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

TODAY'S MEDIUM-SIZED NEWS

... 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]

TODAY'S CASTING NEWS

... 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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Carrie Preston appeared on The Good Wife before.. I think she was Peter's lawyer when he had to wear the electronic ankle thing..
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Well it looks like I'll be watching at least one more episode of Harry's Law.
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Who is Mason from Veronica Mars? I don't recall a Mason hm.
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God, I hope it's not a bad omen. Only three episodes? I could use some more. I like A Gifted Man and even the ghost wife. You could take her as a manifestation of the doctor's growing conscience therefore I don't expect her to be anything more than she is right now. Dr. Holt just is able to see his and talk to it. ^^
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The Situation on Suburgatory = Ugh! Love the show, hate the guy. If they're going to have him on, he better be mocked and ridiculed by the other characters.
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If I knew who Mason on Veronica Mars was, watched The Vampire Diaries, cared about True Blood, wanted to see Dean Cain kill people, had heard of Mike Sorrentino before or hadn't dropped The Good Wife and Harry's Law, then I could actually care about those casting news.

But hey, I do watch A Gifted Man occasionally... ;)
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Gifted man is a pretty good show, has some very redeeming qualities, and it does help to balance all the other stuff that is in the airwaves!

We need a few shows like this, if nothing else just for our sanity!
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Suburgatory is inviting Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to visit to the neighborhood. He'll play himself



Playing a coma patient I hope!!
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First off, I think Carrie Preston is a joy to watch on The Good Wife! She is just so darn adorable and a sneaky shark all rolled into one!



To be honest, I only watch A Gifted Man because Patrick Wilson sure is pretty in HD... And that's really it, which is a shame because the writers could really take the show places, but they just seem to miss the mark every week. I really hope they use those 3 episodes, but I'm not going to expect much.



On TVD, I'm happy the show is getting some more color, so I'm looking forward to next year. =)
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Gifted Man is very Gifted !

it got a chance of surviving the AXE !
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Great news for Chelsea Lately!
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That news seems bad for A Gifted Man, remember Moonlight? Same thing happened to it before it got cancelled.
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A Gifted Man should use those three episodes, if not just one, to get rid of the ex-wife's ghost. She's accomplished her purpose in getting the "man" to the free clinic she heralded. From then on, he's been sucked into their problems and such. The ghost is pointless/redundant now. This would also, hopefully, get rid of the shaman construction guy, as he's kind of a dumb idea - at least in the very beginning. They should also bring back Julie Benz as a regular for his sister, but they should have given her a slightly younger son. She could replace the ghost as a regular. Other than that, I think this is one of the better new shows.
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amen to that! that ghost wife is the most annoying character on tv this year, with all the whining, and demanding, and "I-know-it-all-because-I'm-dead" attitude, please please get rid of her already.. let some other ghosts drop by, but not her.. the shaman guy is odd as well but much sweeter than the wife, he could stay as a guest to appear from time to time.. and for julie benz, she needs some character developments, as for now she seems more like a hysterical person..
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Erica Durance! <3
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I hate when shows give supporting characters a supporting character. They may as well give the mayor a love interest.. who isn't her son.
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i liek a gifted man, it's not amazing like ncis but i need another show to get hooked on, i'll give it some time, who knows, mabye it'll be good. Look at the success of ncis. Plus i really liked how they explained the brain, and the way they showed the brainbow. It was really cool. I'll give it sometime
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A Gifted Man is okay. I'm not sad to see it go.
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