The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

If you tuned into Jimmy Fallon‘s debut as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show last night, you caught Spike Lee‘s latest project without even realizing it. The filmmaker directed the opening title sequence, which means, as Fallon happily put it, that “our show opens with a Spike Lee joint.”

The choice of Lee couldn’t be more appropriate as Fallon’s premiere also marked the return of The Tonight Show to New York City after four decades in Los Angeles. Watch the sequence after the jump.

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Stephen King Under the Dome

I can barely keep track of all the various Stephen King-based projects in development, there are so many. Here’s another one to add to that long, long list.

NBC is mulling over a drama series based on King’s 2007 short story “Ayana,” which is being developed by Universal TV. Chris Sparling (Buried) is writing the pilot. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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John Constantine

Marvel may be running circles around DC in the big-screen franchise department, but the latter is doing quite well for itself on the small screen. One of several DC-based shows in the works right now is Constantine, and it’s moving quickly. The drama got a pilot order from NBC earlier this month, and has now picked up Neil Marshall (The Descent) to helm. More details after the jump.

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Hannibal Season 2 header

One of the best food shows of last year wasn’t really a food show at all. In fact, all of the food on it was stuff you’d never, ever want to eat. But the way Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) expertly crafts his meals and then plates them just so… our stomachs couldn’t help but rumble even as our disgusted brains were screaming “But that meal is made of people!”

Well, with February coming in fast, and the Season 2 premiere of NBC’s Hannibal along with it, it’s time to get used to feeling that cognitive dissonance again. This first teaser should help ease you in. In it, Hannibal prepares yet another elegant-looking recipe, with some very special ingredients. Check it out, along with some new promo art, after the jump.

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It's a Wonderful Life

Despite Paramount’s objections, the producer for It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story is confident his project will go forward. Sorry, haters. Also after the jump:

  • Channing Tatum could still return for G.I. Joe 3
  • … and Adrianne Palicki is definitely going to be back
  • Kellan Lutz had to get smaller for The Expendables 3
  • Paramount and MGM team up for Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • NBC okays a sequel to The Bible (the show, not the book)
  • Jack O’Connell and Lena Headey get their own 300 posters

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Octavia Specer Murder She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote is coming back from the dead. NBC is rebooting the long-running mystery series, with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer set for the lead role. Writer Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives) and producer David Janollari (Six Feet Under) are behind the new version.

Original star Angela Lansbury has been “approached” for a part as well, but it’s unclear at this time whether she will be involved. Hit the jump for more details.

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Sarah 313

Typically, when a show fails to make it past the pilot stage, it just quietly disappears. The episode is never shown to the public, and the cast and crew stop mentioning it in interviews, and it’s basically like the whole thing never happened at all.

Still, a lot of work has already gone into the show by that point, so on the occasion that a failed pilot makes it out, the results can be interesting to see. Last year, Sarah Silverman taped Susan 313, a semi-autobiographical half-hour sitcom about a ’90s rock star coming out of a ten-year relationship. She’s now posted the pilot in its entirety online, and you can watch it after the jump.

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‘Community’ Will Return in January

Community

Briefly: The New Year will bring with it a return to Greendale. NBC has set Community to return on January 2, 2014, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8:00 PM. It’ll remain at the top of the hour the following week, while Parks & Recreation will take over the 8:30 PM starting on January 9.

Community is entering its fifth season, which isn’t bad for a show that seemed doomed for “brilliant-but-cancelled” status from the moment it arrived. The new season marks the return of series creator Dan Harmon, who was fired before Season 4. It’ll also be the first without Chevy Chase, who left near the end of last season, and the last for Donald Glover, who’ll only appear in five episodes. [EW]

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