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.

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• 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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