Cuba Gooding Jr.'s FOX pilot dead; 'Skyfall' duo plots Showtime horror series

cuba-gooding-jr-dec-2012-gi.jpgBite-sized news from the world of television, including changes at NBC's upcoming Anne Heche comedy "Save Me" and pilot castings for "Bridesmaids'" Wendi McLendon-Covey and "My Boys'" Jim Gaffigan.

  • After holding options on the cast for nearly a year, FOX has officially passed on Cuba Gooding Jr.'s legal drama pilot "Guilty." Although the Oscar winning star was said to get high marks from test audiences, the show's case is now closed. [Deadline]

  • "Skyfall" writer John Logan and director Sam Mendes are reuniting to produce a new psychological horror series for Showtime called "Penny Dreadful." The show will combine famous horror characters including Dracula, Van Helsing, Dorian Gray and Dr. Frankenstein. [IGN]

  • Anne Heche's upcoming NBC comedy "Save Me" is undergoing a showrunner change after filming two episodes. "The Big C" creator Darlene Hunt is very close to signing on to replace Alexa Junge ("Friends"). [Deadline]

  • "Bridesmaids" and "Reno 911!" actress Wendi McLendon-Covey, who recently guest starred on "Modern Family," is set to star opposite Adam Goldberg in an untitled '80s-set comedy pilot for ABC. [TVLine]

  • Jim Gaffigan's comedy series "Welcome to New York" didn't last long on CBS back in 2001, but the network is giving him another shot in a semi-autobiographical comedy pilot about a happily married father of five. Gaffigan is co-writing the pilot with Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me"). [THR]

  • "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Rupert Wyatt is taking his first stab at TV directing AMC's period drama pilot "Turn" based on the book "Washington's Spies" and set in 1778 in the midst of America's fight for independence. [Deadline]
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