'Ugly Betty' star joins 'Outcasts'; HBO's 'How to Make It' renewed

eric-mabius-gi-320.jpgDon't weep for former "Ugly Betty" star Eric Mabius.

The actor will star in the BBC One drama "Outcasts," a sci fi post-apocalyptic series set in 2040, when humanity has been wiped from Earth after a biological catastrophe, according to Deadline.

The action centers on those who left Earth and are living on a planet in a neighboring solar system. Mabius will be the vice president of the emigrants.

The eight-episode series will begin production in South Africa in May.

In other TV news:

 - HBO has renewed "How to Make It in America" for eight episodes, says The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed. The comedy, which stars Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk, will debut its sophomore season in summer 2011.

 - NBC has added "Minute to Win It" to its programming slate for the summer, mixing old and new episodes running from July 7-Sept. 8, leading into all-new episodes of "America's Got Talent."

"Minute to Win It," hosted by Food Network personality Guy Fieri, was recently renewed for a second season.

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