How I Met Your Mother Is Practically Renewed

... It's not quite official yet, but one report says it practically a done deal. How I Met Your Mother will be renewed for two seasons as soon as minor contractual details are worked out, according to Vulture. Apparently CBS and production studio 20th Century Fox are haggling over licensing fees for each episode—you know, grown-up stuff that doesn't concern us. [Vulture]

... One of the most interesting pilots that's currently in development is NBC's 17th Precinct, from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore. So far, he's coaxed Jamie Bamber (Apollo) and James Callis (Baltar) to join the series about cops in a world governed by magic instead of science. Now he's added Number Six: Tricia Helfer has signed on to play a necromancer. A sexy necromancer. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Actor Cary Elwes, best known as the eloquent hero from The Princess Bride, is on board for NBC's and David E. Kelley's re-imagining of Wonder Woman. Elwes will play Henry Detmer, the CEO of WW's Themyscira Indistries. According to the character description, he'll be an uncle-type figure who could be a love interest down the line. Wait, this show is set in Arkansas? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) has been at the top of casting agents' lists since Betty shut down, and she's finally found a new job. Probably. She's thrown her name onto an untitled CBS comedy about a blue-collar guy who lives with his unmarried daughter (Newton) and 12-year-old granddaughter. Newton is still attached to the once-high-profile Love Bites, an anthology rom-com at NBC that's run into several problems in development and now has an uncertain future. If that show sputters out, she can join the new comedy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... J.J. Abrams's CBS drama Person of Interest has another big-name attached to it. Jim Caviezel (The Prisoner) will play an ex-CIA agent who teams up with a billionaire (Lost's Michael Emerson) to fight crime. Also joining the series is Taraji P. Henson (Oscar-nominated for Benjamin Button), who will play a detective. We can officially declare this "a good F'in cast." [Deadline Hollywood, Vulture]

... Okay, I guess I was wrong about American Idol being in decline. 25 million people watched last night's episode, though to be fair, all but two shows were in repeats on major networks last night. [EW]

... How appropriate is it that a guy named Hephner has won the lead role in NBC's Playboy? Jeff Hephner (Hellcats) will topline the '60s-set drama as a member of the exclusive Playboy Club in Chicago. Also part of the show's cast are David Krumholtz and Amber Heard. And scantily clad (by network standards) women. [Deadline Hollywood]


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Useless information, they tell us 25 millions people watched American Idol, probably because of major networks repeats. Why don't they just give rating for the previous week. Simply add another sentence! :-/
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IF Emerson is doing Person of Interest, does that mean that Odd Jobs ( also with JJ, IIRC) is on the back burner ?
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Ditto on all the people who say they are excited for HIMYM but Ted should just MEET her already. I mean, don't his kids have any life? He's been telling this story for a few years already!!!!!
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17th Precinct sounds like it could be really interesting. And Jaime Bamber? Just icing on the cake.
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I feel disappointed every time it turns out that Ted's current girlfriend is not the mother, although I really love this show, I think that we've waited long enough. 17th Precinct sounds very interesting :)
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I like HIMYM but it's getting when does Ted meeth the mother.? It's time for them to gett this show rapped up and let us meet the mother.
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JDBlosser: Jamie Bamber is leaving Law and Order UK. He's leaving the show to Ron's pilot.
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17th precinct looks cool, and real happy for himym
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17th precinct sounds like the sort of thing that NBC will cancel. I think it is better served on the SyFy channel. It can be serious like Sanctuary or have comedic elements like Eureka and Warehouse 13.
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Are you joking about HIMYM being renewed for 2 more seasons? It was OK at the start but it is just not funny, and shouldn't have lasted 6 seasons already.
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Great news abouth HIMYM!! Also wasn't Terry O'Quin also set to be in the new J.J. Abrams drama?? Sounds really good though, just by looking at the cast it seems like we might have something here. Just hope it isn't too procedural. Because that would be a waste of good talent. Its like Bob Kelso from Scrubs once said ''Like those boring procedural cop shows.....we get it, the phedophile did it.''
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Good for HIMYM, one of the few actually FUNNY sitcoms on tv (no, Modern Family and Big Bang Theory are not part of that list). When I saw 17th Precinct i was like "oh crap ANOTHER cop show I'm never going to watch?!" but i kept reading and it sounds interesting. let's just hope it's better than the last two seasons of Battlestar Galactica.. seriously.. those suuuuucked. It's possible that Jamie Bamber can do both shows though, since UK shows are so short, coming in at 6-9 episode a season, he could probably film those during his break from 17P and still hve a few weeks of vacation
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Re: Untitled CBS comedy: Wasn't this already done as "Thunder Alley," with Ed Asner? And what does it say about TV viewers that CBS has the highest-rated comedies and it's the only network whose comedies mostly use laugh tracks? I might be a little more excited about HIMYM being renewed if it didn't sound like freeway traffic every few seconds.
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It sounds like Moore is developing an acting troop. If the show does make it to series I think we can expect to see other BG alumni showing up.
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I thought Jamie Bamber was in Law and Order UK?
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