Television upfronts start next week, which means we’ll get the final news of what shows are returning, which are being cancelled, and which new shows will be premiering over the coming months. TNT has jumped the gun, giving a 10-episode order to The Last Ship, a Michael Bay produced action drama starring Eric Dane. The show picks up in the wake of an apocalyptic event that wipes out most of the world, but leaves a cluster of survivors on a single Naval ship that was at sea.
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Sneak peaks, new additions, premieres and premature cancellations are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- Check out a teaser trailer for the sixth season of Californication.
- Deadwood and Pirates of the Caribbean star Ian McShane is joining American Horror Story: Asylum.
- Scream-queen Neve Campbell is joining Grey’s Anatomy for a few episodes.
- Eric Dane will star in a new, Platinum Dunes produced pilot called The Last Ship.
- Watch a clip of Olympian Ryan Lochte‘s cameo on 30 Rock.
- The HBO shows Girls and Enlightened will both return January 13.
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Screen Gems has released a second movie trailer for Steven Antin‘s contemporary musical Burlesque (if you missed the first movie trailer, you can watch that at the link). I’m not a big fan of musicals, and when I have liked a film musical, it has usually been of the more cinematic variety. Burlesque is obviously a musical of the stage show-variety. I was also once interested in this project because it was announced that screenwriter Diablo Cody was doing a draft of the script, but I don’t see her name listed in the early credits, and the film doesn’t look to have any of her signature touches. Basically, this is a long way of saying, this just isn’t my thing.
But I’m sure some of you are interested. Watch the second trailer now embedded after the jump thanks to Vlicious (found via FirstShowing).
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Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Anna Kendrick, Milo Ventimiglia and a few other actors were photographed leaving the Saddle Ranch in West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip on Tuesday morning. The restaurant is famous for its karaoke, crazy parties and a mechanical bull. Some gossip sites were quick to report that it was a four-hour Scientology event, since a good selection of the actors involved are Scientologists. But it was later confirmed to be a table read for a movie called Paper Wings, which is being developed at Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment.
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Jennifer Hudson made a splash on American Idol, then quickly went on to win an Oscar for her debut role in Dreamgirls, but we haven’t seen much of her onscreen since. Now she’s got a follow-up role to her big breakthrough: in Winnie, she’ll play Winnie Mandela, wife to South African president Nelson Mandela.
Directing is South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt, who was behind Yesterday and Sarafina! The script is from Roodt, Andre Pieterse and Paul L. Johnson, from the biography Winnie Mandela: A Life, by Anne Marie du Preez. Winnie Mandela fought apartheid alongside her husband, and was jailed for demanding his release, but she faced legitimate legal troubles down the road. Variety also reports that Hudson is expected to sing the theme for the film.
After the break, another Winnie movie, more for the Christina Aguilera film Burlesque, and Stephen Root bolsters two already solid casts. Read More »