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'Cops' booked for 23rd season, 'Girl With the Red Riding Hood' nabs a leading man (Excess Hollywood)

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  • Fox has decided to renew Cops for a 23rd season. It’s not necessarily a good thing that the show never stops finding material, right? [THR]
  • After starring in The Last Song, Liam Hemsworth is in talks to star alongside Dennis Quaid in The Throwback, a basketball drama. Score. [The Wrap]
  • The Catherine Hardwicke-directed Girl With the Red Riding Hood has found its male lead in actor Shiloh Fernandez. The actor will play “an orphaned woodcutter” who romances star Amanda Seyfried. Things we know about Fernandez: He’s appeared in United States of Tara and Jericho. Also, he tested for Edward Cullen in Twilight, which means he has great hair — and he should be great at battling Riding Hood‘s wolf. [THR]
  • Jerry Weintraub has purchased the rights to The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music, Dunstan Prial’s biography of John Hammond, the man who discovered famous music acts like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Okay, but when is someone going to finally make a movie about the man who discovered Lou Bega? [THR]
  • A Los Angeles judge has rejected a lawsuit filed against Starbucks by Carly Simon, who claimed the coffee chain didn’t make good on agreements to release her album. Now if only the chain would make good on my demands that they start selling their a-mah-zing chocolate cream cheese muffins again. [Reuters]
  • The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is proposing that in light of the decreasing number of traditional television theme songs, the Main Title Theme Emmy category be dropped. In its place, it suggests a new category, Music Composition for a Nonfiction Program. The music branch of the Academy has the final say and is still debating the change, which would go into effect in 2011. [Emmys.org]