TV Newsround: Magic, Mars, Heche gets Hung, Ab Fab Casting and Some Players

The Colour Of Magic, the TV mini-series based on the first two books in Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld series, will air in the US on the ION Television network on March 22. It had previously been scheduled to air last November.

The two-part adaptation (which runs to 189 minutes without adverts) first aired in the UK on Sky One last March. It stars Only Fools And Horses’ David Jason as hopeless, cowardly wizard Rincewind and Lord Of The Rings’ Sean Astin as Twoflower, the Discworld’s first tourist. The cast also includes Tim Curry and Christopher Lee.

The mini-series was generally well-received when broadcast in the UK, with most critics agreeing it was an improvement over Sky One’s previous Pratchett adaptation, The Hogfather (which also starred David Jason, though in a different role).

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas has updated fans about the state of play on the movie sequel to the Kristen Bell drama that he recently said was possibly in the works.

He told Entertainment Weekly that the script was almost finished and added: “It’s close. A few key details left to solve.

“I’m preparing the pitch now – literally now. I hope to go in and talk to [executive producer] Joel Silver and [Warner Brothers] in the next week or two to see if they’re interested.”

However, he stressed that a movie was anything but certain: “I’m going to give it my best shot and let the chips fall where they may…It’s entirely possible I won’t have an answer at the end of the pitch.

“They will want to consider [the pitch] … then, if they want to move forward, there’s the deal-making that’ll need to go on.”

Former Men In Trees actress Anne Heche has joined the cast of HBO’s new dark comedy Hung. She will play the ex-wife of Thomas Jane‘s lead character, a high-school basketball coach whose life is a mess but who one thing going for him: he’s very well-endowed. Heche is taking over the role from Kristin Bauer, who played it in the original pilot.

Revoltionary Road actress Kathryn Hahn has landed the lead role in the previously announced pilot of the US remake of Absolutely Fabulous. She will star as Eddie (played by series creator Jennifer Saunders in the UK original) alongside Third Rock From the Sun’s Kristen Johnstonas Patsy (played by Joanna Lumley in the British show).

Spike TV has ordered 10 episodes of Players, a half-hour sitcom about two “odd couple” brothers who run a sports bar, created by and starring Matt Walsh.


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