After AMC fired Frank Darabont from the series he created, The Walking Dead (and I’m not unhappy about that — the show is much better without him), he took his marbles, hired Shane from The Walking Dead (Jon Bernthal) and created a new series called L.A. Noir, about an ex-Marine now working as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption. The pilot took forever for Darabont to finish, because that’s the way Darabont rolls, but it’s finally done, and TNT has picked up six episodes. Here’s the first image of the show that will probably be about L.A. detectives walking through city streets and chatting idly punctuated by awesome shoot-outs every three episodes.
Per THR, Lee Daniels, who directed Precious, and who I don’t think is actually a very good director, is directing Get It While You Can, a Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams in the title role. Maybe biopic is a stretch: It apparently revolves around one day in the life of Joplin. I think Adams is a great actress, but I can’t see her for this.
According to movie blogger Scott Feinberg’s Tweet (via Slashfilm), Sam Raimi — who we already knew was set to produce a remake of Poltergeist — is also apparently going to direct the movie. Allegedly. This is actually not a bad choice, as the horror film — which was kind of targeted toward younger viewers originally — is well suited to PG-13 horror movies, as Drag Me to Hell attests, and who better than Raimi to create an entire new generation of Coulrophobes.
As part of another story about Kevin Costner’s filming schedule, Deadline is reporting that Ivan Reitman is apparently scheduled to shoot Ghostbusters 3 next summer. DO NOT BELIEVE THIS STORY. Seriously, this movie is never going to happen.
As I reported several months ago here or on Warming Glow (I don’t remember), Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain are bringing a cooking competition to network television. Now we have details about the ABC reality show, “The Taste” from Eater.
On “The Taste,” each of the four culinary superstars - Bourdain, Lawson, Lefebvre and Malarkey — will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call as they vie to create the best tasting dish. In each episode, the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the Mentors will have to judge the competitors’ dishes blind, with no knowledge of whose creation they’re sampling, what they’re eating, how it was prepared or whom they could be eliminating.
You know what? If you put Nigella Lawson on a show and call it “The Taste,” I’m going to watch the hell ouf of that, and I don’t care what the format is.
I haven’t seen last night’s “American Horror Story” yet, so SHUT UP AND DON’T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED, but EW is reporting that Dylan McDermott is scheduled to return to the series in an unspecified role that will probably involve weeping and masturbating into a boot.
Once Upon a Time is on the cover of EW this week, which temporarily made me feel bad about giving up on the show midway through last season, but then I read that they’re brining in, among others, Mulan, the Oz universe with their version of the Little Mermaid, Lancelot, and a young Captain Hook, and then I stopped regretting my decision to quit because wasn’t this show about a mother who lost her kid in the fictional world and had to return to find her and how can this show possibly be about that anymore? That was a really long sentence.
Donal Logue will be on the last three episodes of Sons of Anarchy this season. He’ll play a U.S. Marshall. That was a much shorter sentence.
Tuesday night’s presidential debate drew 65 million viewers among all networks, which is two million viewers less than the first Romney/Obama debate, but 2.4 million more viewers than the second Obama/McCain debate in 2008. Can I just say, no matter your politics, that’s actually kind of a heartening number: 65 million people care enough about the election to tune in to listen to two very smart, very well educated men discuss actual issues. It puts the 15 million viewers that a show like “Two and a Half Men” receives into some perspective. Go America!