Thursday’s “Hobbit trailer, Royal Pains TV movie and James Gandolfini in HBO Criminal Justice remake” news




French TV

  • Canal+ gets the go-ahead to acquire Direct 8 and Direct Star


New US TV shows

  • Ghost Whisperer producers sell dramas to ABC and CBS
  • NBC developing drama based on Midnight, Mass. comics
  • NBC picks up Jerry Bruckheimer comedy At Ease

US TV casting

New US TV show casting

  • James Gandolfini to star in HBO’s adaptation of BBC1’s Criminal Justice
  • Olivia Cooke joins Bates Motel, Rachel Boston joins Witches of East End, Dorian Missick to recur on Paging Dr Freed
  • Harrison Thomas joins Banshee