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TV: Bill Murray Reteams With Sofia Coppola For Christmas Special; Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Go To Syfy & More

TV: Bill Murray Reteams With Sofia Coppola For Christmas Special; Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Go To Syfy & More

Bill Murray can do anything he wants, so what is he going to do next? Sing Christmas carols on national television, namely. Murray has revealed he’s reteaming with “Lost In Translation” director Sofia Coppola for a holiday project that’s still coming together. “It’s not going to be live,” Murray told Variety. “We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are [being] writing. There will be prose.” There are no details yet on when it will air, but presumably it will be this holiday season. And with “Scrooged” already a part of our annual Christmas tradition, we have no problem adding more Murray to the rotation.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are getting “Incorporated.” Deadline reports that the pair are producing this “futuristic espionage thriller” which is about —get this— “one man’s efforts to beat the system.” Whoa, man.

Bruno Dumont earned some of the best reviews and widest audiences of his career this year with his TV miniseries “P’tit Quinquin” (read our review), and he may be ready for more. The president of the French network Arte, which produced and aired the series to record breaking numbers, has stated (via Les Inrocks), “Bruno Dumont said he was willing to consider making a sequel. I hope that it will happen.” But before that can happen, Dumont is working on another TV gig, a musical about the childhood of Joan of Arc titled “Jeanette.”

Showtime is bringing back the iconic TV series “In The Heat Of The Night.” NBC and CBS previously had success with the small screen spinoff of the Oscar-winning 1967 film directed by Norman Jewison. The show ran on the former from 1988-1992 before moving to the latter from 1993-1994, followed by four made-for-TV movies. THR reveals this new iteration will be written, directed and produced by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Get On Up“) and will not surprisingly be “an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi.”

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