TV Tidbits: Samberg Gets a Sitcom, ‘American Horror’ Scares ‘Nashville’



Well, what do you know — it looks like scary nuns, aliens, insane Nazi doctors, and Adam Levine bring in more traffic than Connie Britton and a guitar. American Horror Story: Asylum brought in insane ratings last night, while Nashville took a hit none of us saw coming. But there was plenty of other news today — mostly involving pilots and production deals. It’s that time of year, y’all! (Err… sorry, Nashville):

ABC Gets Dirty: Pilots, pilots everywhere! In the absence of their Desperate Housewives, ABC has bought a Mark Gordon pilot called Dirty Girls, based on the Gillian Telling book Dirty Girls: The Naked Truth About Our Guilty Secrets. Scandalous! The pilot will be a single camera comedy, which will focus on the dirty, scandalous lives of a group of women. Cha-ching! [Deadline]

Desperate Housewives Producer Finds Religion: No, not more GCB. In more ABC pilot news, former Desperate Housewives producer Bob Daily is working with the network on Rev, a half hour comedy based on the award-winning British series of the same name. The US version will focus on an Episcopal priest from rural Wisconsin, who moves to a failing inner city Chicago parish and deals with its zany congregation. [Deadline]

Samberg Gets a Show: In a big piece of casting news, recent SNL alum Andy Samberg has moved to Fox, to star in an unnamed show from the Parks And Recreation duo of co-creator/exec producer/showrunner Mike Schur and executive producer Dan Goor. The show will be a single-camera comedy, focusing on a precinct of NYC detectives — of which Samberg is the lead. He’ll also help produce the show, making it surefire pilot order bait. [Deadline]

Brendan Fraser Goes Legend: Brendan Fraser is headed to TV! The Mummy star will headline TNT’s Legends, a drama pilot from Homeland exec producer Howard Gordon. The pilot is based on a spy novel by Robert Littell, so it’s only fitting that Fraser will play a a skilled (but conflicted) undercover agent. [TVLine]

American Horror Story Scares Up Big Ratings: FX can pop open that champagne — last night’s Season 2 premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum was the number two-ranked primetime program on TV Wednesday in Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Men 18-34. Who beat them out? Why, Modern Family, of course — one of television’s most massive hits. Not too shabby, FX! Even better, AHS was numero uno in the 10 p.m. time-period in those demos, as ABC’s Nashville took a shocking hit. [Via Release]

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