Good things are happening to good people in today’s TV Bits, which sees new sitcoms in the works for Conan O’Brien, Judy Greer, and Mandy Moore, among others. After the jump:

  • TBS orders a sitcom from Conan O’Brien
  • ABC develops new projects with Judy Greer, Mandy Moore, and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry
  • The CW buys a thriller from Easy A scribe Bert V Royal
  • CBS yanks the already-cancelled How to Be a Gentleman from its Saturday lineup
  • Watch the first 9 minutes of ABC’s Once Upon a Time

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We’ve entered a new frontier, so desperate for preexisting properties on which to base films that any semblance of an actual narrative has become strictly optional. The latest up-and-coming trend: self-help books. After the box office success of He’s Just Not That Into You, studios have been actively scrounging up other self-improvement books to make into movies, one of the more recent examples being How to Talk to Girls (which Date Night director Shawn Levy is in the process of developing).

Now there’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, based on the enormously relationship book by John Gray that, since its release in 1992, has sold over 50 million books and even spawned a board game and a short-lived talk show. Summit Entertainment has hired Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, the writing-directing team behind Can’t Hardly Wait and Josie and the Pussycats, to adapt and direct. Learn more after the break. Read More »

Anand Tucker to Direct Amy Adams in Leap Year

Shopgirl director Anand Tucker is in talks to helm the Amy Adams romantic comedy Leap Year for Spyglass. Adams will play a woman who comes up with an idea to travel to Dublin to propose to a man on February 29th, when according to Irish tradition, men must say yes. And as would be expected in the romantic comedy genre, she comes against various difficulties along the way.

It might sounds like a typical romantic comedy, but the screenplay was written by Harry Elfont and Deb Kaplan, the duo behind Can’t Hardly Wait (one of my favorite teen movies) and A Very Brady Sequel (one of my favorite television to film adaptations). And yes, it is a slow news day — I guess the Thanksgiving Holiday is already in full effect. Principal photography is set to be begin in March 2009.

source: Variety

Patrick Dempsey will star in the romantic comedy Made of Honor, for the British director behind Mr. Bean and City Slickers II, Paul Weiland. Written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardy Wait, A Very Brady Sequel) the story follows Tom Bailey (Dempsey), who is in love with his best friend Claire, but is unwilling to admit it. When a rich Scotsman sweeps Claire off her feet and proposes, he’s chosen to be her Maid Of Honor. Sounds like it might be funny. Dempsey started his career by looking pretty,

Floor and desk advertisements for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have started to appear in bookstores.

IGN has a look at The Hoax Movie Poster. Blah!

Steven Spielberg’s filmmaking reality television show On The Lot will premiere May 16th 2007 on Fox.

IFC Films will start selling movies on iTunes for $9.99.

Looks like someone forgot to re-register DonnieDarko.com. That sucks. But most of that material fell into the sucky directors cut, so maybe they felt the online experience was no longer needed?

If you’re in San Francisco on Sunday, why not crash an Oscar Party?
The Hollywood Reporter: “The high risk of a “real or de facto” strike by Hollywood unions means film industry employment could drop substantially in 2008, according to a new forecast by a regional economic group.” No duh. That’s like saying ‘If the Police cracked down on the hotels in California for hiring mexican workers, the hotel industry would lose a lot of workers.’

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