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Trade News that Will Tweak Your Nipples

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 30, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | March 30, 2011 |

  • Good news for “Archer” fans (of which I am a recent convert): The show has been picked up for a third season, and in an unusual strategy, three episodes will air after “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” this fall (to expose it to new viewers) and the other 13 eps will air in 2012.

  • And while F/X did cancel “Lights Out” and “Terriers,” you don’t want to be too hard on the network: It has officially picked up “Justified” for a third season (in addition to the above “Archer”) and now, according to Deadline, they’re going to pick up a new half-hour comedy series from the folks behind “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The show, called “Townies” will be about a couple of teenagers left to raise themselves after they were ditched by their folks.

    And by request, the news of “Justified’s” renewal comes with Olyphant imagery. Here he is as a teenager.


    Here he is in a pink-shirt making his case for a small screen version of Superman.


    Here he is creeping my shit out.


    And here he is with his wife. Did you know they have three children together? She was his college sweetheart. Adorable, aren’t they?


    Did you know that Timothy Olyphant was born in Hawaii? And that the proper way to spell his nickname is: Olafantastic.

  • The next wave in Hollywood’s beat-an-idea-to-death business model is apparently reimaginings of fairy tales (despite the box-office failure of Red Riding Hood) and the latest is a Lindsay Devlin spec script for Sleeping Beauty, which True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld is now attached to. This reimagining will have Sleeping Beauty trapped in a dream world trying to fight her way back to consciousness. So, Sleeping Beauty in Wonderland?

  • In case you missed all the “Mad Men” fuss, it doesn’t look like it will be back until 2012 because there are apparently a few hang-ups in negotiations with showrunner Matthew Weiner. Depending on who you believe, the catches are a combination of factors, including Weiner’s salary, AMC’s insistence upon deducting two minutes from the show’s running time (for additional commercials), and their demands that two-to-six characters be excised or reduced (probably characters outside the core group). Whatever. Just let me know when new episodes are airing. (Vulture and The Wrap)

  • Bill Murray is set to play FDR in the film adaptation of the radio play, Hyde Park on Hudson. Roger Mitchell (Morning Glory) will direct the BBC Production about an illicit affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley that took place while King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were making their first visit to America. (Vulture)

  • The Monsters, Inc. sequel has been given a name: Monsters University.

  • The given up for dead World War Z adapation, set to star Brad Pitt, has potentially found a new financier and could start filming as soon as June, according to Deadline. Marc Forster is set to direct and yes, the movie is expected to be PG-13, as all good zombie movies must be. Right?

  • Hugh Jackman insists that, even though Darren Aronovsky has abandoned the project, Fox is still eager to make the Wolverine sequel. I wonder what Bret Ratner is doing? (Coming Soon)

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