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News Briefs: Vampire Diaries, Accidentally on Purpose, and Robert DeNiro's new show

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... Longtime actor Henry Gibson (Laugh-In, Nashville) has died. He was most recently seen as the hilarious series regular Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal. Gibson was 73. [Variety]

... Jenna Elfman plays a pregnant woman in her brand-new comedy Accidentally On Purpose. Now Jenna Elfman is really pregnant. Too far, method acting. Too far. [TV Guide]

... Spike Lee and Robert DeNiro are teaming up to create Alphaville, a Showtime drama series about Manhattan's Alphabet City. Set in the 1980s, the show will chronicle "Alphabet City's gritty and tumultuous past before it became the gentrified East Village" -- so basically it will have the same setting as the musical Rent but with less singing. [THR]

... There was a show that aired on FOX for all of about 9 minutes in 2002 called Greg the Bunny. It was funny! But it was about a puppet and Seth Green, so it didn't really have what you would call major appeal. It's languished in various iterations on IFC, but now MTV is developing a spin-off called Warren the Ape. The plans for imperial puppet domination are in motion. There's nothing we can do now. [Variety]

... 100 Questions, a midseason show about a girl who joins a dating site, has recast two of its roles. Smith Cho and Collette Wolfe are in, Elizabeth Ho and Joy Suprano are out. We feel sorry for Ho and Suprano, sure, but, as the article says, Wolfe "recently wrapped the MGM feature Hot Tub Time Machine." So she's a winner. We're sure Cho is nice too. [THR]

... Saffron Burrows, who probably really likes this GAP commercial, is in negotiations to fill the detective slot vacated by Julianne Nicholson's Wheeler on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. [THR]

... Whitley Wayne Jasmine Guy has been cast as Katerina Graham's grandmother on The Vampire Diaries. Apparently it's fine that Guy is in her 40s, because the grandmother is a witch. [Digital Spy via TV Tattle]

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