CBS Picks Up a J.J. Abrams Pilot

... J.J. Abrams has done shows for ABC, NBC, Fox, and the WB, so why not crown that list with the king of all networks, CBS? The Eye has picked up the executive-produced-by-Abrams Person of Interest, a drama pilot about a presumed-dead CIA agent who's hired by a really rich dude to combat bad guys in New York City. The show was created by Jonathan Nolan, brother of Batman Christopher Nolan. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Henry Ian Cusick is remaining constant (ho ho ho!) at ABC, having landed his first potentially regular gig after his starring turn as Desmond on Lost. Cusick will star in the pilot of Shonda Rhimes' new drama In Crisis, about a professional "fixer" who repairs famous people's PR problems. This show doesn't sound quite as complicated as his last show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Amanda Peet has signed on to play the lead in the NBC pilot Bent. Peet (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) will play a divorced mom who is falling for the "surfer dude" contractor who's fixin' her kitchen, if you know what I mean. And what I mean is literally fixing her kitchen. Which may involve cleaning her oven, waxing her countertops, and unclogging her plumbing. Oh, gross! You really have a dirty mind. Also after the link, Minnie Driver is allegedly in talks to headline NBC's Free Agents, about a Hollywood talent agency. [THR]

... History Channel has renewed Top Gear for a second season. [History via press release]

... AMC has announced the premiere date of its upcoming original program The Killing: a two-hour monster on April 3. In other quality television premiere news, HBO tooted its horn about the Treme Season 2 premiere: April 24. Between these two shows and Game of Thrones (April 17), Sundays in April are going to be really, really busy. [ & Hitfix]

... Days after Fox's The Chicago Code and Traffic Light disappointed in their series premieres, Matthew Perry's new ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine dazzled. The comedy about a stadium manager (Perry) was watched by 10.57 million viewers and drew a 3.7 rating among adults for one of the most impressive debuts of this midseason. Of course, we didn't think it was that good. [TV By the Numbers]

... Isn't it so perfect that NBC's acting travesty The Event has nabbed, as a big guest star, one of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 players? And isn't it even more perfect that it's the chick who was like 30-something and playing a teenager? Gabrielle Carteris (BH 90210's Andrea) will guest star in at least two episodes as [not really a spoiler] an alien. [TV Guide]

... Fox has picked up Weekends at Bellevue to pilot. The show is a medical drama following a psychiatrist who works weekends at the legendary New York hospital for crazy people. [Deadline Hollywood]

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