TVLine Items: Conan, Michael Bay Developing TBS/TNT Series, The Game Star Exits and More
TNT and TBS on Wednesday announced their respective 2012-13 development slates, and among those contributing to the vast array of scripted and unscripted series are late-night fave Conan O’Brien, big-screen mega-producer Michael Bay, crime-drama vet Steven Bochco and funnyman Norm MacDonald.
The “We Know Drama” cabler is currently creating the following: King and Maxwell, a P.I. series based on author David Baldacci’s popular Sean King and Michelle Maxwell book series; The Last Ship, an action/adventure project from Bay (Transformers) and concerning a Navy crew who face a new existence when a pandemic destroys most of Earth’s population; and The Untitled Steven Bochco Murder Mystery, a Murder One-style drama from the NYPD Blue creator which centers on dissecting a single case/prosecution over an entire season.
Over on TBS, Conan O’Brien is developing and exec-producing two new projects. The first, Most Likely, is a buddy comedy that follows a former “most likely to succeed” student who is forced to return to his hometown after losing his job. Zone Lord, meanwhile, centers on three roommates who discover an evil but hip alien has moved into their building.
Also, Norm MacDonald is working on a potential talk show for the network — Norm MacDonald Is Trending — in which the Saturday Night Live alum and his team of correspondents discuss pop culture and social media.
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• Tia Mowry may no longer be playing The Game. The star of the BET comedy announced the news Tuesday, tweeting, “Just wanted to let all my fans know that I will not be returning to The Game for Season 6. It was an incredible run and I had lots of fun.” Mowry’s exit comes on heels of her co-star Pooch Hall recently indicating that his new Showtime series Ray Donovan might keep him off of the show as well. However, Hall assured his followers that he and BET are “workin it out” so that he “can still do The Game.” (A spokesperson for BET was unable to comment on the casting news.)
• Charlie Sheen, having been dubbed a trainwreck a time or two, has taken to causing them in this new promo for his upcoming FX comedy Anger Management (premiering June 28). Press PLAY below to watch the explosive sneak peek.
• Potentially exiting Community creator Dan Harmon is developing an animated series for Adult Swim. The project, titled Rick & Morty, follows the adventures of a genius inventor and his less-than-genius grandson. Justin Roiland (The Sarah Silverman Program) is also attached to produce. Adult Swim has also given the green light to Newsreaders, a spinoff of their cult hit comedy Childrens Hospital. Per Deadline, the project will poke fun at network television newsmagazines.
• Lifetime’s Blue Lagoon remake, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, is set to premiere Saturday, June 16 at 8/7c. Christopher Atkins of the 1980 film of the same name is set to put in an appearance.
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