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Movie and TV Bites: The History Channel and Comedy Central Unveil TV Slates, Terminator Salvation Sequel Rights May Be Up For Grabs + more


  • /Film has a rundown of several of the Pixar “easter eggs” hidden in their various films, including several possible ones for UpPhoto courtesy /Film.
  • Fox has released the following video of Fringe executive producer Jeff Pinkner discussing the final scene from Tuesday’s season finale.

  • Meanwhile, Fox has decided to discontinue its year-old strategy of airing fewer advertisements at higher prices. Fringe was one of those shows, so next season’s episodes likely won’t run as long. [WSJ]
  • The History Channel has announced their most extensive programming slate in its history, including a 12-part epic called America: The Story of Us chronicling the history of the United States from the pilgrims through to President Obama. Other new shows/events include Nostradamus Effect and MysteryQuest. [Variety]
  • On the strength of several exciting 7-game series, Versus has seen its NHL playoff numbers increase 18% in total viewers and 26% in men 18-49.  Last week’s game three between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals registered a record-high 1.49 million viewers for the network, making it the most-watched second-round hockey game since 2002 (when ESPN had the NHL rights). [Variety]

10 more bites after the jump.

  • DreamWorks is looking into picking up a remake of Fright Night. [THR]
  • Director Terry Gilliam is reviving The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a project that was first attempted nearly a decade ago. [Variety]
  • Kevin Smith is adapting his abandoned 2004 Green Hornet script as a miniseries comic for Dynamite Entertainment.  [EW]
  • Warner Bros. and Sony may be in a battle for the sequel rights to Terminator Salvation with MGM, who has a 30-day right of first refusal to finance and distribute the fifth Terminator film and has every intention at making a serious play for the franchise.  WB paid $50M for the domestic rights to Terminator Salvation and Sony paid $75M for the film’s international rights. [Variety]
  • The Weinstein Co. has released the first movie trailer for Rob Marshall’s Nine.  Watch it at Apple.comNine hits theaters on November 25, 2009.
  • Kiefer Sutherland, star of the hit Fox drama 24 says that the story for the eighth season of the show is “grounded in a political shift that’s taking place in the world,” and that it is “probably the most realistic thing we’ve ever done.” [Reuters]
  • Kung Fu Panda co-director John Stevenson has been tapped to direct the big-screen adaptation of The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, based on Steven Sherrill’s 2000 novel. [THR]
  • Peter Webber has been signed to direct Wuthering Heights, with Gemma Arterton and Ed Westwick in the lead roles of young lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. [THR]
  • Comedy Central’s upcoming slate of programming includes new series from former ‘Simpsons’ writer David Stern called Ugly Americans.  Other shows include a Jamie Foxx workplace comedy based on his Sirius/XM satellite radio program The Foxxhole as well as Gypsy Cab and The Invadersteins. [THR]
  • Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2009 Tony Awards, which airs this June 7th from 8:00-11:00pm on CBS from Radio City Music Hall. [THR]