News Briefs: Britney Is Now an Ex-X Factor Judge

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QUIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME NEWS

... After one season of pretending to know what she's talking about, Britney Spears has quit the judging table of Fox's The X Factor. But it doesn't appear to be a "Britney has decided to move on to other things" decision as much as it's a "You can't fire me, fuck you I quit" type of scenario. Apparently, Britney's camp knew she wouldn't be asked back for a second season so Britney proactively quit before she could get pink-slipped. But that means she won't get unemployment benefits! [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... TNT is expanding its reality slate with another unscripted program. Save Our Business will follow U.K. businesschum Peter Jones (Dragon's Den) as he tours America saving small businesses that are on the rocks. Six episodes have been ordered. Yesterday, TNT greenlit Cold Justice, another reality program following a pair of ladies who solve crimes. TNT! We know docu-drama! [TNT via press release]

... E! has asked for more of Whitney Cummings' talk show Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings despite the show's title being completely irritating. Expect six more episodes of Cummings talking about things, because Cummings is one of Chelsea Handler's girls. Look out! Handler is the white alcoholic Oprah. [TV Guide]

... I think we can put an end to this trend of semi-celebrities jumping off of high things into pools. Fox's Stars in Danger: The High Dive, the first of two celebrity high-diving reality competitions planned for this season, cannonballed onto asphalt yesterday with just 3.37 million viewers and a 1.3 adult demo rating. [TV Line]


CASTING NEWS

... Heroes' Ali Larter is pretty. She's also the new female lead of TNT's Legends, where she'll star opposite Sean Bean. In the upcoming drama, Bean pays a CIA man who specializes in going undercover. Larter will play a fellow agent. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Niecy Nash (Reno 911) will guest-star on Ben and Kate. She'll play the wife of Rob Corddry's character who has a bone to pick with BJ. [TV Line]

... Nip/Tuck's Dylan Walsh will visit ABC's Castle for a few episodes in February. Walsh will play an FBI investigator who works a case with Castle and Beckett. [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... Game of Thrones actor Wilko Johnson, who plays royal executioner Ilyn Payne, has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Johnson, who is also a musician, has decided not to undergo chemotherapy, and will spend the next few months touring Europe on a farewell tour. [TV Guide]

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