NBC has won the bidding war for a new comedy series by Sarah Silverman, beating out competing networks ABC and Fox. Loosely based on Silverman’s own life, the untitled single-camera show will star the comedian as a woman getting back into single life after getting out of a ten-year relationship. Silverman is set to co-write the pilot with Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder, both of whom worked on her previous series The Sarah Silverman Program.

Also on board with the project is Ron Howard, who has been “deeply involved” with the show’s development, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer. Worth noting: The last time Grazer and Howard collaborated on a single-camera network comedy series, the result was Arrested Development. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, a Daily Show writer plays with Henson puppets, a Sopranos actor returns to organized crime, and Clone Wars‘ fourth season gets a trailer. I told you August was a busy time for TV news!

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Because it’s just before the start of the fall television season and right in the middle of TV pitch season, August tends to be a pretty busy month for TV news. As a result, we’ve got tons of TV bits for you today. Hit the jump for more on:

  • The season 2 trailer of Boardwalk Empire
  • CBS picks up a Bewitched remake
  • ABC develops a TV adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer
  • NBC orders a Frankenstein project
  • FOX grabs the rights to Leif G.W. Persson’s Swedish crime novels

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Boardwalk Empire has a second season coming soon, and there is now a one-minute trailer for the new season. It looks utterly fantastic, packed with intimidation, conflict and violence. Oh, and there’s a KKK guy with a gatling gun, which is a damn disturbing image. Check it out after the break. Read More »

It seems to always go this way. A show is successful, and then those pulling the financial strings want to figure out how to make more money out of it. One way is by trimming the budget. And that is evidently what Frank Darabont faces as he preps the second season of The Walking Dead. The show has already seen its share of controversy, thanks to the report that the second season would do without a writing staff, but this might be a far more difficult thing to manage. Boardwalk Empire looks like it might be facing some budget questions, too — that’s a bit ominous, since HBO is the company that shut down Deadwood because it was too expensive — and that is a much more expensive show, with more to lose.

This info comes directly from the producers, who took part in THR‘s roundtable of Emmy-nominated showrunners. Check out some quotes and video after the break.  Read More »

Here’s something for those who have wanted to see Inception nominated or awarded with more significant honors than the film has been given so far in the awards season. Sure, the top prize from the American Society of Cinematographers is essentially a technical award, but it is the technical award, and taking the prize is no small honor. Tonight Wally Pfister won the ASC Award for feature achievement for his work on Inception. Read More »

The Directors Guild of America announced its award winners for achievement in 2010 last night, and the big winner was Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech. That, in conjunction with the film’s victory at the Producers Guild awards, puts the movie as the odds-on favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar, and makes Mr. Hooper a likely win for Best Director as well. Read More »

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Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdown

You might be watching Martin Scorsese‘s HBO series Boardwalk Empire every week, but did you realize just how many of the shots require computer generated effects? Brainstorm Digital have released an awesome video which breaks-down the VFX they created for the series. You might be surprised.

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Damon Lindelof’s Top 6 TV Shows of 2010

As the year comes to a close, more Top 10 lists are being published. Last week, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof filed a list of his top five favorite television shows of 2010. Hit the jump to find out which television shows made Damon’s list this year.

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We’ve got a great deal of TV odds and ends to present to you, so let’s kick off with one that is a big deal to those involved: Syfy has decided not to pick up Stargate Universe for a third season, which is a nice way of saying the show is canceled.

A Stargate show has been on the air since 1997, but the numbers for the first season of Universe were low — Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, in their best days, had twice the draw of Universe. The final episodes of the show will air as planned. [Variety]

After the break, news on Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Locke & Key and the proposed 24 spin-off film. Read More »