News Briefs: CBS Orders More (But Not That Much More) of A Gifted Man


... CBS has made a decision on the supernatural medical drama A Gifted Man, or at least it's made a third of a decision. The network has ordered three more episodes, bringing the show's first-season total to 16. Typically networks order the "back 9" episodes of a new series to give it a full season, but CBS said, "Screw it. We're CBS, we can do what we want." It doesn't mean the show has been renewed and it doesn't mean the show has been canceled. It just means we'll get three more hours of staring into Patrick Wilson's dreamy eyes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Chelsea Handler has extended her deal with E!, agreeing to continue hosting and executive producing her late-night show Chelsea Lately through 2014. The deal is reportedly worth $25 million. So she went from 50 Cent to $25 million in a matter of months? Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has a bunch of extra extreme couponers and doesn't know what to do with them! So the network did the natural thing: created a series to let them out-coupon each other. Extreme Couponing All-Stars will consist of seven episodes and see a dozen of the best penny-pinchers compete against each other by spending $500 in 30 minutes, and the contestant with the highest percentage of savings wins. It's not entirely stupid, though. The purchased goods will be donated to charity, and the winner will drink the blood of the loser from the loser's skull. Whoa! That show got really dark there at the end! [EW]


... Smallville's Erica Durance will guest-star on Harry's Law as a woman who assumes the identity of Wonder Woman and beats up men who beat their wives. Harry's Law creator David E. Kelley was responsible for the atrocious Wonder Woman pilot that NBC famously passed on, so it looks like he'll finally get to see his version of the Amazonian Princess on television. Look for Durance in Episode 11. [TV Line]

... Carrie Preston (True Blood) has already booked a return trip to The Good Wife to reprise her role as Elsbeth Tascioni on the CBS drama, less than a week after the character first appeared. No word yet on when her appearance will take place. [TV Line]

... Suburgatory is inviting Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to visit to the neighborhood. He'll play himself. [E! Online]

... Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) is dropping by Criminal Minds, but he won't be swooping in and saving people's lives this time. He'll be ENDING THEM. Cain will play a gambler who turns to murder when he's on a hot streak. Jeez dude, most people just don't change their underwear. [THR]

... USA Network has a pretty sweet-sounding untitled pilot coming out about various government agencies all sharing the same safe house. Aaron Tveit (Gossip Girl) has landed the lead role, and will play a newbie FBI agent. [Deadline Hollywood]

... True Blood has cast its big villain (maybe) for Season 5, and it's... some Italian actress I've never heard of! Valentina Cervi will play Salome, a seductive vampire who's taking cuckoo pills. [TV Line]

... The Vampire Diaries' Bonnie, who I love and who can never do any wrong because she's the most amazing thing on earth (don't hurt me, Bonnie fans!), is gonna be gettin' some. Robert Ri'chard (Veronica Mars' Mason) will play Jamie, a potential love interest for Bonnie. Look for him in January. [E! Online]

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