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


... 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]


... 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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