According to Deadline Hollywood, Paul Scheer's 'NTSF: SD: SUV' has been picked up for 12 episodes. The procedural parody started out as a faux commercial on 'Children's Hospital' but has been spun off, with Scheer writing, starring and producing.
Rob Riggle, Brandon Johnson and and June Raphael appeared in the original spoof, some are expected to appear in the series, but not as regulars.
In other TV news ...
• Oprah Winfrey is getting her best ratings in nearly three years. The talk show host has regularly lost to 'Judge Judy,' but her recent chats with Michael Jackson's children, George W. Bush and Marie Osmond has lifter her to an average of 8.3 million viewers. [Hollywood Reporter]
• Jenny Gago has joined the cast of 'Southland.' Gago will recur Detective Josie Ochoa as the partner of Regina King's character. [TV Guide]
• CBS is developing a modern-day western. 'Desperado' comes from 'CSI' creator Anthony Zuiker and follows a band of lawmen who enact cowboy-like justice on criminals. [Hollywood Reporter]
The L Word will kick off its sixth, and final, season in January, with Elizabeth Berkley in tow. That's a pretty nice run for any show, cable or network. If you're experiencing preemptive disappointment over the thought of losing the show, rest easy. As we heard at the TCAs, Ilene Chaiken, creator and executive producer of the show, has been signed to write and produce a pilot for an L Word spinoff.
Even better, we now know that Leisha Hailey has been brought in to star. She plays Alice, and would have easily been my pick for the character to spin off. The Showtime press release doesn't contain any details about what Chaiken has planned for Alice in the new series. We do know that she will take a storyline from season six and continue it as internet-only content. If the pilot goes forward to series, the online component will segue into the new show. I would add, if there is any way to bring back Erica Cerra, I'd be all for that. You can never have too much Erica Cerra on your television. Showtime's press release is after the jump.
Showtime's upcoming fifth season of The L Word will premiere first on OurChart.com, a lesbian-focused social community, according to BusinessWire.com. The OurChart.com premiere is slated for December 30, 2007 followed by the Showtime premiere on January 6, 2008. The choice is no coincidence, as co-founder and CEO of OurChart.com, Ilene Chaiken, is also the creator/producer of The L Word.
This is, regardless of anything else, another example of how technology and the new online media is becoming more and more intertwined with traditional television viewing.
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