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News Briefs: The Friday Night Lights Movie Is One Step Closer to Being Real

TEXAS FOREVER, Y’ALL

Connie Britton told Ladies’ Home Journal that she is in possession of the script for a potential Friday Night Lights movie. There’s no word on what such a film would be about, but if it’s not Matt and Julie’s wedding, with Landry on guitar and Riggins standing around looking handsome, then I don’t really see the point—can you imagine what that father-of-the-bride speech would be like?  [Huffington Post]

 

BUSINESS TIME

… The twittering public has spoken, and apparently we used up all our funny during the first wave of the Sharknado craze: Syfy announced today that after reviewing 5,000 Twitter submissions, the sequel to Sharknado will be called Sharknado 2: The Second One. Is it Sharknado fatigue or are we really just that unimaginative? As previously announced, the sequel will be set in New York City and air sometime in July 2014. I hope the network lets Twitter help cast the film, too, because that would make this whole disaster worth it. [Syfy via press release]

… Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur has assured fans that no one person is going to swoop in and attempt to replace Ann Perkins in Leslie Knope’s heart. Several characters will try to fill the holes left by Ann’s departure, including Retta’s Donna, who will be seeing a lot more screen time in Season 6. I can’t think of a single thing that is wrong with this situation. [TV Line]

… Katherine Heigl is finally ready to return to TV. She’s signed on to star in and produce a new drama from Alexi Hawley, who has written for Castle and Body of Proof. [USA Today]

… GSN has renewed the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted The American Bible Challenge for Season 3. It is an hour-long program and, apparently, GSN’s highest-rated series of all time.  [GSN via press release]

… Hell hath no fury like scorned Time Warner Cable customers! But not even the CBS blackout can keep fans in New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles from watching Under the DomeApproximately 14.6 percent of the illegal downloads of Monday’s episode were torrented in those three markets, an increase from last week’s 10.9 percent.  [Variety]

… Eva Longoria is executive-producing a new multi-camera comedy that’s in development at NBC. The project is currently untitled, but was inspired by the life of Laura Berman, a sex educator and relationship therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network (or so Google tells me). As such, the series will follow a sex and relationship therapist’s attempts to navigate a relationship with her ex-husband, his new girlfriend, and her own mother.  [Deadline Hollywood]

 

CASTING AND MORE CRAZY EYES YESSSSS MORE CRAZY EYES NEWS 

… Bobbi Bernstein’s got nothing on Uzo Aduba Crazy Eyes; Aduba has been upped to a series regular for the second season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. The news comes not long after her cast mates Taryn Manning and Danielle Brooks were also promoted to series regular status. [Deadline Hollywood]

Game of Thrones alum Tobias Menzies has been cast in Ronald D. Moore’s new drama series Outlander. He’ll play two characters, one by the name of Frank Randall in 1945, and one bye the name of Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall—one of Frank’s ancestors—in 1743. Outlander is based on a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. [THR]

… Syfy’s Haven is adding two recurring guest-stars. Emma Lahana (Emily Owens, M.D.) and Christian Camargo (Dexter) will join the cast when the series returns for Season 4 on September 13 at 10pm. Lahana plays Jennifer Mason, an off-kilter young woman who begins hearing voices in her head, and Camargo is Wade Crocker, the charming estranged half-brother of Eric Balfour’s Duke. [Syfy via press release]

… Also adding a double dose of new blood is Covert Affairs. The USA drama has cast English actress Sheeta Indrani and actor Richard Short (666 Park Avenue) as Sana and Reese, respectively. Sana is a sophisticated Indian woman befriended by Annie, and Reese is an Irish rocker who somehow gets mixed up in Annie’s world. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Adam DeVine of Workaholics has been cast in a recurring role on Modern Family as a male nanny for Baby Joe. DeVine’s character,  might soon be involved with Sarah Hyland’s Haley. [TVGuide]

… Greta Lee (Girls) has been added to the cast of Fox’s miniseries Wayward Pines. Lee will play Ruby, a waitress at the only coffee shop in the town of Wayward Pines. Personally, I don’t trust towns that only have one coffee shop. Seems very suspicious. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Kathy Griffin is set to guest-star in an upcoming episode of Kirstie Alley’s new TV Land series Kirstie. She’ll play herself. The episode will find Kathy moving in to the same apartment complex as Alley’s character Maddie, and apparently some paranoia about not being the most famous person living there ensues.  [The Wrap]

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