News Briefs: CBS Orders a Pilot Based on an iPhone Game

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BUSINESS TIME

... The Pictionary-esque mobile game Draw Something is being turned into a TV show for CBS? Ryan Seacrest must be behind this! (And his production company is, along with Sony Pictures Television and Embassy Row.) The concept for the game show involves both celebrities and normal folks testing their digital sketching skills in front of a live studio audience, Win, Lose, or Draw-style. [THR]

... Have you heard about the legal battle between ABC's The Glass House and CBS's Big Brother? No? How's that rock treating you? Well, it's finally over... for now: CBS's request for a temporary restraining order that would kick ABC's The Glass House off the air has been denied by a federal judge. The show will premiere on Monday, June 18, as planned. In the meantime, I'm working on a pilot pitch for a show called The Plexiglass Retreat. Stay tuned. [The Hollywood Reporter]

... Remember when we told you about NBC's plans to air an hour-long Justin Bieber concert special called Justin Bieber: All Around the World? Well, now it'll run for TWO hours, and it will air over two nights—on June 20 and 21, respectively. The special will combine Bieber's on-stage performances with behind-the-scenes footage. Hooray, more Bieber for all. [NBC via press release]

... Showtime is opening up its doors to non-subscribers starting today and continuing all weekend: NYC and LA residents with Time Warner Cable and anyone with DirecTV will have full access to the channel through Sunday. The network is hoping that Television Academy voters will take advantage of the opportunity to check out Showtime's original series and consider throwing a few Emmy nomination votes their way. (Try anything, right?) The network will stream full-season marathons of Dexter, Homeland, Shameless, House of Lies, Weeds, and Californication, among others. Time to set those DVRs! [Showtime via press release]

... Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show will continue to entertain daytime television viewers with screaming matches and paternity tests through 2016. The three syndicated shows are amongst the highest-rated daytime series, so this extension comes as no surprise... however it is is a bit jarring to realize that Mr. Springer has been on the air for over 20 years now. [NBC via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... I personally prefer Newsies the movie, starring Christian Bale as Jack Kelly. But rumor has it that Tony-nominee Jeremy Jordan, who plays Jack in the Broadway musical based on the film, is just as dreamy. Perhaps that's why Smash producers have invited him to join the show's cast as a singer from Brooklyn next season. So he'll get to keep that NYC accent? SWOON. [Entertainment Weekly]

... Mike Richards (of Beauty and the Geek) has been booked to host the pilot of GSN's newest "original" game show, The Pyramid. The series will feature celebrities, the Pyramid game board, and the Winner’s Circle but in "a lively new version." [GSN via press release]

... Just in time for Father's Day weekend: True Blood's Alcide has a dad! Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, The Unit) has signed on to play Alcide's father, Jackson, and will make his first appearance in this season's ninth episode. [Zap2It]

... MTV's Skins star Britney Oldford will join the cast of American Horror Story for Season 2. Her new character's name is Alma, and though little has been disclosed about her, rumor has it she's a mental patient at Jessica Lange's insane asylum. [TV Line]

... Funnyman John Cho has been cast as a series regular on NBC's new sitcom Go On, which will premiere this "fall". The series stars Matthew Perry as a sports talk radio host, and Cho will play the radio station's manager. No word on whether he'll be a high-strung manager or a cool-cat buddy boss, but either way I'm sure he'll be fun to watch because he generally is. [TV Line]


WACKY TV NEWS!

... South Park's "Muscle Man Marc" doll (as seen in Season 15's "1%") is now a real doll! And it's being sold by Marc Jacobs, no less! It costs a hefty $125, but if Cartman was able to afford it, why shouldn't you? [Comedy Central via press release]


LINDSAY LOHAN NEWS:

... Lindsay Lohan was allegedly found unconscious and unresponsive in her hotel room this morning—the one she's staying in while playing Liz Taylor in a Lifetime movie called Liz & Dick. Rumors have surfaced suggesting that her work on-set has been particularly draining, so... maybe she was just sleepy? [Vulture]

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