News Briefs: CBS Is Working On an NCIS: Los Angeles Spin-off


... CBS is planning to spin off its flagship spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles, because why not? The untitled new project would be introduced within NCIS: LA before venturing off on its own, which is just like NCIS: LA was. The series would follow a group of agents who work and live together as they travel the country and solve crimes. NCIS: LA is itself a spin-off of NCIS, which is a spin-off of JAG. If this new show looks a little funny, it's because of inbreeding. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Spartacus: War of the Damned, the final season of Starz's Spartacus series, will debut on January 25 at 9pm. After it's gone, you'll just have to go about watching porn and old gladiator movies side-by-side on different monitors to get your fix. [Starz via press release]

... Starz has landed the rights to Sony Pictures TV's adaptation of the Outlander novels, currently being written by Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore. The project, which was announced in July, follows a WWII combat nurse who is zapped back to 1743 Scotland, where she's torn between romancing a Scottish warrior and staying true to her husband who is alive almost 200 years in the future. Hey lady, you can't get it on with someone in the future, take the dude in the present! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Micro-trend alert: comedies about growing up! NBC has bought Grow the F**k Up, about a 36-year-old woman who dates a 20-year-old guy. And CBS has bought How to Grow Up, about a 30-year-old lawyer who discovers a box of videotaped advice from his 10-year-old self about how not to be a boring adult. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Martha Stewart is producing a Fox comedy about a party girl who changes her life by following the teachings of Martha Stewart. It's based on the book Tao of Martha, which is due to be published next fall. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hey you, yeah you, the one Made in Jersey fan. CBS has scheduled a few episodes of the canceled show to air on November 24 and December 1. [Deadline Hollywood]


... ABC's upcoming comedy pilot Phys Ed. has added to its cast. Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks) will play a chemistry teacher on the show about a jock who returns to his high school to teach P.E. Also joining the roster are Shameless's Sunkrish Bala and Grey's Anatomy's Chelsea Harris. [THR]

... Last Resort's sexy military expert Kylie (Autumn Reeser) has a brother! Mad Men actor Sam Page has joined the cast in a potentially recurring role. Look for him in the December 6 episode. [TV Line]

... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will welcome Patricia Arquette in an upcoming episode. The Medium star will play a call girl (yeahhhhhhh!) later this month. [TV Line]

... NBC's graveyard-shift medical drama After Hours is assembling quite the diverse cast. First it booked Freddy Rodriguez in the lead role; now Lost's Ken Leung and Alcatraz's Jeananne Goossen have signed on. They'll both play doctors, obviously. [Deadline Hollywood]

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