Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’ Ordered to Series by FX
FX has handed a 13-episode order to Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain,” the net announced today. Series will bow on the cabler in July 2014. “The Strain” is based on a vampire novel trilogy of the same name penned by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro and Hogan co-wrote the pilot for the TV project, with del Toro also helming. Carlton Cuse is serving as showrunner and scribe on the series, which is being produced by FX Prods. “The Strain” is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Corey Stoll is toplining the series as Goodweather.
Dwyane Wade Comedy Sold to Fox
Mike Tollin, Dwyane Wade and Sony Pictures Television has sold halfhour comedy project “Three the Hard Way” to Fox, based on Wade’s life as a single dad. Wade will exec produce with Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media, as well as Justin Lin, Danielle Woodrow and Troy Craig Poon of Perfect Storm Entertainment. Fellow exec producer Ben Watkins is writing the pilot script, which will tell the story of an NBA superstar named Daryl Wade and his eccentric entourage, who find themselves parenting by committee when the lead gets full custody of his two young sons.
USA’s ‘Necessary Roughness’ Cancelled
There will be no fourth season of Necessary Roughness, as USA Network has opted not to continue with the series.
Showrunner Shakeup: ‘The Bridge’s’ Meredith Stiehm Departs for ‘Homeland’
Co-showrunner Elwood Reid will run the second season of “Bridge” on his own, while Meredith Stiehm heads back to the Showtime drama for the series’ recently renewed fourth season as well as a not-yet-ordered fifth.
Fred Dryer Books Arc on NBC’s ‘Crisis’
Fred Dryer has booked a recurring role on NBC’s midseason drama Crisis. The thriller from Rand Ravich centers on Washington’s most powerful players as they are pulled into an international conspiracy when an unlikely puppeteer brings everyone from CEOs to the president of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear. Dryer will be credited as a recurring guest star and play Thomas Jefferson Smith, a powerful, imposing, confident and wise seasoned CIA agent.
Christine Evangelista Joins ‘Chicago Fire’; Julian Sands To Recur On ‘Crossbones’
Lucky 7 co-starChristine Evangelista has been cast in a recurring role on NBC‘s firefighter drama series Chicago Fire. She will play Allison Rafferty, a new paramedic at 51, a firecracker who gives as good as she gets and knows what she’s doing when the bells go off.
Julian Sands (24) has been tapped for a heavily recurring role on NBC’s new pirate drama series Crossbones starring John Malkovich. He will play William Jagger, an aristocrat-turned-privateer and governor of Jamaica.
‘Back to the Future’ Reunion: Christopher Lloyd Heads to ‘Michael J. Fox Show’
He’ll go toe-to-toe with Michael J. Fox for a spring 2014 episode of NBC’s freshman comedy.
Forbes: In Defense Of ‘Hello, Ladies’: HBO’s Best Comedy Is Nothing To Cringe At
After Sunday’s satisfying finale brought down the curtain on the show’s debut season, I can emphatically say that the critics have missed the boat. Here is hoping HBO has more patience than the lot of them, and gives the show a chance at future storylines. Over the winding course of its flinty, eight-episode run, the show has blossomed, becoming at once antic and deeply felt, an unusual mix of sharp wit and melancholy.
Monty Python to reunite
The surviving members of British comedy group Monty Python, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin, are planning a reunion show. Jones told BBC on Tuesday that “We’re getting together and putting on a show — it’s real,” though he didn’t reveal additional details about the nature of the theater collaboration.
ESPN, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Hire Key Editorial Team
FiveThirtyEight.com, a website for data-driven journalism re-launching in early 2014 in coordination with ESPN, has made a number of key hires for the new site, which will be led by editor-in-chief Nate Silver. The new hires include managing editor Mike Wilson, creative director Kate Elazegui, senior writer Carl Bialik, senior editor Micah Cohen, senior writer Harry Enten and senior writer Walter Hickey. The new FiveThirtyEight will be focused around five distinct content verticals: Sports, Politics, Economics, Science, and Lifestyle.
Asylum Entertainment Hires Joan Harrison As SVP Scripted Programming, Development
The Kennedys producer Asylum Entertainment is stepping up its longform efforts with the hire of Joan Harrison as SVP Scripted Programming & Development. She will oversee miniseries and limited series for the company, with several projects already set up at networks. Harrison oversaw miniseries for CBS during the genre’s boom in the 1990s.
And the Word of the Year Is…
Hold on to your monocles, friends—the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2013 is “selfie.”