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Neil Gaiman Wants in on the Teen Book Job on 'The Simpsons' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:45AM
Neil Gaiman, 'The Simpsons' - 'The Book Job'It almost feels weird to say this, but in a very clever and entertaining episode of 'The Simpsons' (Sun., 8PM ET on FOX), Homer develops a plan to make a fortune by churning out a tween novel by committee. Popular fantasy author Neil Gaiman played himself, as an existing author wanting in on the scheme.

The entire episode was framed as a heist, with Homer assembling his team, writing the novel and getting it published. The head of the publishing house was in place as the evil villain, while Gaiman proved to be the cleverest of them all, duping everyone by getting the book ultimately published under his own name.

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HBO Greenlights Tom Hanks' and Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' TV Series

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 15th 2011 4:40AM
Neil GaimanGreat news for Neil Gaiman fans! It's been announced that HBO and Tom Hanks' production company, Playtone Productions, are going ahead with their ambitious TV take on Gaiman's bestselling novel, 'American Gods.'

According to 'The Hollywood Reporter' the new drama is slated for six seasons, with the first season due to air sometime in 2013. Each season will be comprised of 10 to 12 hour-long episodes, with a budget of around $35-40 million per season.

Steeped in religious folklore from ancient times to the 21st century, 'American Gods' will be executive-produced by Gary Goetzman and Hanks, with Bob Richardson and Gaiman onboard as executive producer and writer.

Producers promise that it will be effects-heavy to do justice to the awe-inspiring power of the divine beings involved. "There are some crazy things in there," said Goetzman. "We'll probably be doing more effects in there than it's been done on a television series."

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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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'Sandman' Author Neil Gaiman Records Guest Spot on 'The Simpsons'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 13th 2011 8:57AM
Neil GaimanMany of Neil Gaiman's fictional creations have been brought to the small and big screens in recent years and now he's set to join them. He's been immortalized with a guest spot on 'The Simpsons' as ... himself.

As reported by the BBC, the 'Sandman' and 'Stardust' author announced via Twitter that he "went to the Marge Simpson Studios," where he "recorded my part as 'Neil Gaiman', a British author."

Gaiman's character in the episode -- entitled 'The Book Job' -- would "probably be yellow", he continued. "Probably this is all I shall be remembered for," he joked.

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Why Bringing Neil Gaiman's 'Sandman' to TV is a Bad Idea

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 2nd 2010 1:00PM
Battle stations, comic-book nerds: A possible TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' is in the works.

This is probably a bad idea.

Of course, this adaptation is still in the early stages, and as is the case with most properties being developed for television, it's entirely possible (if not probable) that the project will never get made.

Still, there are quite a few reasons to treat the idea of a TV version of 'Sandman,' which tells the story of the Dream (or Morpheus) and his similarly powerful siblings, with extreme caution. I say that despite reading that 'Supernatural' creator Eric Kripke may take the lead role in the development of the 'Sandman' series.

Those who've read my work in the past will know that I'm a serious 'Supernatural' fan, and whatever ups and downs that show may have had over the past five seasons, Kripke's ability to mine the moral and emotional potential of genre fare has proved to be exceptional.

So it's not that I think Kripke (who isn't officially on board yet) isn't the right guy for the job. It's just that I'm not sure the job can or should be done. After the jump are just five of the reasons why I think a 'Sandman' adaptation is probably a bad idea.

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Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' Being Developed as a TV Series

by Ryan McKee, posted Sep 2nd 2010 9:45AM
It was only a matter of time before television producers began heavily using comic books as source material. After all, movie producers have been doing it for years.

Neil Gaiman's seminal comic book series 'The Sandman' has been floundering in film development since the mid '90s. It became obvious that the complex story lines and multiple characters arcs would play much better as a TV series. HBO and James Mangold began sniffing around the project, but never bit in.

Now The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Warner Bros. TV is in the process of grabbing the television rights for 'The Sandman' from its sister company, DC Entertainment. The company is also in talks with several writer-producers to develop the project, including 'Supernatural' creator Eric Kripke as the frontrunner. However, Kripke is expressing hesitation in tackling a project that already has such a passionate nerd following. Even the smallest details will be analyzed and criticized.

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Neil Gaiman has written a 'Doctor Who' episode

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 8th 2010 7:33PM
Doctor WhoAs the title says, the Goth Geek God himself, Neil Gaiman, has penned an episode of the British iconic program 'Doctor Who'. Gaiman has already written for television (including an episode of 'Babylon 5' and his British TV series 'Neverwhere') but this represents the first time he has written for a program that he actually watched as a child. If you listen carefully, you can hear all the nerd brains around the world exploding.

Gaiman himself announced this at a British sci-fi convention this past weekend and shocked everyone with this bombshell during an award acceptance speech. However, the folks behind our favorite Time Lord would not confirm Gaiman's statement. Hopefully he didn't jump the gun with this announcement. It would be a shame if he had to renege on it later.

The episode might be called 'The House of Nothing' (the announcement is nothing if not vague) and supposedly will air sometime in 2011, during the next season. Neil Gaiman, meet Matt Smith.

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Jonathan Coulton weighs in on Fall TV

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 16th 2009 11:03AM
jonathan coultonLike most people in this world, I often turn to master geek musician Jonathan Coulton when I'm trying to figure out how I should feel about something (you can smell hair burning when I try to think for myself).

So imagine my horror when the Fall schedule started filling out and Mr. Coulton was still dealing with strictly music-related matters. Well, I can finally have a restful night of sleep, because John Sellers of True Slant has gotten Jonathan Coulton's take on Fall TV.

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Neil Gaiman to write for Doctor Who?

by Brad Trechak, posted May 29th 2008 9:03AM
Doctor WhoAccording to Rich Johnston at Comic Book Resources, new Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has put forth a request to legendary writer Neil Gaiman to pen an episode for the 2010 season. I will step back while you shriek with excitement.

Neil Gaiman first garnered fame for his comic book of the 80's and 90's, The Sandman, which endeared him to all sorts of people who are now influential in the entertainment industry. He has written novels (one of which, Stardust, was recently adapted into a movie). He has written movies (most recently Beowulf). He has written for television before as well (the Babylon 5 episode "Day of the Dead").

I hope this rumor is true. Gaiman is well-versed in the fantasy genre and would add a great deal of knowledge and depth to the program. Given how the Doctor is portrayed more or less as a wizard with his sonic screwdriver doubling as a magic wand, perhaps Gaiman could add some more fantasy elements to it. Perhaps the Doctor could even meet Death.

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