News Briefs: Harry's Law Gets a Full-Season Order

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BIGGER NEWS

... Lost among the hoopla over NBC's midseason schedule was the network's decision to give sophomore series Harry's Law a full-season order. Grimm also received good news, in the form of an order for more scripts. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS's one-time Saturday experiment Rules of Engagement did not receive good news today. The comedy has seen its episode order cut from a lucky 18 to a very unlucky 13. The network is doing this to make way for Rob Schneider's new comedy, ¡Rob!, about a man who marries into a Mexican family. The show will also teach fans and critics everywhere that option-1 is the combo for an upside-down exclamation mark. Go ahead and try it in the comments section below!!¡¡!!¡¡ Look for ¡Rob! on January 12. Also: Undercover Boss will return January 15. [Deadline Hollywood/CBS via press release]

... Harry Potter director David Yates is bringing Doctor Who to the big screen for what's planned to be a movie franchise, not just one movie. But don't expect anything to hit the theaters for several years. [Variety]

... Last Man Standing showrunner and creator Jack Burditt has left the series and will be replaced by Kevin Abbott. Burditt suffered a family tragedy and after an extended absence opted to leave the show outright. [Deadline Hollywood]

... In the wake of the successful return of Beavis and Butt-head, MTV is asking for more work from creator Mike Judge. Worst Friends Forever follows a trio of teenage girls. It was created by Beavis contributor Thomas Middleditch, and Judge will produce. [TV Guide]

... AMC is giving aliens another go and has purchased a drama project called Thunderstruck, which concerns UFOs and extraterrestrial visits. Battlestar Galactica producer David Eick is on board to produce. AMC previously started development on a different alien-centric project (anyone remember the name?), but passed on it. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... One of the two good things about The Playboy Club is getting another chance on television. Laura Benanti, who played the Mother Bunny on the canceled NBC show, will guest-star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as the wife of Detective Amaro. The other good thing about The Playboy Club? That it got canceled. [TV Guide]

... Apparently Anna Kournikova has been kicked off The Biggest Loser because she's a diva. [THR]

... Kelsey Grammer is returning to 30 Rock for a guest spot, reprising his role as himself. Apparently he pantses a guy. [TV Guide]


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