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NBC Orders 'Glee' Competitor to Pilot, Matthew Weiner Still Without 'Mad Men' Deal and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 24th 2011 11:40AM
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As we enter the thick of pilot season, networks have been greenlighting pilots to consider for the 2011-2012 season. One of the biggest in the works is NBC's 'Smash.' According to Deadline, it's based on an idea from Steven Spielberg about putting on a Broadway musical, and would feature original songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Among the other pilots picked up this weekend were a comedy called 'Vince Uncensored,' from Conan O'Brien's production company (it went to CBS, according to Entertainment Weekly), a thriller/drama called 'Exit Strategy,' starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Antoine Fuqua (snagged by Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter, along with two comedies, per Deadline), and David E. Kelley's previously D.O.A. 'Wonder Woman' (which landed at NBC, reports Deadline).

In other TV news ...

Matthew Weiner would love to start writing the fifth season of 'Mad Men,' if AMC would sign a deal already. "I have every intention of making the show when they decide to work out their business with Lionsgate," he said. "I can't wait to come back to work ... I am not looking for a new job." [EW]

Kevin Smith, Kevin Pollak and Adam Carolla will star in AOL's new nightly talk show. The web video series will team up with the actors' existing podcasts for new episodes every Monday through Thursday, with a best-of installment on Fridays. [AOL]

Could Keith Olbermann have a new gig already? 'The Social Network' writer Aaron Sorkin has been developing a comedy set behind the scenes at a cable news show. Now that it's getting closer to a pilot pickup and Olbermann is out of a gig, sources are speculating that he could contribute to the series. [EW]

'Big Brother' winner Adam Jasinski has been sentenced to four years in jail. The former reality show contestant pleaded guilty to tax and drug charges after he was caught trying to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills. [THR]

An international man of mystery could get an HBO movie. No, not another Austin Powers sequel. HBO is currently negotiating with the BBC to produce a biopic about Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange. [Deadline]

DirecTV is the latest to pass on the controversial 'Kennedys' miniseries. Though producers are still meeting with potential buyers, Showtime, Starz and FX have already declined. Where else could the eight-part series possibly go? [THR]

Friday seems to have treated 'Fringe' well. The show performed well in its new time slot last week, winning the night in its target demographic. [TVLine]

'Breaking Bad' actor Matt Jones has sold two scripts. 'Greatest Hits,' about a slacker record store employee-turned-hitman, went to TBS, while 'Lost in the Woods,' about summer camp, went to MTV. [Variety]

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It's on NBC. It is clearly going to fail. Glee works because it is a funny High School comedy with great music. Everyone went to High School. Most people never even see a Broadway Musical.

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