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Andy SambergFrom Bond to Frankenstein: On the heels of their movie Skyfall, the film’s co-writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes are headed to Showtime with a high-concept drama project. The untitled drama is described as a psychological horror drama series with literary underpinnings, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, set in the 1800s. This would mark both Logan and Mendes’ series debut. [Deadline]

Saturday Night Detectives? Fox has given a pilot order to an untitled Andy Samberg comedy project. The pilot, about a diverse group of detectives at a New York precinct, will be executive produced by Parks and Recreation executive producer Dan Goor and co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur. David Miner also will executive produce, with Samberg producing. [THR]

Gaffigan Playing a Version of Himself: CBS has ordered a pilot starring Jim Gaffigan. The comedy from Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Gaffigan would feature the comedian as a happily married father of five, “just as he is in real life,” CBS says. It will be a single-camera comedy. Other executive producers are Michael Wimer and Alex Murray. [EW]

Always a Bridesmaid, Now a Mother? Bridesmaids co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey has been cast as the female lead of ABC’s untitled Adam F. Goldberg single-camera comedy pilot (formerly How the F Am I Normal), written by Goldberg and to be directed by Seth Gordon. Inspired by Goldberg’s experience growing up in the ’80s with a highly screwed up but loving family, the show is a family comedy set in the ’80s that centers on an in-your-face mother and hot-tempered father who love their three eccentric kids so much, they can’t bear to see them grow up. McLendon-Covey will play the mother, Beverly Gold, a dedicated mom and an overbearing hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth that she’s not afraid to use. [Deadline]

More Wives for Lifetime, Plus a Singing Husband: Singer/actor Jesse McCartney has booked a recurring role on the upcoming seventh season of the Lifetime drama Army Wives. The singer/actor will play Private Tim Truman, a young, eager and enthusiastic soldier determined to prove himself on his first deployment, and the husband to high school sweetheart/new series regular Elle McLemore‘s farm girl Holly Truman. Lifetime is also developing a remake of the BBC drama Prisoners’ Wives. The drama, from Endemol Studios, is based on the Tiger Aspect format about four different women, each struggling to cope with a man in her life serving prison time. [THR, THR]

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Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.