News Briefs: TBS Could Save Cougar Town


... Cougar Town's future on ABC doesn't look good. But it's future on TBS does! The comedy might escape cancellation thanks to the cable channel, which is looking at picking up TWO seasons of the Courteney Cox comedy. The initial deal would be for two 15-episode seasons, ensuring that the show would air enough episodes to be sold into syndication. Abed approves. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lifetime has renewed The Client List for a second season. The drama stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as a whore. Seriously, her character works at a day spa where employees rub and tug clients to happiness, but she's also a single mom in a conservative town! Don't get your home life and your work life confused, J-Lo, or your kid could end up in protective custody. [Lifetime via press release]

... Now this I will watch! CMT has ordered Redneck Island, which is essentially Survivor with backwoods hillbillies. Awesome. Twelve "simple folk" will be flown to a tropical island to compete for $100,000. Still awesome. Steve Austin the former wrestler will host. Again, awesome. Coconut moonshine, coming right up! [Deadline Hollywood]


... How much did Oprah and Discovery lose on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network? $330 million. I'm no accountant, but I think that's bad. [Business Week]

... Mad Men played a Beatles song, "Tomorrow Never Knows," in last night's episode. Producer Lionsgate had to pay $250,000 for the rights. Duh, doesn't Matthew Weiner know he could have downloaded off iTunes for like a buck? [NY Times]


... Dylan Baker (The Good Wife) has joined the USA miniseries Political Animals, just like everyone else seems to be doing these days. The series follows the former first family as they struggle to hold onto power in Washington, D.C. Baker will play the current vice president. Adrian Pasdar recently signed on as the acting president. [Deadline Hollywood]

... James Cromwell (Babe) will head to freaksville on American Horror Story next season. He's in line to play Dr. Arden, the nemesis to Jessica Lange's head of the insane asylum where Season 2 will take place. Cromwell and Lange sharing the screen? This should be great! [Deadline Hollywood]


... Matthew Fox is in the news for the wrong reasons again. The Lost star got picked up by cops on Friday night for driving under the influence. Of alcohol, I assume. He was on the way to get some fast food at 3:23am in his hometown of Bend, Oregon. So let's start a nasty rumor that he was high as a kite, too. We have to go back... to Taco Bell because the Doritos Locos taste so good when you're blazed, bro! [TMZ]

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