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Channel Surfing: Time is Up for "24," Keri Russell Circles "Wilde Kingdom," Adam Scott Talks "Parks and Recreation," "Lie to Me," and More

Welcome to your Wednesday morning television briefing.

While FOX and 20th Century Fox Television won't comment, Variety's Michael Schneider is reporting that it appears that Day Eight of 24 will be the series' last. A final decision on the fate of the Kiefer Sutherland-led serialized drama will be made in the next day or so but it's not looking as though 24 will continue for a ninth season, at least at FOX. "The studio is said to be considering shopping 24 to other nets -- but given the thriller's age and pricetag, it's believed interest from other outlets will be limited," writes Schneider. "Yet even as the bell tolls for 24 in primetime, the franchise is far from dead. Sutherland and the 24 team have been keen on adapting the show as a feature film, and have made major strides in recent months toward making that long-term goal a reality." (Variety)

In quite possibly one of the best pieces of casting news around, Keri Russell (Felicity) is said to be in talks to star opposite Will Arnett in FOX's Mitch Hurwitz-executive produced single-camera comedy pilot Wilde Kingdom. Russell would play a "charitable tree-hugging woman" whom Arnett's character, a "Beverly Hills jackass," falls in love with. Project, from Lionsgate Television and Tantamount, is written and directed by Hurwitz, who wrote the pilot with Arnett and Jim Vallely. [Editor: I'm praying to the casting gods that the studio is able to close a deal with Russell ASAP.] (Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

TV Guide Magazine's Will Keck talks to Party Down's Adam Scott about his upcoming role on NBC's Parks and Recreation. "What I know is I'm coming in for the last couple episodes of this season, and then for Season Three I will be a regular," Scott told Keck. "I think I'm going to be getting a lot of screen time with Amy, which is great. When I start, I'm not a part of the government agency. I'm an outsider. But I think there's potential for that to change." (TV Guide Magazine)

FOX's Lie to Me will return on June 7th and will air original episodes throughout the summer as part of the network's efforts to implement a post-season strategy. FOX will pair the back half of Lie to Me's second season with Matt Nix's cop drama The Good Guys (formerly known as Code 58), which will get a sneak peek on May 19th. Glee, meanwhile, will wrap up its first season on June 8th and the leftover episodes from Past Life will also air this summer. (Hollywood Reporter, Variety)

Production on Season Two of Starz's Spartacus: Blood and Sand has been delayed, due to star Andy Whifield's treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma in New Zealand. Whitfield's prognosis is said to be good, with Starz stating that the condition is treatable and was detected early. "I'm receiving excellent care, and am feeling strong, positive and determined with an army of support behind me," said Whitfield in a statement. Season One of Spartacus will wrap its run on Starz on April 16th. (via press release)

Charlie Sheen will return to the set of CBS' Two and a Half Men next week after checking himself into a rehab clinic on February 23rd after a series of events that included a domestic violence charge against the star. Sheen is expected to return to work on Tuesday. (Variety)

Jimmy Smits (Cane) will star in NBC's untitled John Eisendrath drama pilot (a.k.a. Rough Justice) and will also co-executive produce. Smits will play Cyrus Garza, described as a "by-the-book Supreme Court Justice who excuses himself from the bench to go into private practice and fight constitutional injustices." (Hollywood Reporter)

CBS has renewed reality series Undercover Boss for a second season, though didn't immediately issue an episodic count for the sophomore run of the series, which follows corporate CEOs as they go undercover in their organizations. (Variety)

Pilot casting update: Judy Greer (Archer) will star opposite David Krumholtz in FOX I.R.S. comedy pilot Tax Man; Jerry O'Connell (Carpoolers) will join Jim Belushi in CBS pilot Defenders; Madchen Amick (Damages) has joined the cast of FOX drama pilot Pleading Guilty; Jason Biggs will star in CBS comedy pilot True Love (also cast: Dan Fogler); Brooke Bloom (CSI: Miami) and Vanessa Minnillo (True Beauty) have joined the cast of NBC comedy pilot This Little Piggy; Anna Chlumsky (30 Rock) has scored one of the leads in CBS drama pilot Quinn-Tuplets; Melinda Clarke (The O.C.) and Aaron Stanford (Traveler) have been added to the cast of the CW action pilot Nikita; Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Hayes MacArthur (Worst Week) have come aboard NBC's comedy pilot Perfect Couples; Debra Jo Rupp (That 70's Show) has been cast in ABC's untitled Shana Goldberg-Meehan comedy pilot; and Jay Hernandez (Six Degrees) and Michael Beach (Stargate Atlantis) have been cast in CBS' untitled Hannah Shakespeare medical drama pilot. (Hollywood Reporter)

Bravo is expected to announce today that Isaac Mizrahi will return as host for Season Two of its reality competition series The Fashion Show at today's cable upfronts. The cabler will also announce launch dates for Bethenny's Getting Married, which follows Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel as she prepares for her nuptials, and Top Chef: Just Desserts. (Variety)

TVGuide.com's Adam Bryant is reporting that Navi Rawat (NUMB3RS) is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC's Castle, slated to air April 5th, where she she will play mummification expert Rachel Walters who finds herself involved in Castle and Beckett's investigation when a museum curator is found murdered. (TVGuide.com)

Following ABC's decision to keep Castle on Mondays (rather than give it a test-run on Sundays after Desperate Housewives), the network has announced that it will use the Sunday, March 21st 10 pm timeslot to instead offer a sneak peek at reality series Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Due to the sneak, the series launch for the series--which stars British chef Jamie Oliver--has been pushed to April 2nd. And Castle will get a chance to test the Sunday audience; ABC has now slated a repeat of Castle for Sunday, March 30th. (The Wrap's TVMoJoe)

UK viewers will be able to see Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva, following a deal between Sony Pictures Television and Virgin Media's Living, which will launch the series this spring. (Broadcast)

Nickelodeon has signed a three-year deal with iCarly creator Dan Schneider said to be in the eight-figure range. (Variety)

In other Nick-related news, the cabler has ordered two pilots: single-camera comedy Supah Ninja, about ninja high schoolers, and multi-camera comedy Everyday Kid, about a teenager who wakes up each morning with a new ability. The two pilots join Summer Camp, all of which are in contention for series orders. (Hollywood Reporter)

Former Oprah Winfrey Show executive producer Ellen Rakieten has signed an overall deal with RelativityReal, under which she will develop and produce unscripted series. (Variety)

Stay tuned.

Comments

Sianne said…
I heart Keri Russell and would love to see her in a Mitch Hurwitz/Will Arnett comedy! Fingers crossed that it happens!
Katelyn said…
I'm excited to hear we've got three more years of iCarly to look forward to! I know Schneider said on his Dan Warp blog that they'd ordered more episodes from him, but he wasn't sure how many years that involved.

(Am I the only grownup who is watching this show long after the kids have left the room to do something else?)

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