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TV Tidbits: Mark Hamill on 'The Neighbors,' Big Thunder Mountain: The TV Show?

By Sydney Bucksbaum, Hollywood.com Staff

A Long, Long Time Ago... The Star Trek and Star Wars universes are coming together even sooner than we thought (as J.J. Abrams prepares to helm the upcoming Star Wars sequel) — Mark Hamill, a.k.a. Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, will team up with Star Trek's George Takei, a.k.a. Sulu, in an upcoming episode of ABC's surprise hit The Neighbors. Hamill and Takei will play coworkers on the sitcom, about a community of aliens living in the suburbs. [TV Guide]

'90s Lovers, Rejoice! Former Party of Five-er Scott Wolf is joining fellow '90s stars Rachael Leigh Cook and Eric McCormack for the second season of their TNT drama, Perception. Wolf will recur as Donnie, a successful Assistant U.S. Attorney who transfers back to Chicago, where his ex-wife lives. That ex-wife? None other than Cook's FBI agent Kate. [TVLine]

ABC Struck Pilot Gold: ABC has ordered the pilot Big Thunder, a drama based on Disney's Big Thunder Mountain roller-coaster ride at four of its theme parks (California, Florida, Tokyo and Paris). The Western-themed Big Thunder Mountain ride is set in a mining town amid the gold rush in the American Southwest that gets hit by a natural disaster. At the center of the show is a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor. He and his family are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon but quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems. [Deadline]

Good News for Cable Shows: BBC America's Ripper Street and Cinemax's Banshee were both picked up for second seasons on Tuesday. Ripper Street is set in 1889 London in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders. Banshee, executive produced by True Blood's Alan Ball, is about a small town with big secrets. [Zap2it]

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