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TV News Roundup: Tori Spelling to Star in ‘Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?’ Remake, ‘Penny Dreadful’ Releases Season 3 Trailer

In Thursday’s news roundup, James Franco’s remake of the cult classic “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger” will include appearances by Tori Spelling and Ivan Sergei, both of whom starred in the original TV movie, and Showtime has released a new trailer for Season 3 of “Penny Dreadful.”

CASTING:

Tori Spelling and Ivan Sergei, the original stars of 1996 telepic “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” will reunite to star in James Franco‘s remake.  Premiering June 18 on Lifetime, the update — which Franco will star in and exec produce — will introduce a new element to the cult classic’s love-gone-wrong storyline: vampires.

“Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” originally aired on NBC in September 1996 after failing to secure a distributor.  Due to recurring cable reruns, the TV movie gained a sizable following in the two decades since its debut.  Directed by Melanie Aitkenhead, the remake will also star Leila George, Emily Meade and Nick Eversman.

TRAILERS:

Ahead of Season 3’s premiere date on May 1, Showtime has released a new “Penny Dreadful” trailer.  Written by “Hugo” screenwriter John Logan, the horror drama’s third season will add three new season regulars: Patti LuPone as Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach; Wes Studi as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Dalton); and Shazad Latif as Dr. Henry Jekyll. Other Season 3 guest stars include “The Hurt Locker” actor Christian Camargo, Sam Barnett and Jessica Barden.

Watch the haunting new trailer below:

 

LATE NIGHT:

For the first time in six years, Conan O’Brien’s late-night TBS series “Conan” will return to New York City to film a week’s worth of shows from Harlem’s Apollo Theater.  The Big Apple leg of O’Brien’s international road tapings will take place Oct. 31 – Nov. 3.

SPORTS:

In a bid to boost the profile of its league-owned TV channel while giving fans a chance to catch NBA history, the National Basketball Association is offering a special preview weekend of NBA TV through cable, satellite and telco providers.

NBA TV will air Sunday’s game between the Golden State Warriors (69-9) and San Antonio Spurs (65-12) in a battle between the teams with the league’s best records. The Warriors are attempting to set the NBA single-season victory record, and could pull closer to the 72 wins set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls with a victory over the Spurs on Sunday. The same teams meet Friday on TNT, which will be promoting the NBA TV special preview weekend during its game.

Earlier this year, the Jan. 25 Warriors-Spurs matchup on NBA TV was the most-watched game in NBA TV history with 1.444 million viewers.

OPEN CALL:

On April 28 Universal Cable Productions (UCP) will hold its inaugural Pitch Fest, a one-day open forum that invites storytellers to pitch ideas for scripted television. Selected applicants will be granted a 10-minute meeting with UCP’s executive VP of development, Dawn Olmstead, and her team, who have developed series such as “Mr. Robot,” “The Magicians” and “Difficult People.”

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