'White Wedding'

- The trailer for Roman Coppola's high-style comedy "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" (here and below) features Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman sporting a major Afro. It's clear that working with Wes Anderson has had a strong influence on Coppola's second feature. - Jon Hamm is considering starring in "Epic Fail," a Kevin Costello written comedy about a high school teacher who attempts to fake some heroism by hiring two of his students to stage a kidnapping of his wife.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 3, 2012 7:00 AM
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CBS Green Lights Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' for TV Series to Air Summer 2013

CBS has ordered 13 episodes of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television TV series adaptation of Stephen King's 2009 sci-fi novel "Under the Dome," about a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off under a gigantic transparent dome. Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the Swedish version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," is set to direct the series' first episode.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 30, 2012 12:09 PM
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Reactions to Ex-NBC Universal Honcho Jeff Zucker as President of CNN

Yes, it's true: CNN Worldwide is finally going to shake things up by hiring former NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker as its new president, succeeding former head Jim Walton. Zucker's takeover will begin in January of 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 1:15 PM
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