Don’t get your hopes up too high just yet, but depending on how things go with Star Trek 2 it may just be possible for Bryan Singer and Bryan Fuller to try and bring Trek back to television at some point. Also after the jump:

  • Bryan Fuller has a seven-season plan for Hannibal
  • James Patterson’s Private series heads to television
  • Netflix’s Lilyhammer gets renewed for Season 2
  • HBO cancels The Life and Times of Tim after three seasons
  • NBC picks up a half-hour sitcom from Matthew Perry

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In order to survive, Netflix is getting in the business of producing and distributing original content alongside their portfolio of catalog movies (a model first made profitable by HBO). I’m sure you’ve all read that they will be brining back Arrested Development in 2013. A couple other series are in the works, the first of which will premiere on Monday, February 6th 2012. Lilyhammer is the fish-out-of-water story of a New York mobster who enters the federal witness protection program after ratting on his boss. Sopranos veteran and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt plays Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano. Netflix has released a 3 minute trailer for the series, which you can watch now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Netflix is all in with this original programming thing. They already acquired the rights to the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey produced show House of Cards, are interested in exclusively airing the rumored next season of Arrested Development and have now picked up a Norwegian-produced TV show called Lilyhammer. They show stars Steven van Zandt (The Sopranos, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) as a Mafia informant who chooses to move to Norway as part of the Witness Protection Program.

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While appearing on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius/XM Satalite Radio, comedian Lisa Lampanelli revealed that she had been cast in Sopranos creator David Chase‘s highly anticipated feature film project. The story has been kept under wraps, but Lampanelli gives us an interesting bit of info: she will be playing David Chase’s mother in the movie, because she believes this is a movie about Chase’s teenage years (I’m assuming that it might be inspired by his experiences, much like Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous).

EDIT: In fact, Paramount informs us that her character is an aunt, and that the mother is being played by Molly Price of Third Watch.

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