TVLine Items: Burn Notice Spin-Off Buzz, a New Criminal Mind, Schmidt's Girl Returns and More!

Burn Notice Spin-OffAre Burn Notice‘s Sam Axe and Jesse Porter spin-off bound? The characters’ alter egos Bruce Campbell and Coby Bell are game for another go-round, TV Guide Magazine reports.

“It’s definitely something Bruce and I would both be into,” Bell says, citing preliminary overtures from USA Network. “It makes sense. It’s just a matter of lining things up.”

For his part, creator Matt Nix “would love to” tackle the project, either via a new series or a TV-movie (à la 2010’s The Fall of Sam Axe).

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Jennifer Lopez may soon be back in the American Idol biz. The former judge, as rumored, is reportedly a frontrunner to return to the Fox  series for its revamped Season 13, per The Hollywood Reporter. Also in the running to sit at the dais: Idol alum Jennifer Hudson, Season 12 newbie Keith Urban and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am.

• Schmidt’s love triangle woes aren’t over just yet. Merritt Weaver is set to return to New Girl for at least two episodes this fall, EW.com reports, reprising her role as Elizabeth, Schmidt’s college-turned-present day girlfriend. Season 3 of New Girl bows Sept. 17.

• Esai Morales has boarded Criminal Minds for its upcoming ninth season. Per TVGuide.com, the NYPD Blue/Caprica vet will recur as the new BAU section chief.

• Starz has ordered a second season of its Michael Bay-produced pirate drama Black Sails, six months ahead of its early 2014 premiere.

• Lady Gaga will take the stage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (airing Aug. 25), performing for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in February.

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