'The Whole Truth' pre-empted again; another 'Battlestar' spinoff?

rob-morrow-whole-truth-maura-tierney.jpgHave a generous helping of bite-sized TV news before you start your weekend.

In another bad sign for ABC's struggling drama "The Whole Truth," the network will pre-empt the Nov. 3 episode in favor of the special "In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville." It's the second time the show has been pre-empted this fall. Roberts will interview country music stars Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood in the special. [ ABC]

Syfy has greenlit production of a back-door pilot for another "Battlestar Galactica" spinoff. "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome," which began life as an online series, will follow a young William Adama through the first Cylon war. [ TV Squad]

"Human Target," which returns to FOX on Nov. 17, could stick around a little longer than planned; the network has ordered two extra scripts for Season 2. Meanwhile, CBS has extended "Rules of Engagement's" season from 22 episodes to 24. [ Deadline]

The FCC has stepped into the dispute between FOX and Cablevision. The head of the commission's Media Bureau sent a letter to both sides Friday (Oct. 22) urging them to "conclude your negotiations promptly" so Cablevision subscribers in and around New York City can see FOX programming again. [ Hollywood Reporter]

Bob Cochran, the co-creator of "24," is developing a limited series for Starz based on the life of Allan Pinkerton, the 19th-century founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Gerard Butler will be an executive producer along with Cochran and Angela Mancuso. [ Deadline]

"Sex and the City" star Kristin Davis has signed on to star in "The Happiness Project," a comedy project in development at NBC. It's based on a memoir by Gretchen Rubin; "Chuck" and "How I Met Your Mother" veteran Kristin Newman will write and executive produce, while Davis will be a co-exec producer. [ Deadline]

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