Today in showbiz news: Annette Bening might be heading to HBO, The Simpsons will probably rerun on cable, Teller of Penn & Teller directs a movie and more.
Benheads might have reason to get excited. Annette Bening superfans are called Benheads, right? If not, they should definitely adopt that name. Anyways, the Oscar-nominated actress is "attached to star" in The Third Coast, a potential HBO comedy pilot about "a larger than life casting director in New Mexico." Jay Roach, an Albuquerque native who grew up to direct the Austin Powers trilogy before shifting to award-winning HBO political movies Recount and Game Change, will direct and produce the pilot. Of course, HBO is infamously picky when it comes to pilots it picks up and there is no guarantee of a full series pickup, so Benheads should maybe exercise some caution. [Deadline]
Cable television will basically now have everything that broadcast television has. For the time ever, Fox will shop around syndication rights for The Simpsons, which had long been exclusive to broadcast networks, to cable networks, and the studio may be fetch as much as $1.5 million for each of the show's 500-plus episodes. Likely suitors include Fox, who owns FX and the forthcoming comedy-centered spinoff network FXX; Turner, owners of Adult Swim and TBS; and Viacom, owners of Comedy Central, MTV, Spike TV and TV Land. Yes, one Fox division may essentially pay another Fox division nearly a billion dollars to air that Fox division's programs. Aren't multinational media corporations great or what? [Variety]