NEWS ROUNDUP: ABC Buys 'Great Expectations' Soap; Eric Dane's New Role; Ben Jörgensen Play, Sue Hanson Returns

ABC Buys Modern-Day ‘Great Expectations’ Soap Produced By Debra Martin Chase
ABC has put in development LEGAGY, a drama from feature producer Debra Martin Chase, which is described as a sexy soap and a modern-day twist on the Charles Dickens classic "Great Expectations." Jeremy Anderson and Patrick Moss will write the script and will co-executive produce. Martin will executive produce.

This is the second drama project this season that is a modern-day reimagining of "Great Expectations."

Eric Dane cast in Michael Bay's new TV thriller
Dane (aka "McSteamy") has lined up his next role: Michael Bay’s post-apocalyptic TNT pilot LAST SHIP. The project is based on a 1989 novel by William Brinkley and follows the crew of a naval destroyer who might be the only survivors left on the planet after a nuclear war. Dane will star as Captain Tom Chandler, described as “a career Navy man and a loving father and husband who’s never home as much as he’d like to be. Chandler is authoritative, decisive, fair, courageous and a born leader, respected and loved by men and women in his command.”

CROSSROADS' Sue Hanson on CORONATION STREET - spoiler pics and preview
Soap icon Sue Hanson, who for two decades played ‘Miss’ Diane Lawton in CROSSROADS, will appear in CORRIE next week as a character called Penny.

Spoiler pics show Penny arriving in Weatherfield with news of Lewis’s (Nigel Havers) whereabouts following his disappearance while on holiday with Audrey. Gail and Audrey soon learn that Lewis (or Curtis as he was previously known) once tried to rip Penny off. The disclosure looks set to cause yet more ructions within Audrey’s family and reignite Gail’s suspicions about her mother’s boyfriend.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: ALL MY CHILDREN alum Ben Jörgensen (Kevin Sheffield)
See "True Love Dies" at The Horror Short Play & Musical Festival, playing October 11-14.

Boxee TV Leaked — Cable Companies Concerned?
The still-in-beta Boxee TV that was leaked to The Verge on Tuesday could be the device that pushes potential cord-cutters over the edge. The set-top box has all the ingredients needed to make it the ultimate cord-cutting device. The Boxee operating system, originally based on the open source XBMC, contains a plethora of web apps, including Netflix, Vudu and Vimeo. This new device also supports over-the-air HD channels via a TV tuner and has a DVR feature. You can record all your favorite TV Shows, as long as they’re available for free over the air.

The Weird, Weird History Of TLC
In 1972, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and NASA started a television network meant to be an "informative/instructional network focused on providing real education through the medium of TV.

In 1980 the network was privatized and became "The Learning Channel."

Today, TLC is home to Honey Boo Boo.

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