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News Briefs: Ben Stiller Might Adapt Reality Bites for NBC


… Ben Stiller is trying to adapt his coming-of-age film Reality Bites into a single-camera comedy for NBC. The early-1990s film, which starred Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn, Janeane Garafolo, and Stiller, followed recent college grads trying to make it through real life and was part of a wave of Gen-X slacker grunge alterna-new wave indie flicks. The series would be set in the same time period. [Variety] 



… After poisoning the minds of our youth with pseudo-docs about giant sharks and fishy females, Discovery Channel will purposely dive into fiction. The network is developing North and South, based on the novel series of the same name by author John Jakes. Set in the 1860s, the project tells the story of two friendly families, one from Pennsylvania and one from South Carolina, who are ripped apart by the Civil War and all that slavery hullabaloo. The books were previously adapted into three successful miniseries for ABC, starting in the mid-1980s and concluding in the mid-1990s. [Discovery via press release]

… Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project is over, according to someone named Rachel Zoe. The reality series, in which Zoe put clothes on celebrities and delved into her personal life, ran for five seasons. Zoe got bummed about the fact that show became more about her and not about dressing up stars.  [Hollywood Life]

… FX has ordered a pilot for Bigfoot, a comedy produced by Seth Rogen. The animated series would be based on the very funny series of books from Graham Roumieu, in which a philosophizing Sasquatch seeks romance and understanding in a world that sees him as a beast. [EW]

… How’s this for efficiency? A future episode of the headline-ripping Law & Order: SVU will combine the Trayvon Martin case AND the Paula Deen scandal in a single hour! Cybill Shepherd will play a celebrity chef who shoots a teenager because she thinks he’s a rapist.  [EW]



… Keith Carradine (Dexter, Deadwood) will be heading to Fox’s The Following next season in a recurring role. We don’t know much about the role he’ll play except that he’s a trusted friend of Kevin Bacon’s Ryan Hardy. [TV Line]

… Abu Nazir is going to terrorize Oliver Queen! Navid Negahban, who played the big bad in the first two seasons of Homeland, will guest-star on The CW’s Arrow as bad guy Al-Owal in the fifth episode of Season 2. [E! Online]

… Bryan Fuller’s Syfy pilot High Moon has booked Jonathan Tucker (Brotherhood) for a recurring role. The series follows colonies on the moon where residents dig up resources and find new life forms. Tucker will play a Russian miner. Also recently cast in the 90-minute pilot: Dana Davis (10 Things I Hate About You) and Peter Macon (Supernatural). [Syfy via press release]

… Jerry Springer will guest-star on the second season of ABC’s The Neighbors. [EW]

… Yo dog dog yo, Randy Jackson might be returning to American Idol, but not as a judge… as a mentor! He’d replace previous mentor Jimmy Iovine. [Deadline Hollywood]



… Okay it’s not that crazy. But the Belize Tourism Board has offered free Belize vacations to several Breaking Bad cast members in the wake of Saul Goodman using the phrase “send him on a trip to Belize” as a euphemism for murder. If they don’t take these freebies, they deserve “an all-expenses-paid trip to Tahiti,” if you catch my drift. (Tahiti Tourism Board, call me!) [New York Times]

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