Showtime lands Philip Seymour Hoffman for a comedy pilot -- his first regular TV gig
The acclaimed movie actor will star in "Trending Down," playing an aging man in an ad agency whose skills are no longer valued.

Starz renews Michael Bay's "Black Sails" 6 months before its premiere
The pirate drama won't debut until January.

"Breaking Bad" spinoff: "It’s for powers bigger than me to figure out if it can come to fruition"
Vince Gilligan told critics of the potential Saul Goodman spinoff: "I speak for no company or professional entity when I say I really hope it happens." PLUS: Read more details of the "Breaking Bad" panel at TCAs, and check out the "Breaking Bad" coloring book.

AMC picks up 2 scripted series: "Halt & Catch Fire" and "Turn"

"Halt" stars Lee Pace and documents the personal computing boom of the 1980s, while "Turn" stars Jamie Bell and is set in 1778 during the Revolutionary War.

Starz to air BBC jazz drama "Dancing on the Edge"
The period drama chronicles the Louis Lester Band, an all-black jazz ensemble playing London in the 1930s. It stars Anthony Head, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Goodman and Jacqueline Bisset.

"Sharknado's" international broadcasts have been bumped up due to social media demand
Asia, England and Australia were to get it in the fall. But now they'll watch the Syfy classic next month.

Norman Weiss has been doing TV Tattle since the week "Freaks and Geeks" was canceled. He is a Hollywood outsider who was born and raised in Hollywood. "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars" are broadcast 2 blocks from his high school.