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Ben Stiller Develops Family Comedy at ABC

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Ben Stiller is getting in the family way at ABC. Stiller's production company has sold the multi-generational half-hour sitcom Between Two Kings to the network, which will develop the script with an eye toward next fall.

Jeff Kahn, whose credits include The Ben Stiller Show and Crackle's digital series The Writers Room, will write the comedy and executive produce with Stiller. Between Two Kings centers on a divorced dad with sole custody of his 11-year-old son who wind up moving in with the man's ailing father. The lead character, torn between a narcissistic father and demanding son, must still find time run a business and re-enter the dating scene.

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Bonnie Hunt Show Not Expected to Continue

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Bonnie Hunt has told her staff that her self-titled daytime talk show will not air for a third season, an insider told TVGuide.com.

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Cheers: Guests Who Got Their Own Shows!

Rachel Maddow by Ali Goldstein/NBC, Bonnie Hunt courtesy Warner Bros.

Cheers to a pair of great talk-show guests who’ve smoothly transitioned into the host’s chair: Rachel Maddow and Bonnie Hunt. Liberal pundit Maddow, one of Keith Olbermann’s favorite talking heads, now follows Countdown on MSNBC with a self-titled show—and beat CNN’s Larry King in the ratings on her first night. Meanwhile, David Letterman fave Hunt has launched her own syndicated daytime show and has quickly proven as adept at friendly celebrity chat as fellow funnywoman Ellen DeGeneres. Whether they’re guests or hosts, Rachel and Bonnie are welcome in my home anytime.• Share your own raves and rants about other shows on the Reader Cheers & Jeers discussion board.• We may feature your Cheer or Jeer on TVGuide.com or in TV Guide magazine! read more

Bruckheimer CSEyes an NHL Team, More Short Cuts

Jerry Bruckheimer is in talks with the National Hockey League about ponying up some $250 million to create a Las Vegas-based franchise, says Variety.... Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan is being investigated for not shaking or stirring but committing battery on a TMZ photographer this past Friday at a Malibu mall. (Funny how the assaulted shutterbugs are never on assignment from Time or Newsweek).... Bonnie Hunt's syndicated talker has been cleared in 55 percent of the country for a fall 2008 launch.... Resurrecting the Champ arrives on DVD Feb. 26. read more

Daytime-talk Talk, Eureka and More Short Cuts

Colin Ferguson in Eureka by Matthias Clamer/Sci Fi Channel

Warner Bros. syndicated division has cleared a fall 2008 daytime talker to be hosted by actress-comedian Bonnie Hunt. The Reporter also reports deal extensions for Ellen (through 2011) and Extra (through 2012).... Sci Fi Channel has ordered a third season of Eureka, to launch in summer '08, and a second round of Destination Truth.... Showtime has erected or modified fountains in 14 U.S cities, including in Times Square and Hollywood & Highland, to flow red, promoting the Season 2 premiere of Dexter. The cabler, though, insists the color choice is to match its logo, not to symbolize blood. Uh-huh. Tell it to Doakes. read more

IN OTHER PILOT-CASTING NEWS...

Dennis Miller, Joe Mantegna and Lauren Tom have joined Bonnie Hunt's untitled ABC comedy about a divorcée detective.... CBS has picked up You've Reached the Elliotts, Chris Elliott's semiautobiographical comedy about a man juggling a so-so showbiz career and his home life.... John Terry (Jack's dad on Lost) is the latest addition to ABC's Secrets of a Small Town.... Ashley Scott (who was so nasty to Jessica Alba in Into the Blue) has come aboard CBS' Jericho.... Richard Coyle (BBC's Coupling) will play Cryptic Man on CBS' superhero drama, Ultra. read more

PILOT TALK: MORE FROM HOUSEWIVES EXEC

The latest news from Greenlit Pilot Land: ABC has OK'd Secrets of a Small Town, a sudser about the fallout from the murder of a teenage girl and disappearance of her sister, to be executive-produced in part by Desperate Housewives producer Charles Pratt Jr., as well as a single-camera comedy starring Bonnie Hunt as a divorced detective. Elsewhere, NBC has picked up Lipstick Jungle, Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell's comedy about a trio of power-hungry NYC ladies. read more

Bonnie Hunt Stretches Her Muscles

Bonnie Hunt's third sitcom effort has done what the others (The Building and Bonnie) couldn't — get asked back for a second season! Of course, the return of ABC's Life with Bonnie — Sept. 26 at 9:30 pm/ET — is no surprise. Much like Hunt herself, the show is smart, funny, and well, just plain affable. Affability is a good quality to have when juggling the craziness of both home and work life. In the season premiere, Bonnie's two worlds collide when a persnickety co-worker (David Allen Grier) loses his home in a fire, then moves in with her and ends up ruling the roost. Meanwhile, during an exercise segment on her talk show, Bonnie faces a feisty fitness guru — the legendary Jack La Lanne playing himself — who takes quite an interest in the TV hostess's, um, form. "Jack, I hate to say it, but I forgot my panties," explains the skirt-adorned Hunt as La Lanne insists she lift her leg read more

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