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HBO Eyes Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods,' Donald Trump Mulls Announcing Something and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 15th 2011 1:20PM
Neil GaimanAmidst the 'Game of Thrones' buzz, HBO is eying its next genre project: Neil Gaiman's acclaimed 'American Gods' novel.

According to Deadline, the project was brought to HBO by Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. The novel from 'Sandman' author Gaiman tells the story of a battle between two sets of gods. Gaiman and cinematographer Robert Richardson are rumored to be writing the pilot together.

In 'American Gods,' one group of traditional gods and creatures from mythology are losing power as people's belief in them disappears. Their being threatened by a group of new gods who are based on America's love of media, celebrities, drugs and technology. The book follows an ex-con who teams with an older god in disguise.

The novel won the Stoker, Nebula and Hugo Awards.

Gaiman's other print to film work includes 'Coraline' and 'Stardust.'

In other TV news ...

TNT has acquired the syndication rights for CBS's freshman hit 'Hawaii Five-0.' The episodes will start airing in 2014 ... so, uh, remember to set your DVRs in three years? [TNT]

Donald Trump might announce on the 'Celebrity Apprentice' finale that he might announce he's running for president. "I am thinking of saying on the live finale of 'The Apprentice' on May 22 that in a few days I will be making an announcement about my decision," he said. [NY Times]

Nickelodeon has renewed its hit 'iCarly' for a fifth season. The fourth season goes into production next month, so once that wraps, the show will produce a 13-episode season 5. [Deadline]

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Chris Elliott to Star in Cartoon Network Pilot 'Eagleheart'

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 17th 2009 12:21PM
Former 'Late Night' hosts and current competitors David Letterman and Conan O'Brien now have something else in common: Chris Elliott.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elliott, who got his break as a recurring guest star on 'Late Night with David Letterman' and went on to co-star with Letterman in 'Cabin Boy', will be playing the lead role in an upcoming live-action comedy pilot produced by O'Brien's Conaco Productions. Titled 'Eagleheart', the show will focus on the misadventures of a one-time action star, played by Elliott, who uses his role on the hit series 'Eagleheart' to push his conservative political agenda, bringing him in conflict with network executives.

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Chris Elliott returns to TV

by Brad Trechak, posted Nov 17th 2009 11:06AM
Get a LifeChris Elliott is quite possibly the most famous person few people have heard of. His early '90s sitcom Get A Life is a classic and he's had runs on TV shows like Late Night With David Letterman and Everybody Loves Raymond as well as some memorable movie cameos. And now he's in a new TV show.

It's called Eagleheart and it's about an over-the-hill action star who uses his television show of the same name "as a soapbox for his right-wing politics and conservative paranoia". He'll likely be more carictaure than character. Is the character based on Chuck Norris, I wonder?

It is produced by Conan O'Brien's production company. Conan actually co-created a pilot with similar themes (an over-the-hill star trying to remain relevant) in the early 90's called Lookwell starring Adam West.

It's got the right star and the concept certainly sounds amusing. But did it have to be Cartoon Network? Isn't the word "cartoon" in the network's title? Yet another example of channel drift.

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Adult Swim picks up sitcoms from Conan O'Brien, Rob Corddry

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 23rd 2009 9:32AM
Rob Corrdry on Childrens' HospitalTwo very unique comedies will get a time slot on an equally unique cable network.

Conan O'Brien's "Conaco" production company and actor Rob Corrdry both scored spots on Adult Swim for two new live-action sitcoms.

O'Brien's company won a spot for
Eagleheart, a show about a fading TV star who wins a chance for glory once more on a production in Texas, but constantly clashes with the low-level TV exec in charge of the show.

Corrdry's medical drama spoof web series Childrens' Hospital will also go to Adult Swim. The channel will show re-edited versions of the episodes that aired on TheWB.com as well as produce new ones. Corrdry originally pitched the show to Comedy Central, but negotiations broke down with the network, probably because the show didn't have enough bimbo strippers and shirtless fat guys to fill their quota (cough, Secret Girlfriend, cough).

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