THE BIGGER NEWS

… NBC has ordered two additional episodes of Up All Night, bringing its first-season episode count to 24. The network seems high on the comedy starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, as it is also moving the series to the cushy slot behind The Office on Thursdays, starting on January 12. [Deadline Hollywood]

… HBO is heading back to the Wild West with Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) for an untitled drama about the legendary Doc Holliday. The gunslinger was most famously portrayed by Val Kilmer in the movie Tombstone, but he was relegated to supporting status even though he was the most badass of the bunch. Ron Howard is on board to direct the pilot if the show goes the distance. [Deadline Hollywood]

… NBC is developing the comedy The New Nabors from The Jim Henson Company. With the late Jim Henson’s name attached, you know it’s going to feature puppets. The comedy centers on a human family that moves next door to a house full of puppets. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Jack Black has sold a comedy to Syfy that spoofs supernatural procedurals. Ghost Ghirls will be a send-up of female-centric shows like Ghost Whisperer and Medium, focusing on two women who hunt ghosts. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Actor John Neville has died at the age of 86. You may not recognize the name, but you’d remember the face. Neville played “The Well-Manicured Man” on The X-Files and played the lead in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. [Zap2It]

THE CASTING NEWS

Saturday Night Live has found its host for the December 10 episode of the sketch show. Pop star Katy Perry will bounce up and down to get laughs for a second time, and will be supported by musical guest Robyn. [NBC, via press release]

Once Upon a Time is looking to cast Joanna Garcia in the role of Ariel, The Little Mermaid. [E! Online]

True Blood has cast two more werewolves for its lupine-filled fifth season. Kelly Overton (The Ring Two) and Louis Hertham (every single CBS procedural you can think of) will play lycanthropes who are concerned about what’s happened to their old pack leader. [Deadline Hollywood]


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