News Briefs: CBS Is Working On an NCIS: Los Angeles Spin-off

By Tim Surette

Nov 07, 2012

NCIS: OVERKILL NEWS

... CBS is planning to spin off its flagship spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles, because why not? The untitled new project would be introduced within NCIS: LA before venturing off on its own, which is just like NCIS: LA was. The series would follow a group of agents who work and live together as they travel the country and solve crimes. NCIS: LA is itself a spin-off of NCIS, which is a spin-off of JAG. If this new show looks a little funny, it's because of inbreeding. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Spartacus: War of the Damned, the final season of Starz's Spartacus series, will debut on January 25 at 9pm. After it's gone, you'll just have to go about watching porn and old gladiator movies side-by-side on different monitors to get your fix. [Starz via press release]

... Starz has landed the rights to Sony Pictures TV's adaptation of the Outlander novels, currently being written by Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore. The project, which was announced in July, follows a WWII combat nurse who is zapped back to 1743 Scotland, where she's torn between romancing a Scottish warrior and staying true to her husband who is alive almost 200 years in the future. Hey lady, you can't get it on with someone in the future, take the dude in the present! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Micro-trend alert: comedies about growing up! NBC has bought Grow the F**k Up, about a 36-year-old woman who dates a 20-year-old guy. And CBS has bought How to Grow Up, about a 30-year-old lawyer who discovers a box of videotaped advice from his 10-year-old self about how not to be a boring adult. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Martha Stewart is producing a Fox comedy about a party girl who changes her life by following the teachings of Martha Stewart. It's based on the book Tao of Martha, which is due to be published next fall. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hey you, yeah you, the one Made in Jersey fan. CBS has scheduled a few episodes of the canceled show to air on November 24 and December 1. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... ABC's upcoming comedy pilot Phys Ed. has added to its cast. Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks) will play a chemistry teacher on the show about a jock who returns to his high school to teach P.E. Also joining the roster are Shameless's Sunkrish Bala and Grey's Anatomy's Chelsea Harris. [THR]

... Last Resort's sexy military expert Kylie (Autumn Reeser) has a brother! Mad Men actor Sam Page has joined the cast in a potentially recurring role. Look for him in the December 6 episode. [TV Line]

... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will welcome Patricia Arquette in an upcoming episode. The Medium star will play a call girl (yeahhhhhhh!) later this month. [TV Line]

... NBC's graveyard-shift medical drama After Hours is assembling quite the diverse cast. First it booked Freddy Rodriguez in the lead role; now Lost's Ken Leung and Alcatraz's Jeananne Goossen have signed on. They'll both play doctors, obviously. [Deadline Hollywood]

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  • Draconax Nov 08, 2012

    Looking forward to the last season of Spartacus!

  • biffski Nov 08, 2012

    I am still waiting for CSI: New Orleans. It was supposed to be a spin off a few years ago.

  • Writerpatrick Nov 08, 2012

    I thought CBS already had an NCIS:LA spin-off: Hawaii 5-0 :)

  • crimegirl12 Nov 08, 2012

    Hawaii 5-0 is a total different show. They did a cross-over with NCIS: LA, though.

  • estella87 Nov 08, 2012

    Hahaha. NCIS: Roadtrip! xD

  • lucianoabc Nov 08, 2012

    A spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off. Dammit CBS.

  • bluemystique Nov 11, 2012

    Works every time.

  • MissZag Nov 08, 2012

    I am so excited for the Outlander series! Don't mess it up Starz!





    (oh, and an NCIS:LA spin-off is not a good idea. Enough already!)

  • JT_Kirk Nov 08, 2012

    NCIS LA is terrible, that's why not. It has none of the charm of NCIS, and it's not even half as smart, it's just another action-oriented procedural and it's rather shallow at that. It doesn't sound like they're really doing a spinoff though, just using NCIS LA to launch a fairly unrelated new show. All this based on JAG which was originally from NBC, I bet they're kicking themselves for letting it go.

    Chances of "Grow the F**k Up" keeping that title? Zero. Also, advice from one's 10-year-old self is guaranteed to be thoughtless and have little understanding of the nuances of being an adult.

  • darkitp Nov 08, 2012

    CBS just blown my mind with their NCIS inception.. a series within a series within a series within a reality show after this new get cancelled ..

  • shadow_angel_01 Nov 08, 2012

    You either end it while being a very good tv show, or cancel it after a lot of mediocre seasons.

    Im gonna miss Spartacus!!!

  • rishabhpb Nov 08, 2012

    Whoa, is that CBS show about growing up based on the popular Youtube video? Would that be a first?

  • AllieAllie Nov 08, 2012

    That's what I was thinking too, the show desriptioin reminded me of thaf

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