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News Roundup: 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Brothers & Sisters' Get Script Orders, Wentworth Miller Eyes 'Spartacus' Role and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 14th 2010 6:20PM
'No Ordinary Family'Though 'No Ordinary Family' hasn't been pulling in extraordinary ratings, ABC ordered four more scripts of the new series.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the network also called for an additional four scripts of 'Brothers & Sisters,' which was only picked up for 18 episodes this season, and one more script of the midseason medical drama 'Off the Map.'

Additionally, The Ausiello Files reports that The CW has ordered two more scripts for its struggling sophomore series 'Life Unexpected.'

While extra scripts aren't a guarantee for more episodes, it's a very telling -- and good -- sign that the network is pleased with the way the shows are performing.

In other TV news ...

Wentworth Miller is reportedly interested in taking over Andy Whitfield's role in 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.' The show is re-casting Whitfield's role while the star undergoes treatment for cancer. [The Ausiello Files]

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently filming her guest spot on 'Glee.' Ryan Murphy said in a Paley Center panel last night that she will sing a song from 'Chicago' and scream at a teapot while dressed as Mary Todd Lincoln. [Wall Street Journal]

John Heard and Evan Handler have joined the cast of HBO's 'To Big to Fail,' and Kathy Baker will co-star in Lifetime's 'Against the Wall' pilot. The HBO film chronicles the 2008 financial collapse, while the Lifetime show is a Chicago-set family drama about a policewoman who joins the internal affairs department. [Deadline]

Disney renewed 'Wizards of Waverly Place' for season 4. The season 3 finale airs on Friday night, and the cast will shoot a second TV movie next year. [TV Guide]

The mother of a 15-year-old girl who appeared on an episode of 'Tyra' about sex addiction is suing the show. She claims the producers did not get her permission to fly her daughter to New York and pay her for the appearance. [THR, Esq.]

Louise Fletcher will guest star on 'Private Practice.' The actress will play Pete's mother -- look for her in episode 9. [TV Guide]

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It's going to be hard to replace Andy for Spartacus; but if Wentworth Miller can buff up, he'd be an interesting pick.

October 14 2010 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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