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Hannibal Lecter TV Series In the Works, TBS Buys Conan O'Brien Comedy Pilot & More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 12th 2011 7:00PM
Bryan FullerHannibal Lecter: TV star? Maybe, just maybe.

According to Deadline, 'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller is at work on a one-hour drama series about the famous cannibal. 'Hannibal' will focus on Lecter's relationship with a young FBI profiler named Will Graham. Lecter's foil Graham is haunted by his knack for empathizing with serial killers. Fuller is executive producing with Martha De Laurentiis, producer of 'Hannibal,' 'Red Dragon' and 'Hannibal Rising.'

The 'Hannibal' project is part of the recently launched Gaumont International Television, run by NBC's former had of drama, Katie O'Connell. In addition to 'Hannibal,' the company is working on 'Madame Tussaud,' a six-hour miniseries from 'The Tudors' creator Michael Hirst.

Over in comedy land, TBS has ordered a pilot from Conan O'Brien. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the multi-camera comedy follows a centers a family man who leaves his day job and returns to his childhood neighborhood. While at home, the character reunites with his old best friend. O'Brien will serve as an executive producer.

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Pilot News: Rachel Bilson Officially Joins 'Hart of Dixie,' Rob Huebel Lands Fox Role and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 15th 2011 6:30PM
Rachel Bilson Officially Joins 'Hart of Dixie,' Rachel Bilson is officially reteaming with 'The O.C.' creator Josh Schwartz in The CW pilot 'Hart of Dixie.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bilson will play a doctor from New York City who inherits a small medical practice in the South. 'Gossip Girl' and 'Eli Stone' writer Leila Gerstein wrote the script and will executive produce the series with Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein.

In other pilot news ...

Jake M. Johnson and Max Greenfield have landed lead roles opposite Zooey Deschanel in Fox's Liz Meriwether pilot 'Chicks and Dicks.' Viewers may remember Greenfield from 'Veronica Mars,' while Johnson was recently in the film 'No Strings Attached.' [Deadline Hollywood]

'24' actress Annie Wersching will star opposite Scottie Thompson in ABC's drama pilot 'Partners.' Lawrence Gilliard Jr. has also landed a role in the cop drama about two female detectives. [Deadline Hollywood]

Rob Huebel has landed the brother role in Fox's 'Family Album.' The series follows a family who go on an extended family vacation at the behest of the headstrong patriarch. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Celebrity News From PopEater: Aug. 10

by Elena Cox, posted Aug 10th 2010 7:40PM
Want to know what's going on with your favorite TV stars when the cameras aren't rolling? Check out the latest celebrity news from our friends at PopEater.com.

• 'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized last night following an apparent drug overdose in Charlotte, N.C. The overdose occurred after media outlets reported Barrino had produced a sex tape with her married boyfriend, who is currently involved in a child-custody battle.

• Actress Annie Wersching, best known for her role as Renee Walker on '24,' gave birth to her first child, Freddie Wersching Full on Sunday.

• 'One Tree Hill' star Jana Kramer is filing for divorce only a month after her July 4 wedding. Kramer met her former husband, Johnathon Schaech while they were filming the horror film 'Prom Night.' Schaech is most famous for his role in the cult film 'That Thing You Do!'

Michaele Salahi, 'Real Housewives of DC' star and famed "White House crasher," was served with court papers over the weekend. PR firm Brotman-Winter-Fried Communications have alleged that Salahi and her husband owe more than $15,000 in unpaid fees from a polo event held in 2008.

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Torture on '24' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 11th 2010 2:35AM
Torture on '24'How far is too far, if you're a special agent? On '24' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox), Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) goes all out to catch a killer -- and to avenge the death of a loved one. Does his quest for vengeance get the better of him?

[Spoiler alert.]

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'24' - '8:00AM - 9:00AM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:15AM
renee walker, season 8, 24
(S08E17) Hour 17 began on a downbeat and ended with a major tragedy. At least Chloe was finally recognized as the CTU's best and brightest rock star. That was a sweet moment in a sluggish episode full of predictable developments and a senseless "shocking" ending.

Head after the jump for the spoils. And fair warning: get ready for some major whining about this episode.

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Annie Wersching on Jack and Renee's Romance and the End of '24'

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 12th 2010 2:00PM
annie wersching 24 renee walker'24' is almost over, but Jack Bauer is about to face one of his toughest challenges yet -- trying to start a romantic relationship with Annie Wersching's Renee Walker.

Jack and Renee take a well-deserved break from kicking bad guy ass to explore their romantic feelings for each other on tonight's much-anticipated episode.

I recently got a chance to talk with Wersching, who plays Renee on '24,' about tonight's big ep. We also talked about the fan reaction to her character and where Renee might be headed after the show ends. Wersching stayed mum about whether things would actually "work out" between Jack and Renee, but she promised that the show's final hours would deliver some surprising twists and turns that no one, not even Jack Bauer, could see coming.

Head after the jump for the interview.

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'24' - '7:00 AM - 8:00 AM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 6th 2010 10:29AM
24 7am - 8 am recao
(S08E16) The second hour of Fox's '24' double-bill kicked off with the hunt for the CTU mole. This was probably the stronger episode of the two that aired last night, considering the shocking development that ended the hour. This season still feels like its rehashing old plots and twists, but a few of tonight's scenes and images will probably be burned into the memories of fans for some time to come.

Head after the jump for the spoils.

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'24' - '6:00 AM - 7:00 AM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 6th 2010 10:02AM
'24' - '5:00 AM - 6:00 AM' Recap
(S08E15) The sun finally came up over Jack Bauer and crew last night on '24'. And with it came the first of two exciting if ultimately empty-feeling hours of the veteran real-time drama.

I use the word empty to describe these episodes because I'm no longer very invested in the story. '24' lost me a few weeks ago, even before Dana so inelegantly stuffed Stephen Root's dead body behind a CTU wall panel. Like I typed last week, the twists feel cheap, the stakes arbitrary, and the real-time gimmick has gotten stale.

At this point I'm mostly watching for the tightly edited procedural elements, the action scenes, and Kiefer Sutherland's sturdy performance. That stuff is solid -- so solid that it almost makes up for the lack of compelling drama and the unbelievable plot developments this season.

Head after the jump for spoilers, and remember to check out our recap of the next hour when it goes live.

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'24' - '12:00 AM - 1:00 AM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 23rd 2010 12:36AM
fox 24 recap day 8
(S08E09) Now the clock is really ticking.

Farhad's crew raised the stakes for the season with a plan to set off a radiological bomb in New York. And things finally erupted in a big way with the Dana/Kevin/Cole storyline. Jack got Renee out of the hot seat, but it cost him his plane ride back to his family (again).

The moral of this episode? You just can't trust anyone these days.

Josef stabbed his daddy in the back by stealing the nuclear rods, only to get gunned down by Farhad and friends. Looking to make a big bloody statement, Farhad's goons double-crossed their boss with a plot to use the rods as a weapon. And Weiss set Renee up to take the fall for the mission's failure (I never trusted that guy). Let's talk about that last development.

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'24' - '11:00PM - 12:00AM' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 16th 2010 1:30AM
24, day 8, sackhoff, prinze
(S08E08) "Hey! Why you gotta focus on the negative?" - Kevin to Dana/Jenny

He was stabbed, beaten, electro-shocked and strung up like a side of beef, but that didn't stop Jack from busting out of the basement of doom with relative ease. Luckily for Jack, it seemed like Bazhaev's goons forgot to bind his legs. (Why do bad guys always forget to bind the legs?) Our hero only had to employ some fancy footwork to crack his torturer's neck and escape.

Then, like some tiny feral jungle creature, Jack pounced on another goon, bit him on the neck and drained him of his blood!

OK, maybe that last part happened a little differently, but seeing skinny little Jack jump that chubby baddie was like watching a vampire bat attacking a cow. It was the funniest moment of the season so far.

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Jack Bauer Gets Stabbed on '24' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 9th 2010 4:27AM
24, Jack Bauer gets stabbedWe can't say we've been all that thrilled about this season of '24' (Mon., 9PM on FOX). In fact, it's just a shadow of its former self.

But one scene in last night's episode offered a glimmer of hope that perhaps all is not lost. After getting knocked around by Vladimir, Renee, who's been mostly a simpering wimp thus far, picked up a knife and stabbed him smack in the eye! And then in the chest! Multiple times! Stab! Stab! Stab!

But, uh oh. Clearly, she didn't mean to stab Jack, too. She just got caught up in the moment of unbridled revenge! Then again, it's just another day in the life of poor, tortured Jack.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: '24' - '10:00PM - 11:00PM'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 9th 2010 3:54AM
24, season 8, episode 7
(S08E07) I'm going to whine a lot about this episode, so that's just a little warning to anyone absolutely loving this season of '24.' But first, let's talk about the great scene where Renee goes ballistic, stabs Vladimir, then accidentally stabs Jack. Then Jack takes the knife out and hurls it at the other guy coming in the door. Awesome!

Ok, now for the bad stuff. For one thing, I thought we were going to get to see Renee kick some major butt this season. So far, she's just a wimpy female with a big fat vengeance chip on her shoulder who still gets knocked around by the bad guys (excepting that awesome scene noted above). Come on, Renee! I want a female Jack Bauer, not some sniveling sap!

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Review: '24' - '9:00PM-10:00PM'

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 2nd 2010 6:20AM
24: Season 8, Episode 6

(S08E06) "If you're talking about what I think you're talking about, we don't do that anymore." - Hastings to Jack, on using unsavory methods with the Russians


Oh, snap. The Russians may have bought Renee's cover, but that doesn't mean she's out of danger. Just the opposite, especially given the fact that she's a loose cannon and doesn't seem to care whether she lives or dies at this point. Or maybe that's not necessarily true.

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Review: 24 - 8:00PM-9:00PM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 26th 2010 11:21AM
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer 24
(S08E05) "I think this operation just blew up." - Jack

I think this season just blew up. After loving the first four hours in last week's two-night 24 premiere, hour five of Jack Bauer's eighth bad day crashed and burned pretty hard. While the main plot involving Jack and Renee is worth watching, it still has one big glaring misstep that I had a hard time getting over last night. As for the rest of the minor subplots? We can only hope they tie in to the rest of the story, because right now, very little of it is interesting.

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Review: 24 - 6:00PM-7:00PM/7:00PM-8:00PM

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 18th 2010 10:10PM
Annie Wersching as Renee Walker
(S08E03/S08E04) "Renee, I know where you are and it's a dark place." - Jack

24's two-night four-hour season premiere continued tonight with the season's third and fourth hours and, by the end of it, we finally got a pretty clear picture of what the larger threat is and where it's headed... at least until next week.

Renee finally made an appearance, Hassan didn't get taken out, and Hastings figured out that Chloe actually knows what she's talking about. But was any of that enough to make up for the numerous shortcomings this season has already displayed?

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