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Mayim Bialik Promoted to Series Regular on 'Big Bang Theory,' Long Wait for 'The Walking Dead' Season 2 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 16th 2010 1:30PM
Mayim BialikThe sun is surely going to shine for Mayim Bialik. The former 'Blossom' star has been promoted to series regular on CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory.'

Bialik's deal is for this season only and does not call for her to appear in every episode, Deadline Hollywood reports. The previously recurring guest star first debuted at the end of last season and has popped up a handful of times this season.

This move is similar to one made earlier this year with recurring guest star Melissa Rauch. She's also signed as a regular for this season and not contracted for all episodes.

Since 'Blossom,' Bialik has appeared on many shows, including 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'Bones' and most recently 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager.'

In other TV news ...

TLC has renewed 'Freaky Eaters.' The show, about people plagued with strange eating habits, averaged 1.2 million viewers during its first season. Past subjects have included a man with a cheeseburger addiction and a woman who only eats sweets. Look for the new season next summer. [Live Feed]

Lindsay Price will guest star on 'CSI: New York.' The 'Eastwick' alumna will play Kate, a woman who bonds with Det. Lindsay Monroe Messer (Anna Belknap) after her traumatic past comes back to haunt her. [Entertainment Weekly]

Fans of 'The Walking Dead' may have to wait until October 2011 for a season 2. AMC's October Fearfest programing served as a great tool to launch the series, and the network is hoping to replicate that success. Plus, season 2 hasn't begun filming yet. [Live Feed]

TJ Lavin has left the hospital. The MTV host and professional BMXer had been hospitalized for about a month after an accident in Las Vegas. [PEOPLE]

TruTV has renewed 'Hardcore Pawn.' The pawn shop reality show has averaged 1.8 million viewers in its first season. Season 2 will premiere in December. [Live Feed]

Chelsea Handler's business empire just got a bit bigger. The E! host and author has launched an imprint with Hachette Book Group's Grand Central Publishing. The new imprint is called Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book and will publish Handler's new book 'Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me.' [Deadline Hollywood]

CBS is developing 'Raising Men,' a half-hour comedy about a father who learns what it means to be a man from raising his sons. The series is based on an article called 'How to Raise Men' by A.J. Jacobs, which ran in the June 2010 issue of Esquire magazine. [Variety]

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We're currently CASTING Season 2 of TLC's "Freaky Eaters."

If you are an adult with extreme eating habits and you would like to know more about our show please email us at freakyeaters@shedmediaus.com.

Be sure to include your name, age, city/state, and a little bit about you eating habits!

November 17 2010 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OK, here we go..The Walking Dead..an entire year? really? have you not learned anything from lost? You make us wait a year for new episodes..that says "screw you" to us viewers, so now forget you...I'll wait a few years and rent a season at a time..I'd rather do that than try and pick up a story line after a year

November 17 2010 at 12:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

sad to see a good show like big bang geting ready to jump that shark :(

November 16 2010 at 9:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm over Amy Farrah Fowler. I was pretty much over her by the time Shamy broke-up and I was disappointed to see Sheldon's mum patch things up again for her son (plus the cats were cute). I just don't see the need for another Sheldon. One Sheldon on the show is more than enough, but another Sheldon (even if it is of the female variety) is overkill.

November 16 2010 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BBT's morph into "Sheldon and Friends" has not been a good thing from PoV. Oh well, I started watching Community over the summer.

November 16 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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