'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter starts a new FX project; 'Conan' gets a late-night companion
The cable channel has ordered a script for "Lucas Stand," which is based on an idea by Sutter. It follows the "salvation quest" of a former special-ops soldier who is put to work hunting and killing demons who have broken out of hell. It will have both standalone and serialized story lines.
The project is one of two Sutter has in the pipeline at FX. He's also developing a dark comedy called "Diva. Clown. Killer" with his wife, "SOA" star Katey Sagal, and Belle Zwerdling.
Shiban is coming off AMC's "Hell on Wheels," where he served as executive producer and showrunner last season.
Other news from around the TV world:
- TBS has ordered a trial run of a late-night series starring comedian Pete Holmes. The show, produced by Conan O'Brien's Conaco, will follow "Conan" at midnight for four weeks starting in the fall. The half-hour series will feature sketch comedy, stand-up, short films and interviews.
- Nickelodeon has renewed "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," it announced Tuesday at its upfront presentation. It also ordered a new series called "Breadwinners," which is based on this short.
- Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" is hitting a ratings milestone. It's been the No. 1 cable news show in its 6 p.m. ET timeslot for 50 consecutive months. Among current news anchors, only Baier and "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams have had streaks that long. (Commentary shows a la "The O'Reilly Factor" are a different category.)
- BBC America has announced the cast for "The Musketeers," a drama series set to premiere in 2014. Luke Pasqualino ("Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome"), Tom Burke ("The Hour"), Santiago Cabrera ("Heroes") and Howard Charles will play the title characters in the contemporary retelling of Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers." Peter Capaldi ("The Thick of It," "The Hour"), Mamie McCoy, Tamla Kari and Hugo Speer also star in the series, created by "My Week with Marilyn" writer Adrian Hodges.