News Nuggets: After ‘Hatfields,’ ‘Bible,’ miniseries are big business again

The ratings success of programs like “Hatfields and McCoys” and “The Bible” leads to a surge of miniseries projects in development: “The success of last year’s Kevin Costner vehicle — as well as History’s recent ‘The Bible’ — has led to more than 20 limited and ‘event series’ in development at Fox, FX, Syfy, ABC, Lifetime, Sundance and Discovery, among others. The projects range from a remake of the 1996 film ‘Fargo’ (FX) to an O.J. Simpson mini (Fox). Networks are launching divisions and hiring executives in a push to lure top talent, eyeballs and cachet.” Hollywood Reporter

Tony-winning musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” starring Matthew Broderick and featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, will close on June 15 after 27 previews and 478 performances.

Peter Lawrence will be one of the recipients of the 2013 Tony Honors for Excellence in Theater. In addition to acting as stage manager of the current revival of “Annie,” he previously served as executive producer of “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon.” Theater Mania

AMC will make its first foray into science-fiction with “Line of Sight,” about a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash and tries to discover the accident’s cause. Created by Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”), the series will begin production later in 2013.

Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess“) talks with Playbill about her circus-inspired reimagining of “Pippin.”

Ben Affleck will receive an honorary doctorate from Brown University: “Others getting honorary doctorates are author and MIT Professor Junot Diaz; retired Stanford University bacteriologist Stanley Falkow; Tougaloo College President Beverly Wade Hogan; medical doctor and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron.” Associated Press

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