News Briefs: NBC Orders an Almost-full Season of Guys With Kids

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BUSINESS TIME

... NBC has ordered more episodes—but not quite a full season—of Guys With Kids, officially blowing up my Dead Pool entry and I suspect about half of all of yours. The Peacock has requested four more episodes of the comedy, bringing the total count for Season 1 to 17 episodes, and there's always the chance that they'll say screw it give us a whole season. Its most recent episode notched a 1.3 rating in the adult demo, which I guess is passable these days. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has also tinkered with some episode orders for a pair of its full-season orders. Elementary will add two episodes for a 24-episode rookie season, and Vegas will appropriately hit 21. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The BBC has passed on a second season of Hunted, but Cinemax, which co-produced the series with the British network, will try to keep it going in some form. The name and format of the spy series belongs to the BBC, so the "second season" would actually be renamed and changed enough for Cinemax to avoid legal action, but the show would still follow the sexy protagonist Sam Hunter. Creator Frank Spotnitz would stay on board to continue the story. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ReelzChannel is hanging on to the headlines it made with The Kennedys miniseries with a follow-up that follows the famous family from 1968 to the present. The miniseries will be based on the book After Camelot. Good for you, ReelzChannel! (But sorry, this miniseries won't do very well.) [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedy Central has renewed The Burn with Jeff Ross for a second season. Let's find out what this show is together! *reads press release* Apparently it's a variety show where Jeff Ross (formerly Jeffrey Ross) goes out in the streets and insults assholes. [Comedy Central via press release]

... Style has ordered Built, a docu-series that follows a New York business that hires male models to make house calls for handyman repairs. Bow-chicka-wow-wow. Things will get nailed, pipe will be laid, and carpet will be cleaned. [Deadline Hollywood]

... MTV has ordered a pilot for Hot Mess, a new comedy from Awkward. creator Lauren Iungerich. Australian actress Annabelle Stephenson has been cast in the lead role as a young woman who can't control her impulses and ends up sabotaging her dating life. Don't worry, she's smoking hot. [THR]

CASTING NEWS

... Bryan Fuller's NBC drama Hannibal has cast Eddie Izzard (The Riches, women's clothing departments in the '90s). He'll guest-star as a fellow inmate at the prison Hannibal Lechter is locked up in. Izzard recently starred in Fuller's pilot Mockingbird Lane, which is almost certainly not going to series. [EW]

... Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights's Landry) is joining the cast of The Missionary, an upcoming HBO series about a young American who helps a woman escape East Germany during the height of the Cold War. Plemons will play a Coca-Cola executive who also helps people escape. [Deadline Hollywood]

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