Lifetime Orders ‘The Omen’ TV Series ‘Damien’

The Omen TV series

Damien Thorn is being reborn yet again, this time as the lead of his own TV series. Lifetime has given a straight-to-series order to Damien, a follow-up of the 1976 classic horror The Omen. Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) conceived the project. Hit the jump for more details on Lifetime’s The Omen TV series.

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The Omen TV series

Following NBC’s Hannibal and Rosemary’s Baby and A&E’s Bates Motel, The Omen will become the latest horror classic to get adapted for the small screen. Titled Damien, the new drama will be a sequel of sorts to the 1976 film, picking up with the titular character as an adult.

The good news about the Omen TV series is that it’ll be steered by the capable hands of former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. The not-exactly-bad-but-kinda-puzzling news is that it’ll set up shop at Lifetime. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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Shining Prequel Overlook Hotel

The Shining has had quite the resurgence in the past few months. Rodney Ascher’s Room 237 is certainly one factor. Another, bigger motivator is Stephen King himself, who is currently working on a Shining sequel novel called Doctor Sleep. Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the Stanley Kubrick film, surely sees this as a perfect time to dust off last year’s idea for a prequel to the Kubrick film, giving it a title and going out to a big time writer.

The proposed prequel is called The Overlook Hotel, and Glen Mazzara, who was the showrunner on The Walking Dead for the last two years, is in talks to write it. Read More »

The end is nigh for 30 Rock, but fear not — the TGS gang will live on as a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor of some sort. Also after the jump:

  • Girl Meets World casts the offspring of Cory and Topanga
  • There might be a Malcom in the Middle reunion on Breaking Bad, kinda
  • Girls and Enlightened episodes work around the Super Bowl with online debuts
  • Shameless, House of Lies, Californication, Ripper Street and Banshee get renewed
  • Glen Mazzara says to “ask AMC” why he was kicked off The Walking Dead

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The premise of The Walking Dead ensures that none of the cast members can ever be sure they’ll live to see the next episode, but job security on this show doesn’t seem to be much that better behind the scenes. As it heads toward the midseason premiere of Season 3, the AMC drama has just announced its third showrunner. Scott Gimple will replace Glen Mazzara, who lasted two seasons as a replacement for series creator Frank Darabont. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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While we’ve been running around preparing for and celebrating the holidays, a few interesting bits of TV news have broken over the past few days. After the jump:

  • How I Met Your Mother will return for Season 9
  • Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B— get shuffled
  • Timothy Olyphant books an Archer guest role
  • Why did Glen Mazzara leave The Walking Dead?
  • The CW is developing a female Robin Hood series
  • NBC’s failed The Farm will air as an Office episode
  • Bryan Fuller‘s Mockingbird Lane is officially dead
  • Girls Season 2 gets two new trailers and a featurette
  • Downton Abbey is losing a star in Season 4

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After a debut that garnered AMC’s highest-ever ratings for a pilot, The Walking Dead has only grown more popular over the past couple of years. The midseason finale on December 2 drew 10.5 million viewers, solidifying its position as one of television’s best-performing series. So it’s no surprise at all that the cable network is pressing forward with Season 4, as officially announced today.

The news does come with a huge catch, however. Glen Mazzara, who’s served as showrunner since Frank Darabont left after Season 1, is stepping down himself after Season 3. A new showrunner for the fourth season has not been named. More details after the jump.

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If there’s one shade I associate with AMC’s The Walking Dead, it’s red — as in the color of all that stomach-turning blood and gore. But perhaps that’s only because I haven’t read Robert Kirkman‘s comic, which is illustrated in stark black and white. And starting in February, older episodes of the series will be presented the same way. Get ready to revisit the early days of the zombie apocalypse, only this time without color. More info after the jump.

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