Kristen Bell is Returning to TV

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... You guys still love Kristen Bell, right? Then this is good news. The blonde starlet is returning to television via Showtime, where she's been booked for the upcoming dark comedy House of Lies. The series stars Don Cheadle as a management consultant who does whatever it takes to do his job. Bell will play Cheadle's coworker, an Ivy League grad named Jeannie Van Der Hooven. Remember when she was on Heroes? Man, that was a laugh riot. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's The Office is adding two new characters to its mix because the show does not know when to die. One will be a female assistant to the office manager, the other a man who joins the accounting department. Why does it seem this show adds two people for every one person it loses? At this rate, Dunder-Mifflin's Scranton branch will need its own zip code. [EW]

... After being dumped by The History Channel a few weeks ago, the mini-series The Kennedys has finally found a home. ReelzChannel (is that really a channel? Fo' reelz?) has "won" the rights to the controversial series starring Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy. It will air April 3. [THR]

... Dancing With the Stars has a return date! March 21! The celebrity cast will be announced on February 28 during an episode of The Bachelor, which gives you four weeks to practice your dancing and become a celebrity. Piece of cake. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry's new project Hallelujah has been picked up to pilot at ABC. The show follows a small town's struggle with the forces of good and evil. ABC also picked up pilots for Identity, an action procedural; Once Upon a Time, a drama about a woman who moves to a town where fairy tales may be real; horror drama The River, about a family who travels to the Amazon to find their missing father; and Revenge, a contemporary remake of The Count of Monte Cristo. Just kidding, I'm not done yet. ABC also ordered a pilot for Good Christian Bitches, which is described as Desperate Housewives in Dallas. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Damages has added Chris Messina (Julie & Julia) to its fourth-season cast. I don't know who that is, but I love Damages so I'll give this an enthusiastic "Yayyy!" Yayyy! [EW]

... How will CBS handle a shortened season of Two and a Half Men? By adding more Mike & Molly and Rules of Engagement to its schedule. The network has ordered two extra episodes of each show which is excellent news for the one fan of Rules of Engagement out there. [THR]

... Criminal Minds is bringing back fan-favorite A.J. Cook... for an episode. She'll return to help say goodbye to Paget Brewster's character, Emily Prentiss. [TV Line]

... U.S. authorities have seized the domain of Rojadirecta, a Spanish peer-to-peer sharing site that helps fuel sports-streaming web sites—including the very popular How am I supposed to watch the Los Angeles Clippers now? Buy NBA League Pass? I don't think so. [Torrentfreak]

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