TV News: Saul, Mile, Greenlight, Ascension

Better Call Saul
Michael McKean (“This is Spinal Tap,” “Clue”) has signed on for a key role in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spin-off series “Better Call Saul”. McKean plays a gifted lawyer named Dr. Thurber who is hampered by a strange affliction.

The series the exploits of shady lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) before he met Walter White (Bryan Cranston). The show is slated to premiere in November. [Source: EW]

Long Mile Home
Fox is developing an event series about the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy based on Scott Helman and Jenna Russell’s book “Long Mile Home”.

Rod Lurie (“The Contender”) will write, direct and executive produce the drama which will follow the events of that tragic Marathon day, and the week that followed, through the eyes of various Bostonians. [Source: The Live Feed]

Project Greenlight
After more than a decade off the air, HBO is set to revive Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s reality series “Project Greenlight” which chronicled the search for a first-time director. Specifics on a return date were not provided. Affleck and Damon will return as executive producers. [Source: The Live Feed]

“Battlestar Galactica” actress Tricia Helfer is returning to Syfy for a lead role in the new six-episode miniseries “Ascension”. Helfer plays a beautiful, manipulative and dangerous power broker.

The story is set on a generational starship launched in 1963. Fifty years and halfway into the journey, as they approach a point of no return, a young woman’s mysterious murder has the crew questioning their true mission. [Source: CBR]