News Briefs: CBS Has Renewed Big Brother, In Case Anyone Cares

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EASY BUSINESS DECISIONS NEWS

... CBS has renewed Big Brother for a fifteenth season because hey, the house is already there and it's like totally impossible to sell in this market so why not use it to film a TV show that costs nothing to make but brings in money during the difficult summer months? [CBS via press release]

... Comedy Central figured it was probably a good idea to renew its number-one show, so Tosh.0 has received an order for 30 more episodes. In a similarly challenging business decision, the CEO of Comedy Central decided not to let a crate of poisonous snakes loose in the network's offices. [Comedy Central via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Tony Friggin' Soprano is coming back to HBO! The network has ordered the pilot Criminal Justice, starring James Gandolfini and based on the 2008 BBC series of the same title. The original followed a person charged with murder, changing the characters and case from season to season. The proposed first season of the HBO series would center on the first season of the BBC version, in which a man wakes up next to a party girl who's been stabbed to death. I hate it when that happens, pretty much takes up the rest of the day! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Netflix has picked up Derek, a new comedy project from Ricky Gervais. The series stars Gervais as a guy who works in a nursing home. Yes, Karl Pilkington will also appear, to make the senile old folks feel a little better about their mental faculties. Look for it next year. [NY Times]

... Bravo's Top Chef has a premiere date. The tenth season, taking place in Seattle, will debut November 7. But the bigger news is this: Toppest chef Wolfgang Puck is joining the series as a judge. [E! Online]

... If there is a pilot out there, NBC will pick it up. The network's latest acquisition is At Ease, a mockumentary-style comedy set at a military base in a desert country. At first this sounded stupid and then all of a sudden it sounded good. Happy Endings writers Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener are behind the wheel, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has purchased a Chelsea Handler-produced comedy called My Inappropriate Life, from Handler's buddy Heather McDonald, a frequent performer on Chelsea Lately. McDonald would star in the single-camera comedy, based on her life with her stay-at-home husband (i.e. a man who is doing it right!), two boys, and stepdaughter. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Starz's Magic City is beefing up its cast for Season 2. James Caan (Las Vegas) and Esai Morales (Caprica) are joining the cast, playing a Chicago mob boss and a Cuban freedom fighter, respectively. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Winning a gold medal is okay, but making a guest appearance on The Vampire Diaries? That's the moment of a lifetime! Gabby Douglas, a huge TVD fan first and Olympic gold-medalist second, will pop up on the show sometime next season. [Zap2It]

... Homeland is bringing in Amadeus Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham for a recurring role. He'll play a CIA spy named Dar Adul. [EW]

... ABC's midseason conspiracy drama Zero Hour is adding Amy Irving and Ken Leung (Lost) to the mix of its weird Nazi zombie action. Seriously, this show is so ridiculous it has a chance to be awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]

... After dismissing the ladies of The View as a gaggle of "sharp-tongued" hens and vowing he'd NEVER go on the show again, Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney (haha, Republicans) has agreed to visit the show's couch for a second time. Look for him to appear in October and then look for him to be crying a few hours later. [Deadline Hollywood]


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