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Channel Surfing: Eddie Cibrian Flies to "CSI: Miami," Feuerstein Talks "Royal Pains," Daniel Eric Gold Bumped to Regular on "Ugly Betty," and More

Welcome to your Thursday morning television briefing.

Eddie Cibrian (The Starter Wife) has joined the cast of CBS' CSI: Miami as a series regular next season, where he will play a Hollywood police officer that joins the team in Miami. Cibrian most recently appeared in CBS drama pilot Washington Field, which was not picked up to series by the network. Meanwhile, the series' producers confirmed that Adam Rodriguez will be returning next season. (Hollywood Reporter)

E! Online's Watch with Kristin caught up with Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein to find out just what the USA drama has in store for Hank, Jill, and Evan, among other things. "You can expect moments of happiness interspersed with tempestuous fights that are filled with the sexual tension that we have, which leads to either our complete and total demise or our hot and heavy desire to continue that is challenged by lots of different circumstances," said Feuerstein. As for Hank and Evan's relationship, he said that upcoming episodes will reveal "that our father lost a lot of his money in the stock market. That our father has kind of abandoned us. You find out something about our mother—it has to do with her health and her getting sick. That has something to do with why I became a doctor. And the fact that our father has been kind of sketchy with money has something to do with our different opinions about money and the rich and the whole life in the Hamptons that we're now living." And what's this about a possible cross-over with Burn Notice? (E! Online's Watch with Kristin)

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that Ugly Betty's Daniel Eric Gold will be bumped to a series regular next season. However, Ausiello writes, "Don't take that to mean Matt and Betty will reunite and live happily ever after. In fact, I hear Betty producers are already cooking up a fresh obstacle for the pair, and rumor has it they want him to be lovable and blue collarish." (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

Fox 21 has signed a one-year overall deal with Vertigo Entertainment with an option for a second year, under which the shingle will develop both scripted and unscripted programming for the 20th Century Fox Television division. Vertigo previously had an overall deal with Lionsgate Television, for which it developed several properties at ABC, HBO, and Lifetime. (Variety)

Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) will direct FX dramedy pilot Terriers, written/executive produced by Ted Griffin and executive produced by Shawn Ryan. Filming on the one-hour pilot begins in August. (Twitter)

CBS announced their fall primetime launches yesterday, rolling out the majority of its new and returning series during the traditional premiere week. Survivor: Samoa will get a jump on the season with a launch date of Thursday September 17th at 8 pm. How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Accidentally on Purpose will all launch on September 21st. NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and The Good Wife launch on September 22nd; The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: New York all launch the following night on September 23rd; CSI and The Mentalist take off on September 24th; Ghost Whisperer, Medium, and NUMB3RS all launch on September 25th; two-hour premiere of The Amazing Race launches on September 27th with Cold Case; Three Rivers will launch on October 4th. (via press release)

British network ITV have commissioned a second season of thirteen episodes of Law & Order: UK, which is expected to return next year. Series stars Bradley Walsh, Jamie Bamber, and Freema Agyeman will all return for Season Two, which will film later this year. "This new commission brings our total order to 26 episodes which demonstrates our commitment to series that have concepts and storylines that can run long term," said ITV director of drama Laura Mackie. "Audiences clearly loved the first series which featured the cream of British acting talent with gripping 'torn from the headlines' storylines and this will again be at the heart of the new series." ITV also confirmed it had ordered four more episodes of Lewis, which will be shot next month. (The Guardian)

G4 is making history by broadcasting the first ever Comic-Con panel on television, presenting the Star Wars panel as a taped two-hour special entitled "The Star Wars Spectacular" that will include unseen footage and a Clone Wars table read, hosted by Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira. The special will air roughly a day after the live panel, with a telecast set for July 25th at 2 pm. (Variety)

Stay tuned.


Greer said…
I have never been the least bit interested in Law & Order but I have to say that I'd check out an episode of Law & Order: UK just to see Jamie Bamber and Freema Agyeman!
Anonymous said…
I appreciate you keeping Law & Order: UK on the radar here. I'm hoping with more episodes in the pipeline a US outlet will pick up the show for broadcast. While not quite as good as it's predecessors, it's still of a higher quality than many shows that air here.

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