If you’ve ever asked yourself whether Heroes would have been better off as a limited series, you’re definitely not alone. Some TV execs are starting to wonder if high-concept shows (especially sci-fi series that rely on complex mythology) should last for only one or two seasons. There’s some thought that NBC’s Day One, a postapocalyptic drama from Heroes‘ Jesse Alexander that’s in development for fall, is better suited as a limited-run series. And CBS’ upcoming adventure Harper’s Island (bowing April 9) unfolds and wraps in just 13 episodes, during which the overarching whodunit will be solved. ”It’s a fictionalized Survivor,” explains CBS Paramount Network TV head David Stapf, who says that the show will change characters — and its title — if it ends up being picked up for more seasons. ”If Survivor can work cycle in and cycle out with the same premise but different people, why can’t a fictionalized show?” Drama scribes like Kevin Falls would certainly be open to the idea. Though his NBC show Journeyman never made it past its 13th episode last season, he got enough of a heads-up to craft an ending that he thinks made the show more appealing for the international and DVD marketplace. Another perk of a short-run series? Says Falls, ”It may deliver you a big-name actor…who doesn’t want to commit to TV for seven years.” + The May 11 episode of Gossip Girl doubles as a pilot for a spin-off about young Lily van der Woodsen’s (Brittany Snow) raucous teen years in 1980s Los Angeles. But don’t go looking for her current flame, Rufus Humphrey, to pop up. ”It’s not the story of how Lily met Rufus,” explains executive producer Josh Schwartz. In fact, he and co-creator Stephanie Savage are toying with the notion that Lily may have crossed paths with characters from their previous hit, which ended its run on Fox in 2007. The duo say they are discussing the idea of having teenage Lily interact with earlier versions of The O.C.‘s Kirsten Nichol and Jimmy Cooper. Our dream casting? Megan Fox as Julie Cooper!
James Bond and Slumdog Millionaire may be two of Britain’s most well-known film exports, but that doesn’t mean they’re destined to merge. Not just yet, anyway. Despite reports that Slumdog ingenue Freida Pinto would be the next in a long line of alluring Bond girls — and further chatter that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle would helm the upcoming flick — sources say that it’s far too soon to make any announcements. In fact, EON Productions (the company behind the Bond franchise) has been so focused on this week’s DVD release of Quantum of Solace that it hasn’t even chosen what direction it will take for the series’ 23rd film, let alone hired a writer or director. And with a release slated for 2011, it may not be deciding anytime soon.