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POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:04 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck during the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox has given a script order plus penalty for a comedy penned by "30 Rock" alum Colleen McGuinness.

McGuinness has partnered with Pearl Street's Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd to exec produce the untitled single-cam comedy set around the life of a 25-year-old frozen yogurt shop employee whose life is going nowhere -- until she discovers that she is telekinetic.

McGuinness previously worked as a writer and producer on "30 Rock," and was a supervising producer on NBC's "About A Boy."

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 9:54 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - As Netflix continues to amp up its original series slate, the streaming service has unveiled the first trailer for its "Marco Polo" series late Tuesday. 

The 10-episode drama stars Lorenzo Richelmy and follows the titular explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China. The trailer gives a peek at historic battles, war and some sexual themes.

"Marco Polo" also stars Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Mahesh Jad, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu and Rick Yune. The period drama was shot in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.



POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:03 AM
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Actor Taylor Kitsch speaks onstage with Andy Cohen at the 2014 GQ Gentlemen's Ball at IAC HQ on October 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for GQ)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Taylor Kitsch wants his next role to be a "True" one. 

Kitsch said in an interview with AdWeek that he's on board for HBO's "True Detective" after months of speculation, saying that he "can't f-king wait to hit the camera" on the drama. 

"Yeah, I'm really excited," the "Normal Heart" actor told AdWeek. "I've just been prepping. It's been almost a full year since I've been on camera, so I'm itching, man. I'm overdue."

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:56 AM
PBS.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Odd Squad," a new series about problem-solving kid detectives, won't appear in full on PBS's airwaves until late November - but the audience most likely to watch the program will be able to get clues about it starting today.

In the latest signal that TV shows are no longer relegated to merely existing on TV, PBS is making videos from the show and games related to it available to kids who will make up its audience, another attempt by TV players to use digital media to build audience anticipation for a coming program.

Six full-length 11-minute "Case Files" from the series, as well as many additional clips that include profiles of the agents, agent training videos, recruitment videos and more, are being made available for free on pbskids.org, the PBS Kids Video App, and PBS KIDS on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire. In addition, two games and parent resources are now available on the series' website, pbskids.org/oddsquad. The release marks the most full-length content the network has made available to date in advance of a series premiere. 

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:51 AM
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Rapper Pitbull performs during T.J. Martell Foundation's 15th Annual Family Day Honoring Tom Corson, President & COO of RCA Records and his Family at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for T.J. Martell Foundation)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Rap star Pitbull has teamed with the Weinstein Co. to develop two reality shows. 

"Pitbull: The Lyfe" is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at his life on the road and in the recording studio. "The Real Change Project" is envisioned as a showcase for pop stars and other celebs to share stories of how they made it big and the mentors who inspired them. 

Both projects will be produced through Pitbull's Honey I'm Home production banner. 

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:21 PM
Jenna Bush Hager and Natalie Morales check out the sights at Eastern State

Eastern State Penitentiary will be featured on the “Today” show tomorrow morning. Last week, Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager stopped by the landmark to check out the Terror Behind the Walls Halloween extravaganza for the segment, learning about the prison's history and hamming it up at some of the exhibits.

Speaking of Terror Behind the Walls, if you haven't read about my buddy Helen Ubinas' experience as a zombie, catch up here.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 1:07 PM
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 20: Actress Marcia Strassman arrives to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame Committe's 20th Annual Induction Gala on January 20, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Marcia Strassman made her mark as the 1970s version of Alice Kramden, playing the (mostly) understanding wife of Gabe Kaplan on ABC's "Welcome Back, Kotter."

But Strassman, who died Friday at 66, was in showbiz for more than 10 years before she wound up on the sitcom that became a pop culture touchstone, in part because it made a star of John Travolta.

Lithe and raspy-voiced, Strassman began her showbiz career on stage and also tried to become a pop star in the mid-1960s before her thesping work took off. After she got her break on "Kotter," she became active in the Screen Actors Guild.

POSTED: Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:53 PM
Showtime.

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - In honor of the scariest night of the year, Showtime will re-air the first two episodes of "Penny Dreadful's" first season.

Starting at 9 p.m. on Oct. 31, fans can reacquaint themselves with some of horror lit's finest, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and figures from "Dracula." Viewers can also sample the two episodes for free on YouTube and various television providers' video-on-demand channels and websites. 

The two "Penny Dreadful" hours will also be available on Showtime Anytime across platforms in the U.S. 

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