New news have emerged regarding projects that have been in the works for some time now.

For you Melrose Place fans out there, you probably know about that remake the CW wants to (re?)make.
One Tree Hill‘s creator Mark Schwahn is now in pole position to write the pilot, although he probably won’t stay with the actual series after that, à la Rob Thomas on 90210.

Robert Carlyle, who recently starred in 24: Redemption (who else thought that movie sucked?) is now set to star as the lead in the next (the third one) Stargate show, Stargate Universe.
The move seems similar to Richard Dean Anderson and Ben Browder’s casting in SG1 way back when: a known face for a new role.
The show should be more character-driven and darker than the previous two with less planet-exploration-type episode, since the show is based on a ship rather than on a team exploring planets.
I’m all for it to be honest.
The Stargate franchise has been dead originality-wise for a few years now.
Bring on the new.

In other news, as predicted, McG is currently working on the fifth Terminator movie, the second in the new Terminator trilogy that is (the one with Christian Bale in it).
The studio feels confident enough to order a fifth movie even though the fourth T-movie might bomb for all we know.

I just love franchises.

I almost forgot to talk about the other Flash Forward casting announcements.
Sonya Walger (Pennneeeehhhh!) has been cast as Olivia (the female lead), whilst Christine Woods is joining the show as FBI’s Janis.

In case you haven’t heard already, Hugh Jackman is going to host the Oscars.
Could be an interesting night.
It will surely be more entertaining than the Emmys though.

And what’s up with THR mistaking Kristen Stewart’s name for Kristen Bell’s?
I was afraid the latter starred in Twilight 2!

Meanwhile, as many of you know, the ’08 Black List came out Wednesday.
I’m glad to see that a couple of my choices as SOTW came out in the list.
Brian K. Vaughan’s Roundtable (SOTW1) is in there and Kyle Killen’s The Beaver (SOTW5) is even Number One!
Disapointed though that there weren’t any more of those scripts up there.
Next time voters, I hope you’ll go read the awesomest blog of all and select all the SOTW!

Oh, and what about a TV spec-pilot Black List?
We should definitely make that happen.
Who’s with me?

Tune in tomorrow for a special SOTW Black List Edition.

Finally back to blogging!

Lots of stuff to catch up, including some major NBC changes.

First of all, one of the big NBC 2009 move:
Jay Leno in primetime.
Every day.

No more NBC drama at 10PM.

Jeff Zucker said the other day that NBC won’t be doing 22 primetime-hours anymore, similarly to “three” of its “competitors”.
Wait a sec.
Is Zucker really considering MyNetworkTV and The CW as NBC’s competitors?

Zucker also said:

It’s not giving up. It’s not retrenching. It’s not throwing in the towel.

Let’s get real here: are you really that surprised?
The way NBC is currently programming its shows is already similar to a 2-hour primetime/night scenario.
Just look at Crusoe, Knight Rider and My Own Worst Enemy.
Or what about their Tuesdays?
It doesn’t exist.

NBC is as well converging its TV divisions, merging studio and scripted.

But you have to wonder there:
Is less original programing what NBC is all about?

Because if that’s the case, tune me out.

Speaking of NBC.
Was it just me or did last night’s Chuck kind of ripped of Leverage’s series premiere?
That whole floor-replacement thingy had a strong déjà-vu effect on me.

I also recently saw Primer.

This was a really (good) mindfrak movie.
Fortunately there is a clear visual timeline available to help sort it all out.

The movie and its script are also proving to be an excellent lesson on “how to write a great no-budget movie.”
The answer being obviously a focus on characters.
And since TV is a character-medium…
You know the rest.

Some more Flash Forward casting.
Joseph Fiennes may play the lead role of the show (Mark).
Meanwhile, John Cho might play his partner.
To that I say: Whaaaat?
This is so not the actor I had in mind for Dominic.
I have yet to see Cho in as dark a role as Dominic promises to be!
And playing Sulu doesn’t count.

ABC’s Private Practice was beat the other night by FOX’s Secret Millionaire.
I thoroughly regret wasting 40+ minutes of my life on such a crappy show.
It almost seemed fake at times.

The FailW is eyeing a freakin’ spin-off of Gossip Girl.
I’m hoping that it will be a crossover between 90210 and Smallville.
A show around a super-bitchy rich girl that can poop gold would be so awesome.

Also, I won’t be here until Tuesday, so there won’t be any posting for the next 3 days, except maybe Sunday for the usual Script of the Week announcement.

Don’t get too cold while I’m gone.

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