There’s a ton of TV news coming down the pipeline, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • The Newsroom and True Blood get premiere dates
  •  Fox will celebrate its 25th birthday with its biggest stars
  •  Elisha Cuthbert says she’s “on standby” for the 24 movie
  •  Is Saturday Night Live losing three of its cast members?
  •  The CW’s Supernatural finds a new co-showrunner
  •  A This American Life segment turns into an HBO drama
  •  Funny or Die’s Drunk History heads to Comedy Central
  •  Is this really the script of Breaking Bad‘s season premiere?
  •  Jimmy Smits turns to the dark side on FX’s Sons of Anarchy

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The final episode of 24 was broadcast in May 2010, and not long after we started to hear serious talk about a feature film continuation of the series anchored by Kiefer Sutherland‘s character Jack Bauer. Fox spent a lot of time choosing a screenwriter (Billy Ray eventually scripted, with Mark Bomback polishing) and starting the process of finding a director. A tentative start date was scheduled for the end of this month, timed to coincide with Sutherland’s hiatus from his new series Touch.

But there still is no director — Antoine Fuqua was a recent possible hire — and it now looks like Fox isn’t going to pursue the film until 2013 at least. Read More »

Lately, it feels like any show with any significant following promises a movie on its way out, whether the series in question was a tragically short-lived critical favorite or a hugely popular hit that went on seasons past its prime. Not all of these proposed projects ever actually make it to the big screen, of course, but today we have some minor updates on two very different projects that seem a little more realistic than some others.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this weekend, Kiefer Sutherland confirmed what we’ve already heard, that the 24 film was on track to begin shooting this spring. Meanwhile, Megan Mullally confirmed that Party Down was still aiming for a late spring or early summer start, just as Adam Scott said last fall. Read more after the jump.

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Every couple months there seems to be an incremental update on the feature film version of 24. Most of these updates amount to saying that the project isn’t dead yet, but that it isn’t really moving full steam ahead, either.

Now Mark Bomback (Unstoppable, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall) is about to turn in a new draft that would put Kiefer Sutherland back in the Jack Bauer role, and Deadline says that Fox has a director shortlist with about five names. Yeah, there’s always a director shortlist when a project is at this stage, and even the most notable fact of this update, that Tony Scott is no longer attached and isn’t part of that shortlist, isn’t really a surprise given the fact that his attachment always seemed very loose at best. The site says Kiefer Sutherland is available starting in April 2012, and that’s when Fox wants to shoot the movie. Read More »

About sixteen months have passed since Fox’s hit action series 24 ended its successful eight season run. Since then, star Kiefer Sutherland and the show’s creators have been asked ad nauseum about a long rumored movie that would continue the story of American hero Jack Bauer who saves the world in 24 hours. Every few months, a little bit more is added to the rumor mill be it a rejected script, release window, possible start date, rumored directors and more. The latest news comes from Sutherland himself who not only spoke about the difficulties in adapting the show for the big screen but said a script is almost done. When does that mean we might see the movie? Read what he had to say and figure it all out after the jump. Read More »

There’s a lot of minor news floating around today about possible sequels, so let’s run it all down. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Comments from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt about a possible sequel to the Planet of the Apes prequel,
  • The latest skinny on the 24 spin-off movie,
  • Comments from J.J. Abrams about Star Trek 2,
  • The latest Star Trek animated series talk,
  • Confirmation that Ray Park will indeed return for G.I. Joe 2,
  • and word on the shoot for Resident Evil: Retribution.

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Briefly: The 24 movie is starting to be a bit like the Arrested Development movie: something that gets talked up a lot without a great deal of backup to suggest that it will actually happen. Billy Ray wrote a script last year that was nixed by Fox, and then Tony Scott got involved. Kiefer Sutherland said earlier this year, “I think Tony Scott is one of the directors that has expressed great interest in doing it and he would be fantastic, so I’m very excited about that,” but we don’t know exactly what role Tony Scott might play, if he indeed is taking part at all.

The latest chapter in the film’s story is that Kiefer Sutherland told The View this morning that the film would hit in 2012. EW checked on the state of things after hearing that announcement, and relates that the movie still has no start date or director, so that date might be written in pencil rather than ink. Especially since the last comments from the actor were that the film would shoot in December or January, making a 2012 release date look pretty difficult to hit.

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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