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Janet Jackson to Pay Tribute to Michael at MTV VMAs & More TV News

by Patricia Chui, posted Sep 9th 2009 3:05PM
Janet JacksonMiss Jackson to honor her late brother, Jerry Bruckheimer and the producer of 'Chuck' score new pilots, Judd Nelson and Gavin Rossdale make guest-starring appearances on the small screen and more of today's top TV headlines.Janet JacksonBreak out your hanky ... again. Though few specific details have been revealed, Janet Jackson will open MTV's Video Music Awards (airing Sun., Sept. 13 at 9PM) with a tribute to her late brother, King of Pop Michael Jackson. Looks like we may actually start watching the VMAs again. [Popeater]

Jerry BruckheimerImagine if you had a whole team of agents (well, competent agents) chasing 'The Fugitive.' Now throw Jerry Bruckheimer into the mix. NBC will be working with the action producer extraordinaire on a pilot about a team charged with hunting down fugitives from justice; it's the network's first collaboration with Bruckheimer since 2005's quickly canceled military drama 'E-Ring.' [Variety]

ChuckScott Rosenbaum, executive producer of NBC's 'Chuck,' has signed a deal with Fox to produce a Western drama with a sci-fi twist -- featuring "a gunslinger caught between worlds," according to Rosenbaum. It's not the first time that Western and sci-fi worlds have collided -- see: 'Firefly' and 'Wild Wild West' -- though Rosenbaum's series promises to be more "epic" in scope. Think ... 'Deadwood' in space? [The Hollywood Reporter]

Peter GallagherWelcome back, Sandy Cohen! Peter Gallagher will co-star in the USA Network's pilot 'Covert Affairs,' playing the director of the CIA; Piper Perabo will play a multilingual CIA trainee. Wonder what Sandy would think of Gallagher's working for The Man? [The Hollywood Reporter]

Judd NelsonEver wonder what happened to Judd Nelson? Wonder no more, because he'll be guest-starring this winter on USA's 'Psych' as a CDC researcher who specializes in an Ebola-like disease. 'Psych' is rather fond of the Brat Pack -- Nelson's pal from the '80s, Ally Sheedy, was featured as the Ying Yang Killer in the show's third season finale. [Ausiello Files]

Gavin RossdaleBrace yourselves for some rocker hotness, 'Criminal Minds' fans -- Gavin Rossdale will be guest-starring on the CBS show as a Goth rock musician who may or not be a serial killer. It remains to be seen which will be the bigger stretch for Rossdale: playing a murderer, or playing a Goth. [Ausiello Files]

Doctor WhoHe's known as a screenwriter ('Four Weddings and A Funeral,' 'Notting Hill,' 'Bridget Jones's Diary') and director ('Love Actually') of romantic comedies, but Richard Curtis will be lending his talents to the small screen when he pens an episode of the BBC sci-fi drama 'Doctor Who.' "I am very interested in time travel for some reason or other," he told the Sun newspaper, also confessing that he was working on a low-budget movie about the subject. No word on whether there'll be any romance or comedy involved in either. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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