In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the major broadcast networks will be doing special coverage this evening: NBC, CBS, and ABC will broadcasting from Newtown. CBS's Evening News with Scott Pelley and ABC World News will be stretching their usual evening broadcasts to an hour, running 6:30-7:30 p.m., and ABC is doing a special edition of 20/20 with Diane Sawyer (covering some "incredible stories") at 10 p.m. Obviously coverage will be around the clock on cable, but if anyone is still sticking with network news these days, those are the changes. [Entertainment Weekly]
And in other news, if you care to read about silly frivolous things right now...
ABC is considering making a sitcom based on Justin Bieber's early life, because apparently it was "unconventional." Meaning, he crew up in Canada. And his mom is super young and he was raised by his grandmother and he was a music genius. But mostly he's Canadian. That's the truly unconventional part. Of course the worst prospect of this whole new Bieber thing is imagining what little monster they'll hire to play young Justin Bieber. Some child actor is lurking around Oaktown right now, just waiting for the casting call. I hope you know what you're doing, ABC. I really do. [The Hollywood Reporter]
In other dire entertainment news, NBC has struck up a new deal with comedian Dane Cook, after his midseason series Next Caller was unceremoniously yanked from the schedule before an episode had even aired. So they're going back to the drawing board to create a new show for him. Which, ugh. Some show about a guy who does rock 'n' roll air-quotes and walks around with his shirt off. That's all it's going to be about, right? Well, you never know, I guess. What if it was some smart, sensitive, innovative show and he was great on it and everyone was like, "Wow, we misjudged you, dude," and was like, "It's fine, it's fine, remember me on Louie? I'm actually kinda cool," and then everyone nodded and smiled the and world seemed a little bit nicer? It could happen! Ha. JK. [Deadline]
For some reason AMC is reairing the entirety of The Walking Dead in black and white, starting on Valentine's Day at 6:30 p.m. The network is trying to provide a lead-in for the new season of Kevin Smith's show, and because Walking Dead is easily their most popular series this is what they came up with. How will the show look in black and white? I don't think it will be terribly different. It'll just be... black and white. I mean, it wasn't filmed to look good in black and white, so why bother? "Dear audience, please turn down the color on your televisions for a whole new experience!" It's like putting a hat on Malibu Stacy. Though, I guess that worked. Hmm. Maybe this is a genius move. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's an interesting and handy list of "25 Movies to Watch Before Oscar Night." It's pretty comprehensive — you gotta see Amour, you must see How to Survive a Plague — but there are some strange inclusions, like the wildly overrated Perks of Being a Wallflower, and some movies they forgot, like The Hobbit. Haha, nope, just playing, that movie should not be viewed ever, let alone before Oscar night. Anyway, happy viewing! (Psst, I've seen 21 of the 25. Beat that, people with lives!) [Entertainment Weekly]
A&E has released a new preview/behind-the-scenes featurette on its new show Bates Motel and my god, it does not look good. Very bad, very ill-advised. But that kind of makes the video interesting, especially when Kerry Ehrin shows up, briefly, at 1:56. That's the best part. Where's her show? Tweet #ShowForKerry to show your support. It'll be a fun adventure, lotta surprises, lotta twists 'n' turns. [Deadline]