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Channel Surfing: "Ugly Betty" Moves to Wednesdays, FX Slates "Damages" Return, "Shield" Reunion on "Lie to Me," and More

Welcome to your Wednesday morning television briefing.

Looks like Betty Suarez is moving again. Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd is reporting that struggling dramedy series Ugly Betty, now in its fourth season, will be rescued from the Friday night death slot and given a berth on Wednesdays at 10 pm ET/PT, essentially creating a three-hour block of comedy programming for ABC. Meanwhile, the now vacant Friday night timeslot will be filled by the five remaining unaired episodes of Shark Tank. (Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed)

FX has announced a launch date for Season Three of serpentine legal thriller Damages, which will return to the lineup on Monday, January 25th at 10 pm ET/PT. In other scheduling, Nip/Tuck will debut its final season on Wednesday, January 6th at 10 pm ET/PT and animated comedy Archer begins on Thursday, January 14th while drama Justified will premiere in March and comedy Louie will debut later in the spring. (Televisionary)

Los Angeles Times' Maria Elena Fernandez is reporting that six cast members from FX's The Shield will reunite on screen for an upcoming episode of Lie to Me, which is now executive produced by Shield creator Shawn Ryan in its second season. The episode, which will air in the spring, will feature Benito Martinez, Catherine Dent, Kenny Johnson, Cathy Cahlin Ryan, David Marciano, and David Rees Snell. (Los Angeles Times/Show Tracker)

NBC is developing legal drama Tommy Supreme, based on the life of Tom Goldstein, a lawyer who has argued 21 cases before the Supreme Court. Project, from writer/executive producer Barry Schindel, Universal Media Studios, and Circle of Confusion, is described as an "inverse House" with a "likable guy in the most unlikable profession." (Variety)

BBC America has announced their January plans, which include the launch of comedy The Inbetweeners on Monday, January 25th at 9 pm ET/PT, the launch of Season Three of Last Restaurant Standing on Tuesday, January 5th, and the premiere of supernatural drama Demons on Saturday, January 2nd. (Televisionary)

E! Online's Kristin Dos Santos has confirmed with the CW that Kelly Hu will be guest staring on Vampire Diaries, where she will appear in flashbacks as Pearl, an apothecary. "Contrary to other reports," writes Dos Santos, "she doesn't go door to door and accidentally try to sell vervain to Katherine (Nina Dobrev)." Hu's first appearance is slated to air on January 28th. (E! Online's Watch with Kristin)

Simon Cowell has partnered with Philip Green to bring reality competition series X Factor to Las Vegas in a global pay-per-view online venture. ""The plan is to take it to Vegas," Green told British GQ in an interview. "We'll have a permanent place. The home of The X Factor -- live from Vegas." The duo plan to produce two talent shows per week and offer them via pay-per-view online. (Hollywood Reporter)

20th Century Fox Television has signed a multi-year overall deal with Glee co-creator/executive producer Brad Falchuk, who will remain aboard the FOX musical comedy while also developing new projects for the studio. He'll also be considered for directing gigs on the studio's pilot after his direction of several episodes of Glee this season. (Variety)

Musician/producer T Bone Burnett has joined Epix drama pilot Tough Trade as an executive producer while Azita Ghanizada has been cast as the wife of Cary Elwes' character in the Lionsgate Television-produced project. (Hollywood Reporter)

CBS Television Stations have signed a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for a two-year syndicated pickup for crime procedural Cold Case in 16 markets. (Variety)

Stay tuned.


wildhoney said…
SO happy that Damages is scheduled for Mondays as I couldn't handle it being on the same night as Lost again. Way too much drama for one night!
Unknown said…
So glad Betty is out of the graveyard and damages is back! Great news.
Ugly Bettie said…
I know, i had just started to enjoy the show when I found out it had been canceled...

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