FOX is 'Breaking In' with Christian Slater; 'Lost's' Carlton Cuse explores the Civil War

christian-slater-getty-320.jpgFriday TV news bites to kick off your weekend:

FOX has picked up a comedy called "Breaking In" for midseason. The show stars Christian Slater and Bret Harrison and is set at a security firm; it could fill the slot intended for "Running Wilde," which is likely done after its initial 13-episode order. [ Deadline]

Former "Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse is working on a pilot for an "event series" (that's what miniseries are now called) about the Civil War. He and "Secretariat" director Randall Wallace are co-writing the pilot, which will be set in Virginia. [ Variety]

The Food Netwwork has decided to part ways with "Ace of Cakes," which has aired more than 100 episodes since it debuted in 2006. The final season premieres in January. [ TMZ]

"The Bachelor" sure does get around. Jake Pavelka, pilot and star of "The Bachelorette," "The Bachelor," "Dancing With the Stars" and "Drop Dead Diva" is continuing his dramatic turn on TV with "The Bold and the Beautiful." Okay, "dramatic" is an exaggeration. He plays a pilot. His one episode will air Jan. 14. [ TV Guide]

Oh yes, truebelievers, in a genius partnership, Syfy is pairing with the Spider-Man Broadway musical "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" to bring the show to the fans who would appreciate it most. A "Fly Away Sweepstakes," among other promotions will be available. The musical is director by "The Lion King's" Julie Taymor and features music by Bono and The Edge. In other Syfy news, the network has renewed reality series "Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files" and "Ghost Hunters International" and ordered a dozen new episodes of "Hollywood Treasure." [ Syfy]

Kelsey Grammer's last two sitcoms "Back to You" and "Hank" didn't last very long, so perhaps that's why he's switching to drama. Starz has ordered eight episodes of "Boss," a political drama that will go straight to series. Gus Van Sant directs the pilot, and the show centers on the Mayor of Chicago (Grammer), who's been diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition. Hmm, this could work. We wish "Kings" had been on cable. It might still be around. [ Deadline]

Move over FOX News, Bill Maher and "The Daily Show," IFC is also getting into the cable news game. Well, kind of. IFC will premiere the "Onion News Network," a half hour comedy show, on Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET. It's The Onion's spoof take on the news.  [ IFC]


Onion News Network - Coming To IFC January 2011

Jessica Simpson will sit down with "The Early Show" Monday (Nov. 22) and will likely talk about her engagement. She also performs live with two songs from her new album, "Happy Christmas." [ CBS]

It just makes too much sense. Weezer will make a cameo on MTV's "The Hard Times of RJ Berger" during its second season. The episode was filmed Monday (Nov. 15) in Los Angeles. The name of the high school is on the show is Pinkerton, which is the name of the band's 1996 album. [ MTV]

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