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Short Takes: ‘TMNT’ new release date, ‘Cult’ dumped, ‘AHS’ casts Kathy Bates. AMC announces new runner for ‘Walking’

The delayed live-action reboot of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a new release date again, following it being pulled from Christmas Day 2013 late last year and then to May 16. 2014. Paramount will now bow the film three weeks later, setting a June 6, 2014 release date.

The CW has all but signed off on its midseason replacement Cult after just two low-rated episodes. The serialized drama will move from its Tuesday berth to Friday. The CW will air reruns of Beauty and the Beast in that slot. The series was created by sci-fi veteran Rockne S. O’Bannon back in 2005 just before the UPN/WB merger. It got lost in the shuffle, until O’Bannon updated the script for 2012-13 season, which is unusual in this business.

FX’s American Horror Story anthology series is one of those love them or hate them TV shows. And much like all of Ryan Murphy projects, the concept it great, and the pilot good, but the pay-off for the rest of the series never comes. Academy Award winning actress Kathy Bates will join the cast for the third season with returning cast members Jessica Lange, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson. Bates will apparently be playing the best friend of Jessica Lange’s new character, who eventually turns into her enemy. Beyond that, nothing else much is known about the third season, though Murphy reportedly wants to bring more humor back into the story.

FX has picked up the the spy-spoof animated series Archer for a fifth season.

Oscar winning actor Chris Cooper has been cast Norman Osborne in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel now filming in New York. Osborn is the alter ego of the Spidey comics villain Green Goblin previously portrayed by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.

AMC made it official as they’ve upgraded writer/producer Scott Gimple to showrunner for season four of their hit zombie series The Walking Dead. According to Deadline, “Gimple, who has been on the show’s writing staff since season two, has written some of the most talked-about episodes from Seasons 2 and 3 including episode 306 (Hounded) and last season’s climatic mid-season finale episode 207 (Pretty Much Dead Already), which revealed Sophia in the barn.

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