Hank Steinberg, who gave CBS Without a Trace and cocreated ABC's The Nine, has inked a seven-figure, three-year deal with NBC Universal, Variety reports. As part of the lucrative pact, which commences in June, Steinberg will focus full-time on developing new projects for the Peacock. Sources tell the trade mag that the writer-producer's parting with Warner Bros., where he started his series-TV career, was amicable, and that NBC's impressive success with such hits as Heroes and Friday Night Lights partly fueled his switch.Speaking of [cough] properly cultivated freshman series, here's that status report on The Nine I teased a few days ago: Discussing the on-hiatus drama, ABC programming chief Steve McPherson recently told MediaVillage.com, "I love the show, but honestly, we don't have a set game plan right now."
Jeremy (the delightful Scott Wolf) asks his girlfriend, Lizzie (Jessica Collins): It was just a moment.... Does it have to mean everything? This seems to be one of the questions The Nine is setting out to answer. And the answer appears to be yes. In the grand scheme of life, the 52 hours the nine main characters spent together in the bank were essentially just a moment. But the repercussions for the hostages are endless. It is the events destined to follow that are going to make or break this show for me. Scott Wolf has been a favorite of mine since his Party of Five days (before the alcoholism took over his story line), but I wanted to ring his neck when he kissed Franny (Prison Breaks Camille Guaty). Especially considering how adorable and wholesome and pregnant his girlfriend is. Although I have to say, something about Jeremy and Lizzies relationship seems off. Obviously, they were pretty serious. Lizzie was excited to tell him abou...