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A&E Cancels 'The Cleaner' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 28th 2009 12:14PM
The Cleaner cancelledA&E cancels 'The Cleaner,' the CW gives 'The Beautiful Life: TBL' some ugly news, Madonna books Letterman and more of today's top TV headlines.The Cleaner cancelledA&E has pulled the plug on 'The Cleaner,' starring Benjamin Bratt as an extreme interventionalist. The news comes on the heels of the show's second season finale, which aired earlier this month. This now leaves the network without any scripted series ('The Beast,' starring the late Patrick Swayze, was canceled earlier this summer). [Hollywood Reporter]

The Beautiful Life: TBL cancelledThe CW has canceled the Mischa Barton vehicle 'The Beautiful Life: TBL,' about a bunch of young models living together in New York. The show premiered to dismal ratings back on Sept. 16, and was quickly pulled after its second episode was seen by just 1.1 million viewers. As if Mischa needed more bad news. [PopEater]

Madonna LettermanFCC employees, beware: Late-show host David Letterman has booked Madonna for an exclusive interview, airing this Wednesday on CBS. The Grammy-winning superstar will sit down to discuss -- among other things -- her greatest hits CD, 'Celebration,' which hits stores tomorrow. Or maybe she just wants to show 'SNL''s Jenny Slate how it's done. [The Wrap]

VABC is planning to split up the first season of 'V,' premiering Nov 3 on the network. The first four episodes are expected to air in November, and will end with some type of cliffhanger. 'V' will then resume in the spring, with a return date poised for as early as March. 'V,' a remake of the '80s miniseries about an alien invasion, stars Scott Wolf and 'Lost''s Elizabeth Mitchell. [Hollywood Reporter]

Moby DickDonald Sutherland, Gillian Anderson and Charlie Cox have been cast in the multimillion dollar epic 'Moby Dick,' co-starring William Hurt and Ethan Hawke. Sutherland will reportedly play Father Maple, while Anderson has signed on to play Elizabeth, Ahab's wife. Cox ('Stardust') will star as Ishmael, the story's narrator. At least now we'll know what to call him. [Variety]

ALSO IN TV NEWS ...

TNT has snagged the basic cable rights to Quentin Tarantino's box office smash 'Inglorious Basterds.' The network will reportedly pay about $12 million for the movie, which stars Brad Pitt as the leader of a murderous group out for Nazi blood. 'Basterds' is expected to premiere in 2012. [Variety]

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