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NBC Firms Up Plans for a TV Version of John Grisham's The Firm

Gene Hackman, Tom Cruise

Looking for some good ratings counsel, NBC is turning to John Grisham's The Firm. The network is in talks to pick up a new series based on the best-selling legal thriller, which was also the basis of a 1993 movie starring Tom Cruise.

Lukas Reiter (The Forgotten, Law & Order) is adapting the book for TV and wrote the pilot script. The Firm has actually been in development for some time, originally at CBS. More recently, Reiter and Grisham, who are both executive producing, pitched The Firm to several cable networks.

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Matt's Weekend Picks: April 29-May 1

Mary McCormack

The Cleveland Show (Sunday, 8:30/7:30c, Fox)
An ill wind is blowing through Fox's "Animation Domination" lineup — well, the Seth MacFarlane variety, anyway. In a crossover sweeps stunt, a hurricane storms its way through Stoolbend (Cleveland Show), Quahog (Family Guy) and Langley Falls (American Dad). On Cleveland, the storm wrecks the Brown/Tubbs family vacation plans. On Family Guy, the stress of the storm (never easy on dogs) drives Brian to overindulge in questionable substances. And on American Dad, the hurricane wreaks havoc on the Smiths, who foolishly decide to ride it out at home. As for Springfield... The Simpsons go to the Jersey Shore, so apparently they didn't get the memo.

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Jeremy Davies: Lost and Found on Justified

Jeremy Davies

With a domineering mother and his police-chief big brother looking over his shoulder, Jeremy Davies' limping, sneering Dickie may be the most put-upon of the backwoods Bennett clan on this season of Justified. But he's also the most engaging...
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The Biz: The Onion's TV Appeal

Suzanne Sena

There's a secret to how Onion News Network anchor Brooke Alvarez keeps a straight face delivering stories like "Hundreds of Miners Still Trapped in Mining Jobs" or reports on a congressman having an affair with a horse.

"We keep her in an isolation chamber where she's cut off from the world so she thinks these stories are real," says Will Graham, exec producer of ONN, IFC's news satire show...
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First Look: Raising Hope Reigns Supreme

Raising Hope

Judging from this exclusive first-look image, Raising Hope is keeping the costume theme going — and the baby love.

"There's a contest to make a commercial for the grocery story, so Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) puts together a doo-wop one with Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), Shelley and baby Hope doing a Supremes-like performance," says Kate Micucci (Shelley)...
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Exclusive: Animal Planet Wades into Another Season of River Monsters

River Monsters

Animal Planet's River Monsters and host Jeremy Wade have been baited into continuing their search for the river world's most disturbing creatures.

River Monsters, which has quickly turned into one of Animal Planet's signature shows, was just given a fourth season order by the cable network and shooting has begun on seven new episodes that will air...
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Dancing With the Stars Backstage Report: Dancing With the Idols

Len Goodman

So, the question some of us were asking Tuesday night was: Where are we? Dancing With The Stars? Or American Idol? There were so many crossovers between the two shows Tuesday night that it seemed the two television titans had morphed into one super show: Dancing With The Idols...
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Watercooler: The Voice Sounds Good to Us!

The Voice

Hear this loud and clear. We are LOVING The Voice.

Last night, NBC's singing competition kicked off in a two-hour treat that was both wildly fun and chockfull of chills, thanks to some serious (as Cee Lo Green would say) sangers. It also had some tired bits, but hey, after 10 seasons of Idol, we'll take a few sob stories over endless weeks of clowny, time-wasting auditions...
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Cheers & Jeers: Dancing With the Stars Stands by Pia Toscano

Pia Toscano

Cheers to Pia Toscano for proving American Idol's loss is Dancing With the Stars' gain.

The stunningly talented — and just plain stunning — also-sang belted out a note-perfect rendition of the Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" on the ABC ballroom hit's results show. "How the hell did you get kicked off?" emcee Tom Bergeron quipped...
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The CW Renews Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Announces All-Star Top Model

The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl

The CW went on a pick-up spree on Tuesday, handing out fall renewals to network staples The Vampire Diaries, 90210, Gossip Girl, Supernatural and America's Next Top Model.

As part of the announcement, the C-Dub also confirmed that this fall's Top Model will be the show's first-ever all-star cycle. That's right — fan favorites and notorious contestants will be back to take... read more

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