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Sam Raimi Scares Up 13 for the CW

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The CW has given an eight-episode order to 13, an unscripted series from feature director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) and reality producer Jay Bienstock (Survivor, The Apprentice). Although the project was originally developed years ago under the title House of Horrors, Variety says the premise remains the same: Horror-themed challenges will eliminate players one by one, until a winner is left standing amid all the Karo syrup/"bloodshed." Still, it is likely to induce less cringing than Paris' new show.13 is being eyed for a summer launch date. read more

Short Cuts: Survivor, The Closer, Meatballs and More!

Jay Bienstock, Mark Burnett's longtime collaborator on Survivor and The Apprentice, has inked a seven-figure deal to develop unscripted projects for CBS Paramount Network Television, says Variety.... Superfans of TNT's The Closer, check this out.... DVD releases have been set for Meatballs: Special Edition (June 5) and Walt Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (leaving "the vault" for the first time on Dec. 11. Yeah, I'm thinking SNL, too.).... Brothers & Sisters' Balthazar Getty and his wife, Rosetta, are expecting their fourth child, says People.... Correction: Greg Grunberg's charity project ("Heroes' Greg Grunberg Proves to Be a Real Superman") is the Pediatric Epilepsy Project. read more

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