The writers strike may be keeping television news to a light trickle, but it hasn't completely closed the spigot. Shows are still getting renewed (just not as often as before), pilots are still being signed to deals (well, a few are), and other shows are making the jump from basic cable to broadcast television.
Showtime is welcoming back one of its original programs for a third season, given that it has ordered eight more episodes of Brotherhood, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Peabody Award-winning drama centers on an Irish-American mob in Providence, Rhode Island, and stars Jason Isaacs and Jason Clarke.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, NBC will be bringing over the reality show Nashville Star to its fold for a sixth season. The show, which is moving networks after five years on NBC-owned USA Network, pits country-Western singers against each other in American Idol-like competition. This year's winner will earn a major-label record deal and the chance to perform at the 2008 Olympic Games.
HBO is once again working with Deadwood creator David Milch, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pay-cable outlet has ordered a pilot of Last of the Ninth, which isn't about baseball, but rather about the New York City Police Department in 1972. In addition to the HBO dramas Deadwood and John From Cincinnati, Milch has plenty of cop experience: He created the hits NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues. Production on the pilot will not begin until the conclusion of the writers strike.
Elsewhere, Oxygen has picked up another season of Tori & Dean...Still Inn Love (working title--formerly Tori & Dean: Inn Love). After busting out on their bed-and-breakfast in season two, Tori Spelling (Beverly Hills, 90210) and husband Dean McDermott will be followed by cameras as they move back to Los Angeles.
And finally, controversial comedienne Kathy Griffin will be back for another season of My Life on the D-List on Bravo. The Emmy Award-winning reality show focuses on the former Suddenly Susan star as she navigates life with her assistant, mother, and manager.