Jennifer Garner is producing a new television show for Fox, the very same network that recently signed Ben Affleck to direct a pilot about the Boston crime scene in the 1960s. Garner’s pilot, The Whole Shebang is about “a newly single soccer mom who inherits a run-down male strip club and unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life.” The pilot will be written by the Butter screenwriter, Jason Micallef. Garner is not expected to appear in the series. (THR)
Meanwhile, the pilot for the new Showtimes series, Masters of Sex — with Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan — is up on YouTube now. Apparently, there’s a lot of sex in the pilot, and with YouTube, you can skip straight to it. If you plan on watching the series at all, I’d recommend catching the pilot early, since it debuts the same night as Homeland’s third season premiere, and the series finale of Breaking Bad, plus Eastbound & Down and The Good Wife. It’s going to be a busy night.
Speaking of The Good Wife, Nathan Lane — who was nominated for a Best Guest Star Emmy on the show last season — will reprise his Clarke Hayden this season. Carrie Preston, Stockard Channing, John Noble, America Ferrera and Gary Cole will also return this year.
Ahead of next week’s premiere of Parks and Recreation, NBC has put together a video showing the full range of Ron Swanson’s emotions. It is fantastic.
Elsewhere, Kelsey Grammer has been added to the cast of Expendables 3 because, why not? Daniel Carlson had the very best response to the news over on Twitter. THE EXPENDABLES 3: TOSSED SALAD AND SCRAMBLED DEATH.
Levar Burton is returning to Community this season.
Dante’s Inferno will be adapted to the big screen by the director of the Evil Dead remake, Fede Alvarez. The epic poem? Oh God, no. This is Hollywood, people. It’s an adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, the video game!
Finally, Ron Howard has acknowledged that The Dark Tower adaptation is still in the works, but he’s not going to give anymore updates until it’s off the ground, as he explains to Empire.
“So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away,” Howard said. “We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie, I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams - fever dreams, rather - are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.”