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Oh, Brothers! The Fox sitcom is on the edge of cancellation, while CBS’ Three Rivers gets the boot. What else won’t make it to season 2?
Now that CBS has decided to pull the hospital drama Three Rivers after eight episodes, the verdict’s almost in on all of the new fall shows. Only the fate of Fox’s Brothers remains uncertain, though it doesn’t look good: It’s only averaging 2.5 million viewers after nine weeks, so it seems unlikely that Fox will order any more episodes. (The network did, however, order full seasons of Glee and The Cleveland Show.) ABC has already put the kibosh on Hank and Eastwick, but Modern Family, Cougar Town, The Middle, and FlashForward all earned pickups, while V will return this March for at least nine more episodes. (The Forgotten, meanwhile, will air a total of 18.) Community and Mercy got full-season reprieves from NBC, but only 16 episodes of Trauma will be shot this year. Over at CBS, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife earned full-season orders early, while Accidentally on Purpose was picked up for 18 weeks. As for you heartbroken Alex O’Loughlin fans, it’s unclear when CBS will ever air the remaining five episodes of River.
A major Heroes actor susses out a new role
Costar Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh) has been cast in the NBC dramedy pilot Rex Is Not Your Lawyer for the 2010-11 TV season. Though he’s in second position on the pilot (meaning his commitment to Heroes takes precedence if the series makes it to a fifth season), it doesn’t bode well for his much-maligned character or for the drama, which is averaging only 6.8 million viewers this year.
Is a Big Brother Duo Entering The Amazing Race?
Fans of the romance between Big Brother 11 winner Jordan Lloyd and runner-up Jeff Schroeder are about to get a big fix: All signs point to them joining the 16th edition of The Amazing Race, which airs this spring. A fan posted on Twitter a picture of the couple waiting in the L.A. airport over Thanksgiving weekend in matching shirts with Race-like backpacks in tow. Not surprising, since Schroeder told EW.com in October that he and Lloyd wouldn’t be opposed to participating in the show if CBS asked. (CBS wouldn’t comment other than to say that the cast will be announced at a later date.) The pair’s appearance would mark the second time that Race has borrowed reality contestants from a sister CBS show. Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich from Survivor appeared on Race in 2005.
— Lynette Rice
A $500 film gets a million-dollar deal courtesy of Spider-Man director Sam Raimi
This week, Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures offered Uruguayan ad director Fede Alvarez $1 million to make his first feature film after seeing his $500 online short about a robot attack called Ataque de Pánico. ”We made an aggressive, thoughtful proposal,” said one insider. ”[Alvarez] has made a real commitment to us. He’s now taken himself off the market.” Alvarez has a new idea for an alien-invasion thriller that Raimi & Co. plan to turn into a $30 million movie. He’s cracking the story with a writing partner now, and then Ghost House will hire a veteran screenwriter to complete it. The filmmakers hope to begin production next year.
— Nicole Sperling