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Channel Surfing: Kristen Bell Wants Veronica Mars Movie, Treme Nabs Jon Seda, Lone Star, Chuck, and More

Welcome to your Friday morning television briefing.

Kristen Bell, movie mogul? The former Veronica Mars star told The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg that she would self-finance a feature film version of her dearly departed CW/UPN noir drama... if Warner Bros. would release the rights to Veronica Mars. "It's a business and the sad truth is that ... they're not going to relinquish the rights to something and let us do it," said Bell. "We really have to do it with them because they own it... At this point, Warner Bros. can make it but like any studio they have research that tells them whether or not they'll make their money back," she added. "And that's what we've been told: That it's just not there. So my duty, because I wanted this movie made from the minute our show got canceled, is to a) do it before I'm 40; and b) to prove to Warner Bros. that there is an audience. You already have 3 million who watched it every week hardcore fans that will see it -- you can only build from there." Bell went on to say that she was open to doing a web series but is holding out hope of a big screen version of Mars: "" would be down with doing a Web series," she said. "I think, and I don't speak for anyone else but myself, but I think that they want it grand because it is deserving of being on the big screen. I think that maybe our creators would settle for that but I think that we all really want to push for the movie if it can happen." (Hollywood Reporter)

Deadline's Nellie Andreeva is reporting that Jon Seda (The Pacific) has been cast as a series regular in Season Two of HBO's New Orleans-set drama series Treme, where he will play "a politically connected developer and venture capitalist from Dallas, who becomes involved in the renewal efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans." [Editor: Prior to the first season launch, co-creator David Simon told me that he wanted to create a role for Seda. Looks like he was able to.] (Deadline)

Lone Star creator Kyle Killen has written an open letter on his blog entitled "You're Invited to Our Stunning Upset," in which he pleads with viewers to tune into his FOX con man drama series, which is--after one episode--on death watch after premiering to staggeringly low numbers on Monday. "Here we are. Still alive. A little groundhog peeking out of a bomb crater to see if there's six more weeks of nuclear winter or if, perhaps, something can grow in this hole. And that's where you come in," wrote Killen. "For us to survive we're going to have to pull off a minor miracle. Statistically, new shows tend to lose viewers in their second week. We're aiming to gain them. In fact, screw it, let's just double our audience. The good news is, our audience was so small that if my Mom AND my Dad watch it we'll pretty much be there." (The Letter Eleven)

E! Online's Watch with Kristin has an exclusive first look at a photo of Chuck's Yvonne Strahovski facing down supermodel Karolina Kurkova in Monday night's episode. "I have to admit I got beat up by a girl. Yeah, that's what happened. See this is what happens when you hang out with girls. Girls beat you up," Kurkova told E! Online. "We're gonna be in a fashion show, on a fashion runway. I throw her onto the runway and I start beating her up like seriously beating her up—there's a whole choreography. I'm gonna have a knife, and it's serious girl fight." (E! Online's Watch with Kristin)

Fancast's Matt Mitovich is reporting that former Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku will guest star in at least one episode of CBS' The Big Bang Theory, where she will play "an FBI agent assigned to conduct a background check on Wolowitz (played by Simon Helberg) when he needs high-level clearance for a new project." Dushku will appear in the seventh episode of the current season, which launched last night. (Fancast)

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has been cast as the male lead in USA drama pilot Necessary Roughness, opposite Callie Thorne (Rescue Me). (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

The New York Times's Dave Itzkoff has a tongue-in-cheek post about whether NBC's Thursday night comedies are becoming the same show as Community, 30 Rock, and The Office all returned "with similar jokes that can only point toward their convergence into one identical show." (New York Times's ArtsBeat)

The CW has ordered six additional scripts for Hellcats and One Tree Hill, both of which had been ordered with thirteen-episode commitments this season. Elsewhere, Lifetime renewed Army Wives for a fifth season and Drop Dead Diva for a third. (Variety)

History has ordered eight episodes of Pawn Stars spin-off Rusty Nuts, which will focus on restoration expert Rick Dale as he "brings trashed treasures back to life." Series, from executive produced Brent Montgomery, will launch on October 25th. (Hollywood Reporter)

Change is afoot at Reveille, where Howard T. Owens will serve as the shingle's sole managing director, while Mark Koops will exit the company, which is now overseen by Shine Group Americas CEO Emiliano Calemzuk. Meanwhile, Robin Ashbrook has been hired as the head of nonscripted entertainment at the company. (Variety)

The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters is reporting that Lauren Zalaznick "has declined to extend her contract, even though the NBC Uni brass have entreated her to do so for months," leading Master to believe that Bonnie Hammer could soon gain more oversight if Comcast had to choose between one of the two top executives. "Lauren brings in edge, Bonnie brings in money," said an unnamed source. "If one has eight things to oversee, the other one gets eight ... Whatever list comes out, it's all about, 'Am I up above her?'" (Hollywood Reporter)

Deadline's Nellie Andreeva is reporting that Sean and Bryan Furst have teamed up with Richard Shepard to launch a new television production company named Olé, which has already set up two series, including Showtime black comedy Corkscrew and an untitled CBS medical drama from writers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper. (Deadline)

MTV has hired two development executives, hiring Shannon Fitzgerald for East Coast and former Hills co-executive producer Colin Nash for the West Coast. (Variety)

Stay tuned.


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