News Briefs: Viewer Backlash Kills Kalinda's The Good Wife Storyline

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NOW PLEASE COMPLAIN ABOUT DECLAN ON REVENGE NEWS

... If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that complaining will get you everywhere. Fans of CBS's The Good Wife got all fussy over this season's storyline involving Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and her estranged and pervy husband Nick, and the producers heard y'all loud and clear. So loud and clear that they've decided to back off from the plot and wrap it up as soon as possible. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... Your favorite person in the world Howie Mandel is baaaaaack. NBC has picked up his game show Take It All and will run it in big batches just before the holidays (December 10–17). The program is essentially a high-stakes version of the popular gift-swapping game White Elephant, in which contestants are given a prize and can choose to swap it with the prizes that contestants chose before him/her. What can be more fun than watching someone else stress about free stuff? [NBC via press release]

... The final season of HBO's Treme will be five episodes long. *sad trombone* [Hitfix]

... Bravo is developing a drama centered on the greatest war of all time: the 1980s Cola Wars! Flipping Out's showrunner (reality programs have showrunners?) Andrew Hoegl has written a script about the tumultuous times between Coca-Cola and Pepsi and the millions of people who died from over-caffeination and cavities. Look, I don't like to get political here, but if you think Pepsi is better than Coke, you're an idiot. [Deadline Hollwood]

... Another The Office actor is looking for his next gig. Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin on the NBC comedy, has signed on to star in a comedy that's in development at ABC. Baumgartner would star as a mid-level airline executive. Craig Robinson, Angela Kinsey, and Rainn Wilson also have starring vehicles in the works. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bonnie Hunt and Ben Stiller are developing a comedy at ABC called compliKATEd. You'll never guess what the lead character's name is! Hunt would star as KATE, a "confidently insecure woman with a" compliKATEd "life." Sorry, I had to quit the quoting there to get the KATE in. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Seth Green will guest-star on How I Met Your Mother, where he'll appear alongside his old Buffy the Vampire Slayer costar Alyson Hanigan, so this piece of news can't be reported without saying that it's a big Buffy reunion. Seth will play a college buddy of Lily and Marshall's who is like totally way more into them than they were into him. Barring some alien invasion of cataclysmic event like a rabbit uprising, it will air on December 10. [TV Line]

... Rebecca Romijn will star in the new TNT pilot King and Maxwell. She'll play the Maxwell part, a former secret service agent who solves political cases with a guy named King. [EW]

... Mira Sorvino will star in the new TNT pilot Trooper, a drama about a mother who decides to become a state trooper. Yes, this is the same project that was set up at CBS last pilot season but then got passed on. [TV Line]

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