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True Blood Alum Aisha Hinds Joins CBS' Under the Dome

Aisha Hinds

Aisha Hinds has been tapped to co-star in CBS' Under the Dome, a drama based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, TVGuide.com has learned.

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Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy Join Stephen King's Under the Dome on CBS

Jolene Purdy

Nicholas Strong and Jolene Purdy are the latest to be cast in CBS' Under the Dome, a drama based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, TVGuide.com has learned.

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Secret Circle's Britt Robertson Cast in CBS' Under the Dome

Britt Robertson

Britt Robertson has been cast in CBS' Under the Dome, a drama based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, TVGuide.com has learned.

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CBS Orders Stephen King's Under the Dome

Stephen King's Under the Dome

CBS is moving forward with Under the Dome, a drama based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, for the upcoming summer 2013 season. The network requested a straight-to-season order of 13 episodes of the science fiction series. read more

From Harmon to Rhimes, How TV Showrunners Turned Into Rock Stars

Shonda Rhimes, Dan Harmon

After TV Guide Magazine and a handful of other outlets broke the news that Community creator Dan Harmon had been replaced as showrunner, the fan response was fast — and furious. read more

NBC Renews Law & Order: SVU for 14th Season

Mariska Hargitay

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has been renewed for a 14th season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Cast member Ice-T shared the news on Twitter Wednesday. "SUPER EXCLUSIVE NEWS: SVU has officially been renewed for season #14. Tell a hater," he wrote.

Fall TV scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?

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Is Law & Order: SVU Returning Next Year?

Law & Order: SVU

Warren Leight joined Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as its showrunner just before star Christopher Meloni jumped ship. It was a particularly dismal time for NBC. Nobody would blame Leight if he wanted out of the long-running procedural after just one season. But it seems the opposite is true.

"I don't want it to be a victory lap," Leight tells TVGuide.com of a possible Season 14. "I want it to be 14 years down, seven to go, as opposed to 14 years down and it's been a good run."

The current season of SVU hasn't been its strongest, but it has perhaps been its most interesting. After the exits of Meloni and longtime showrunner Neal Baer, ratings have dropped (6.9 million/1.9 average versus last season's 8.8 million/2.7) and with little help from its lead-in, the struggling Rock Center with Brian Williams. But ratings don't tell the whole story.

"I get so tired of people saying that the show is down from Meloni," Leight says... read more

Networks Explore More Cable-Sized Short Order Series

Damages, Missing

When Kevin Bacon signed on last month to play a serial killer in the new Fox pilot from The Vampire Diaries producer Kevin Williamson, there was a catch: Bacon would only commit to star in 15 episodes a year. Eager to make Bacon sizzle in primetime, the network agreed.

Fox execs view the Bacon drama, should it go to series, as an opportunity to start airing more cable-like short-order TV series. ABC struck a similar deal this past year with Missing star Ashley Judd in order to accommodate her schedule. Only ten episodes of Missing were shot this year, and even in success, that number will never be more than 13.

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Watch My Show: A Gifted Man's Neal Baer Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Neal Baer

A Gifted Man, which moves to its new 9 p.m. time slot on Friday, February 17, could use a bit of divine intervention. CBS still sees potential in the medical drama, which stars Patrick Wilson as a doctor haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife, but the show remains firmly on the bubble. Executive producer Neal Baer is no stranger to medical drama, both on screen and in real life. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Baer used to practice medicine between seasons as a writer on ER. Later, he made the transition to Law & Order: SVU, which he ran for 11 seasons. Now, as the creator of A Gifted Man, Baer has made several tweaks to the show in recent months, putting the focus on the show's medical setting (where Wilson's character is assisted by critics' fave Margo Martindale) and bringing in both Rachelle Lefevre as a love interest and ER alum Eriq La Salle as an old colleague. Baer answered our showrunner survey in the hopes that Man will be gifted with more viewers. 

TV Guide Magazine: Friday night is usually date night. Why should I stay home and watch A Gifted Man instead?
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: We're a cheaper date than read more

Mega Buzz: A Bones Movie, Smash's Leading Lady and a New NCIS Relationship

Emily Deschanel, Katharine McPhee, Mark Harmon

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Can't wait for Bones to come back in April! Got any scoop until then? — Gina
ADAM:
One of Brennan's books is being turned into a film, and wouldn't you like to know who Hollywood has chosen to play our blood-and-guts lovers? You will, when a murder on set brings Booth and Bones and their movie alter egos together. Booth's stand-in is an action star whose stunts aren't limited to filming. It seems his criminal history of drug use and assault are just attempts to make headlines on TMZ. The actress playing Brennan? Well, she's kind of a slut. No thanks, poetic license; we'll stick with the originals.

So Ivy won the role of Marilyn Monroe on Smash. But Katharine McPhee is in all those commercials! Safe to say that's not permanent casting? — Lucy
NATALIE:
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