News Briefs: USA Might Save Happy Endings If ABC Cancels It

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A-MAH-ZING NEWS

... USA! USA! USA! Never been more proud to be 'Merican than now! Because in the event that ABC decides to cancel the very funny comedy Happy Endings, USA Network might be eyeing a rescue boat for the series. While USA isn't known for its comedies, bringing on a critics' favorite might be exactly what the network needs to jumpstart its foray into laughers. USAh-mah-zing! [Deadline Hollywood]

BUSINESS TIME

... Cinemax has ordered a pilot for Quarry, a 1970s-set drama about a Vietnam War marksman who returns home and starts working as a contract killer after life back home gives him the finger. It's loosely based on the books by Max Allen Collins. [TV Line]

... NickMom has picked up its first original series, ordering 13 episodes of Instant Mom. The comedy stars Tia Mowry as a young party girl who marries an older man with three kids, turning her into an—WAIT FOR IT—Instant Mom!!!! In case you're wondering, NickMom is a block of primetime programming that takes over Nick Jr. after the kids have gone to bed and the moms can't find the remote control because the kids ate it. [Nickelodeon via press release]

... Syfy is expanding its reality efforts with the new series Exit, based on the Japanese program Dero!. It's a reality series where teams compete to escape a series of rooms filled with puzzles and obstacles. Exit will debut June 4 at 10pm. [Syfy via press release]

... TLC has ordered a spin-off of its reality garbage Breaking Amish. Called Breaking Amish: Brave New World, the show will actually be the second season of the show about the Amish kids from Season 1 entering the real world again, but with a new show title. Meanwhile, the "real" second season of Breaking Amish will feature a new cast of Amish kids experiencing life off the farm for the first time. Confused? You should be. Screw you, TLC. [TLC via press release]

... USA has announced premiere dates for its summer shows. I'm only going to say this once, so pay attention:

June 6 – Burn Notice, the series debut of Graceland

June 12 – Royal Pains, Necessary Roughness

July 16 – Covert Affairs, Suits

July (TBD) – Summer Camp

... Nerds, it's time to rise up and stop the exploitation of your geekdom by television execs looking to cash in on your earnest fandom. AMC has ordered Geek Out, a reality show that gives fans a unique experience based on whatever they obsess over, be it comic books, video games, movies, or hopefully even My Little Pony. [Deadline Hollywood]

CASTING NEWS

... Saturday Night Live's Nasim Pedrad has joined the cast of NBC's ensemble comedy pilot from standup John Mulaney. She'll play a school teacher. If the comedy goes to series, she'll leave SNL, so I bet she's crossing her fingers pretty hard right now. [EW]

... Sam Shepard (The Notebook, The Right Stuff) will replace Chris Cooper in Discovery's scripted series Klondike. The drama is about some guys who go gold-digging in some very cold places in 1890s Canada. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Walking Dead has promoted Chad Coleman (Tyreese), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha), and Emily Kinney (Beth, sweet, sweet Beth) to series regulars for Season 4, which means Beth might be able to release a whole album of fireside songs next year. [TV Line]



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