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Channel Surfing: Quick Headlines Edition

Welcome to your Thursday morning television briefing. Today's briefing will be shorter than usual as I'm typing this on my iPhone, as my internet connection is down.

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that ex-Lost executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are teaming up with co-creator Damon Lindelof to develop a drama pilot that's said to be "fairy-tale-themed" and will feature "a female lead." No other details are available, but it's thought that ABC Studios will be the studio behind the project as Kitsis and Horowitz have an overall deal there. Should the project get ordered to pilot, Lindelof would join the staff in a consulting capacity. (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

Vulture's Josef Adalian is reporting that NBC is developing an adventure/dating reality mashup that's being described as a blend of The Bachelor and Survivor. Project, currently being called Love in the Wild, hails from Endemol and revolves around "teams of two potential lovebirds, dropped into exotic outdoor environments, where they would get busy doing all sorts of challenges together." (Vulture)

Sigh. No Mark Salling hasn't quit or been fired from Glee. Entertainment Weekly's attempts to calm Gleek who are perturbed by Puck's absence from this week's episode: "Though I dunno whether his absence is a side effect of his decision work on music that isn’t in the genre of R&Glee, I do know that it’s only temporary. He’ll miss one more episode—the Oct. 26 Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute—but will be back on air in a big way in early November." (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

Deadline's Nellie Andreeva is reporting that ABC has given a script order to a period drama based on William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" with Catherine Hardwicke said to be in talks to direct the potential pilot episode, from writer Andrea Berloff. Project, from executive producers Todd Garner and Wyck Godfrey, "follows the famous love story while also pealing away the curtain on the impetuous, incestuous, bloody and violent relationships during the Renaissance in Verona." (Deadline)

Syfy is retelling the Sinbad myth with telepic Sinbad and the Minotaur, set to air in 2011 on the cabler. (Variety)

Spike has given a series order to docuseries Coal, following the stories of coal miners in West Virginia. Project, from Original Prods., is set to launch in April, with ten one-hour episodes. (Hollywood Reporter)

Stay tuned.

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