Ashton Kutcher — the mastermind behind the original hidden-camera prank series — is back on board as an executive producer, but for Two and a Half very obvious reasons, will no longer serve as host. No word yet on who’ll replace him, but an announcement is expected during the cabler’s live New Year’s Eve special.
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• Even more Live! With Kelly guest co-hosts are on the way. The week of Jan. 9 will feature sports-based fill-ins including NFL star Reggie Bush, NASCAR’s Carl Edwards, sportscaster Boomer Esiason, college football analyst Jesse Palmer and speedskating champ Apolo Anton Ohno.
• NBC has purchased a dramedy pilot to be exec-produced by Law & Order: SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay, Deadline reports. The potential series, titled American Dream, is 30 Rock-esque and will give a behind-the-scenes look at the “inner workings” of reality TV.
• Season 7 of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Orange County is set to premiere Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 9/8c.
• TLC has ordered an Extreme Couponing spinoff, titled Extreme Cheapskates, which will feature people who go to outlandish, um, extremes to save money.
• Syfy has renewed its docu-series Paranormal Witness for a 12-episode second season, slated to premiere in August 2012.
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