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Can Bob Saget Still Withstand the Urge to Swear for 30 Whole Minutes?

Saget Comes Home to ABC: The Bob Saget sitcom Surviving Suburbia, which was originally set for CW’s Sunday night but never aired, is most likely heading to the American Broadcasting Company. The show is about a traditional family of four whose lives are turned upside down when new (and presumably extremely wacky) next-door neighbors move in. This better not be the reason why we didn’t get a Full House remake. [Variety]

HBO Makes Some Moves: Ellen Barkin will star in and executive produce a half-hour HBO drama written by Shauna Cross and reflecting shades of her own life: The show is about a woman who has gone through a high-profile divorce and gets platonically close to her ex-husband’s 24-year-old son. More awesomely, Michael Shannon will co-star in Martin Scorsese’s Prohibition-era HBO show, Boardwalk Empire, as an anti-bootlegging Treasury Department agent. Presumably, this makes life difficult for Steve Buscemi’s previously announced liquor ring. [Variety, HR]

Kings of Rock: Notorious screenwriter Cheo Hodari Hoker is set to adapt Bill Adler’s Tougher Than Leather: the Story of RUN-DMC for DJ Classicz, a division of Davis Entertainment. Hoker is a former journalist, so it can be assumed that he will cast a discerning eye towards DMC’s long-disputed claim that after twelfth grade he went straight to college. [HR]

Fleming on Film: Ian Fleming will now get his own turn on the big screen — A Mighty Heart’s John Orloff is writing the biopic Fleming for Warner Bros., to be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way. Fleming is, of course, best known for penning fourteen of the James Bond books, although in some circles, he is just as beloved for writing the source material for classic Dick Van Dyke flying-car dramedy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Anyone? No? [HR]

Sword Fight: Gladiator screenwriter William Nicholson is going epic again — his new project 1066 will revolve around the defeat of England’s King Harold by William, Duke of Normandy, in a battle for the country. (Awesome spoiler alert: Harold gets shot in the eye with an arrow.) The film is being fast-tracked by Shine Pictures, despite not having a director or actors attached. Shine producer Paul Webster shrugged it off, saying, “Ah come on, anyone could look cool holding a fucking sword.” [Variety]

Can Bob Saget Still Withstand the Urge to Swear for 30 Whole Minutes?