Jeffrey Dean Morgan moves to 'Magic City,' Larry Hagman down for 'Dallas' remake

jeffrey-dean-morgan-gi-320.jpgTasty nuggets of TV news, served up hot and fresh:

Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star in the forthcoming Starz show "Magic City," a drama set in the Miami of the early 1960s. The "Grey's Anatomy" and "Supernatural" veteran will play the owner of a swank hotel where politicians, celebrities and criminals intermingle. [ Deadline]

TNT is developing a "Dallas" remake, and after protracted negotiations, the new show has secured the services of J.R. Ewing himself, Larry Hagman. "I haven't signed any contract yet but I gave them my commitment verbally," he says. Cynthia Cidre ("Cane," "The Mambo Kings") is writing the new version. [ TV Guide]

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell -- rumored to be a candidate to take over Keith Olbermann's now-vacant MSNBC spot -- has indeed been hired by NBC News. For now, he'll work as a political analyst for both NBC and MSNBC, starting with Tuesday night's State of the Union address. [ The Live Feed]

ABC has set a return date for its reality series "Shark Tank." The show will begin its second season Friday, March 25, in the 8 o'clock spot now occupied by "Supernanny." [ ABC]

Hey kids! Do you really despise a certain celebrity but want to meet him or her anyway? Then The CW has a reality-show project for you. It's called "H8R," and it pairs haters with the objects of their scorn, who will try to win them over. [ EW]

Bravo is celebrating some series high ratings: "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" got its highest episode ratings ever with 3.43 million viewers and 2.3 million in the coveted 18-49 range. And "Tabatha's Salon Takeover" delivered its series high with 1.24 million viewers and 869,000 in the 18-49 range. [Bravo] 

FOX Television Stations are trying a talk show called "Father Albert," a daily one-hour show featuring radio-television talk show host, best-selling author and priest AKA "Father Oprah," whose dramatic departure from the Roman Catholic Church to continue his priestly ministry and marry the woman he loves made worldwide headlines. [FOX]

And the latest pilot-season developments:

FOX has ordered a comedy pilot from "No Strings Attached" writer Liz Meriwether. The untitled show is about "the sexual politics of men and women." [ Deadline]

NBC has given the go-ahead to "Black & Right," a comedy about a liberal African-American couple who's forced to move in with their mom, a conservative pundit, and her husband. Jenifer Rice-Genzuk ("The Game") is writing it. [ Variety]

"Privileged" creator Rina Mimoun got the official green light from CBS for her pilot "The Doctor," about a woman who joins her family's medical practice and reconnects with her three adult kids. The Eye has also ordered "Hail Mary," a private-eye show from Jeff Wadlow ("Cry_Wolf," "Prey"). [ Deadline]
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