The Bones Spinoff Grabs a Huge Star

... The proposed Bones spin-off, based on the Locator series of books, has grabbed its first cast member. The Green Mile's Michael Clarke Duncan, the man who can rip you into two pieces (and would, if he could get away with it), will play the partner of the show's lead, who is yet to be cast. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Tim Kring is taking another shot at television after driving the once-promising Heroes so far into the ground that it ended up in China. Fox has ordered a pilot of Kring's Touch, a supernatural drama about a father who discovers that his autistic son can predict the future. Don't be surprised if the kid ends up in a carnival in Season 4. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is synonymous with schedule messes, so this news shouldn't be a surprise. The network has decided to put Law & Order: Los Angeles on hold while it rejiggers the series for creative purposes (star Skeet Ulrich and two other stars were recently let go). As a result, Parenthood will no longer move to Mondays as planned. NBC has also decided to put The Marriage Ref on hold, instead adding America's Next Great Restaurant to its schedule. Wow. This is seriously like picking through the garbage to decide what to wear for prom. [Associated Press]

... In non-horrible TV news, Veronica Mars and Party Down creator Rob Thomas is developing a comedy pilot for Fox. Little in Common follows the families involved in a Little League team. [EW]

... Ratings news! The premiere of NBC's Harry's Law, which was trashed by critics, was gobbled up by viewers, drawing 11 million old people viewers, but only a 2.1 rating. But in bad news for fans of carnival-worker bank robbers, The Cape dropped a hefty 31 percent from its premiere. Go ahead and blame Summer Glau. [EW]

... Did you know the "Dad" from $#*! My Dad Says used to be a bit of a sci-fi action star? True story! Well he's helping out one of his pals, as William Shatner revealed via Twitter (how apropos!) that Lee Majors, best known for playing The Six Million Dollar Man, will guest star on the CBS comedy in early February. [THR]

... USA made some development moves today, picking up two new shows to series. A Legal Mind and Necessary Roughness have both received 11-episode orders in addition to 90-minute pilots. A Legal Mind centers on an oddball pair of lawyers, and Necessary Roughness follows a therapist who works for a pro football team. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ricky Gervais will be stopping by the American version of The Office on January 27. Gervais, of course, played the Michael Scott figure in the British version that inspired the U.S. adaptation. Heck, I might even tune in to watch this episode. [TV Line]

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