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Canadian rapper Drake will lend his voice to a character in the new animated series The LeBrons.

Billboard is reporting that the musician will play himself in a guest-starring role on the LeBron James series when it hits screens next month.

James himself will voice several characters on the show.

Drake has previously worked with James on  the NBA player’s documentary More Than A Game.

Source: Digital Spy

Hugely successful iPhone app Angry Birds is set to be adapted into an animated series to screen either on TV or online.

Rovio, the Finnish company who produced the game, have announced plans to develop their creation after mulling it over for some time now.

“We have been looking at [a show[ for quite a while, and that is definitely one of my personal big focus areas right now — to work on broadcast content for Angry Birds,” Rovi CEO Mikael Hed told C21media.net.

A marketing deal was announced for the game last year, a move which led the way for the series.

“It was a completely new area for us; we had to get our bearings there, and a sense of how the whole market was,” Hed said.

“That was the first part of the exercise, and now that we’ve done that, the next part is to move into production, and that’s where we are right now.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Jennifer Aniston may soon be the subject of a reality TV show.

The former ‘Friends’ actress – who has dated stars including Vince Vaughn, John Mayer and Paul Sculfor since divorcing Brad Pitt – has reportedly been approached by former MTV programming president Tony DiSanto and ex-senior vice president Liz Gateley about featuring in a fly-on-the-wall series for their new production company.

A source said: “Jen’s a really private person, so everyone will want to know the real her.

“Viewers would kill to see how she goes about her day-to-day life, what she really eats and get an insight into her love life.

“Tony and Liz are renowned for their skill at making reality shows like ‘The Hills’ and ‘Jersey Shore’. They’ve been desperate to work with her but weren’t too sure what she’d say. Jen is giving it some thought though.”

According to the insider, the ‘Bounty Hunter’ star is giving the offer serious consideration, but will only agree if the show gives off the image she wants to promote.

The source added to Now magazine: “Let’s face it, her career isn’t going as well as many expected and anything Liz and Tony touch turns to gold.

“It’s just about coming up with the right show that doesn’t make her look foolish.”

Source: Bang!

E! is set to launch a new reality series focussing on the wives of well-known rock stars.

Married To Rock will feature three women who are married to famous rockers and one that hopes to reach rock stardom herself.

Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s wife Susan Holmes McKagan is featuring, as well as Etty Farrell and Josie Stevens, wives of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens respectively.

AJ Celi, girlfriend of Billy Duffy of The Cult also features in the series.

“So many women have a fantasy about landing a rock star,” said Lisa Berger, executive VP programming at E! “We’re raising the curtain on the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle and showing there’s more to it than the late-night partying, ravaged hotel rooms and jet-set life we’ve all read about. But, of course, there’s all of that too.”

Source: HR

Iconic 1990 gangster movie Goodfellas may soon be made into a TV series.

Deadline is reporting that the Martin Scorsese movie, which starred Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, may be remade for television.

Warner Bros TV is the frontrunner to produce the series with Nicholas Pileggi, the screenwriter for the original movie, expected to write the script for the pilot.

There is no word whether Martin Scorsese will be involved in the project.

Source: Digital Spy

Actor Ryan Reynolds will return to television behind the scenes soon with news he will produce a new series for American network NBC.

Reynolds, whose most prominent television role was in sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, will develop comedy series Mayors of Casterbridge, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The new show is described as “Old School meets Gran Torino” with it centring around four older men going up against a younger rival who wants to develop their neighbourhood.

“Mayors fills a void in programming – more specifically, it aims to spotlight the less explored sexagenarian in all his vitality, rage, corrosive wit and bottomless immaturity,” Reynolds said of the project.

There is talk the actor will make a cameo appearance should the show reach the production stage.

Source: Digital Spy

 

J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama series which will center on the infamous island prison of Alcatraz.

The former Lost producer will re-team with another Lost alum in executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff to develop the project.

Sarnoff will write the pilot episode for the unnamed series whose plot is under a cloud of secrecy.

The project is understood to be based on an original idea sold to Abrams’ Bad Robot production company.

Source: Digital Spy

WANTED: Canada Sings! (working title), an all-new homegrown series, seeks out talented singing enthusiasts and their harmonizing workmates to battle it out in a fun and exciting competition.

Starting today, Monday, August 30 through until Wednesday, September 22, Canada Sings!, a Global original, opens its virtual casting doors at www.GlobalTV.com.

“Canada Sings! is an opportunity to unveil the hidden performer that exists within each of us,” said Christine Shipton, SVP, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. “We’re calling out to these talented voices simmering within the workplace to come forward and show us what they’ve got.”

Scouring the country for these budding talents, the series focuses on finding talent on the job, encouraging participants to form glee clubs with their workmates and go head-to-head against another team. From firemen to nurses, chefs to CEOs – gleeful Canadians are everywhere and Canada Sings! is on the hunt.

“We’re looking for dynamic everyday people with extraordinary talent,” said John Brunton, Executive Producer, Insight Productions. “From the person whistling on the assembly line next to you, to the nurse in pediatrics that sings the children to sleep and the waiter that can really sing happy birthday to the guests, we’re so excited to see what Canada brings to the table.”

Each week Canada Sings! will travel to two Canadian workplaces that will be ready with their new glee clubs to audition, rehearse and ultimately perform in front of a live studio audience – all within a few days. With the help of world class choreographers and vocal coaches, each group will prepare for the musical performance of their lives and battle each other in a high-stakes competition. A panel of celebrity judges will award the winning glee club with a donation to the charity of their choice.

Canada Sings! will premiere on Global in early 2011, produced expressly for Canwest Broadcasting by Insight Productions. Upcoming announcements including show host, judging panel and celebrity judges to rollout closer to broadcast.

Michael Cera is in the midst of developing a new comedy series based around an awkward high school graduate.

The Arrested Development and Superbad actor will work with Derek Waters on the series, entitled 13th Grade.

Revolving around a high school graduate who is stuck in limbo between childhood and adulthood, 13th Grade will star Waters whose TV credits include The Middle and The Sarah Silverman Programme.

Cera and Waters will executive produce the comedy with Hung writer Emily Kapnek.

Source: Digital Spy

Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has sold a new pilot to American network Fox.

Cody, who rose to fame after penning to script for hit comedy film Juno, has written a pilot for a new comedy series entitled The Breadwinner.

It is understood that Fox has bought her latest project under a deal which means the network must pay out if the pilot does not go to air.

Warner Bros. is producing the series while Cody will serve as executive producer.

Source: Digital Spy