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

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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That AMC show you were thinking about was "Voyage" which actually sounded pretty interesting on paper...
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Harry's Law?? Bad acting, childish writing, poor directing, cheap scenery, choppy editing.....uh did I forget anything??? Oh yeah, guess that pretty much means Emmys for everyone!!
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CBS is making a big mistake cutting Rules of Engagement from 18 to 13 episodes. Rob Schneider's show will tank just like How to Be a Gentleman ( or whatever it was called ) tanked after just a couple of episodes. But then again, CBS doesn't care about what the viewers want. They never have.
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Harry's Law is the only thing I watch on NBC.
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B&BH is cool but I see that it really is just a vehicle for MTV and theirs programming! They do make fun of some great stuff, though.
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Rob Schneider ? seriously ? are you joking me ? Rob Schneider is ... a stapler, a carrot, da derp dee derp de, kenny and he's going to found out that [insert your South Park joke here]



Also for that upside down exclamation mark "" just use ALT + 0161
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Glad to hear that Harry's Law has got a full season pickup. Older viewers matter too, and Kathy Bates is doing great job. Hope that Rules of Engagement will have enough episodes for syndication so they won't waste TBBT audience on thursdays next year too.
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what are they talkin bout? there is no option button on the keyboard

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Great news for Grimm and Doctor Who!!!
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More Mike Judge? Yes! Somehow, Mike Judge never gets old.
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From the comments below, I guess I'm the only one upset about the "Rules of Engagement" cut. That show is really UNDER-APPRECIATED! It's funny that this article mentioned an initial 18 episode season, when other sites reported 22. Nevertheless, the series could return with a few more episodes if "Rob" doesn't do well. The problem is, the show goes into syndication next year and it's already in its sixth season. Could this be the final season?
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I sort of enjoyed The Playboy Club but it was too often compared to Mad Men so people expected it to be like Mad Men. It also suffered from people expecting it to be rude but it was just a period gangster show. The gay group storyline didn't help since it seemed out of place with the rest of the show.

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Extremely happy about "Harry's Law" it's very underrated and oh so good.
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The only way a Doctor Who movie would work is if it is set within the continuity of the series and not separate. Maybe a movie featuring the little seen eighth doctor played by Paul McGann and the time war. I could also see the 50th anniversary being a perfest time to have the movie but it is too close to do it properly.
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I agree with TrevPlatt, Harry's Law was good last season!.The firm was smaller and interesting. With departure of interesting characters, they have added lawyers that arent remotely so. Mark Valley was great in Boston Legal, here he just feel like a dead weight.Cassie is a bit bland..as annoying as Jenna used to be (sometimes),i do miss her..



And most important i miss the CEO of Winslow Protection I.N.C. The old cast had a bit of a dysfunctional interactions but they were great.New cast feels dry!!.
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Agree completely! It's whimsical yet gritty and Robin Hoodesque vibe last season is what separated it from other law shows, and I watch a great deal of him. I TOTALLY miss Damien too! There was a reason he started off last season as a guest star for two episodes and ended up as prevalent if not more so than Tommy Jefferson...and then they dropped him this season? Horriible!
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I completely agree! That said, it's still one of the better law shows on TV. "The Good Wife" and "Harry's Law" are the only two I still watch these days. I'm still hopeful that they bring back Winslow Protection I.N.C. for some stuff. Also, did I mix it up, or was the show set in Cleveland last season? I could have sworn it was Cleveland because my sister got married right in the middle of the season IN Cleveland and I thought I recognized the place. Whatever, It's Cincinnati now, I guess
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Suits is also a great law show.
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It was Cincinnati all along.
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Well, then I guess I'm stupid. Good to know. I'll have to hang on to that information.
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Surely they knew Anna can't spell the rest was a diva before they started.
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The Rob Schneider show sounds shite. I keep meaning to catch-up with Harry's Law but never do, I just don't think it's as good as it was last season when they were a smaller firm.
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Harry's Law lost me. The first season was really good but started to slide by the last ep. And I agree about RS show. I envision nothing but cheap shots, 1 dimensional caricatures and racial stereotypes that are supposed to be "funny". I'll pass.
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I still love Harry's Law, but I often miss season one's quirkiness, too (like the shoe store/law office combo).
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Thank you, NBC, for giving Harry's Law a full-season order and for ordering more Grimm episodes.
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I love Doctor Who, but from what I've heard about the movie is it will have NOTHING to do with the TV show at all... there should only be a movie if it fits in with the show and features the current (or future) Doctor. If that's not the case then it's a ridiculous idea and it shouldn't even exist. also, it's supposed to be to introduce the franchise to people who don't know about it, but at this point, I'm pretty sure everybody knows about it.
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Oh lord. Not like the last Torchwood series (cringe). Now there was a steamy pile of FAIL.
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Considering my introduction to Doctor Who was the two Peter Cushing movies, I think a movie could and should be independent of the TV series. There's a reason it's considered a cult show. I just hope the Doctor is a Time Lord from another world and not an eccentric Earthling and that the Daleks aren't in day-glo colors. Although, what if they adapted one of the "lost episodes" with modern special effects (e.g., "The Daleks' Master Plan")?

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I hope the Doctor Who movie will be as well done as the television series is, with all of its timey-wimey fun and adventure. It would be neat if the movie had multiple Doctors like some of the old specials (The Five Doctors, etc). I'd love to see Doctors 9, 10, and 11 meet up for some big event. And, of course, it wouldn't be a party without Jack Harkness.
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