Our last couple editions of TV Bits have been filled with mostly good news, but today’s is more of a downer, what with shows getting axed, a guy getting hurt, and, well, do you consider a Fred Durst sitcom bad news? At least AMC has some nice things to offer, including a new trailer for Hell on Wheels and some intriguing dramas in the works.

After the jump:

  • Charlie’s Angels and Memphis Beat get cancelled
  • Olivia Wilde leaves House
  • Transporter star Chris Vance gets injured
  • Fred Durst signs a deal with CBS
  • Hell on Wheels gets a new trailer

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Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet has signed up to play silent film star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in an HBO biopic titled The Day the Laughter Stopped. Arbuckle was one of the most popular, most successful actors of his time, but his career fell apart after he was accused of raping and murdering actress Virginia Rappe. Although he was eventually acquitted, he never completely recovered. He enjoyed only a very brief comeback before he died of a heart attack in 1933 at the age of 46.

Barry Levinson is set to direct the film from a script penned by John Adams screenwriter Kirk Ellis. The project is apparently something of a dream come true for Stonestreet, who’s been looking for a potential Arbuckle project since the late ’90s. [Vulture]

After the jump, the Old Spice guy gets a new gig, ABC picks up a split-personality drama, and USA announces return dates for some of its most popular shows.

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ABC has announced that a new reboot of Charlie’s Angels will begin airing Thursday nights at 8:00pm starting this Fall. The network has released a trailer for the series, which is executive produced by Smallville creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The men who helped to create such popular properties as Lost, The Dark Knight, Battlestar Galactica and Heroes are just a few of the people with brand new shows currently awaiting the executioner’s axe. The J.J. Abrams-produced show Alcatraz, Jonah Nolan‘s Person of Interest, Ronald Moore‘s 17th Precinct and Tim Kring‘s Touch are four out of dozens of pilots whose fates will be decided this month as the networks get ready to announce their fall schedules from May 16-19 at New York upfronts. And while it would be easy to assume anything these guys touch would most certainly make it to our television screens, Deadline’s sources say that some might not. Read more about the buzz on all those shows, as well as a ton of other upcoming pilots you have been anticipating (Locke & Key, Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, etc), after the jump. Read More »


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ABC may have found its Angels. After an exhaustive search, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor are now finalizing negotiations to star alongside Annie Ilonzeh in the Charlie’s Angels television reboot, which is being overseen by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar.

You probably won’t recognize Ilonzeh, as her most notable role before now was on General Hospital. But Kelly and Taylor should be familiar, the former having starred in Friday Night Lights and the upcoming The Roommate, and the latter appearing in Transformers and Shutter. Learn more about their characters after the break. Read More »

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ABC’s Charlie’s Angels is finally going into production. It was first mentioned almost a year ago that the channel was looking to greenlight a pilot that would bring the series back to television, but it experienced a change in the development process that set it back until now. Originally, Josh Friedman (the creator of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) was developing the project, but now ABC has handed the show over to Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar.

The show is planned to shoot at the start of the new year in Miami. ABC is currently searching for actresses to play the ‘Angels’. Leonard Goldberg (one of the producers of the original show) and Drew Barrymore remain involved in the series as producers. [Deadline]

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