TV Tidbits: An Olympic Hero Turns Vampire; America Still Loves ‘Big Brother’

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Wunderland: Following the (success?) of their upcoming series Beauty and the Beast, the CW folks are developing a contemporary drama based on Alice in Wonderland. The show will focus on a young female detective in Los Angeles, who discovers that there is another world that exists underneath this Godless city. The Playboy Club creator Chad Hodge will pen the script, and executive produce with McG and and Peter Johnson. [Deadline]

Criminal Justice: Tony Soprano will return to HBO! Well, sort of. James Gandolfini has taken on a starring role in Criminal Justice — a crime drama project based on a British hit — that has officially been given a pilot order. Gandolfini will play jailhouse lawyer Jack Stone, and the show will be loosely based on its British counterpart, which chronicled the experiences of people charged with murder as they made their way through the justice system. Color us intrigued. [Deadline]

The Vampire Diaries: An Olympic champion is headed to Mystic Falls! Gabby Douglas announced her TVD fandom to the world this summer, and her loyalty has paid off — she is currently in Atlanta, filming an episode. The episode is slated to air Nov. 29, and she will not be playing herself. [THR]

Homeland: Looks like an Oscar winner is joining a surefire soon-to-be Emmy winner! F. Murray Abraham will recur on Homeland later this season as Dar Adul, a “brilliant intelligence operative in his 60-70’s. He has worked all over the world for the Special Activities Division of the CIA.” [EW]

Big Brother: “But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.” (In news that is surprising to no one, Big Brother has been renewed for a 15th season. Quote courtesy of George Orwell.) [Deadline]

Rachael Ray: Historical landmark Regis Philbin is set to recur on Rachael Ray. He’ll show up once a month and do… something. [Deadline]

Tosh.0: Daniel Tosh‘s hit series has been picked up for a whopping 30-episode fifth season. The show regularly attracts more viewers than any other show on the network, so this one was pretty much a given for Comedy Central. [THR]

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Television Editor Shaunna Murphy was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey. Largely shunned by her peers, she struck up friendships with the likes of Buffy Summers and the X-Men in their stead. After graduating from NYU where she studied political journalism, she moved to Los Angeles when she realized that writing about reality TV is a much nobler pursuit. She now lives in New York, again, with her two cats — Arya Stark and Joffrey Baratheon.

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