The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Starz heads to the seas, The CW renews some fan favorites, and Jewel books a big acting gig.
Starz has made the bold decision of ordering eight episodes of a show about pirates called Black Sails. Sounds exciting! It's a Treasure Island prequel (OK...) produced by Michael Bay (oh no...) about a young John Silver and his pirate friend Flint and they live on an island together. Wait, are we sure this isn't a here! show or something? "Ar, there be Dante's Cove, Silver!" Whatever the show is about, it should be interesting. Obviously Starz has been trying to get in on the original programming game of late—they've at least one critically lauded show in Boss—but things haven't quite taken off yet. Maybe this big swashbuckler will. After all, who wouldn't want to watch a show about two young seamen living on a paradisiacal island together? [The Hollywood Reporter]
Speaking of wonderful television, The CW has renewed three of their series for next season. The Vampire Diaries, 90210, and Supernatural will all return in the fall, which is good news mostly in that the fan fiction industry will be able to keep the lights on for another year. Sure if these shows hadn't made it there would still be Once Upon a Time and of course True Blood, but they aren't really enough to sustain one of this nation's most important business sectors. So rave on, Twincesters! Scribble away, Elena/Jeremy 'shippers (ew). And, uh, do whatever it is you do, person who writes 90210 fan fiction. The world is yours for a little while longer. [Entertainment Weekly]
Esteemed poet and one-season Nashville Star host Jewel has been hired by Lifetime: Television for Crying Softly in the Afternoon to play June Carter Cash in an upcoming biopic. You'll remember that that is the role that won Reese Witherspoon an Oscar, thus empowering her to do important films like This Means War and Four Christmases. So maybe the same thing could happen for Jewel! And in case you're concerned about her acting ability, remember that she was in an Ang Lee movie once (Ride With the Devil) and also played herself on an episode of Men In Trees, so she should be fine. Think of it this way, if her acting is half as good as her poetry, well...it'll be a Lifetime movie, won't it. [Deadline]
Feed me JGL, feed me! Joseph Gordon-Levitt is developing a remake of Little Shop of Horrors in which he hopes to star. It's unclear whether it will be a musical, but we'd assume it would be? Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who's writing the thing, was brought in to fix the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark script, so we know he can (sort of, at least) work in the musical genre. And we've seen JGL sing and dance on SNL and stuff, so it could happen. We say bring it on! Really, this is just a perfect part for Joseph, who has always reminded us of Rick Moranis. Yup, they're practically twins. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here is a trailer for End of Watch, a cop thriller written and directed by the guy who wrote Training Day. So this is sort of his wheelhouse, this L.A. cop stuff. We can't wait to see Jake Gyllenhaal stomping around yelling something like, "Godzilla doesn't even compare to me!!" or "Rodan is far inferior to me in most every way!" It's going to be good. Plus America Ferrara is a policewoman! Goooo Betty!
And here is a trailer for the completely necessary The Expendables 2, which features even more grunting and glowering from a bunch of old men than the first movie. Lest you think that this is some winking parody kind of thing, it is most certainly not. Watch the first one. That thing is kinda deadly serious. Though, that said, there is something undeniably, innately fun about seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger back in action, and who can be mad at Bruce Willis for too long? But the best thing about this trailer is its macho insistence on using last names only when listing the actors, and so they're forced to say "Hemsworth" about Liam Hemsworth as if he is really any sort of entity. Why is he in this movie anyway? Half-hearted attempt to get teen girl viewers? HEMSWORTH. That'll bring 'em running.