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Kristen Bell is Returning to TV

... 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 ATDHE.net. 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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I found about rojadirecta trying to watch the superbowl pre-show yesterday. I found another page that worked quite well. I wouldn't mind sharing this, but I don't know if it is ok to talk about those things here. Write me a personal message and I'll share.
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re: Paget. iiuc they kicked out JJ and reduced Pagets eps and 'let' her try out for a pilot. Then after the public outcry the ptb tried to reinstate Paget to full ep number, but she said "no thanq, I'll take my reduced eps and this pilot tryout". So does this "JJ return to wave Paget byezbye" thing mean the pilot went well and Paget is "jumping ship". Or have the ptb changed their minds about "being desperate to keep her on the show" ? I'm confused.
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Bravo ABC for greenlighting a group of tv shows I may actually watch. Since LOST ended last year I haven't really enjoyed anything on tv. V is ok but won't last much longer. The Event just plain sucks. No Ordinary Family and The Cape are both half decent but I don't mind missing an episode or two. High hopes for both The River and Revenge. Once upon a time will be ok I think. Hallelujah is supernatural??? Thank you ABC for not having a schedule full of repetitive crime and medical procedurals like CSI, Law and Order and NCIS. I hate procedurals.
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Damn government...they take all the fun out of everything :(
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Kristen Bell is still on TV, she's the voice of Gossip Girl. Although she goes uncredited apparently. This will just be the first show that she appears in physically, and with a network like Showtime? I hope it's very physical. :)
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Fck you TV.com and trashing of Heroes. It was once a great show and was praised by you.
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They replaced AJ Cook with that new blonde agent, which I can't figure out why. Are they going to bring in a look-a-like for Paget, too?
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So prentiss's leaving, huh? Then, except for nerd(garcia not the other one) and the rookie, the guys are going to handle the cases. Phew, talk about male dominance, next thing you know they're going to bring gideon back.
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I can't believe they're really cutting out Emily too. I'm disappointed about that and I'll reconsider watching CM again...
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Yay for Kristen Bell returning to tv!! I love her.
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Can't believe CBS is cutting Prentiss out too. I'll still watch Criminal Minds, but will be pissed about JJ and Prentiss being cut out.
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I'm so excited about Kristen Bell returning to television !!! This is awesome news. I'm really looking forward to checking out this new tv show.



"Help say goodbye to PB's character, Emily Prentiss." What the HELL? I mean, come on, she can't leave, too ! She's one of the many reasons why I watch and love this show. If she leaves too, I quit. Anyway, I kind of disgusted right now. I just hope she'll pay us a visit every now and then after she leaves definitively. This is so sad...
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Chris Messina's actually a pretty good actor. He was great as Ted in the last season Six Feet Under, and was also in Vicky Christina Barcelona and Nothing is Private.
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Haha @ Good Christian B!tches... although I'm fairly certain the name will change by the time it airs and promotes the show. Also, if you can write B!tches in the article without censors, why can't I do it :(

Also, good to hear about Kristen Bell -- I didn't watch Veronica Mars or most of the movies she's been in, but I've taken a liking to her. Plus, the show will also star Don Cheadle, who I think is awesome.
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It's ME! I'm the one fan of Rules and Engagement. :)
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I'm happy that JJ will be back, even for one episode, but I don't want PB to leave the show! I hope Emily won't die in this episode and there will be possibility of her return.
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I don't get why they had to cut J.J. from CM and now they'll do the same with Emily!!! It will be great to see J.J. again even if just for an episode, but I will be really sad for losing both of them...
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Well, I think it was about time for Ms. Bell to star in a new show. Good for her. :)
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Dammit. I knew Paget Brewster's role was going to be reduced, but not gone completely!! The only good thing that's coming out of this is J.J coming back... even if it is briefly.
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awesome, more mike n molly, go charlie
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I'm so glad she is in a new show. She is an amazing actress
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Bell was good on Party Down, and the premise sounds interesting. Interested to see who The Office ads, hopefully they remove Holly to make room.
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I just knew they were going to cut Prentiss out of CM completely, I guess when they said her role would be "reduced" what they really meant to say was "killed off" Still it will be good to see JJ again,
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