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Anthony Hopkins to play villain once again, Lifetime plans an 'Army Wives' spin-off (Excess Hollywood)

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  • Anthony Hopkins will likely play villain Pharotu in Arabian Nights. Phatotu’s bad because he murdered a mermaid and ate her liver with a nice Chardonnay. (Chianti doesn’t go well with fish, duh.) [THR]
  • Lifetime is developing a spin-off of Army Wives starring divorcée Pamela (Brigid Brannagh). Otherwise, they’d have to re-title the original series Army Wives and Ex-Wives, and there hasn’t been a TV show title that awkward since Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. (R.I.P.) [Variety]
  • Mark Burnett is teaming up with Trifecta Entertainment to develop a daytime reality singing competition. Says Hank Cohen, CEO of Trifecta, “People have been talking about how soap operas aren’t working…but people always like compelling, dramatic stories. I started thinking, ‘What if you took those stories and wrapped them around a singing competition?'” Does this mean what I hope it means, that each hopeful will be tossed into a pit by an evil patriarch named Stefan, only to be saved by a magical doll come to life and a handsome bloke named Wes? No, it actually just means we’ll learn the story behind each competitor via a video introduction package. Boo. [B&C]
  • Magnolia Pictures has picked up the rights to Night Catches Us, the Anthony Mackie-Kerry Washington flick about an ex-Black Panther who returns home to Philadelphia. [Variety]
  • SyFy is developing an update of the U.K.’s 1960s detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Fingers crossed, at some point London comes calling for the Mongolian Death Worm. [Variety]