News Briefs: Britney Spears Is Joining The X Factor as a Judge

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JUDGE ME BABY ONE MORE TIME NEWS

... It's finally happened! I think! Britney Spears has signed on as a judge for the next season of The X Factor. The former pop star will get paid $15 million for her opinions as the Fox talent show looks to bounce back from a disappointing first season. And what better way for both Britney and The X Factor to attempt a comeback than to put their hopes on each other's downward trajectory existences? [E! Online]


EMMY NOMINATIONS!!!! (sorta)

... The daytime Emmy Nominations have been announced! ABC's General Hospital grabbed 23 nods to lead all shows, followed by Sesame Street and The Young and the Restless, which each earned 16. Battling it out for Outstanding Drama Series will be All My Children, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless. Other nominees include a bunch of other shows you can never watch because you are too busy having a job to pay off student loans for your useless Sociology degree. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... VH1 has renewed Mob Wives for a third season with an early 2013 target premiere date. The reality program has become a modest hit for the network in its second season, increasing its numbers considerably from the premiere season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... FX is developing a drama based on Heartsick, the first in a series of novels from Chelsea Cain, and it sounds pretty heavy. The books follow a hot female serial killer who just so happens to be in a relationship with a cop. "So how was your day, honey?" "Oh fine. Just trying to find out who this crazy serial killer is, babe." [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC Family is in talks to develop a project from Ashley Tisdale. Sigh. The High School Musical actress would executive-produce The Keys, about a young female detective who gets involved in a case off the coast of Florida. Seriously? Ashley Tisdale!? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Indian media giant Reliance is getting into television. The company will fund the drama Republic of Pirates for NBC. Based on a book, Republic of Pirates is a period piece set in the 1700s, when pirating was cool. Lots of networks are developing pirate projects at the moment, and I don't think any of them will work unless they air on cable networks that allow boobs and cursing. In other words, get ready for another spectacular NBC flop. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Cougar Town's Josh Hopkins will make a guest appearance on TBS's Men at Work. This comes on the heels of word that TBS might save Cougar Town from cancellation. If TBS doesn't save the flailing ABC series, I think we can all blame Hopkins for making a bad impression. [TV Line]


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