These days, it seems everything Guillermo Del Toro touches turns to gold. While the director is firmly focused on his big budget film Pacific Rim, HBO recently option a property he’s attached to and FX order a pilot based on a book series he wrote. The FX pilot will be based on The Strain, a trilogy of vampire novels co-authored by Del Toro, which will be overseen by Lost executive producer and co-show-runner Carlton Cuse. Del Toro will direct the pilot.

Then there’s The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Corinne May Botz, which HBO optioned for a possible series with Del Toro to executive producer and possibly direct too. Read more about both projects after the jump. Read More »

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One of my great TV regrets is not sticking with Fringe. After punching out very early in season one, buzz surrounding the sci-fi themed show continued to grow over its next few years despite declining ratings. The drama, which is produced by J.J. Abrams, does have a very vocal, passionate fan base though and now that passion has paid off. With the fourth season set to end next month, Fox has decided to renew the show for a fifth and final, 13 episode season to wrap up the dense storyline. Read more and watch a season five trailer after the jump. Read More »

After seeing the trailer for Touch, I officially have a new show I’m excited to watch. The latest show from Heroes creator Tim Kring stars Kiefer Sutherland, back on Fox after 24, as the father of a young mute boy who has some kind of superhuman ability to predict the future through patterns in numbers and the universe. It sort of looks like Numbers meets Lost , or Knowing meets The X-Files. Also featuring Danny Glover and Titus Welliver, Touch has already been picked up for at least 13 episodes that will air Spring 2012 and you can get your first look at it after the jump. Read More »

Ellen Page is in final negotiations to star with Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgard in The East, Zal Batmanglij‘s thriller about a mysterious eco-terrorism organization called The East. Marling, who co-wrote the script with Batmanglij, leads as an undercover agent who infiltrates the group but then finds herself developing feelings for the group’s leader (Skarsgard). Page will play Izzy, a member of The East and Skarsgard’s ex, who becomes jealous of relationship between Marling and Skarsgard. Page replaces Felicity Jones, who had to drop out of the project due to press commitments for Like Crazy.

The addition of the Oscar-nominated Page should add even more buzz to a film that’s already been getting plenty of it. Marling and Batmanglij broke out at this year’s Sundance with Sound of my Voice, and True Blood star Skarsgard has a handful of interesting projects in the works. Page’s next big-screen appearance will be in next year’s Woody Allen-directed Bop Decameron, alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin.

The East is set to begin shooting in Nashville in October. [Variety]

After the jump, Anthony Mackie dreams up a new project for himself and Tom Everett Scott pairs up with Marisa Tomei.

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Fox Considering An All-’Simpsons’ TV Channel

Where can The Simpsons, television’s longest-running American prime time, scripted series, go from here? If Fox executives have their way, everyone’s favorite yellow family might get their own TV channel. At a recent media conference, News Corp.’s Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said the company is looking for ways to increase revenue from the long running show and said an all-Simpsons channel has been discussed. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Whether it be Johnny Depp, Matthew Modine or Walter Matthau, we’ve become accustomed to seeing pirates on the big screen. However, hot off the financial success of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, it seems as if those peg-legged, eye-patched, parrot-shouldered scoundrels could be soon making it to the small screen too. Fox is in negotiations for the rights to a mini-series tentatively called Pyrates, created by Barry Schindel (Law and Order, Numbers) with 24 director Stephen Hopkins attached to do an episode. The show is conceived as a 10-13 episode mini-series with Ridley and Tony Scott‘s Scott Free Productions set to produce. Read about the plot, when it could air and more after the break. Read More »

‘House M.D.’ Spoofs ‘Pulp Fiction’

The following is to be read in a dramatic announcer voice: On an all new House M.D., House and his partner travel to a small, dank apartment and spoof one of the most famous scenes in Pulp Fiction in order to save a friend from certain death. House, All New, Tonight on Fox. End Commercial.

Actually, it was Monday night on Fox and while I’ve never been a fan of the repetitive, overly-dramatic but critically acclaimed medical drama, if more episodes were like this, I’d be more inclined to watch. Check out the clip after the jump. Read More »

When Kiefer Sutherland finishes his current Broadway obligation, he’s coming back to TV. The former star of 24 was in talks last week to star in Tim Kring‘s (Heroes) latest pilot called, Touch, for the Fox network and now he’s officially signed on. Filming will begin this summer. The show is about a man whose mute, autistic son can see the future. After that, according to quotes on national television, Sutherland is still insistent that a 24 movie will happen. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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