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TV Tidbits: Ty Burrell Gets a Less Modern Family, McSteamy Will Rise Again

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Oct 10, 2012 | 4:33pm EDT

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Halloween is in the air, dear readers, so it's no coincidence that today's television news largely centers around things spooky, scary, and downright paranormal. From a haunted asylum to a post-apocalyptic world to Dance Moms (shudder), today we bring you tidbits that should get you in the Halloween spirit:

Ty Burrell's Other Family: Ever wanted to know more about the man, the myth, the legend that is Ty Burrell? You're in luck! Modern Family's wackiest dad has sold a comedy pilot to ABC, which is written and co-executive produced by Emmy winner Burrell and his younger brother Duncan. The show will be a single-camera comedy based on Ty and Duncan's rural Oregon childhood, as their family and another family bought the only store in a tiny community. Being big city folk, much comedy will come from the families adapting to their small-town surroundings. [Deadline]

More Dead Coming to American Horror Story: Oh Ryan Murphy, your tweets are so tantalizing! American Horror Story, which has already seen an explosion of big-name casting for its asylum-based second season, will now be visited by a different sort of dead — Deadwood alum Ian McShane, in fact! See below for proof:

Guess who's coming to #AmericanHorrorStory Asylum to tussle with Jessica Lange? Legendary Golden Globe winner Ian McShane!

— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) October 10, 2012

The Steam Also Rises: You can always count on steam to rise to the top, so it's no surprise that Grey's Anatomy's recently dearly departed McSteamy has already secured the lead in a new pilot. Eric Dane will star in The Last Ship, a post-apocalyptic drama based on a book by William Brinkley. Dane will play Tom Chanler, the commanding officer of a submarine that is forced to adapt to life after an apocalyptic event that killed most of the world's population. [BuddyTV]

ABC Gets Some Strange Calls: ABC has officially given a pilot commitment to Strange Calls — a half-hour comedy based on an Australian series — from writer Donick Cary (New Girl), director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and producer Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors). The show will focus on Boston cop Toby Banks, who partners with a lighthouse keeper named Gregor when he is exiled to night duty on Nantucket. Apparently, the paranormal has become normal in Nantucket, and the boys will field and investigate a number of — you guessed it — strange calls. [Deadline]

The Moms Will Dance Again: Fans of overbearing stage moms and children who will definitely need therapy, rejoice! Dance Moms, Lifetime's number one unscript series, has been granted a 26-episode third season. The show, in case you haven't been watching, is a docu-series starring renowned instructor Abby Lee Miller, who trains young competition dancers at her school while their mothers watch their every move. Spooooooky! [Deadline]

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