TVLine Items: Ousted Talk Host Books Mike & Molly Gig, Secret Circle Scoop and More!

After her shocking ouster from CBS’ The Talk, Holly Robinson Peete is making her way back to CBS.

The actress has landed a multi-episode arc on the network’s hit comedy Mike & Molly, Deadline reports. Peete will play a love interest for Mike’s dating-challenged partner, Carl (Reno Wilson).

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American Dreams alum Arlen Escarpeta will guest star on Episode 9 of The CW’s Secret Circle as the “smart, funny, and great looking” cousin of Jessica Parker Kennedy’s Melissa, E! Online reports.

Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy has teamed with former Chuck writer (and current Glee scribe) Ali Adler on a new single-camera pilot, which has landed at NBC. According to Deadline, the potential series is a “heartwarming comedy about a blended family” featuring a woman and two gay guys.

Ashley Tisdale has sold a semi-autobiographical comedy pilot to ABC, Deadline reports. The Hellcats alumna would co-executive produce and star in the potential series, which centers on an independent young woman forced to move back home with her family.

• Despite less-than-stellar ratings, NBC has ordered six additional scripts of Maria Bello’s star vehicle, Prime Suspect.

• Lifetime has teamed with Renee Zellweger on Cinnamon Girl, a late 1960s period drama set in the Los Angeles music and movie scene. The big screen star will executive-produce the project.

• Katherine Heigl has sold a drama project to The CW. The potential series, titled Trending, tells the story of a 26-year-old who earns a living by traveling the world in search of the latest emerging trends (duh!).

• Jaleel White (Family Matters) has been tapped to host Syfy’s new game show Total Blackout, which pits contestants against each other in complete darkness.

• Veteran newsman Ted Koppel is set to appear as a special correspondent on NBC’s new Rock Center with Brian Williams.

IGN has an exclusive first look at AMC’s new drama Hell on Wheels. Take a look here.

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  1. JJ says:

    Peete’s ousting was “shocking”? Did you see The Talk? Peete, while more useful than Gilbert or Osborne, was as boring as a coma but it didn’t help to have the incessant yelling desperation of failing humor that is the obnoxious Leah Remini. They both deserved the boot as does Mrs. CBS Julie Chen.

    I really don’t understand why ABC is signing with Tisdale. Some will SAY she appeals to the Tweens but just because the ENSEMBLE of High School Musical was successful Tisdale proved she wasn’t the hot property when her Wildcats, on tween-centric CW, was cancelled.

    Note to NBC: Hang onto Prime Suspect. You could at least win an Emmy and get those ratings next season.

  2. Ashely says:

    How are the ratings for the Talk since Leah and Holly were let go? Did the go down, rise or have they remained steady?

    • Kim R says:

      I wonder that as well. I stopped watching because without Holly & Leah it was, in my opinion, terrible. I really enjoyed it last season & was glad to find something to tune into that wasn’t The View (shudder). Now I’m watching The Chew. I can’t imagine The Talk doing well with who is left but I would be interested to know. :)

    • clare says:

      The ratings have gone down 10 percent since Holly and Leah were not renewed.

      The show is a mess.

  3. Jon says:

    So excited for Ashley! I think this is great news & she’ll do well, wish her the best & I’ll definitely be tuning in for her show, or at least supporting her since I don’t live in the States

  4. Polly says:

    wow ryan murphy great idea! oh please remember to thank jane espenson and everyone at husbands the series for it!

  5. BRETT says:

    Ashley Tisdale getting her own show on ABC? Is that some sort of sick joke? Anyone who thinks that show will succeed is delusional. Who is this girl?

  6. Meg says:

    I’m having trouble trying to conceptualize Katie Heigel’s show lasting two episodes. “Oh no, belts aren’t in–scrunchies are? OMG, these scrun–wait, cooked sushi is in?”

  7. Sean says:

    NBC better keep Prime Suspect, I love the show/cast. Plus, give Harry’s Law a new night or time! It could loose Parenthood, Up All Night & Whitney – waste of time!