Lots of TV news:

Alan Cumming is set to star in the sci-fi fantasy miniseries, Tin Man, based on Frank Baum's book The Wizard of Oz. He'll play Glitch, a mix of many characters trapped in the Outer Zone (the O.Z.); he's an odd man missing half his brain.

Tin Man will begin production in Vancouver in March; the six-hour miniseries will premiere in December on The Sci-Fi Channel.

The cable channel has also teamed with Darren Star and writer Mike Werb for an untitled techno-crime drama. The Hollywood Reporter describes it as a sleek actioner about four unlikely convicts who have been given new identities and technologically enhanced bodies and work for a covert wing of the U.S. government taking on emerging threats from science run amok.

On the broadcast side, ABC has given the green light to Marlowe and to Pushing Daisies.

Marlow is a contemporary take on Raymond Chandler's noir detective Philip Marlow; it will feature the famous sleuth in the crime drama set in 21st century Los Angeles. Greg Pruss and Carol Wolper are writing the script and executive producing with Daniel Pipski and Dan Blatt.

Pushing Daisies is a one-hour pilot from Bryan Fuller, Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks. It's described as an unconventional detective romantic fairy tale centered on a guy who can touch the dead and bring them back to life but then has to deal with the consequences.

Also, NBC has picked up the comedy pilot, Zip from Reveille; it centers on a grifter dad and his kids who try to live the good life in Beverly Hills. Mark Rizzo wrote the script and will serve as supervising producer; Ben Silverman is executive producing with Marc Abrams and Michael Benson of Reveille-based Catapult and Teri Weinberg.