TV Tidbits: Seth Meyers Developing New Comedy, ‘Once Upon a Time’ Casts Captain Hook

Seth Meyers and Lorne MichaelsSeth and Lorne team up: There’s one man besides Lorne Michaels whose name has become synonymous with Saturday Night Live, and that’s Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, who is teaming up with Michaels (through his Broadway Video company) for a multicamera comedy written and produced by Meyers and his brother, Mad TV‘s Josh Meyers. [THR]

Once Upon a Time gets hooked: The world’s most famous one-handed pirate is going to bring some much needed villainy to Storybrooke this fall when Colin O’Donoghue (The Tudors) joins the cast of ABC’s fairy tale drama as Captain Hook. Peter Pan’s main nemesis will make his debut in the second season’s fourth episode. [TVLine]

NBC goes global: The Peacock has ordered one of its first major project for next development season — a drama described as “The West Wing meets the United Nations” — from producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and Hell on Wheels writer Tom Brady (not the one you’re thinking of). The drama will focus on an interpreter employed at the United Nations building in New York City who deals with ambassadors and diplomats from across the globe as they attempt to sort of the world’s crises. [Deadline]

From Smash to cash: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the duo well-known for their contribution to NBC’s Smash but equally familiar for their take on Hairspray and Chicago, are at it again, signing a two-year deal with Sony Pictures Television for multiple projects. The first will be a Bonnie & Clyde miniseries for the History Channel; the second, an Anna Nicole Smith biopic for Lifetime; and the third, a made-for-TV movie about fallen Latter-Day Saints leader Warren Jeffs (also on Lifetime). Zadan and Meron will produce all three. [THR]

Huggies in homeroom: TLC has ordered six episodes of High School Moms, a teenage pregnancy series (in the vein of MTV’s Teen Mom franchise) that follows young parents at a Denver high school with an on-site day care center.[THR]

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