TVLine Items: Flashpoint Cops Season 5 Renewal, 30 Rock Tackles Death of Kim Jong-il and More

The members of Flashpoint’s Strategic Response Unit will keep on reporting for duty, now that the cop drama’s new home, ION Television, has picked up the Toronto-produced series for another season.

Season 5, to consist of 13 episodes, begins production next month.

Originally acquired by and aired in the U.S. on CBS, Flashpoint moved to ION’s slate in October 2011 after the network acquired all Season 1-3 episodes from along with 11 Season 4 originals. On Dec. 27, the drama delivered its ION highs in total viewers (2.1 million) and in some key demos.

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• How — if at all — will 30 Rock address the recent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who on the NBC comedy had kidnapped Jack’s wife Avery (played by Elizabeth Banks) and forced her to marry him? Executive producer Robert Carlock tells Us Weekly that since they’d already shot several episodes at the time Kim died, the “puzzle” is going to be “trying to figure out how to get [Avery] out of [North Korea] and… continue things.” Carlock’s half-serious pitch: Perhaps 30 Rock will suggest that Kim (portrayed on the sitcom by comedienne Margaret Cho) merely faked his death.

• Let’s Make a Deal host Wayne Brady will guest-star as himself on the Jan. 18 installment of The Bold and the Beautiful when two of the CBS soap’s stars appear on the game show, Soap Opera Digest reports.

• Simon Cowell has announced plans to return to Britain’s Got Talent as a full-time, judge, following one season away. Joining Cowell at the dais will be Amanda Holden and newcomers Alesha Dixon (BBC’s Dancing With the Stars) and David Walliams (Little Britain). Cowell’s Talent encore is not expected to clash with his Stateside X Factor duties.

Chaos‘ James Murray and Royal Pains‘ Patrick Heusinger are set to co-star in NBC’s futuristic drama pilot, Beautiful People, per Deadline. The potential series is set in a future society where humans and human-like androids co-exist, though not as equals. Murray will play an attorney who fights for the ‘droids rights, while Heusinger will play a “Mechanical” servant struggling with human emotions.

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