Thursday 20 December Link-a-Mania

Dead Zone Dead
Not happy with giving The 4400 the chop, the USA Network has also swung the axe on The Dead Zone, according to TV Guide’s Ausiello Report . Ausiello has got hold of a statement from USA’s Jeff Wachtel, Exec VP Original Programming, saying: "It's with great sadness that we say goodbye to two shows that had a great run and helped create the resurgence of original programming on our network and on all of cable."

To be honest, while we'll miss The 4400, because it still had some mileage left in it, The Dead Zone’s sixth (and now final) series was a pretty lame affair. Instead of wondering whether Johnny will ever prevent the apocalypse, you can’t help being thankful that we won’t have to watch the writers straining to stretch the plot out any further. It’s a shame a once great show couldn’t go out on a high.

Raimi Front Runner for Hobbit?
In a throwaway comment in a story about Sam Raimi’s first post Spider-Man movie – the supernatural thriller Drag Me To Hell which he wrote with brother Ivan Raimi – Variety reckons that "Raimi is [then] expected to go right back up the mountaintop and take the helm of The Hobbit films for New Line and MGM now that Peter Jackson has made it clear he won't direct." Quite who expects it, they don’t make clear, but hey, this is Variety, guys – they clearly suspect something. Drag Me To Hell, meanwhile, is described in the article as a, "morality tale about the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse."

Director Tekken on Board
Dwight Little, director of Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, has been signed up direct of big screen version of the arcade beat-'em-up Tekken, says Variety . If ever there was a project with quality written all all over it, this ain’t it.

T4/5 Plot Details?
CHUD.com reckons it has a scoop on the plot details for the next Terminator movie. No hang on, make that the next two Terminator movies. There’s a liberal spattering of the word "sources" though, so make up your own mind...