News Briefs: TNT Cancels Memphis Beat

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BIG NEWS

... Memphis Beat is eating a fried peanut butter sandwich on the toilet. TNT has canceled the series after two seasons. The drama, which starred Jason Lee as a Elvis-impersonating detective, had been on the bubble after its Season 2 finale in August. [Variety]

... Can't wait to see Grimm, NBC's fairy-tale cop drama procedural (yes, you read that right)? Well stop Tweeting about your boring trips to Walgreen's and McDonald's and start following the show's official Twitter account (@NBCGrimm)! Starting today, those who follow the show's Twitter feed will receive a direct message with information on how to watch the premiere early. If you follow me, I will send you a direct message with information about my cats. [Associated Press]

... The rich man's Highlights for Kids, better known as Forbes, has tallied the year's highest-paid TV actors. Topping the list are three guys who are no longer on TV. Wait, what? Yup, Charlie Sheen, Ray Romano, and Steve Carell took the first, second, and third spots in the top ten. This may not make sense, but neither did paying Charlie Sheen $1.25 million per episode of Two and a Half Men. [Radar Online]

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

... Shonda Rhimes is still producing TV shows like there's no tomorrow. Her latest is headed to Fox and was written by Diane Ruggiero (The Ex List), who I've interviewed and who is a fascinating person. The dramedy is set in the 1980s and follows a teenager who poses as an adult so she can work at a bar in New Jersey. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NYPD Blue creators Steven Bochco and David Milch are developing a new drama for NBC. The untitled drama follows a lawyer in Washington D.C. with a dark secret. As if there are D.C. lawyers out there without any dark secrets. [TV Guide]

... You know who's funny? Aasif Mandvi, the guy from The Daily Show and those Taco Bell commercials. He's sold a comedy to CBS starring himself as a recently divorced marriage counselor. Wait a second, does CBS know he isn't white? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Super cool network FX is working on three four new projects: Bunker is about a female cop psychologist, Laredo is a crime drama set on the Texas/Mexico border, The Americans is an espionage drama set during the 1980s, and Scar Tissue is based on Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis' life. No shows about pot-smoking dogs? Ehhh... [THR]

CASTING NEWS

... One of my favorite shows—which I can't watch anymore because I don't have DirecTV and I'm an honest citizen—is adding some firepower to its cast. Damages has recruited Ryan Phillippe to play a major role in the fifth (and final?) season of the legal thriller. He'll play a Julian Assange-type character who asks Ellen for help. I approve of this casting. [TV Line]

... Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam is enrolling at Greendale Community College! He'll guest-star as the choir director in Community's Christmas episode. [TV Line]

... Alan Dale (Lost's Charles Widmore) will face off against Ben once again! Dale has booked a role on CBS' Person of Interest, where the opportunity to see him share the screen with Michael Emerson again is making my head throb. Get him, Ben! [EW]

'LIKE, DUH' NEWS

... A former producer on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives has said that host and celeb chef Guy Fieri is an anti-Semitic, homophobic jerk. [OC Weekly]


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