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OWN Revamps Lineup, Jeri Ryan Guests on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 8th 2011 1:00PM
OWNOprah Winfrey is shaking things up at OWN.

The network, which launched in January, hasn't been performing as well as the talk show host had hoped, and the New York Post reports that network brass have been shaking things up behind the scenes.

"We're doing a lot of changes to the schedule," a spokesman for OWN told the Post yesterday. First up: moving OWN's highest-performing show, 'Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes,' to Sunday nights.

The "reboot" will focus on celebrity reality shows, with 'Behind the Scenes' anchoring the new schedule. There will also be another advertising push.

In other TV news ...

'Body of Proof' star Jeri Ryan is moonlighting for an episode on the final season of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.' The actress tweeted about the gig yesterday, saying "Phew! Just got back to my room after a good but long shoot day on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I start slightly-less-dark & early tomorrow!" [Twitter]

Author Michael Chabon and wife Ayelet Waldman have sold a pilot about magicians and con men who fight Hitler. 'Hobgoblin' is in the early stages of development at HBO. Chabon and Waldman will co-write the script. [Variety]

Chuck Lorre has hired his own lawyer to fight this Charlie Sheen mess. Also in today's Sheen news: a possible live show from the embattled star. [THR Esq., Radar]

Former 'Desperate Housewives' actor Richard Burgi will play a conjoined twin on 'Hot in Cleveland.' The character will go on a date with Victoria, who's unaware of the situation. [TV Guide]

It's pilot casting roundup time!

Emily VanCamp will headline 'Revenge,' about a woman who moves to the Hamptons to seek, uh, revenge. [TV Line]

'Scrubs' star John C. McGinley and Adam Arkin have joined 'Smothered,' while Larry Wilmore has signed on for CBS's untitled Peter Knight comedy. [Deadline]

Meredith Hagner has joined 'Awakening,' Mo Gaffney will star in 'My Freakin' Family,' Shane McRae has signed on for the pilot formerly known as 'Home Grown,' Riley Smith will star in 'Cooper & Stone' and Chris Carmack and Robert Hoffman will appear in 'Grace.' [Deadline]

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