TV Bites: Syfy Bets on Comedy with Michael Rosenbaum's Saved By Zeroes
· The Syfy network is finally making that jump into live-action comedy with a single-camera project Saved by Zeroes from Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum, Sony and Happy Madison. Rosenbaum created the show based on his own experiences and will co-star with Jonathan Silverman as two former actors on a science fiction show who have hit rock bottom and must work together to get their lives back on track. Zeroes is being described as Galaxy Quest meets Eastbound & Down. In case that isn't enough motivation to watch, Rosenbaum has stated that the characters dwindled their paychecks on "drugs and drinking" and are business outsiders -- "it's the Non-tourage!" [THR]
Don Johnson ponders Southern Discomfort, AMC finds a Ghost Writer for its Walking Dead project, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Veteran series star Don Johnson is in negotiations to return to the network game for ABC's comedy pilot Southern Discomfort. The project centers on a tough, hard-core conservative Texan (Johnson) whose life is turned upside down when his grown kids move back in. Steve Talley (Summerland) has already been cast as the eldest son. [THR]
· AMC has tapped Ghost Writer co-star Jon Bernthal for its upcoming drama pilot Walking Dead. The project, based on Robert Kirkman's comic book, chronicles the months and years following a zombie apocalypse and revolves around survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a secure home. [THR]
· Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly has inked a new deal to stay at the network another three years. [Variety]
· The next time you're promoting your sex education book on The Today Show, you better pray that Jimmy Fallon doesn't choose that morning to mercy-visit Kathie Lee. [USA Today]