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Cameron Crowe is Going to Showtime, and Changes Are Coming to 'SNL'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 13, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 13, 2014 |

Here’s a round-up of TV and movie news items not quite worthy of their own posts:

  • Cameron Crowe and — oddly, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions — are joining forces to create a Showtime pilot, which will be run by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life). Crowe will direct the pilot for Roadies, an ensemble comedy set during a U.S. rock tour. (NikkiFinke)

  • Speaking of Nikki Finke, she is back with a laughable opening post and an absurd logo. She breaks a lot of stories, so there’s no getting around citing her, but henceforth, I’m going with “NF.”

  • In an interview with NF’s old site, Deadline, Lorne Michaels admitted that he’s still in the midst of rebuilding, and that there will be casting changes this year. I don’t know if we can read between the lines here, but Michaels may be suggesting that Noel Wells’ job is safe:

    Noel [Wells] impressed everyone at the auditions in LA, and then came to the studio and did just as well. There were a lot of people that we brought in who did really well in Chicago or LA or other cities, and then when they get into the studio, they’re not ready.

  • Tom Hiddleston, of all people, has been cast as the lead in a Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, from director Marc Abraham. And yes, he will sing. (Deadline)

  • USA Network’s Sirens has been renewed, while I Wanna Marry Harry has been cancelled (the rest of its run will air online).

  • Guillermo del Toro, who is always signing on to projects he has no intention of following through on, has dropped out of the live-action Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson. (Coming Soon)

  • Despite all the furor, the drop in ratings, and the increasing lack of likability, the Today show has nevertheless re-upped Matt Lauer’s contract for at least two more years. (NYTimes)

  • Dascha Polanco (who plays pregnant Dayanara Diaz) and Samira Wiley (who plays Poussey) have been elevated to series regulars beginning in season three of Orange is the New Black.

  • Dan Harmon updates us on Hulu’s potential revival of Community, and he’s not that optimistic. (Uproxx)

  • Finally, I leave you with the full trailer for Denzel Washington’s Equalizer, and despite the fact that it’s based on an old TV show, it’s looks very much like a typical Denzel action pic. That is not a bad thing.

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