News Briefs: Flashpoint Will End After Season 5


... Canadian police drama Flashpoint will end after its upcoming fifth season. The show is known for trailblazing a path to U.S. television, as it's a Canadian series that also aired its first three seasons on CBS as part of a cost-sharing deal (Seasons 4 and 5 will air on Ion). Flashpoint is also noted for its use of maple syrup as a forensics tool. [THR]


... HBO is rolling the dice on True Detective with a straight-to-series eight-episode order. Well, maybe it's not that much of a risk considering it stars bona fide Hollywood types Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The cop drama looks like a winner (or a really confusing mess), and its storytelling will involve time jumps, multiple perspectives, and 17-year-old crimes. I'm going to watch the crap out of this. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has renewed psychic reality show Long Island Medium for a third season, but you knew that would happen DIDN'T YOU. [Deadline Hollywood]


... NBC might be adding even more shows to its early post-Olympics season launch. Comedy pilots Save Me and The New Normal are said to be in line for series orders, with the idea that they'll launch in August to leech off of NBC's monster Olympics coverage. Save Me stars Anne Heche as a woman who thinks she can talk to God after being in an accident. The New Normal is being gushed over because it's from Glee creator Ryan Murphy, and follows a family anchored by a gay couple. I love the new thinking by NBC, but I'm still not sure if it will work. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC's Devious Maids, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, is looking good for a series order, as the network has asked the producers to go ahead and start hiring people to work on it. In the soapy drama, four Latina maids work their way up the Beverly Hills social ladder. Yes, this looks like a good bet to join ABC's fall schedule even though its four stars aren't white. Crazy! And by "crazy," I mean "it's about time!" [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO is passing on the pilot The Corrections, based on the book by Jonathan Franzen about a family that is trying to reconnect. The drama had a loaded cast, with Chris Cooper, Diane Wiest, Ewan McGregor, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, but ultimately a proper adaptation—which would have involved a whole lotta flashbacks—proved too difficult. [Deadline Hollywood]


... The Law & Order: SVU season finale will feature a trio of familiar faces. House's Peter Jacobsen will guest-star as the owner of an escort service, SVU alum Dean Winters will reprise his role as Brian Cassidy, and Grey's Anatomy vet Brooke Smith will play a rival of Jacobsen's character. [TV Line]

... Former The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont is casting his new TNT project, LA Noir, with people who've been killed in the zombie apocalypse. In addition to the previously announced Jon Bernthal (TWD's Shane), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) and Andrew Rothenburg (Jim) are joining Darabont's 1950s cops-and-gangsters drama. They'll also be working with Neal McDonough, Simon Pegg, and Milo Ventimiglia. [AV Club]

... Miley Cyrus is being considered for the judging panel of The X Factor. So The X Factor is a competition for weed farmers now? [Celebuzz]

... Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva will bring on Madchen Amick as a guest star in Season 4. She's hot. [TV Guide]

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