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News Briefs: USA Renews Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, and Necessary Roughness

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... USA Network just said, "Screw it! We're renewing everything!" Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, and Necessary Roughness will all return for 16-episode seasons. With all seven of the network's original series returning, this is reportedly the largest collection of returning shows for a cable network ever. EVER! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Snoopy Dogg Dogg, as old white people like to call him, has signed a deal to star as a father in a family sitcom. He'll work with Don Reo on the project. Reo created Brothers, so good luck with that, Snoop. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has signed a put pilot agreement (meaning it will almost certainly pick up the show in question, but if it doesn't it owes someone a lot of money) for... wait for it... a procedural! The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken is teaming up with super-producer Joel Silver for a drama about an Oakland (510 reprezent!) detective who teams up with a punk-girl hacker to solve crimes. Quick! Someone clone Pauly Perrette! [Deadline Hollywood]

... FX has ordered 13 episodes of Unsupervised, an animated comedy from the writers of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show follows two teenagers who go through life without adult supervision and has a kick-ass voice cast featuring Justing Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, and Kaitlin Olsen. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Remember Martin Lawrence? The guy who was last relevant in the mid-'90s? Well, CBS thinks he's still hot and is working on a new show with him. CBS, always on the cutting edge! [Variety]

... ABC Family is working on two more shows that you will feel guilty about watching. Strut, about a former showgirl who works with a high school drill team, and Intercept, about college hackers, are close to securing pilot orders, say these guys in this link → [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is throwing its hat into the (three) ring with Bazirkus, a workplace drama set in a circus. I'm really looking forward to finding out who hooks up with the Bearded Lady! [Deadline Hollywood]


... That dude who won The Voice is playing a certain famous blind black singer in that upcoming show about Playboy bunnies. [TV Line]

... Robert Englund, who played Freddy Kreuger in the Nightmare on Elm Street flicks, will guest-star on Hawaii Five-0. He'll play a homeless war vet because he won't even have to change or spend time in makeup or anything. [EW]

... Showtime's upcoming House of Lies is putting together a pretty sweet cast. Richard Schiff (The West Wing) has joined Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and Ben Schwartz; Schiff will play the boss of the consulting firm that employs Cheadle and Bell's characters. [THR]

... Rebecca Romijn will guest-star on Chuck because she's the only person in the universe left who hasn't yet appeared on the show. Jeez, this show loves its guest stars!. [EW]


... Oxygen has renewed Jersey Couture. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Style has renewed Tia & Tamera. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Spike TV has renewed Bar Rescue. [Spike, via press release]

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