Courteney Cox Arquette and Chris O'Donnell's TV pilots, the ''Nip/Tuck'' series finale, and Kal Penn were in the news this week

By EW Staff
May 15, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

A look at some promising fall pilots
Both Courteney Cox Arquette and Chris O’Donnell are getting ready for comebacks — the actors have TV pilots that look like shoo-ins for the fall schedule. As the remaining broadcast networks prepare to announce their 2009-10 lineups to advertisers starting May 18 (NBC revealed its schedule May 4), several prospective dramas and comedies are generating heat. Among them: Cox Arquette’s Cougar Town, a single-camera comedy for ABC about a divorcé and her teenage son; an NCIS spin-off starring O’Donnell for CBS; and the much-anticipated remake of Melrose Place for The CW, featuring Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. Fox just picked up the drama Human Target, with Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), based on the DC comic of the same name. And ABC revealed some fall picks recently when it placed 13-episode orders for Flash Forward, a drama starring Joseph Fiennes that’s based on Robert J. Sawyer’s sci-fi novel, and Modern Family, a mockumentary with Ed O’Neill (Married…With Children) about three suburban couples. As for shows that didn’t make the cut, NBC just passed on David E. Kelley‘s latest law drama, Legally Mad, with Kristin Chenoweth. —Lynette Rice

FX’s Nip/Tuck plans (way) ahead
Talk about being prepared: FX has yet to announce when Nip/Tuck will return for its sixth and seventh seasons, but the drama, which stars Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon as L.A. plastic surgeons, is already set to shoot its series finale next month. The episode is not expected to air until 2010. What’s not clear is how creator Ryan Murphy intends to wrap his cheeky series, which also stars Joely Richardson. Murphy is still fine-tuning the script; juggling his new Fox comedy, Glee; and preparing to write and direct a big-screen version of Eat, Pray, Love. Meanwhile, EW hears that Richardson’s own mom, Vanessa Redgrave, will reprise her role as the mother of Richardson’s character in season 6. —Lynette Rice

Kal Penn will be back for a Harold & Kumar sequel
After his time in the White House, Kal Penn can plan on getting another attack of the munchies. He and his Harold & Kumar partner, John Cho (Star Trek), are set to return for a third toke of their stoner series: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, due out in winter 2010. Penn and Cho are scheduled to begin filming next summer, when Penn’s job as associate director for the White House Office of Public Liaison ends. Plot details remain under wraps, but sources tell EW that Cho’s and Penn’s deals are done. Cho, for one, is pleased. Laughs the actor, ”[Penn] better know that if he ruins that cash cow for me, I will have him assassinated.” —Nicole Sperling, with additional reporting by Carrie Bell