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Channel Surfing: Post-Election Day Tidbits

Welcome to your Wednesday morning television briefing. While the post-election television-related news is pretty scant today (though I am filled with hope at the prospect of change under President Elect Obama... while being pretty disappointed in the still undecided tough race for Prop 8 in California), there are a few tidbits to get through.

As the networks prepare to announce their full midseason schedules, many believe that some of our favorite series are in serious jeopardy. Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Lipstick Jungle, Eli Stone, and Life are all said to be on the bubble for midseason. Pushing Daisies' cancellation would make me absolutely heartbroken but the writing is starting to appear on the wall for this sophisticated and unique series. Sigh. (TV by the Numbers)

Nikki Blonsky will guest star on ABC's Ugly Betty, where she will play an assistant at Mode's rival publication, Elle, and will make an offer of friendship to Betty, though naturally she'll have ulterior motives. (TV Guide)

Los Angeles Times' Denise Martin chats with 90210's new showrunner Rebecca Kirchner (Gilmore Girls), brought onto the struggling series less than two months ago. She talks about fixing the character of Annie, last night's slumber party, and pregnancy storylines. (Los Angeles Times)

TNT has cast Logan Marshall-Green (Traveler), Omari Hardwick (The Guardian), and Nicki Aycox (Supernatural) in drama pilot The Line, from executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman, director/executive producer Danny Cannon, and writer Doug Jung. Project follows a squad of undercover LAPD officers. Elsewhere at TNT, Scott Tony Curran (Miami Vice) has joined the cast of drama pilot Bunker Hill from Warner Horizon. (Hollywood Reporter)

Eriq La Salle will return to NBC's ER before the series finale, just not in front of the camera. The former ER star will direct one of long-running series' final episodes that is scheduled to air in February. (Variety)

CBS has ordered a sixth Jesse Stone telepic entitled Jesse Stone: No Remorse, which will follow the franchise's latest offering, which has yet to secure an official airdate. (Hollywood Reporter)

Stay tuned.

Comments

If Pushing Daisies gets cancelled, I will be heartbroken as well. But I guess we should be grateful it got a second season, and that we got to have such a magical show, even for a short time. :o(
Anonymous said…
First Wonderfalls and now this? I would love to see one of Bryan Fuller's incredible and original series last for more than two seasons!
Anonymous said…
So I guess that means that the show that Logan was working on at NBC is now out of the picture?
Jace Lacob said…
Hi Steve,

Yep, "Blue Blood," the NBC pilot that Marshall-Green starred in was terminated back in September and not ordered to series.

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