TVLine Items: Baldwin Inks NBC Deal, Jere Burns Enters Bates Motel, Gingrich on Parks and More!

baldwin-300NBC is staying in the Alec Baldwin biz.

With the end of 30 Rock drawing near, the Emmy-winning actor has inked a two-year overall deal with the network, Deadline reports.

Under the new pact, Baldwin will help develop and produce series for NBC, with the possibility of starring in his own project.

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30 Rock, meanwhile, wraps its seven-season run with an hour-long installment on Jan. 31.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? well…

• Justified baddie Jere Burns has joined A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel. Per Deadline, his role is being kept under wraps, but is said to be “pivotal.”

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• Politico/onetime Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich dropped by the Parks and Recreation set and was promptly fitted for a cameo, Rob Lowe shared via Twitter.

•  Ex-Sing-Off emcee Nick Lachey has been tapped to host NBC’s upcoming singing competition/game show hybrid The Winner Is, per The Hollywood Reporter.

S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order) has landed a recurring role in NBC’s midseason series Deception, Deadline reports, playing leading lady Meagan Good’s mother.

DirecTV’s Audience Network will air all eight seasons of 24 — the first time the entire series has been broadcast in HD — starting Monday, Jan. 7 at 8/c.

Spike TV has renewed Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares for third and second seasons, respectively.

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8 Comments
  1. TV Gord says:

    I CALLED IT! I SAID IT!!! I KNEW when Alec Baldwin said he would retire from acting after 30 Rock, he would do…THIS! LOL! I’m not complaining. I think he’s great (not as a father, necessarily, or as a person, but as an actor).

  2. ozi says:

    another singing competition? really? nbc?

  3. ozi says:

    and i thot burning the voice was a new low. bring back friends

  4. Blake says:

    I was hoping that the Baldwin would be Adam.

  5. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Jere Burns, please still make time to appear on Justified. Wynn Duffy is one of my favorite dry-witted villains ever.

  6. Linderella says:

    Best news here is about S. Epatha Merkerson coming back to a weekly series!

  7. socalgal says:

    Noooooo…give alec the idiot his wish and get him out of the entertainment world

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