News Briefs: CBS Might Open Another NCIS in New Orleans

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NCIS: EVERYWHERE NEWS

... Someone at CBS has finally realized that the network could use another edition of NCIS, so another spin-off is in the works. The new series would be set in and around New Orleans, with a backdoor pilot planned for a super-sized spring episode of the original series. NCIS star Mark Harmon would produce, with fall 2014 a likely debut date for what can only be called NCIS: NO. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Congratulations, Emmys! Your constant reminders that all our loved ones will someday die bummed out the biggest audience for the awards show since 2005. Sunday's broadcast on CBS averaged 17.63 million viewers, up a third from last years telecast on ABC. Apparently airing a bunch of football beforehand helped out ratings. [CBS via press release]

... More ratings! Dexter's apparently disappointing final episode reached the series' biggest audience yet, with 2.8 million viewers tuning in for the initial airing. Ray Donovan's Season 1 finale also did well, with 2.1 million viewers. That's a Showtime best for a freshman series' season finale. As for Breaking Bad, it continued to be awesome and rise in the ratings even with a lot of competition from Dexter and the Emmys, and hit a series high with 6.6 million viewers. Remember when you had to convince people to try to watch this show? While we're at it, let's just mention that Lifetime's Devious Maids wrapped up its first season on Sunday, and 3 million viewers watched that for a season high. [Showtime via press release / The Wrap / Lifetime via press release]

... Without even knowing much about it, I'm already declaring this next project a Most Anticipated New Show of next year. Ken Jeong, better known as Chang from Community, is set to star and produce in a medical multi-camera comedy on NBC. Dr. Ken will loosely be based on Jeong's own experience as a real physician (he was a doctor before he turned to acting). [Deadline Hollywood]

... TNT has canceled its drama King & Maxwell after one season. The series starred Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney as secret-service agents who became private eyes. Isn't that a description of every TNT show? [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Kendra Wilkinson, who made a career out of having sex with an old polygamist, will appear on Fox's The Mindy Project this season because every single celebrity is legally required to guest-star on this show at some point. The former Playmate and Girls Next Door star won't be playing herself. And I don't have any other details on the news because I read it on US Weekly and that rag is more concerned with what type of water bottles Gwen Stefani is using. [US Weekly]

... Army Wives' Sally Pressman is dropping by Scandal for a few episodes this season. Her role is being kept under wraps because this is Scandal y'all! Look for her in November. [TV Line]

... Bethany Joy Lenz of One Tree Hill (she played Haley) has landed the lead role in E!'s scripted series pilot Songbyrd. The drama follows a songwriter named Lauren Byrd (Lenz), who has a small group of employees who help her with her unusual songwriting process. And then there's love problems and all that, of course. [TV Line]

... D.B. Sweeney will appear on Two and a Half Men this season as the boyfriend of Courtney Thorne-Smith's character Lyndsey. He's only due on one episode as of now. [THR]

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