News Briefs: Do You Want a Vampire Diaries Spin-off?

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SPIN-OFF NEWS

... I hope you are sitting down for this, Price. The CW is planning a potential spin-off of The Vampire Diaries centered on fan-favorite bad dude Klaus and the Originals. It would kick off with a backdoor pilot (an episode embedded in TVD's normal season) on April 25 and reunite Klaus with his protégé Marcel and Phoebe Tonkin's Hayley. TVD showrunner Julie Plec will write the episode and produce. [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... No one asked for it, but Howie Mandel has a new show anyway. The Deal or No Deal host will move over to TBS and emcee Deal With It, a hidden-camera prank show in which participants are asked to play a joke on their friends with no preparation. WOW THIS SOUNDS GREAT THANK YOU GODS OF TELEVISION FOR YOUR FRUITFUL BOUNTY OF ENRICHING ENTERTAINMENT. [The Wrap]

... Jim Gaffigan's comedy project at CBS has moved on to the next stage. CBS has ordered a pilot of the single-camera (single-cam at CBS whaaaat?) sitcom about a dad with five kids. [TV Guide]

... The Big Bang Theory will destroy you all! CBS's megahit got a little more mega last night, setting a new series-high record for viewers and its ratings with 19.8 million viewers and a 6.3 rating. [EW]

... CBS is airing a special episode of Hawaii Five-0 after the AFC Championship Game of Football Players on Sunday, January 20. I don't know about you, but when I think football and Hawaii Five-0, I also think about Jimi Hendrix, so the episode will feature seven never-before-released songs from the late guitar god. This makes total sense to someone somewhere. [TV Guide]

... Do you like Smash? Do you have internet or do you do a lot of flying? Then you can watch the Season 2 premiere of Smash early! American Airlines will be showing the premiere in-flight starting next week, but for those of us with aerophobia, the premiere will also be available on Hulu, NBC.com, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Marketplace, and on demand. But you may as well just fly to make sure you see it. Or I have a copy on DVD that I'm using as a coaster if you want to borrow it. [Associated Press]


CASTING NEWS

... Law & Order: SVU is putting its head in the lion's mouth and casting Mike Tyson. The earivore will play a death row murderer whose actions may be attributable to a sucky childhood. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bridesmaids' Wendi McLendon-Covey will star in ABC's untitled comedy from Adam Goldberg. The show is a family comedy set in the 1980s, and McLendon-Covey will play the mom. [Deadline Hollywood]



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