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Ewan McGregor joins new drama series

Ewan McGregor has signed on to feature in a new HBO drama called The Corrections where he will star alongside Diane Wiest and Chris Cooper.

Katy Perry to host SNL

Katy Perry has been confirmed to be hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live in December. Others to host during the month include Steve Buscemi and Jimmy Fallon.

Ron Howard working on Western series

Ron Howard is working with HBO on a yet-to-be-titled Western drama that wil centre on famous gunslinger Doc Holliday.

Fringe future unclear

Warner Bros TV president Peter Roth has said the future of Fringe is unclear and that it is too soon to tell if the sci-fi drama will return for another season.

Game of Thrones season two teaser

HBO has released a first look teaser featuring footage from the second season of Game of Thrones. A brief teaser for the show was released in September but didn’t show any new footage.

Jack Black developing series

Jack Black is developing a half-hour comedy pilot with the Syfy network called Ghost Ghirls. Black will executive produce the project that is said to be a comedic take on the likes of Medium and Ghost Whisperer.

Smith knows little about Doctor Who movie

Doctor Who actor Matt Smith has said he will not be involved in the proposed film adaptation of the classic BBC series. “I have absolutely no idea what it will be about. We’re not really anything to do with it,” Smith said.

Dexter to end after season eight?

The president of the Showtime network David Nevins has said that Dexter will most likely end after its eighth season. “And after speaking with [executive producers] John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton and Scott Buck, it became pretty clear that there was a very clear three-year trajectory,” David Nevins said of the current sixth season and recently commissioned seventh and eighth seasons.

Mad Men creator has end in mind

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has revealed plans for the end of the show, saying he has a final “image” in mind.  “I always felt like it would be the experience of human life,” he said. “And human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don’s going to die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like… It’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you.”

Pilot ordered at NBC

NBC has ordered a pilot for a show called Beautiful People that will be set in the “near future” and focusses on “a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids that look like us but are treated like second-class citizens”.

Webster replacing Phillips on Castle

Actor Derek Webster will replace Joseph C Phillips as the mayor of New York on Castle. Phillips played the role in the first season of the show.

The Walking Dead renewed

The Walking Dead has been renewed by the AMC network for a third season. The zombie drama’s second season has drawn record cable ratings in the US.

Hanks working on sports comedy

Tom Hanks is developing a new comedy series for HBO that will centre on a team of college athletes. Hanks will work alongside executive producer Gary Goetzman, who he worked on the likes of Band of Brothers and The Pacific with.

Elfman joins Damages

Jenna Elfman has been added to the cast of Damages final season. The actress will join Ryan Phillippe and John Hannah in the line-up, both of whom have major roles.

Presidential sitcom ordered

The NBC network has ordered a pilot for a new comedy about a US president. The sitcom, which is co-written by Modern Family writer Jason Winer, will focus on the president and his dysfunctional family.

Misfits US remake in development

Josh Swartz, the producer who brought us The OC and Gossip Girl, is developing a US version of British teen series Misfits. The creator of the original, Howard Overman, is said to be working alongside Schwartz on the script.

Gugino lands Justified role

Carla Gugino has joined the cast of Justified for its third season. The actress, who has appeared in the likes of Entourage and Californication, will feature in a recurring role as an assistant director of the US Marshals Service.

Big Bang actors working on pilot

Big Bang Theory actors John Ross Bowie and Kevin Sussman have begun work on a new comedy pilot for the Fox network. The pair, who played Barry Kripke and Stuart on the show, are developing a series based around a couple who bend over backwards to support their 5-year-old daughter.

Moore signs upf or comedy

Mandy Moore is attached to a new comedy pilot for the ABC network which focusses on the life of a young, newly married couple.

MTV staffer files lawsuit

A former MTV staffer who worked on The Hills is filing a lawsuit claiming she was forced to take drugs and was the subject of unwanted sexual advances. Eliza Sproul says the incidents in question occurred during the cast and crew’s 2010 trip to Costa Rica.

Charlie’s Angels cancelled

Production on the Charlie’s Angels reboot has been shut down after ABC cancelled the series. The series received poor reviews from critics and declined sharply in the ratings from its premiere.

Phillippe joins Damages

Ryan Phillippe has joined the cast of Damages where he will play a character similar to WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange. It will be the actor’s first regular TV role since the early ‘90s.

Durst lands comedy role

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has reportedly signed a deal to appear in a new sitcom. The half-hour comedy is being produced under the working title of Douchebag and will centre on a rock legend struggling to balance his celebrity lifestyle with family life.

Glee creator sells show

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has sold a comedy pilot to the NBC network. Murphy and fellow Glee co-executive producer Allison Adler will serve as writers for the show.

Family Guy run its course?

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane believes that the comedy series has run its course and should have ended several seasons ago. “Part of me thinks that Family Guy should have already ended. I think seven seasons is about the right lifespan for a TV series.”

Film writer developing TV project

The Fox network is developing a new drama pilot from the co-writer of films such as Gone Baby Gone and The Town. The project, entitled Thick as Thieves, is set in a blue collar Boston neighbourhood.

Zellweger working on TV project

Renee Zellweger is developing a new period drama for TV called Cinnamon Girl. The show will follow four girls who become caught up in the Los Angeles music movement during the late 1960s.

Ellen developing comedy

Ellen DeGeneres is reteaming with her Ellen sitcom writer Alex Herschlag on a new sitcom revolving around a mixed-race Jewish-Chinese couple.  

Boardwalk Empire renewed

Boardwalk Empire has been renewed for a third season by HBO in the US. The second season of the prohibition rime drama is currently screening in the US.

Courteney Cox producing new comedy

Courteney Cox will executive produce a new comedy series alongside her ex-partner David Arquette called Ten Years. The comedy will chart the lives and relationships of a group of friends across a decade.

Harry’s Law season extended

Legal drama Harry’s Law will have its second season extended after the NBC network ordered another six episodes. The Kathy Bates-starring series is currently screening here on TV One.

Depp developing THR drama

A potential period drama is in the works in the US that would revolve around the founder of The Hollywood Reporter. Johnny Depp’s TV production company is developing the project.

Downton Abbey to finish in 2012?

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has suggested the drama series will end in 2012 afer three seasons. “The original concept in my optimistic head was for the first series to start towards the end of the Edwardian era, the second to be set during World War I and the third in the 1920s,” he said.

Banks sells comedy

Elizabeth Banks has sold a comedy series to the Fox network called Dave’s Dead. The actress will serve as an executive producer alongside her husband on the series that is described as a cross between My Name is Earl and Shaun of the Dead.

’90s actors returning

Two ‘90s TV stars are attempting to reignite their careers with new comedy series Apartment 23. Dean Cain from The New Adventures of Superman and Kevin Sorbo of Hercules will both guest star in the James van der Beek comedy.

Hasselhoff suggests Knight Rider return

David Hasselhoff has suggested they resurrect classic series Knight Rider with Simon Cowell voicing the super-powered car KITT.

Brady to reprise HIMYM role

Comic Wayne Brady will reprise his role on How I Met Your Mother as Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) brother, James. Brady has featured several times in the past in the role.

Cheers co-stars reunite for comedy

Former Cheers co-stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman are reuniting for a new comedy series about an Italian family living in New Jersey.

Evans to guest in Vampire Diaries

Alice Evans has signed on for a guest role on The Vampire Diaries, playing the mother of one of the characters. Evans has appeared in the likes of Lost and Brothers & Sisters.

Roseanne making TV comeback

Roseanne Barr is making a return to TV in a news comedy series set in a trailer park. The actress is best known for her role in her self-titled sitcom which ran for nine season between 1988 and 1997.