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Samantha, Kath & Kim Receive Full-Season Pickups

Christina Applegate in Samantha Who?, Molly Shannon and Selma Blair in Kath & Kim

Two more shows can breathe a little deeper now that they have received full-season (or almost full-season) orders.

ABC has ordered seven new episodes of sophomore comedy Samantha Who?,  bringing the full-season count to 20, two shy of the usual order. (The network isn't "forgetting" about Sam, but rather says the smaller order is only a result of having a wealth of midseason shows, like Scrubs and According to Jim (groan), on deck.)

Receiving the traditional "back-nine" pickup is NBC's Kath & Kim, starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair as a dopey mother-daughter duo. More details on these shows and their pickups after the jump. read more

Is Jennie Garth Coming to CW's Melrose Place?

Jennie Garth

Since Jennie Garth lent a hand to launching the CW's recent 90210 remake, is it reasonable to think she might do the same for the recently announced Melrose Place redux?

Reasonable or not, it's ... read more

Is King of the Hill Being Drawn to a Close?

King of the Hill

Fox is ready to take King of the Hill off its throne to give some of its new animated comedies a shot.

According to Variety, the staff of the series, which has produced nearly 260 episodes over 13 years, was informed by the network Thursday that it would not be picking up additional episodes.

But will this really be it for the Mike Judge and Greg Daniels-created series? Find out after the jump. read more

Pilot News: NBC Puts Bradley Whitford Back on Duty

Bradley Whitford

NBC can't get enough of Bradley Whitford.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy-winning star of The West Wing and the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, is returning to the Peacock as the star and producer of a new single camera comedy pilot Off Duty. Weeds' Romany Malco will costar.

The show focuses on ... read more

Is Mad Men Looking for a New Boss?

Jon Hamm and Matt Weiner on the set of Mad Men

The real-life "suits" in charge of Sterling Cooper have been spending some time in their own boardrooms lately.

As previously reported, Mad Men recently earned a third-season renewal from AMC, prompting contract negotiations between Matthew Weiner, the show's creator, and Lionsgate, the studio that produces the Emmy-winning series. But according to Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily, those negotiations may have hit a speed bump, as Lionsgate has contacted several Hollywood agencies looking for a list of possible show runners to succeed Weiner.

But don't choke on your scotch just yet ... read more

Audiences May Be Cutting Footloose Sooner Than Expected

Zac Efron

Now that Zac Efron's latest High School Musical song-and-dance opened with a $42 million weekend, Paramount Pictures is hoping to "kick off its Sunday shoes" a little faster than expected.

According to Variety, Paramount would like to get its remake of Footloose, which reteams Efron with HSM director Kenny Ortega, into production by spring 2009. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist director Peter Sollett has been brought on to rewrite the script, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been added as producers.

Efron is reportedly close to locking in his deal, which features ... read more

Barack Obama to Stop By The Daily Show

Barack Obama

Sen. Barack Obama is looking for total TV domination on Oct. 29.

Not only will the Democratic presidential hopeful reach out to Americans via three major broadcasters with a 30-minute "closing argument" TV spot, but Obama will also hit the cable circuit, making his fourth appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Obama, who will appear via satellite from the campaign trail in Florida, last appeared on the program on April 21, the night before the Pennsylvania primary. While this latest visit comes as the Daily Show celebrates its highest monthly ratings ever ... read more

ABC Picks Daisies Over Obama

Pushing Daisies, Sen. Barack Obama

Barack Obama's 30-minute ad may be pre-empting the World Series, but it won't uproot ABC's airing of Pushing Daisies.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has decided to air Daisies in its usual 8 pm/ET time period Wednesday, ending weeks of discussion. ABC wasn't mentioned when Obama's campaign first bought the roughly $1 million half hours from NBC, Fox and CBS, and the Alphabet has kept mum since. One source, however, claims ABC ... read more

Heroes Episode Recap: "Eris Quod Sum"

This episode took a step back from the "let's divide the camp of heroes" arc and dealt primarily with the messy Petrelli family and its tale of three sons. Arthur Petrelli has already proven to be quite a baddie, but tonight, his game got mental, pitting his sons against one another and their mother. Papa Petrelli also brought Mohinder into the fold while Daphne was sent on a disturbing mission, Claire found comfort from an unexpected acquaintance and Hiro and Ando chose their path ... or had a path chosen for them.

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Brothers & Sisters Episode Recap: "You Get What You Need"

In this episode, Nora wanted money from investors, but found herself in need of a little self-confidence. Likewise, Saul wanted to not be bored, but was in need of a goal, Sarah wanted a new job, but was in need a better salary (and a nanny!) and Kevin wanted to make partner and impress Scotty's family, but was in need of a hug. As the name of the episode says But as the Rolling Stones remind us (and as the name of the episode implies), you can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need. Would that be true for the Walkers? Let's find out.

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