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Biz Break: You Get a TV Show, You Get a TV Show, EVERYONE Gets a TV Show

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 3, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 3, 2012 |

NBC is the first network of the season to start ordering back nines, as it’s given a full-season order to Go On, Revolution, and New Normal, the first two considered the most successful new sitcom and drama of the fall so far. In fact, NBC — which was formerly the lowest rated major network — actually won premiere week in the 18-49 demo, thanks in part to those three shows, plus Sunday Night Football and “The Voice.” I am absolutely flummoxed as to the appeal of “Revolution,” which actually merited NBC’s biggest DVR ratings of all time last week, but I suppose if there’s such a thing as an action-adventure series suited to the post-“The Voice” time-slot, it’s “The Voice.”

There’s still no cancellations, although “The Mob Doctor” and “Partners” look like the likeliest candidates to get the first shitcanning of the season.

Meanwhile, because everyone in the feature film world is doing it, the Wachowski Siblings have decided to try their hand at developing a television show, too. Why not? It’s low-risk, high-reward. If a show gets picked up and airs more than 6 episodes, I believe, the creators can bail on the project and collect residuals forever. See: J.J. Abrams. Anyway, according to Variety, the Wachowskis are developing “Sense8,” along with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, and because it is the Wachowskis, no details about the premise have been released, thereby building a mystery that will eventually grow so large that the actual show will never be able to match expectations.

The Wachowskis aren’t the only people developing a new TV show this week, as Jason Bateman is also getting in on the action with “Then Came Elvis,” which sounds like an 80’s version of “The Wonder Years,” as it centers on a family coming together after a divorce, complete with adult narrator reflecting on his teen years.

Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch continues his transition from television to the big screen with a biopic on Wikileaks found Julian Assange. The film is being developed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), and while Cumberbatch will play Assange, Joel Kinnamon would play Assange’s right-hand, Daniel Domscheit-Berg. I hope we find out they are secretly lovers.

In superhero news, Scarlett Johansson is reportedly going to show up as Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, while Emelia Clarke, Jessica Findlay Brown, and Alison Brie are up for the role of the Captain’s love interest. Either that, or the casting director just really wanted to watch those three girls make out with Chris Evans.

In other movie news, Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar has officially fallen as far as he can without actually climbing into a dumpster and eating the trash, as he’s agreed to direct Yogi Bear 2, which he will also rewrite.

Finally, if you’re wondering if there’s friction behind the scenes of “American Idol” between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, the producers at least want you to think that there is, as this argument between the two new judges “leaked” to TMZ. I understand there’s some cursing going on, but honestly, I have no idea what is being said.

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