Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.
Lots of stuff to catch up on, like how FOX ordered another 2 seasons of The Simpsons (duh).
The same goes for CBS and Survivor.
Some casting news also with American Dreams’ Brittany Snow starring in the Gossip Girl spin-off set in 1980 Los Angeles. Jericho’s Shiloh Fernandez also join the cast with Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter.
The backdoor pilot airs May 11.
Speaking of CW shows, big changes over at 90210 with the departure of both showrunners Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, the new showrunner being Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair.
A few ABC, CBS, and NBC pilots also bring in some peeps.
First ABC with Empire State adding John Adams’ David Morse and The O.C./Damages’ Michael Nouri to the cast. See Cate Run is also in business with Friday the 13th’s Ben Feldman, and Monarch of the Glen’s Lloyd Owen joins Inside the Box.
FOX’s Walorsky got put on hold due to casting problems.
The same goes for ABC’s Planet Lucy, Funny in the Farsi, and CBS’ Confessions of a Contractor, although for them the hold was linked to unrespected contingencies.
Everything is starting to shape up it seems…
Family Guy will have a Star Trek: TNG reunion next month (March 29).
The Next Generation crew, comprised of Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes, will lend their voices to the FOX show.
This reminds me a lot of Futurama’s Where No Fan Has Gone Before albeit with a newer crew.
Meanwhile, we continue on our pilot news with The CW greenlighting the Melrose Place pilot, penned by Smallville’s Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer and directed by Davis Guggenheim, who has previously directed episodes for, wait for it, 24, The Unit and Deadwood.
The first actor cast is Greek’s Michael Rady.
Speaking of, no surprises there, but The CW renewed six of its shows, including 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Supernatural and Smallville.
ABC’s Ab Fab pilot also has some news, with Back To You’s James Burrows set to direct the premiere episode (as well as NBC’s 100 Questions for Charlotte Payne’s pilot), and The Unit’s Zosia Mamet set to play Eddie’s teen daughter. Barbershop’s Toni Trucks will also join the cast as Eddie’s assistant.
Lipstick Jungle’s Lindsay Price joins Jaime Ray Newman on The Witches of Eastwick to play one of the three lead witches.
Numb3rs’ Lou Diamond Phillips, Push’s Ming-Na, Smallville’s Elyse Levesque and Alaina Huffman will in the meantime star in Sci Fi’s Stargate Universe, slated to premiere in October.
Can you feel the rush?
UPDATE: I just learned that Pirates of the Caribbean’s Gore Berbinski is set to direct a Universal live-action movie based on Hasbro’s Clue board game.
Oh please God, not again.