News Briefs: Starz and 50 Cent Are Powering Up for a New Drama

... Starz and 50 Cent are teaming up for Power, a drama produced by the rapper-turned-actor/Bacardi-and-birthday-party pitchman. The cable network has greenlit Power for eight episodes, with The Good Wife's Courtney Kemp Agboh set to run the show. The series follows a nightclub owner who takes his business to Fortune 500-level heights (a club becomes a Fortune 500 company?) BUT guess what! He's also the city's biggest drug kingpin! No premiere date has been scheduled but I will tap into my TV fortunetelling ability and say "2014." [Deadline Hollywood]


... TLC's Breaking Amish, which follows Amish and Mennonite youths as they are thrown into the "regular" world, is headed to Los Angeles this round with a new cast. Which is perfect, because half the people in LA are fake just like the show! [People]

... CBS's Brooklyn DA is moving to a new night. The reality show following employees at a New York District Attorney's office will air its final three episodes on Saturday nights at 9pm beginning June 22. The six-part series previously aired on Tuesday nights, where it wasn't doing so hot. Person of Interest repeats will take over the newly formed vacancy. [Zap2It]

... CBS has cut some audio of President Barack Obama from the end of the Under the Dome pilot, which kinda sucks because I liked that touch (it was available in screeners sent to press). The clip was from a Hurricane Sandy speech, and CBS and producer Amblin Entertainment figured they shouldn't be sampling comments about a real tragedy for a show about a fake tragedy. [LA Times]


... Shonda Rhimes' Scandal isn't keeping Jake in the hole for too long. Either that, or Jake is in for a boring storyline in Season 3. Scott Foley, whose special ops character was thrown into a deep ditch after saving Olivia from an assassin in the Season 2 finale, has been promoted to series regular. Foley was previously contractually obligated to The Goodwin Games, but since that show is kaput, he's free to move to Shondaland. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The always excellent Garret Dillahunt will make a return visit to USA's Burn Notice in the show's final season. Dillahunt will reprise his role as Simon Escher, the lunatic who was responsible for the things that got Michael burned and noticed in the first place. [EW]

... Grey's Anatomy has handed out promotions to FOUR actors for next season. Camilla Luddington (Jo), Gaius Charles (Shane), Jerrika Hinton (Stephanie), and Tessa Ferrer (Leah) have all been boosted to series regular status. Congratuations, guys! Go buy an expensive car and a rare reptile. [THR]

... TV Land continues to mine the '80s and '90s for stars, and will bring Cheers' George Wendt (Nooooooorm!) into its fold via a guest appearance on the comedy Kirstie. Wendt will reunite with former Cheers co-stars Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman when he shows up as the ex-husband of Perlman's character. Ewwww, Norm and Carla doing it? Gross. [THR]

... The Veronica Mars movie has booked Krysten Ritter, who played Veronica's best friend Gia Goodman. Okay, NOW I will throw in some cash to the Kickstarter. (Me likey Ritter!) [TV Guide]

... Jorge Garcia (Lost's Hurley) is returning to Hawaii. The actor will stop by CBS's Hawaii Five-0 next season to play a conspiracy theorist and reunite with former Lost co-star Daniel Dae Kim. Will someone please get Garcia a regular role on a show? And no, Alcatraz doesn't count. [EW]

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