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Padma Lakshmi Lands NBC Sitcom Deal & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 20th 2009 1:45PM
Padma Lakshmi'Top Chef''s Padma Lakshmi has signed a sitcom deal with NBC, which will reportedly have the Emmy nominee starring in her own half-hour series. We'll eat to that.

Also in the news today: Production on 'The Beautiful Life' gets delayed, while Sean Bean learns to play the 'Game.'

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.Padma Lakshmi'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi may star in her own sitcom. The Emmy nominee has reportedly signed a development deal with NBC for a half-hour comedy series, said to be about a "woman working in the culinary world." Sounds kind of like 'Top Chef: The Series.' [Variety]

Mischa BartonThe production start date on the CW's 'The Beautiful Life' has been postponed from July 22 to July 31. Show sources claim the delay was caused by sets not being completed on time, not star Mischa Barton's recent hospitalization. How convenient. [Hollywood Reporter]

Sean BeanSean Bean will star in HBO's adaptation of 'Game of Thrones,' playing Ned Stark, King Robert's (Mark Addy) closest advisor. 'The Station Agent''s Peter Dinklage will also co-star in the new series about seven kingdoms fighting for the Iron Throne, to be directed by Tom McCarthy ('The Visitor'). [Hollywood Reporter]

Adam BeachAdam Beach ('Law & Order: SVU') has booked a new role on HBO's 'Big Love.' Beach will play Tommy Flute in a season-long recurring role, the son of Jerry (Robert Beltran), Bill's (Bill Paxton) business partner. [Hollywood Reporter]

Katey SagalWhen 'Futurama' returns next season, it may be with new voices. Salary offers for the original cast, which includes Billy West and Katey Sagal, were reportedly lower than the stars had requested, causing 20th Century Fox to put out a casting call for replacement actors. However, sources claim a deal may still be reached. [Variety]

Walter CronkiteTV news icon Walter Cronkite has died. The most trusted man in America lost his battle with cerebrovascular disease on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 92. [Variety]

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