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Joining an oeuvre that already includes 2001’s Band of Brothers and 2010’s The Pacific, the untitled miniseries will explore the aerial wars through the eyes of enlisted men of the Eighth Air Force — known as the men of the Mighty Eighth. The project will use at its source material historian Donald L. Miller’s nonfiction tomeMasters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.

TV Promo: Stephen King’s Bag of Bones Miniseries on A&E | Vulture

Based on the book Life At The Marmont by former Chateau Marmont co-owner Raymond R. Sarlot and Fred Basten, Sorkin will write and coproduce the miniseries with Krasinski (who will likely co-star).

Update: @Syfy on Twitter claims they have no plans to pick up The Event.

Basically if a category fails to present the requisite 5 nominees for 2 consecutive years the Academy board can vote to eliminate or merge the category. Such is the case with Best Miniseries and the reason why these will now be one category. Doesn’t mean much to the broadcast nets (or any network outside of HBO and PBS for that matter).

But it doesn’t seem fair to loop the two together, especially when they’re so drastically different in their storytelling approach. Imagine having to vote between Temple Grandin and The Pacific. Apples and oranges.

Originally developed for the History Channel the reportedly inaccurate miniseries stars Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, and Tom Wilkinson. The History Channel dropped it as not the right fit, Showtime, Starz and FX all passed before it came to DirecTV.

RE: ‘Wicked’ ABC Miniseries

Please stop submitting it to my ask/submit box. I already posted it.

I like having the ask and submit features open but please use the search function before sending something in to make sure I haven’t already got it up. Thanks.

Carry on.

ABC is looking to get back in the event mini-series business withWicked, an eight-hour mini-series produced by Salma Hayek, TVLine's Michael Ausiello reports. The project is not based on the highly-successful Broadway musical but on Gregory McGuire’s bestselling book that spawned it. Despite a long tradition of TV musicals like Cinderella, Annie and The Music Man at ABC that flourished under Susan Lyne as head of TV movies and mini-series and then entertainment president, the genre disappeared from the network under Lyne’s successor Stephen McPherson. In fact, McPherson passed on theWicked mini-series a couple of year ago, a decision that was reversed by new ABC president Paul Lee. Wicked, which is in active development, is being produced by ABC Studios and Hayek and Jose Tamez’s studio-based Ventanarosa Prods. Erik Jendersen (Band of Brothers) is writing the script. For now, there are no plans for Hayek to star. Coincidentally, ABC and ABC Studios are developing a comedy musical series starring Idina Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba in the Wicked Broadway musical, winning a Tony for the part. The musical, perennial top Broadway grosser that premiered in 2003, is currently being developed as a feature.

Elijah Wood is on the comeback trail. The Lord of the Rings star has signed to reprise his role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s prequel of The Hobbit, even though it takes place some 60 years ahead of The Fellowship of the Ring. (Spoiler alert: he’s part of a narrative framing device.) The two-parter will be filmed back to back in two parts in New Zealand. Warner Bros. is partnering with MGM. Wood will also star as Ben Gunn opposite Eddie Izzard in Sky TV’s two-part four-hour mini-series of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, adapted by Stewart Harcourt, produced by Alan Moloney and directed by Steve Barron.