Talking Computer Wins Jeopardy! and 7 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

Also in this Thursday edition of The Broadsheet: Charlie Sheen will return to work soon... Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark needs a rewrite... The NBC version of Prime Suspect may have found its Helen Mirren... and more ahead.

· Ken Jennings put it best after losing to Watson at the end of Jeopardy! on Wednesday night: "I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords." The IBM computer handily defeated the former Jeopardy! champion, heralding in a new, Terminator-like world where computers will replace humans. Don't worry about me, though: I poured a pot of hot coffee into Blogatron 2200. That ought to hold him off for at least a little while longer. [NYT]

· Our long national nightmare is over. Two and a Half Men will officially resume production on Feb. 28. How this will fit into Charlie Sheen's schedule of calling into The Dan Patrick Show on a regular basis remains unclear. [THR]

· Turn off the show. Producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have inquired about the availability of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa -- a playwright and Marvel enthusiast -- to see if he'd be willing to help rewrite the book for the maligned musical. No deals have been signed yet, but Aguirre-Sacasa -- who has written Spider-Man comics for Marvel -- is said to be interested. Turn Off the Dark is still scheduled ("scheduled") to open on March 15. [NYT/ArtsBeat]

· Adrianne Palicki wasn't the only great casting decision NBC made on Wednesday night. The network is reportedly in final negotiations with Maria Bello to lead the U.S. adaptation of Prime Suspect. If cast, Bello would take the role that won Helen Mirren worldwide acclaim. [TVLine]

· Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law. Thanks to Kickstarter, it looks like Detroit will finally get that statue of Robocop they've long deserved. [/Film]

· Casting round-up time! Michael Emerson has been added to the J.J. Abrams-produced pilot Person of Interest, from writer Jonathan Nolan. Emerson will play an eccentric billionaire who teams with a former C.I.A. agent to solve crimes. This will be awesome. [Deadline]

· Halle Berry and Carla Gugino have been added to New Year's Eve. You'll recall Berry was initially involved, but left the project due to her ongoing custody battle. [THR, THR]

· Movieline's own Julie Miller is beaming right now. Glee star Mike O'Malley has reportedly been cast as the lead in Family Album, a new Fox comedy about one family's crazy vacations. If the series gets picked it up, it would tell the story of one vacation per season -- think 24, but with sunscreen jokes. Since Album is set up at Fox, it is thought that O'Malley could still appear on Glee. Not that he really appears now, anyway. [Vulture]



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