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News Briefs: Joshua Jackson Is Returning to TV in The Affair


… Joshua Jackson has signed on to co-star in Showtime’s new drama pilot The Affair as Cole, a hard-edged cowboy (!!!). The project, from Sarah Treem (House of Cards) and co-creator Hagai Levi (In Treatment), is an exploration of two marriages and an affair that disrupts them. In the project, Jackson’s wife Allison, played by Luther‘s Ruth Wilson, has an affair with Dominic West’s Noah, whose family is vacationing on Long Island. Maura Tierney plays Helen, Noah’s long-time wife and the mother of his children. How anyone could cheat on Pacey Witter is beyond me, but then gain, Jimmy McNulty’s pretty great too. [Showtime via press release]



… Today’s all about (sorta)-big returns, I guess; Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, has sold a pilot to Amazon. Titled The After, the project picks up immediately after the apocalypse. Not a lot is known about the project, but Carter is set to write and direct the pilot. [THR]

… Syfy has given a cast-contingent pilot order to 12 Monkeys, a drama series about a time traveler from a post-apocalyptic future (what is with all this end-of-the-world doom?) who returns to present day to eliminate the source of a plague that will eventually destroy the human race. It’s based on the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, because we’re incapable of coming up with original ideas and have already remade everything worth revisiting. [Deadline Hollywood]

… FX is jumping on the shows-that-talk-about-shows bandwagon by ordering three episodes of Anarchy Afterword, a half-hour series that will be released online immediately after the east coast airing of Sons of Anarchy. The installments will be released after the Season 6 premiere, the fifth episode, and the season finale. The series will be hosted by Chris Franjola (Chelsea Lately) with series creator Kurt Sutter, and various celebrity fans and cast members will stop by to discuss the episodes. If all goes well, there’s a possibility FX will follow suit with an online after-show for American Horror Story: Coven. [THR]

… Jay Baruchel (Undeclared) has sold a semi-autobiographical comedy to ABC. The project, which Baruchel will write with Jesse Chabot, follows a successful actor who shuns the life of the rich and famous to move back home to Vermont. He buys a house down the street from his mom and invites his childhood best friends to move in.  [Deadline Hollywood]



Bunheads‘ Sutton Foster has been cast in the Season 8 finale of Psych as a middle-school teacher who might be hooking up with a middle-school gym teacher. The finale, which was voted upon by fans of the series, will see Gus (Dule Hill) visit a dream therapist in order to find out the source of his night terrors. [TV Line]

… Reeve Carney, most recently seen as Spiderman in Broadway’s Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, has been cast in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful alongside Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, and Eva Green. Carney will play Dorian Grey in the eight-part drama series about the origin of some of literature’s most famous monsters. [THR]



… Anna Gunn has had enough of the Skyler White hate and wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times shaming everyone who’s been hateful towards her, and towards Skyler. Anna Gunn: 1, The Internet: 0. [NY Times]

… Gennifer Hutchison, the writer of Sunday’s intense Breaking Bad episode, was interviewed about how the episode came to be. And trust me, if you’re a Breaking Bad fan and you’re not still talking about the episode, you might want to revisit it and then read her interview, because damn. [Vulture]



… The cast of Bunheads reunited on August 17 to film one last dance number as a goodbye to the series, which was brutally canceled in July by the same network that allowed The Secret Life of the American Teenager to live for five seasons. [BuzzFeed]

The Shield‘s Strike Team reunited a few weeks ago. Michael Chiklis posted a photo on Twitter of himself, Kenny Johnson, and Walton Goggins at a friend’s birthday party. I guess Ronnie’s still in prison.

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