Morning Briefing

True Blood renewed for fifth season

True Blood has been officially renewed for a fifth season by HBO. “I am thrilled that ‘True Blood’ continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics,” Michael Lombardo, HBO president, said.

MacFarlane to host Sheen Roast

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has been confirmed as the host for the upcoming Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen. It will be the third Roast gig for MacFarlane, who last hosted the Donald Trump special.

Bruckheimer developing drama series

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is developing a new drama series for CBS in the US that will focus on a mother who becomes a New York State Trooper. The drama is being written by former Heroes writer Aron Eli Coleite.

Bacon linked to comedy series

Kevin Bacon has been linked to a new comedy project called Valentine that centres on the life of a talk radio host. Bacon is already developing another comedy series with HBO.

Scrubs actress signs devlopment deal

Former Scrubs actress Sarah Chalke has signed a new development deal with 20th Century Fox Television. The contract means a new half-hour comedy project will be built around the actress.

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