TV Bites: Leno Scoops Another Hosting Gig at the White House
· It's been a victorious week for Jay Leno. Not only has he reclaimed the Tonight Show throne in spite of his own sinking 10 P.M. ratings but this morning, the White House Correspondents Association announced that they have invited Leno to headline the Correspondents Dinner in May. (In their defense, they extended the offer to Leno a few weeks ago, before ConanGate.) The historical event features a comedy routine from the president and a presentation of awards and scholarship money. This will be the fourth time Leno has hosted. [USA Today]
Imagine Television develops the next Star Trek, Steven Spielberg invades basic cable, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· The son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is developing one of his father's forgotten projects with the help of Imagine Television. Said Rod Roddenberry, "My father always felt that Questor was the one that got away. He believed that the show had the potential to be bigger than Star Trek." Questor is about an android with incomplete memory tapes who searches for his creator and his purpose. [Reuters]
· More details have surfaced about Steven Spielberg's alien-invasion series starring Noah Wyle. TNT has given the go-ahead for 10 episodes in 2011. Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat wrote the pilot, which Carl Franklin (One False Move) directed. The series, co-starring Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), takes place after an apocalyptic invasion of Earth and focuses on a ragtag group of survivors. [SciFi Wire]
· In other TNT news, the cable network has picked up 10 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, Janet Tamaro's crime procedural starring Angie Harmon and Lorraine Bracco. [THR]
· As per American Idol tradition, the list of Top 24 contestants have been leaked. [ONTD]
· Jordin Sparks will guest star on an episode of Bones in May. [ONTD]