Aaron Sorkin‘s new career as a librettist has been cancelled, or at least postponed. The in-demand writer has backed out of Houdini, the Broadway musical production that has Hugh Jackman attached to star as the world-famous magician. (Cue the escape artist jokes.) Jackman, composer Steven Schwartz (Wicked), director Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), and producers Scott Sanders and David Rockwell remain on board. Keep reading after the jump.

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Get ready for another year of serious (and often seriously enjoyable) WTF-ery, because FX has renewed American Horror Story for a third season. Also after the jump:

  • Guillermo del Toro‘s The Strain starts casting to shoot in 2013
  • Da Vinci’s Demons hires Walking Dead composer Bear McCreary
  • Michael Cera is an Arrested Development writer; Lupe returns
  • Bryan Fuller casts Mockingbird Lane‘s Eddie Izzard in Hannibal
  • Michael Bay books a guest role as himself on ABC’s The Neighbors
  • Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer joins HBO’s The Newsroom
  • Aaron Sorkin is sad The Newsroom won’t cover the Petraeus scandal
  • HBO unveils its first teaser poster for Game of Thrones Season 3
  • See a save the date for Liz Lemon’s likely trainwreck of a wedding

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The public knows Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in large part through the appearances he made on stage to deliver keynote speeches during Apple product launch events. The exec’s personality made him a focus for those interested in the intersection between tech and culture, and as the long-time face of Apple, Jobs became synonymous with the company, and with the particular way the company interacts with its customer base.

So if one was going to make a biopic about Jobs, those keynotes could be a prime lens through which to view the man. And that is exactly how Aaron Sorkin is approaching the Jobs bio he is currently scripting. Reportedly, Sorkin’s script will feature three long real-time sequences written around specific Apple events. Read More »

One of the most anticipated trailers of the year, one of the most controversial shows currently on air and updates on several popular programs all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Aaron Sorkin defended The Newsroom criticism and said the writing staff was not fired.
  • The seventh season of Doctor Who gets a brand new trailer.
  • Two more actors were added to the Mark Strong AMC show Low Winter Sun.
  • January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks are all about to get raises for Mad Men.
  • Will Arnett loves the new Arrested Development season and talked a bit about its structure.
  • Check out a deleted scene from the third season of Glee.

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There’s a load of brief TV news to offer up today, so let’s get right to it:

  • Real-life pols will cameo in Parks & Recreation‘s fifth season
  • Mindy Kaling will reprise her role as The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor
  • Speaking of which, here’s a poster for her new show The Mindy Project
  • Downton Abbey‘s third season trailer hints at the twists to come
  • Aaron Sorkin fires a lot of The Newsroom‘s writing staff
  • Patton Oswalt and Det. Kima Greggs (a.k.a. Sonja Sohn) head to Burn Notice
  • Clea Duvall joins American Horror Story‘s second season
  • Revenge casts Jennifer Jason Leigh as a presumed-dead character

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We look ahead to the new seasons of a few popular shows and more in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about:

  • HBO has renewed True Blood and The Newsroom for next season.
  • Check out your first look at the prison which will house most of The Walking Dead season 3.
  • Lost alumni Elizabeth Mitchell joins J.J. Abrams‘ new show Revolution.

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There has rarely been something as good for Monday morning water cooler talk than HBO Sunday nights. All the way back to The Sopranos and Sex and the City up through Girls and Game of Thrones, HBO’s Sunday night line-up creates all kinds of next-day chatter amongst friends, family and co-workers, who discuss the company’s thought-provoking, exciting and controversial shows. This Monday is no different as Sunday night, Aaron Sorkin‘s latest TV show The Newsroom premiered.

The show, which was created by the Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network and creator of TV shows like The West Wing, stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel and Sam Waterston. It tells the behind the scenes story of a nightly cable-news TV program. Reactions following the premiere range from calling it the best show on TV to a huge misfire from Sorkin. If you don’t have HBO, you were in the dark about the show. Until now.

HBO has posted the entire 72 minute pilot episode, directed by Greg Mottola, online. Check it out below. Read More »

As a bunch of great television comes to an end, we begin to gear up for the return of Breaking Bad and the premiere of Aaron Sorkin‘s HBO series The Newsroom. After the jump you’ll find a third promo trailer for The Newsroom, which premieres on June 24th on HBO, alongside a new television commercial teaser for Breaking Bad entitled “All Hail The King”. We’ll have to wait a little bit longer for Walter White to return, as the first half of Breaking Bad‘s final season will begin on July 15th.

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