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TV Newsround: Seinfeld Returns; Skeet Returns; Red Dwarf Returns; The Wire Arrives; Jensen Departs; And More…


THE four main stars of Seinfeld will be reunited on screen in a scripted show for the first time since the sitcom ended (11 years ago) in the upcoming seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards will appear in a multi-episode story arc of the HBO show, which was, of course, created by and stars Seinfeld’s co-creator Larry David (and on whom the Seinfeld character George Costanza was based).

The first three actors have all previously appeared individually as themselves on Curb Your Enthusiasm but it will be Richards’ first time on the show, and his first TV role since the row over his use of racial slurs while confronting a heckler during a stand-up comedy gig in 2006.

Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s seventh season is currently filming and will air later in the year.

WHILE Jericho fans take some comfort in the recent announcement of the story continuing in comic-book form, and while they await news on the proposed movie follow-up moving forward, there’s good news for fans of the show’s star, Skeet Ulrich.

He’s headed back to TV drama, after landing the lead role in the CBS pilot Back.

He’ll play a man who suddenly turns up at his home, eight years after being reported missing in the aftermath of the September 11 attack on New York.

Mark Pellington will direct from a script written by CSI: Miami’s Dean Widenmann.

DETAILS of the plot for the three-part Red Dwarf reunion (below), due to be broadcast on UK cable channel Dave at Easter, are up on the channel’s website now. Click here to see them.

OUTSTANDING police drama The Wire is finally heading for terrestrial TV in the UK. BBC2 have announced they will air all 60 episodes, spread over five seasons, on a nightly schedule, starting in the Spring.

The acclaimed HBO-produced drama – created and mostly written by David Simon, a former newspaper crime reporter in Baltimore – investigates the drug trade and corruption that is rife in the city, as seen through the eyes of various groups, including the police, the dealers and their underlings, politicians, trade union leaders and, in the final season, the newspaper industry.

ACTRESS Rebecca Romijn, best known as the shape-shifting mutant Mystique (right) in the X-Men movies, has grabbed the lead role in ABC’s Eastwick pilot. You might say she got the role out of the blue… Ahem. Sorry. 

Romijn, who also recently appeared in Ulgly Betty, will play Roxie in the drama, based on the John Updike novel The Witches Of Eastwick and the 1987 movie of the same name

TALKING of Ugly Betty, Scottish actress Ashley Jensen will bow out of the show at the end of the current season. She’s joined the cast of CBS comedy pilot Accidentally On Purpose, which stars Jenna Elfman as a movie critic who discovers she is pregnant after a fling with a younger man.

ACCORDING to Entertainment Weekly, long-running CBS  procedural dramas Without A Trace and Cold Case are facing the axe.

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Networks Fly Into A Pilot Frenzy


There’s been a lot of pilot-ordering activity at the networks over the last few days (while The Choob was in his sickbed with the flu – how inconsiderate of them), on top of the shows I have already told you about HERE and HERE.

Here is a quick rundown, then, of what’s been greenlit by who.

ABC

V: A remake/reimagining of the cheesy but iconic and fondly-remembered 1983 mini-series about mice-eating alien lizards who invade Earth. The original version memorably began with giant spaceships appearing in the skies above Earth’s major cities – a visual image later homaged/ripped off by the makers of blockbuster movie Independence Day.

The TV remake will dispense with the Nazi allegory of the 1980s show and also with original creator Kenneth Johnson, who has been trying to get his own sequel/remake off the ground for years. The new version will be written by The 4400 co-creator Scott Peters and focus on a female Homeland Security agent. Like in the original, the alien “Visitors” will initially appear friendly and benevolent, only for their horrifying true motives to gradually emerge.

The 1983 original spawned a sequel mini-series and a weekly TV show that ran for only one season.

Limelight: Drama in part inspired by hip hop producer Pharrell Williams‘ experience at a performing arts school. Executive produced by Charlies Angels director McG, it will follow the students and teachers at a similar kind of school in New York. Sounds a bit like Fame for the post-millennium. It’s worth noting that the series was originally given a full series commitment just days before the start of the 2007 writers’ strike started. It was later put into redevelopment.

Untitled Jerry Bruckheimer Crime drama: Known internally as The Unknown, the show is about amateur crime fighters. Executive produced by action-movie and CSI franchise producer Bruckheimer, the pilot will by directed by CSI producer/director Danny Cannon.

Empire State: Drama about two families at odds with each other. One clan is made up of blue-collar ironworkers, the other, wealthy real-estate tycoons. At the show’s heart is a Romeo and Juliet-style love story.

I, Claudia: Drama about young prosecuting attorney Claudia McIntire who, viewers learn, will one day be a contender for US President. In the present-day, though, she is more concerned about her love life than her career.

Inside the Box: Drama, written by news producer Richard E Robbins, about a female news producer and her colleagues at a Washington DC network news bureau. Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes is executive producer.

Let It Go: Former Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham stars as a talkshow host who finds it hard to follow her own advice to “let things go” when her own boyfriend dumps her.

The New Twenty: Comedy from Scrubs’ Tad Quill about two pals in their 40s who are at different stages in life – one with a newborn, the other with a kid going to college.

Threesome: To-be-retitled comedy about a guy in his 30s caught between his single-mother girlfriend and his slacker best pal.

Untitled “Brothers And Detectives” Remake: Drama about a Savannah cop who discovers when his dad dies he has an 11-year-old brother with a genius IQ. They team up to solve crimes. Written by Dexter writer Daniel Cerone and based on an Argentinian show called Brothers and Detectives.

CBS

Back: A missing-person drama about a man who disappeared in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, who suddenly shows up eight years later. The story follows his attempts to reconnect with his family adjust to a world that has dramatically changed. It’s written by Bones and CSI: Miami alumni Dean Widenmann.

Washington Field: Crime drama about a team of elite agents operating out of the FBI’s Washington field office

Untitled: A drama from The Unit‘s Frank Military, about a team of federal prosecutors working in Manhattan’s US Attorney’s office. 

NBC

Parenthood: Twenty years after the Steve Martin movie was released, it’s being adapted for TV as an hour-long comedy-drama that will retain the tone of the film, but update it to reflect the challenges facing parents in the new millennium and it will also feature new characters. The talent behind the show includes Friday Night Lights writer/executive producer Jason Katims and Executive Producers Ron Howard (who directed the original movie) and Brian Grazer. An earlier attempt to turn parenthood into a TV show, starring St Elsewhere’s Ed Begley Jr, lasted just 12 episodes in 1990. It did, however, feature a young Leonardo DiCaprio, David Arquette and Thora Birch, and gave a pre-Buffy Joss Whedon one of his first writing gigs.

Day One: Post-apocalyptic drama from Heroes, Alias and Lost writer Jesse Alexander, set in the wake of global catastrophe that destroys the world’s infrastructure. The show focuses on a small group of survivors. Substitute American for global and it all sounds suspiciously similar to much-missed Jericho to me…

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