News Briefs: Flashpoint Is a Go for Season 5

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SORT-OF RENEWALS AND SORT-OF CANCELLATIONS

... The fifth season of Canadian cop drama (what do they do, hand out tickets for being too polite?) Flashpoint has been picked up for American broadcast by up-and-coming cable channel Ion. Flashpoint is Canada's most-watched drama series, just beating Moosehunter McGoo and Eh is Enough in total viewers (kidding!), and has gained fame on this side of the border since CBS aired the series in 2008. It stars Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars' dad) and the Pink Power Ranger, and production on Season 5 will start next month for a probable summer start. [Deadline Hollywood]

... So You Think You Can Dance is getting the rug pulled out from underneath its dancing feet. The reality competition will have to greatly retool its format, because Fox has canceled its results show and made the series a once-a-week offering instead of sticking with the back-to-back competition and results episodes that have become standard for popular reality shows. Oh no! Whatever we will do with ourselves with one less hour of dancing, weight-losing, and singing in our weeks? [Nigel Lythgoe's Twitter]


NEWS THAT HAPPENED WHILE WE WERE DRINKING EGG NOG

... AMC renewed its new series Hell on Wheels for a second season over the holiday break, despite sinking ratings and critical "meh"-laise. That means five of AMC's six original programs have gone beyond a first season and that Rubicon is the only show that didn't get invited to AMC's Christmas White Elephant gift exchange. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS ABOUT WOMEN YOUR DAD THOUGHT WERE HOT

... Liza Minnelli has landed a guest role on TV Land's Hot in Cleveland because famous people over the age of 60 are required to appear on that show. [TV Line]

... Cybill Shepherd, who should be finalizing a guest appearance on Hot in Cleveland any day now (was Moonlighting that long ago?), has been cast alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt in a new series on Lifetime. The Client List stars Hewitt as a woman who takes a job at a local massage parlor, not knowing that the masseuses provide happy endings for all! It's based on the Lifetime movie of the same name. Shepherd will play Hewitt's on-screen mom. [Deadline Hollywood]


WTF IS NBC DOING? NEWS

... In an effort to siphon some of the monstrous ESPYs Award audience (and the award for sarcasm goes to... me!), NBC has brainfarted out the idea for NFL Honors, an awards show for all things pigskin. The ceremony, which will include awards that are already regularly handed out (such as AP Coach of the Year), will be hosted by Alec Baldwin and air the night before the Super Bowl on February 4. [USA Today]


DON'T-EVEN-BOTHER-READING-THIS NEWS

... Dancing With the Stars rumor alert: Apparently the shimmy-shaking dancing show has its eye on Regis Philbin and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills real housewife Taylor Armstrong. And that concludes today's edition of Useless Rumors. [Hollywood Life]


THIS-WILL-BLOW-YOUR-MIND NEWS

... For all you fans of The Wire: Baltimore Police finally caught Omar Little, yo! [Baltimore Sun]


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