Confirmed: AMC Adapting Controversial Preacher Comic Book Series; Seth Rogen to Serve as EP

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Preacher TV SeriesIt’s official: AMC is developing a drama-series adaptation of Preacher, the DC/Vertigo comic book series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will serve as EPs on the project, which has been eyed multiple times in the past for small- and big-screen adaptations, including at HBO, which ultimately passed on the project in 2008 because, according to screenwriter Mark Steven Johnson, “it was just too dark and too violent and too controversial.”

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“We’ve tried for seven years to work on Preacher and we’re so psyched AMC is finally letting us,” said Rogen and Goldberg in a statement. “It is our favorite comic of all time, and we’re going to do everything we can to do it right. Humperdoo!”

Preacher follows Reverend Jesse Custer, a small-town Texas minister on the verge of losing his…

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Pilot News: NBC Orders DC Comics’ Constantine and Mysteries of Laura Procedural

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NBC Pilot ConstantineNBC has officially ordered to pilot Constantine, an adaptation of DC Comics’ Hellblazer graphic novels to be produced by Warner Bros. Television, and a procedural about a female homicide detective.

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Written by Daniel Cerone (Dexter), who will exec-produce with David Goyer (Batman Begins), Constantine follows “master of the occult” John Constantine as he struggles with his faith and is haunted by the sins of his past, then is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness. Oh, so that’s all.

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Mysteries of Laura, meanwhile, is described as a procedural about a quirky female homicide detective who juggles high-stakes crimes with a pesky ex-husband and a devilish set of twin sons. Jeff…

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From Dusk Till Dawn Series Gets Premiere Date, Plus Info on Robert Orci’s Soccer Star/Spy Drama

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From Dusk Till Dawn SeriesThe El Rey Network announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that its first original scripted drama, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, will premiere on Tuesday, March 11 at 9/8c.

Network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez will direct the first, second and fourth of Season 1’s 10 total episodes, while Emmy winner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) will oversee make-up effects. Nikita executive producer Carlos Coto will serve as showrunner.

Described by Rodriguez as “a complete retelling of the original story” featured in his and Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 movie of the same name, the series’ cast includes D.J. Cotrona (Detroit 1-8-7) and Zane Holtz (Make It or Break It) as brothers Seth and “Richie” Gecko, Robert Patrick (The X-Files) as former pastor Jacob Fuller, Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show) and Don Johnson (Nash Bridges) as Texas…

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Sense8 Scoop: First Deets on New Netflix Sci-Fi Drama From Andy and Lana Wachowski

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Sense8 CastApparently, not only do good things come to those who wait, but really good things come to those who wait and wait and wait: Nearly a year after Netflix greenlit 10 episodes of Matrix auteurs Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Sense8, we finally have the 411 on the series.

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The sci-fi drama will focus on eight people scattered around the globe who are connected by a shared — violent — vision. (Because it’s never a vision of kittens, is it?) Each episode — shot in the UK, Seoul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Berlin, Mexico City, San Francisco and Chicago — will follow the characters’ separate stories, even as one entity tries to bring the octet together and another tries to kill them.

Among the regulars (as yet uncast) are: a closeted Mexican telenovela hunk, an Icelandic party girl, a German safe-cracker…

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Justified Season 5 Trailer: Trigger-Happy Raylan? Check. Badass Boyd? Criminal Cretins? Check.

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FX thus far has largely been teasing Season 5 of Justified with a series of too-short promos using crow imagery and or focusing on one character or another. But this new-ish minute-long trailer is as fully loaded Raylan Givens’ gun.

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The U.S. Marshal squared off some sketchy sorts (and then literally bursts Dewey Crowe’s bubble). Boyd and Wynn Duffy (new series regular Jere Burns) dig up trouble in Detroit and get “down to business” with some Canadians. (Do not ask Boyd about the bandage on his ear, ‘K?) Amy Smart all but invites Raylan to “hit the target” (or something). And Michael Rapaport is introduced as new big bad Daryl Crowe (as in Dewey’s cousin).

Are you anxious for the Southern-fried drama’s Jan. 7 return?

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Whitewashed TV isn’t Just Racist, It’s Boring!

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Perpetuating stereotypes isn’t just immoral — it’s bad TV. That’s why shows like Sleepy Hollow are so crucial.

When I was seven, I asked my mom if I could dye my hair blond and get blue contact lenses. It’s probably the first serious conversation I ever had about my appearance and all I wanted to do was look like Luke Skywalker. I wanted it so badly. She was appalled and I couldn’t understand why. Star Wars was Everything. There were no Latinos running through the halls of the Death Star, blasting storm troopers. Of course I was caught up.

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The Strain Thriller Ordered to Series at FX

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The Strain Series Order FXThe Strain appears to be catching.

FX has ordered 13 episodes of the Guillermo del Toro-helmed drama, the cable network announced on Tuesday.

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From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth), the high-concept thriller stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of a Centers for Disease Control team in New York City. Unexpectedly, the group is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with the hallmarks of an ancient, evil strain of vampirism.

The cast also includes Mia Maestro (Alias), Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings), Kevin Durand (Lost) and Natalie Brown (Being Human).

Production will begin in November in Toronto; the series is slated to bow in July 2014.

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