Lots of casting, first looks and more in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump find the following:

  • Your first look at Showtime’s new shows Masters of Sex with Lizzy Caplan and Ray Donovan with Liev Schrieber.
  • Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon will helm the pilot for the ABC 1980s family comedy How the F Am I Normal?
  • Jessica Lange will stay with American Horror Story unless Ryan Murphy “sinks the ship.”
  • Meet the season six guest stars of Californication, including Maggie Grace.
  • Check out a photo from the final table read of 30 Rock.
  • Emmy winner Margo Martindale joins the cast of The Americans.
  • Billy Campbell is not returning to The Killing.
  • X-Files star Gillian Anderson joins Hannibal.
  • Watch the trailer for Doctor Who: The Snowmen, a Christmas special.

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When Bridesmaids hit last summer, Melissa McCarthy was the hottest comedic actress in town. She had her pick of funny leading lady roles and when the smoke cleared, she picked Identify Thief. In the film, directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong), McCarthy play as a criminal who ends up in a battle of wills, and wallets, with the white collar man whose identity she steals, played by Jason Bateman.

Featuring supporting performances by Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet, the February 8, 2013 film just debuted its trailer. Check it out below.

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As Marc Webb continues to ponder whether or not he wants to return to The Amazing Spider-Man for another go-round, another possible follow-up has popped up on the horizon. Webb is reportedly attached to direct the coming-of-age tale The Only Living Boy in New York, written by Rock of Ages scribe Allan Loeb.

Webb replaces Seth Gordon, who signed on to helm back in 2011. Percy Jackson & the Olympians star Logan Lerman (once a contender to play Spidey) was lined up for the lead role at the time, but it’s unclear if he remains on board. More after the jump.

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It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a real update on the video game-inspired Pixels, but it’s moving ahead slowly but surely. While no director has been announced at this time, King of Kong helmer Seth Gordon‘s signed on to executive produce and possibly direct, and while no star has been locked in at this point, Adam Sandler is eyeing it as a potential star vehicle. (No surprise, considering the film is being produced by Sandler’s company Happy Madison.)

Meanwhile, Happy Madison and Sony have just tapped Sandler’s Just Go With It scribe Tim Dowling to rewrite the Pixels script as an action-comedy tentpole in the vein of Ghostbusters. Dowling takes over for frequent Sandler collaborator Tim Herlihy, who began working on the script in 2010. More details after the jump.

 

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David Bowie has been in semi-retirement for a while now, but he remains a cultural force. Just days ago we saw Michael Fassbender doing his best Bowie as the android David 8 in a promo video for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus. His impersonation is uncanny.

Now Bowie is cropping up in a more direct manner, as Disney has just spent a good amount of money on a romantic comedy script called Ground Control to Major Tom. The title references one of Bowie’s most famous songs, ‘Space Oddity,’ but what that really means for the film is unclear at this point. Read More »

Two of comedy’s most marketable faces, teaming up for a little Internet humor, have now found a host. Director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong) has signed on to direct a Universal comedy called Identity Theft starring Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids breakout actress Melissa McCarthy. The casting was announced a few months back but the title has now changed, along with the addition of a director.

In the film, written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), Bateman will play a normal guy whose identity is stolen by McCarthy. Originally, McCarthy’s part was written for a man but after Bateman, who is also a producer, saw Bridesmaids, he asked for a rewrite by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II). Read more after the jump.

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The best-laid plans of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis went horribly awry the last time they tried to get revenge on their superiors, but the trio could be gearing up to try again. Horrible Bosses 2 is now officially in the works as screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein sign on to pen the sequel. Helmer Seth Gordon in early talks to return as well, and the three stars are expected to reprise their roles.

Although Horrible Bosses didn’t get as much attention, positive or negative, as comedy blockbusters Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II did last summer, it was a surprise hit that grossed $209 million worldwide on a budget of just $35 million. No wonder Warner Bros. is looking to recreate that magic. More after the jump.

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Briefly: That WarGames remake that has some fans up in arms now has a writer. Noah Oppenheim will script the film that Seth Gordon will direct for MGM. We still don’t know anything about the specific plan for the remake. When the involvement of Seth Gordon was reported, he was said to have “a wide berth to create a new take,” but we don’t know how that will manifest in the new movie.

We don’t know much about Oppenheim’s work as a screenwriter, either; his background is in TV production for Hardball with Chris Matthews and the Today show. His Jackie Onassis script got studio attention, but that hasn’t been produced yet. Still, we can keep making guesses about how this new version of the story will incorporate modern technology, gaming and the awareness of networking in general, and hopefully those guesses won’t be better than what MGM turns out. [THR]

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