News Briefs: TBS Picks Up Breckin Meyer's Men At Work

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PICKUPS

... That stoner dude from Clueless is now a TV show creator. TBS has picked up Men At Work to series; it's a sitcom from Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash). The multi-camera comedy "explores the bromance, sexcapades, and office adventures of four buddies who work at a magazine." Joy. It will star Danny Masterson (That '70s Show). [Deadline Hollywood]

... TNT has ordered 10 episodes of The Great Escape, a reality competition show with a cool twist. Contestants will be dropped into the middle of their own action-adventure movie, where they must run from pursuers, jump over obstacles, and solve puzzles to get to some cash. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TV chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are pitching a daytime talk show to networks that will feature the pair co-hosts. Normally I'd get in trouble for saying something like this, but I think in this case it's appropriate: Shouldn't these two stay in the kitchen? [NY Post]


FRICKIN' RATINGS, YO

... Jersey Shore's fifth season debuted last night, and for the first time in the show's history, ratings dropped for a premiere. An audience of 7.6 million tuned in to see the kids return to the States, a drop of 14 percent. You know what would increase ratings? If one of them killed a fellow housemate. Just a suggestion. [EW]


CASTING AND UNCASTING

... Alec Baldwin will return to 30 Rock if the comedy returns for Season 7. The TSA's public enemy number-one had previously hinted that he might leave acting to pursue a career in politics. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is holding onto star Mariska Hargitay after rumors spread that she might leave the series. Also joining the show will be Harry Connick Jr., who will play an Executive ADA and love interest for Hargitay's Detective Benson. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Entertainment Tonight, which I guess is just ET now, has revealed that Samantha Harris is leaving the show. [ET Online]


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