News Briefs: Bravo Renews Shahs of Sunset


... Bravo has renewed its latest foray into cultural exploitation, Shahs of Sunset, for a second season. The docudrama, which follows Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles, finished its debut season on Sunday. White people, you're just too boring. [Deadline Hollywood]


... AMC has narrowed its development slate to six scripts. Low Winter Sun is an adaptation of a gothic murder mystery from New Zealand, Turn follows George Washington's spies, Philly Lawyer is a legal drama, Crystal Pines centers on a cloning experiment, F/V Mean Tide is a drama about a family of lobster farmers, and Sacred Games is a crime drama set in Mumbai. AMC is notorious for seeing its projects through, so if any of these stick, there's a good chance they'll be picked up to series. [Deadline Hollywood]

... As long as there are crazy people in the world, VH1 will give them their own TV shows. The get her own show is Big Ang from Mob Wives, who will be followed by cameras for 10 episodes as she does whatever it is Mob Wives do. Visit orphanages and work on controlling climate change? I dunno. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has ordered White Elephant, a show based on the gift-swapping game of the same name. Howie Mandel will host as contestants decide whether to keep their prizes or swap 'em out for their rivals' goods. It's all the fun of going to a Christmas party without getting drunk or eating sugar cookies! [EW]

... Travel Channel has expanded its portfolio with the approval of three pilots: Barn Finds, about a man who travels through the South in search of antique cars; Power Trip with Jason Harper, which follows Harper as he travels the world and drives kick-ass vehicles; and an untitled show starring Michael Connolly, who was born with no legs, as he travels the globe. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Want to watch The CW's upcoming Canadian import The L.A. Complex? Of course you do! The first episode of the young-person drama about hot young people living in L.A. is now up on Hulu, in advance of its April 24 premiere. [Hulu]


... Foxy! NBC's Grimm has promoted Bree Turner to series regular for Season 2. In the fairy-tale procedural, Turner plays Rosalee the Fuchsbau, which is a fancy way of saying sexy Fox Woman. This is fabulous news for Monroe. [TV Line]

... Amy Acker's number is up! The Angel star is dropping by CBS's Person of Interest, where the computer will spit out the number of a sexy psychiatrist played by Acker. Reese is SO gonna tap that. [TV Guide]

... Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, V) will guest-star in a Season 4 episode of White Collar. The former Supergirl will play a socialite who gets to make out with Neal. [TV Line]

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