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TVLine Items: Sean Penn Elected Prez, NBC Sets Apocalypse Date and More

Hail to the chief: Sean Penn.

The Oscar winner will play President Andrew Jackson in American Lion, HBO’s miniseries adaptation of Jon Meacham’s Jackson biography.

The six-hour project — which goes into production in 2016 — chronicles Jackson’s life and political career, including the death of his wife and his fight against Congress to preserve the Union.

Penn will executive-produce American Lion alongside Narcos creators Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, who also will pen the script.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* NBC’s midseason dramedy You, Me and the Apocalypse (fka You, Me and the End of the World, fka Apocalypse) will premiere Thursday, Jan. 28, at 8/7c, the network announced Thursday. Starring Rob Lowe (The Grinder), Jenna Fischer (The Office) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), the series follows an eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters whose lives intersect during the last days of mankind.

* Comedienne Margaret Cho — who has appeared as a guest on Fashion Police — will join the E! series as a permanent co-host when it returns in 2016.

* VICE‘s 18-episode fourth season will debut Friday, Feb. 5, at 11/10c on HBO.

* NBC will air an encore of Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors on Christmas Day at 9/8c.

* Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 23, at midnight, Science Channel will air every MythBusters episode ever, in chronological order, as part of its Holiday Mega Marathon.

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7 Comments
  1. JosiahBartlet4President says:

    Was Rob Lowe just betting one of his series would fail? How’s this going to work if both of them succeed?

    • A fan of TV says:

      Maybe his character dies off on the ensemble apocalypse show…

      • Neemo says:

        I watched it. Its a good show. Worth checking out. Loved Mulally as southern nazi lady. :)

        • Mike M says:

          Oh yeah she was very funny. In it quite a lot too. Of course she was joined by her husband over there in the UK. And what do you do when you have Nick Offerman kicking around? Why you put him in the show too of course… IN A DRESS lol. Yeah now THAT should be enough reason for anyone to watch it.

    • Mike M says:

      He’s in the UK a lot so I guess he would fit it in. Season 1 has finished in the UK, I’ve seen it and all 9 episodes (so far) of The Grinder and IMHO he is much much better in Apocalypse. Can someone explain why they are changing the title in the US to “World”? I find it quite insulting really as it almost implies the word Apocalypse is too difficult for an American to spell – or understand.

  2. Ro says:

    Is it funny that Robin Wright is the First Lady?