News Briefs: Netflix's Arrested Development Will Premiere On...

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BUSINESS TIME

... The long-awaited return of Arrested Development, courtesy of Netflix, is getting closer. And now that nebulous premiere date of "2013" is getting a little narrower. The Bluths will return in spring, according to a spokesperson for the company. There's also talk that the original 10-episode order could be expanded if creator Mitch Hurwitz has enough story for more episodes. [Huffington Post]

... Discovery Fit & Health has ordered a series called I Was Impaled. Starring your mom. Hee hee. [TV By the Numbers]

... Order up for Bob's Burgers! The fox 'toon is coming back for a 13-episode Season 3, but that might get supersized. Fox has ordered an additional six scripts of the series in preparation for a possible back nine pickup. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC Family has ordered a pair of pilots, and at least one of them sounds interesting. The Fosters is a one-hour drama produced by Jennifer Lopez and follows a mixed family with ethnic foster kids and plain old white biological kids. That's not the interesting one. The interesting one is Socio, about a 16-year-old sociopath who is the prime suspect when a classmate is murdered. [ABC Family via press release]

... Fox is developing a new single-camera comedy starring former teen pop stars Aly Michalka and AJ Michalka (Aly & AJ). The two sisters would play versions of themselves as they finally leave the nest and settle into their own apartment. Until mom moves in unexpectedly! Oh man, things are gonna get wild! [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC continues to take old things and polish them up for new audiences and is developing Cyrano, based on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac. This one will be set in present day and center on an ugly campaign strategist that puts words in the mouth of a handsome Mayoral candidate. Things go great until they fall for the same woman, a journalist covering the political race. At this point every single upcoming NBC show will be [classic story] set in modern times. [Deadline Hollywood]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... CBS' hit The Big Bang Theory is doing the right thing and promoting Kevin Sussman, who plays Stuart the comic book shop guy, to series regular. Sussman is rich, beeeeeyotch! [TV Line]

... Maulik Pancholy has been freed fired from NBC's Whitney, but don't worry. He'll head back to 30 Rock and reprise his role as Jack's assistant Jonathan. From one final season of a show to another. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Falling Skies has already started production on Season 3, and its first major piece of casting is Robert Sean Leonard (House). He'll play a scientist that runs the power grid in New Charleston and makes friends with a bunch of rats underground. I'm not joking. Gloria Reuben (ER) will also guest star as a woman who helped lead the human resistance against the aliens in New Charleston. [Deadline Hollywood]


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