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ABC sets end date for ''Lost''

Plus: ”Idol” producers quit Emmys telecast duties, ”Heroes”’ Katic joins Berenger in new crime thriller, ”Deuce Bigalow” director to helm ”Shrek 4,” and more…

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Mario Perez

Lost to run three more seasons
ABC has ordered 48 more episodes of Lost, to run over three 16-episode seasons, with the series set to close in 2010. Executive producers/showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who signed on to helm the final three seasons, have said in the past that they wanted the show to end after 100 episodes; the new deal ends the series after 120. The producers say they’ve already planned the end of the show’s various storylines and praised ABC for giving them a concrete timeline to work with. ”What we didn’t know was how long we had to play the story out,” Cuse said. ”By defining the endpoint we can now really map out the rest of the series in confidence.” This season’s finale is set to air later this month, and ABC has hinted that the fourth season will not premiere until January or February 2008. (Hollywood Reporter)

Idol producers quit Emmy telecast
American Idol producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick have decided they will not executive produce this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, citing their busy schedules with Idol. ”[We] realized that we could not devote the creative energy and time necessary to make the Emmys outstanding for the academy and Fox,” the producers said in a joint statement. Lythgoe and Warwick accepted the job in February, promising the ”best Emmys to date.” Following their departure, executive producer duties have been handed to Ken Ehrlich, who has produced 27 Grammy Awards and three Emmy presentations. The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced July 19, and the ceremony will air live on Fox on Sept. 16 from Los Angeles. (Hollywood Reporter)

Heroes‘ Stana Katic, Tom Berenger to star in crime thriller
Stana Katic (Heroes) will star with Tom Berenger and Michael Biehn (Grindhouse) in the crime thriller Stiletto from producer-director Nick Vallelonga. The story is about an assassin (Katic) whose seemingly random killings puzzle her lover, her clients, and the detective following her rising body count. Berenger plays her boyfriend, whose rise in organized crime is offset by his love for her and his Mafia cohort (Biehn). Production is underway. (Hollywood Reporter)

Deuce Bigalow director set for next Shrek
Mike Mitchell, director of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, is in talks to direct the fourth installment of Shrek for DreamWorks Animation. Mitchell also directed an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants this year. (Hollywood Reporter)

Disney acquires comedy as vehicle for Tim Allen
Disney has acquired the pitch for the comedy Yosemite Three and will develop it as a vehicle for Tim Allen. The story is about a corporate employee (Allen) who ditches a company retreat, heads to a bar with two others, and winds up reported missing in Yosemite National Park. The longer they stay missing, the more popular they become in news reports. Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert, who won an Emmy for writing The Wayne Brady Show, will pen the script. (Variety)

Saw producers debuting new project online
Twisted Pictures, the production company behind the Saw franchise, is debuting its new project, tentatively titled The Internet Killer, on video website Break.com. The movie will be posted in a series of three-minute daily segments. The project will likely screen in foreign theaters and see a domestic DVD and TV release after it premieres online. No director has been selected yet, but Twisted hopes to release the movie this summer. It will be the first feature to debut online and air as a series of segments. (Variety)

Madonna’s Maverick co-producing online talent competition
Madonna’s Maverick production company is teaming with Madison Road Entertainment to launch Big Shot, a 13-week, 91-episode online talent competition for would-be singers, models, comics, filmmakers, and actors. Prizes will be tie-ins to existing entertainment properties, such as a role on the Maverick-produced FX drama The Riches for the winner of an acting competition. The show will premiere on Sept. 10 and feature a winner for a different category (acting, singing, etc.) each day based on votes from visitors. Winners will be flown to Hollywood and given a chance to audition for a major talent agent, producer, or executive. (Variety)

Pollack, Hardison, Garnett tapped for Made of Honor
Sydney Pollack, Kadeem Hardison (Biker Boyz), and Beau Garrett (Touristas, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) will appear alongside Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan in Columbia Pictures’ romantic comedy Made of Honor, directed by Paul Weiland (City Slickers II). The story is about Tom (Dempsey) and Claire (Monaghan), who have been platonic friends for 10 years. Claire gets engaged and asks Tom to be her ”maid” of honor, and he agrees just so he can woo her and stop the wedding. Pollack will play the father of Dempsey’s character, while Hardison and Garrett will play supporting roles. Shooting is already underway. (Hollywood Reporter)

Two-hour intro to Grey’s spin-off scores ratings
Last Thursday’s two-hour Grey’s Anatomy, which alternated between current story and an introduction to a spin-off storyline involving the character played by Kate Walsh, attracted more than 21 million viewers and scored a 9.1 rating/24 share in adults 18-49. In the episode, Walsh’s character, Addison, traveled to Los Angeles to meet up with med school friends. Next week, ABC is expected to officially announce the new show’s place in next season’s schedule. The spin-off will have Addison meet up in L.A. with characters played by Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, and Amy Brenneman. (Hollywood Reporter)

Oxygen renews Tori Spelling reality show
Oxygen has granted a second season to Tori & Dean: Inn Love, the reality show about Tori Spelling and her husband Dean McDermott. The 10-episode second season will continue to follow the couple as they juggle parenting new son Liam Aaron and running their bed and breakfast in Fallbrook, CA. The first season averaged a 0.6 rating among women 18-49 and a 0.8 among females in the 18-34 and 18-24 demos. That made it the network’s second-highest-rated original series behind The Bad Girls Club, which has also been renewed for another season. (Hollywood Reporter)

David Benioff to write Disney’s Gemini Man
Disney has tapped writer David Benioff (The Kite Runner, Troy) to pen its long-gestating project Gemini Man. The scribe will do a ground-up rework of the action movie about an over-the-hill hitman forced to do battle with a younger clone of himself. Jerry Bruckheimer is producing. (Variety)

HBO CEO arrested in Vegas
HBO Chairman and CEO Christ Albrecht was arrested early Sunday (May 6) in Las Vegas on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend outside the MGM Grand casino after Saturday night’s boxing match between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Officers reported seeing a physical confrontation and booked Albrecht into the Clark County Detention Center where he was held on suspicion of a misdemeanor battery-domestic assault before being released. (AP via Yahoo!)

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