Today’s TV Bits starts on a bit of a downer, as Community‘s Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon bicker and Two and a Half Men‘s Lee Arohnson makes some obnoxious comments sure to piss people off. But don’t worry, there’s some sunnier stuff in here too. After the jump:

  • Are Chevy Chase’s days on Community numbered?
  • Two and Half Men co-creator bashes female-centric comedies
  • Starz releases the premiere of Magic City online for free
  • HBO drops a teaser for Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire
  • The Daily Show heads to the Democratic National Convention
  • A&E develops an adaptation of Rosario Dawson’s O.C.T.
  • A rundown of broadcast networks’ pilots for the 2012 season

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Interview with Grindhouse star Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson

On March 25th, we had the opportunity to talk with most of the stars of Grindhouse. We will be posting the interviews leading up until the film’s release on April 6th 2007.

We sat down with Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, 25th Hour) to talk about her role as Abernathy in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. We talked to Rosario about her change from a tom boy to a girlie girl, Kevin Smith’s upcoming romantic comedy, her aspirations to work with Rob Zombie, Eli Roth and Catherine Hardwicke, her comic book series O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce, and the film she is producing based on the book. But for the most part Rosario hijacked the interview to tell us about her first producing effort, Descent, which will make it’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Dawson was very excited about her new film, so we let her do most of the talking.

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oct.jpgAs you probably know, the Rosario Dawson created comic book O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce is coming to the big screen. We talked briefly with Rosario about the current status of project, and she says they are close to hiring a writer director.

It is going really well. It’s been really fascinating reading scripts from the perspective of a producer. I have an appreciation for what my agent and my manger have to do, pouring over so many scripts that are really bad sometimes. We’re looking for a writer/director on it. There have been some really great writers I’ve been reading, to be honest. But just reading so many of these scripts that don’t necessarily have a woman’s role in them and reading just in the perspective of finding a great writer has been really really cool. It’s been really nice, because I have an idea of who I want to be the writer/director on it and hopefully that will work.

We begged Rosario for more but all we got was:

I can’t just yet. When that happens I’ll be ecstatic to announce it, believe me.

In O.C.T., Dawson lends her likeness to main character Sophia Ortiz, who is a member of a New York Police investigation team that patrol a district of New York primarily populated by practitioners of magic. The “Otherground”, as the denizens refer to it, is the epicenter of an extant that connects the Earth with another dimension.

The Weinstein Co optioned the project in September 2006.

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