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Hannibal Lecter TV Series In the Works, TBS Buys Conan O'Brien Comedy Pilot & More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 12th 2011 7:00PM
Bryan FullerHannibal Lecter: TV star? Maybe, just maybe.

According to Deadline, 'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller is at work on a one-hour drama series about the famous cannibal. 'Hannibal' will focus on Lecter's relationship with a young FBI profiler named Will Graham. Lecter's foil Graham is haunted by his knack for empathizing with serial killers. Fuller is executive producing with Martha De Laurentiis, producer of 'Hannibal,' 'Red Dragon' and 'Hannibal Rising.'

The 'Hannibal' project is part of the recently launched Gaumont International Television, run by NBC's former had of drama, Katie O'Connell. In addition to 'Hannibal,' the company is working on 'Madame Tussaud,' a six-hour miniseries from 'The Tudors' creator Michael Hirst.

Over in comedy land, TBS has ordered a pilot from Conan O'Brien. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the multi-camera comedy follows a centers a family man who leaves his day job and returns to his childhood neighborhood. While at home, the character reunites with his old best friend. O'Brien will serve as an executive producer.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Books 'NCIS' Gig

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 25th 2011 4:30PM
Jamie Lee Curtis NCISJamie Lee Curtis has booked her first TV guest star gig since 1996 and will appear on two episodes of 'NCIS.'

According to TV Guide, Curtis will play Charlotte Ryan, a single mom who works for the Office of the Inspector General in the Defense Department. Look for Curtis to spar with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team.

"Jamie's shoot-from-the-hip style embodies everything we want from [Charlotte Ryan] -- humor, heart, strength and a lot of fun," Gary Glasberg, executive producer of 'NCIS,' said in a statement. "We couldn't be more excited she's here."

Glasberg said they're expecting real chemistry between Curtis' character and Gibbs.

Curtis' last credited guest role on an established series was in a 1996 episode of 'The Drew Carey Show.'

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William Petersen Plans 'CSI' Return, 'Wonder Years' Star Visits 'SVU' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 22nd 2011 6:00PM
William PetersenWilliam Petersen is planning a 'CSI' return to coincide with one very big exit.

According to TV Guide Magazine, Petersen will return to help longtime 'CSI' star Marg Helgenberger exit the series.

"[Petersen] told me he's going to come back this season to help us with Marg's exit," series star George Eads said.

Helgenberger is set to exit the series in January.

The last time Petersen made an appearance on 'CSI' was in surprise cameo in the Feb. 2011 episode 'The Two Mrs. Grissoms.'

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Linus Roache Dusts off 'Law & Order' Character for 'SVU,' 'Smallville' Actor Flies to 'Chuck' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 9th 2011 3:00PM
Linus RoacheLinus Roache is bringing back Michael Cutter, his 'Law & Order' character, for a spin on 'SVU.'

According to TVLine, Roache will appear in the Season 13 premiere of 'Law & Order: SVU.' The character now oversees the Special Victims Unit as bureau chief of the district attorney's office.

"I am very happy to be bringing Michael Cutter back to life and exploring how he has evolved into his new position of being a bureau chief and possibly even a mentor," Roache said in a statement. "I think Special Victims is going to be an area where Cutter's passion for justice can really come forth."

'Law & Order: SVU' premieres on Wed., Sept. 21 at 10PM.

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'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Named Most Popular Primetime TV Star

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 4th 2011 6:30AM
Pauley PerretteMore good news for the stars of long-running procedural drama, 'NCIS.' Pauley Perrette has been named the most popular actor on primetime TV.

And she's not the only 'NCIS' star who's winning in the popularity stakes.

'Entertainment Weekly'
reports that the latest Q Scores, a survey taken a few times a year to judge who are the most popular stars, based on audience awareness, ranks several 'NCIS' stars very highly.

Cote de Pablo, who plays Ziva David, has been placed second, with Mark Harmon (4th), David McCallum (5th) and Michael Weatherly (7th) all making it into the Top 10.

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Lily Tomlin Books 'NCIS' Role

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 22nd 2011 7:00PM
Lily TomlinIt turns out Special Agent Timothy McGee's grandma is one funny woman -- Lily Tomlin is set to guest star on 'NCIS' to play the role.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Tomlin will play Penelope in an episode that will air in the early fall.

"We are very excited to have the gifted Lily Tomlin join us to play McGee's grandmother," Gary Glasbeg, executive producer of 'NCIS,' said. "We know she'll bring extraordinary heart and pathos and humor to the show, and the cast and crew are thrilled to have her."

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'Burn Notice' Books Gavin Rossdale as Guest Star

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 2nd 2011 6:20AM
Gavin RossdaleThe British are coming for 'Burn Notice!' It's been announced that both Gavin Rossdale and 'NCIS' alum David Dayan Fisher will be keeping their compatriot Gabrielle Anwar company in the upcoming Season 5.

'Entertainment Weekly' reports that Bush frontman Rossdale will appear in the eighth episode, playing the villainous Armand, a wealthy and powerful man "with a hand in nefarious projects all over the world." Fiona (Anwar) asks him for help, but he'll only lend a hand if she helps him with a major heist job.

Fisher, who has a recurring role on 'NCIS' as C.I.A. agent Trent Kort, is set to play an ambitious and ruthless mercenary in the same episode.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'NCIS,' 'Pretty Little Liars' & More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 20th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Castle,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'Drop Dead Diva,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'In Plain Sight,' 'NCIS,' and 'Pretty Little Liars.'

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CBS Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 18th 2011 9:20AM
Person of InterestIt's CBS's turn to shake things up with its fall schedule, which the network just announced this morning.

'CSI' is finally getting the boot from its longtime Thursday night time slot in favor of the J.J. Abrams-produced 'Person of Interest,' while 'The Good Wife' is getting transferred from Tuesdays at 10PM to the highly competitive Sundays at 9PM slot.

The network's two new comedies will both get their shots after established shows, with '2 Broke Girls' airing after 'How I Met Your Mother' on Mondays and 'How to Be a Gentleman' landing post-'Big Bang Theory' on Thursdays. Interestingly, 'Rules of Engagement' is being pushed to Saturday nights.

CBS is saving the Robert De Niro-produced cop drama 'The 2-2' for mid-season (hopefully with a better name).

The full fall schedule is after the jump.

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'NCIS' Season 8, Episode 24 (Season Finale) Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted May 18th 2011 12:30AM
ncis_season_finale_2011_mark_harmon_michael_weatherly_cbs['NCIS' - 'Pyramid']

At the halfway point of this season finale, it looked like 'NCIS' had delivered a really great, unexpected surprise involving operation Frankenstein. Unfortunately, the big finish -- while satisfying on one level -- was a dud on another. What saved the day, ultimately, was the cliffhanger ending that should keep us guessing all summer long.

Barrett's team had walked into a trap and Cobb succeeded in doing plenty of damage. Suffice to say that next season, the only NCIS agents working in the office will be Leroy Jethro Gibbs' team.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Dexter,' 'NCIS,' 'Pretty Little Liars' & More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 13th 2011 11:00AM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Dexter,' 'NCIS,' 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'The Mentalist,' and 'True Blood.'

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'NCIS' Season 8, Episode 23 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted May 11th 2011 12:15AM
NCIS_2011_CBS_Mcgee_Ziva_Tony['NCIS' - 'Swan Song']

There were two major revelations in this penultimate episode of the 'NCIS' season. We'd been forewarned that somebody close to Gibbs would be killed, a loss so major that it would rock Jethro to the core. Well, it was a major player and it was a jolt ... although astute 'NCIS' viewers had probably suspected who the victim would be and there was little surprise.

The other major development had to do with the ongoing port-to-port serial killer hunt. It all became clear with this episode, as we now know who the killer is and how he came to this grisly pursuit. And yet knowing the name and seeing his face is hardly a reason to celebrate, because he's still on the loose and still out to kill.

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'NCIS' Season 8, Episode 22 Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted May 4th 2011 12:00AM
ncis_cbs_2011_Michael_weatherly['NCIS' - 'Baltimore']

If you didn't mind the heavy-duty dark brown hair dye on Michael Weatherly's head for tonight's 'NCIS' (and I didn't), then this was the kind of episode that made you smile.

There was a good balance between what was happening now, the port-to-port serial killer case, and what came before. Specifically, what came before was Tony's time as a Baltimore P.D. detective.

This wasn't just a random flashback story, fortunately. The present was very much about the past when the latest victim of the killer was Tony's ex-partner, Danny.

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'NCIS' Will Integrate Osama Bin Laden's Death

by Chris Harnick, posted May 3rd 2011 3:45PM
NCISNext time the camera pans to the most-wanted list on 'NCIS,' expect to see Osama bin Laden's face with a big red X through it.

According to Vulture, the production team of 'NCIS' will digitally add a death notice over bin Laden's face when his picture appears in the background of a scene, as occasionally happens on the military show.

The series has already wrapped shooting, so adding dialogue about the terrorist leader's death was impossible, leaving the CBS series with only a digital option to address the big military news. The nod could happen as early as tonight's episode.

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'NCIS' Creator Sues CBS Over 'NCIS: LA,' Mark Pedowitz Named New CW President and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 28th 2011 4:45PM
NCIS Los Angeles'NCIS' creator Don Bellisario is suing CBS for not including him in the creation of the now-franchise's successful spin-off, 'NCIS: Los Angeles.'

Although Bellisario was fired from the show after season 4 when star Mark Harmon threatened to leave, Deadline reports Bellisario is saying that the network was still contractually obligated to include him in the spinoff show.

The network has countered via a statement to Entertainment Weekly, saying "Don Bellisario has no rights to what he is claiming in this suit. The contract is clear, the facts are undeniable and the courts won't need Naval intelligence to conclude that the case has no merit. We continue to honor all of our obligations to Mr. Bellisario under the actual agreement."

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The CW network has a new boss. Mark Pedowitz was named the new head of the network. Former chief Dawn Ostroff announced her exit earlier this year. [TV Guide]

The 'Glee' gang has scored a major guest star while they film the Nationals episode in New York this week. Apparently, Broadway leged Patti LuPone is filming scenes today with 'Glee' stars Lea Michele and Chris Colfer. [TV Line]

NBC is working on a TV series based on John Grisham's 'The Firm.' The author is on board the project as a producer. [EW]

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