Don Cheadle starring in Showtime pilot; Jimmy Kimmel signs new ABC deal

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Don Cheadle has signed on to star in Showtime's pilot "House of Lies." He'll play a ruthless management consultant in the dark comedy written by Matthew Carnahan ("Dirt"); it's his first series role since he did a run on "ER" in 2002. [ Showtime]

ABC is keeping "Jimmy Kimmel Live" around for two more years. Kimmel signed a new contract with the network on Monday (Dec. 13) to stay on as host and executive producer of the late-night show. His current deal was due to expire in January. [ Deadline]

Maybe Bree ( Marcia Cross) should have locked down Keith ( Brian Austin Green) when she had the chance, huh? "Desperate Housewives" has cast "Detroit 1-8-7's"  Rochelle Aytes to play Keith's ex-girlfriend. She means no harm, though when Bree starts prying things have a way of heating up on Wisteria Lane. [ Movieline]

Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show is quickly becoming a reality. The New York Times' Brian Stelter took to Twitter to offer up his first bit of evidence: The name of the CNN personality's new show. The tweet: "Warner Bros. has settled on a name for Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show, coming in Sept. 2011. It's 'Anderson.'" Simple, to the point. Perhaps an exclamation point could be added. [ Brian Stelter's Twitter]

"Hawaii Five-0" is going to up the banter with Dane Cook. The comedian will guest star in a February episode as Danno's (Scott Caan) brother. He was seen last on the big screen in "My Best Friend's Girl." [ Entertainment Weekly]

Ethan Hawke may be dipping his toes into the small screen world. The Oscar-nominated actor is reportedly in negotiations to star in "Exit Strategy," a FOX real-time drama (a la "24") that centers on a group of experts who are sent to extract five CIA agents when an operation goes wrong. Hawke's likely playing the dedicated and leader of the group whose expertise is exit strategies. Oh hey, that's how they got the title. Hawke will also produce the show, which is being written by David Guggenheim. [ Deadline]

"You're Cut Off!" has not been cut off. In fact, its second season premieres on VH1 on Monday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET. Eight spoiled and pampered ladies are tricked into thinking they're going on "The Search for the Next 'It'Girl," but really they'll have their credit cards taken away and will learn to live communally, do their own chores and generally live a "normal" miserable existence. [ VH1]
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