Jeffrey Donovan directs 'Burn Notice' prequel; ABC considers food truck sitcom

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Jeffrey Donovan may play a spy on "Burn Notice," but what he really wants to do is direct. Well, he gets his chance when he helms the "Burn Notice" prequel movie starring Bruce Campbell as Sam. The two-hour mission unfolds in Spring 2011. [ USA Network]

ABC could be revving up for a tasty treat. Word is that Warren Littlefield and some former "King of the Hill" writers are developing a sitcom about food trucks, those mobile purveyors of sustenance. Comedian Al Madrigal would star as a man who takes over the family food truck biz. [ Vulture]

More American Country Awards performers are signing up. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry will join the previously announced performers for the two-hour special on Dec. 4. [ ACAs]

"The Walking Dead" is ambling to a close in its first season, and this may be the end of its writing staff as well. Showrunner Frank Darabont has reportedly fired the entire writing staff and will farm out individual episodes of Season 2 to freelancers. Not sure how we feel about that, but we're waiting for confirmation from AMC before we panic as if we're in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. [ Deadline]

Trinity still holds the record, but "Dexter's" latest episode, "In the Beginning" could presage big numbers for the upcoming Season 5 finale. "In the Beginning" drew the second-highest number of viewers in the ratings history. Approximately 2.54 million tuned in Sunday (Nov. 28), just shy of the Season 4 finale audience of 2.57 million. The show has shown steady growth as well, it's up 43 percent from the Season 5 premiere, and is up 20 percent from the previous week. [ Showtime]

"Ugly Betty" star Michael Urie, Jed Rees and Lindy Booth have joined the TBS pilot "Brain Trust," a comedy starring D.B. Sweeney as a police detective who's aided by three geeks played by the aforementioned trio. Meanwhile, on sister network TNT, Wynn Everett, William Ragsdale and Suzy Nakamura have jumped aboard the Eliza Dushku small town cop drama "Bird Dog." [ Deadline]

Spike TV has bagged more "Auction Hunters." The network has renewed the reality series for a 20-episode second season. The show originally debuted on Nov. 9. [ The Hollywood Reporter]

Reiko Aylesworth (best known for playing Michelle Dessler on "24") has landed a potentially recurring role on "Hawaii Five-0," as Malia, Chin Ho's ( Daniel Dae Kim) ex-fiance. Malia is a doctor who Chin Ho runs into when a case leads him to the hospital. This isn't the actresss' first time in Hawaii; She played Dharma member Amy on "Lost." [ Movieline]


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