News Briefs: TNT Renews Major Crimes for Season 2

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BUSINESS TIME

... TNT wants more Major Crimes and has renewed the new show for a second season midway through its debut season. The Closer spin-off stars Mary McDonnell as an LAPD detective in the Major Crimes department. Season 2 will run for 15 episodes and start next summer. [TNT via press release]

... ABC's new comedy The Neighbors came in with bad reviews (mine included), but haha critics! It got good ratings! The aliens-in-America comedy drew 9.2 million viewers and a 3.2 rating in the adult demo, thanks largely to its Modern Family lead-in. The show will move to 8:30pm soon though, so expect those numbers to drop a lot in subsequent weeks. [TV By the Numbers]

... The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd is adapting The Eleventh Commandment for NBC. The drama, based on the Jeffrey Archer book of the same name, follows an undercover CIA assassin who wants to retire and spend time with his family, but is set up for a murder he didn't commit. Oh, it's going to be one of THOSE shows. [Deadline Hollywood]

... House creator David Shore and Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan have sold a drama project to Fox. The cop show focuses on two Boston cops who think they're the prefect partners, until one is fired and replaced by... A GIRL. [Deadline Hollywood]

... More book-to-TV adaptations: CBS is developing a medical drama based on the book Your Medical Mind, about a husband and wife team that are both doctors, but approach their jobs from two very different perspectives and practices. That difference of opinion leads them to re-examine their relationship. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kirstie Alley might end up on TV Land, where she belongs. She's signed on to star in the potential series Giant Baby, about a Broadway star who reunites with her 26-year-old son who was given up for adoption. But here's where the comedy kicks in: He's a nerd! Oh man. [TV Land via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Parenthood's Lauren Graham will guest-star on NBC's new comedy Go On as an old friend of Matthew Perry's character Ryan King. That's all I got, sorry! [EW]

... Olivia Munn will stop licking gaming gadgets for a moment to do some acting on Fox's New Girl. She'll play a new romantic interest for Nick, so high fives to you, Nick. Munn can also be seen on The Newsroom. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Two bits here: First, John Larroquette is still alive. Second, he'll recur on NBC's midseason drama Infamous, the soap about a woman who goes undercover as a maid to the wealthy to figure out who killed her best friend. It's like Revenge, but with more actors who once appeared on Night Court. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond!) will do a three-episode arc on CBS's The Mentalist starring Simon Baker (I'm contractually obligated to mention that show that way). He'll play a super-rich playboy type who is under suspicion for murder! Memo to super-rich playboy types: Stop murdering people! [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Good Wife's Alicia has a mom, and she's Stockard Channing. Channing, who starred in The West Wing, will appear in at least one episode of the CBS drama. [EW]


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