FX has given a 13-episode order for The Strain from Guillermo del Toro,Carlton Cuse and author Chuck Hogan, the network announcedTuesday.
The drama is based on the vampire novel trilogy of the same name written by del Toro and Hogan, who co-wrote the pilot, which del Toro will also direct. The series will star Corey Stoll as Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. When a viral outbreak of ancient vampirism begins to spread, Eph, his team and a group of average New Yorkers will fight for humanity's future.
It's a Wonderful Life
A sequel to It's a Wonderful Life is in the works, Variety reports.
Entitled It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, the film will focus on George Bailey's grandson as he undergoes his own holiday epiphany when an angel (Karolyn Grimes, who played Bailey's daughter Zuzu in the Frank Capra film) comes to show him the world if he had never been born.
Rob Ford, Doug Ford and Matt Lauer
Mayor Rob Ford continued to defend his leadership ability on Tuesday's Today Show after being stripped of most of his powersMonday by the Toronto City Council.
Nearly two weeks after Ford admitted to smoking crack during a "drunken stupor," he attempted to frame his admission as a sign of moral integrity, since he isn't afraid to admit his mistakes.
"I'm embarrassed. Not just myself," Ford told Matt Lauer. "My family, my friends, my supporters. I take full responsibility for that. We've all made mistakes, Matt. I'm not perfect. Maybe you are, maybe other people are. I've made mistakes. I've admitted to my mistakes."
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Nothing says true love like simulating sex on a motorcycle in front of a green screen, right? Oh, and don't forget the galloping white horses and rolling clouds over the desert.
Kanye West debuted his Kim Kardashian love-letter music video for "Bound 2" on Tuesday — and it features an apparently naked Kardashian straddling the rapper in front of cheesy nature images.
Jose Antonio Baston and Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria is off the market once more. The actress has been dating Jose "Pepe" Antonio Baston since last month, People reports.
Baston, 45, is the president of Televisa, Latin America's largest media company, and made his first red carpet appearance with Longoria, 38,on Friday at the Museo Jumex Opening dinner at Case De La Bola in Mexico City.
Joe Giudice and Teresa Giudice
Teresa and Joe Guidice will plead not guilty following two more fraud indictments, NJ.com reports.
On Monday, the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars were indicted in federal court on the additional charges of bank fraud and loan application fraud. Those are in addition to the 39 counts filed against the couple in July, which included bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa has also been accused of lying about having a job and a $15,000 monthly salary on a loan application, while Joe has been charged with failing to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008, when he allegedly earned nearly $1 million.
Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki
It's hard out there for a Sam fan.
Since getting possessed by Ezekiel, Sam (Jared Padalecki) has repeatedly been pushed out of the action on Supernatural this season to allow the angel to save the day (with the delightful exception of Sam's scenes with Crowley last week). And though with each use of his powers, Zeke — and thus, Sam — weakens a little more, Padalecki says Sam will get back in the fray soon.
"We do start to see that Zeke is healing Sam," Padalecki tells TVGuide.com. "We do see Sam start to not require so much help from Zeke and his brother. So we will gradually see more bits of Sam more often than Zeke in the upcoming episodes, which doesn't mean we won't see Zeke as well."
After MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin's talk show Up Late for two weeks in the wake of the actor's apparent use of an anti-gay slur, the actor has now said the talk show might never return.
"Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now," Baldwin wrote onThe Huffington Post. "The show is no doubt a work in progress and one that I believe featured some interesting guests and disseminated a good deal of interesting information. But if the show dies, its fate ends up being no different than the vast majority of start-up TV programming, and so be it."
Surprising celebrity family ties
Baldwin also took the opportunity to address the accusations that he recently directed a homophobic epithet at a photographer. "What word is said right after the other choice word I use is unclear. But I can assure you, with complete confidence, that a direct homophobic slur (or indirect one for that matter) is not spoken ... My friends who happen to be gay are baffled by this. They see me as one who has recently fought for marriage equality and has been a supporter of gay rights for many years. Now, the charge of being a 'homophobic bigot,' to quote one crusader in the gay community, is affixed."