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Michael Emerson to former 'Lost' co-star Terry O'Quinn: I won't quit you, either!

Our ongoing lobbying coverage of a potential John Locke/Benjamin Linus TV reunion continues! Last week, Terry O’Quinn (now guest-starring on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 with ex-Oceanic 815er Daniel Dae Kim) told EW he still wants to work with fellow Lost co-star Michael Emerson (now on CBS’ Person of Interest), even though plans for a J.J. Abrams-produced action-drama vehicle fell apart earlier this year. Said O’Quinn: “I was actually looking to do a series after Lost. … Michael and I fiddled around with one and we sort of got through the process of generating some interest in it, and we just didn’t come up with a script that everyone agreed on. Michael and I stay in touch; we still talk about that. Maybe we’ll make it happen before we get too creaky. I would love to have at least one more good experience like Lost.”

“I feel very much the same way,” Emerson tells EW.com. “I was very gratified to read that in the press. We’ve both told each other that even though there may be some bumps along the road, sooner or later, we’re going to work together.” For fans of Emerson’s new show with Jim Caviezel (and there could be a lot of them: Person of Interest launched last week to 13.2 million viewers), the actor has some scoop about tonight’s episode (airing at 9/8 c): READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher: Genius marketing man or annoying peddler?

Less than eight minutes into the second episode of Two and a Half Men, Ashton Kutcher — as the internet billionaire Walden Schmidt — is seen lounging on the couch with his laptop open, annoying the crap out of his ex on the phone. But it’s not the conversation that is significant (though his yuk about using baby shampoo is pretty funny). It’s his laptop: Stuck to the top of his computer are a series of bright-colored decals touting specific companies, including ones favored by the actor himself.

Turns out the stickers represent a bunch of companies that Kutcher has a financial stake in — including Foursquare, Hipmunk,  Flipboard and GroupMe, as reported by Variety. Another decal touts the company Chegg, which Kutcher isn’t personally invested in but receives social-media help from the actor’s production company, Katalyst. Look who’s winning now! READ FULL STORY

'Boss' gets high approval ratings from Starz, lands second season

Starz has already ordered a second season of Kelsey Grammer’s upcoming new drama, Boss, a month before its Oct. 21 debut. “This early vote of confidence from our partners at Starz is extremely gratifying and reflects the tremendous work of all those involved with Boss on both sides of the camera,” said Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group, in a statement. “Kelsey’s dramatic turn in this series is a powerful and radical departure from his previous television roles and we can’t wait for viewers to be drawn into his fascinating world.”

Grammer plays Chicago mayor, Tom Kane, who’s keeping a terrible secret that could cost him his position of power. The premiere episode — one of eight shows this season — also marks the television directorial debut of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gus Van Sant (Milk).

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CBS picks up Rob Schneider sitcom for midseason

Rob Schneider will finally join the CBS lineup this midseason.

After sending his project back to the drawing board, the network has ordered the untitled multi-camera comedy about a confirmed bachelor (Schneider) who marries into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. The series stars Cheech Marin and Lupe Ontiveros and is exec produced by Schneider, Lew Morton, and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum.

Jamie Widdoes directs. The comedy was developed last spring for fall consideration.

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Portia de Rossi sitcom lands at NBC

Portia-de-RossiImage Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty ImagesPortia de Rossi, it will be nice to have you back on the small screen: NBC bought a put pilot from Ellen DeGeneres that would feature the Ally McBeal actress as one of two dueling sisters.

The put pilot (if picked up to series for fall of 2012) would mark De Rossi’s return to TV since the (premature!) cancellation of Better Off Ted last year. Her wife DeGeneres would executive produce the pilot through her company A Very Good Production, which is based at WBTV, home to her eponymous talk show via Telepictures.

A put pilot is a project that comes with severe (see: costly) penalties if it doesn’t air — which means this laugher has a great chance of making the cut for next fall.

According to Deadline, all four of the broadcast nets were looking to snag the project before NBC prevailed. The multi-camera comedy will be written by Don Todd (Samantha Who).

Guess Dancing with the Stars will have to wait its turn for De Rossi!

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Lifetime picks up 'America's Most Wanted'

Lifetime will put John Walsh back to work: The network announced today that it has picked up America’s Most Wanted.

The show that began its run on the Fox owned and operated stations and then moved to the network will return for its 25th season later this year on Lifetime. (In May, Fox canceled the show as a weekly Saturday series because the show was no longer profitable but it will still air quarterly specials — the first of which will bow in October.) READ FULL STORY

'Absolutely Fabulous' revived for trio of new specials

Absolutely Fabulous, the outrageous British sitcom about two boozy and bawdy gals, is coming back for three new American television specials on BBC America and Logo. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will reprise their roles as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, 20 years after they originally debuted on British television. “We hope that, like a good bottle of champagne we have grown better with age but lost none of our sparkle,” said Saunders, in a statement. “Viewers in the U.S. have been very kind to the show over the years and we are very happy to return on not one but two U.S. channels at once, BBC America and Logo. We fully intend to party like it’s 1991.”

“All of the originals who are back together again are still truly absolutely fabulous and we hope that the new adventures of Edina, Patsy, Saffy, Bubble and Mother, plus a few surprising guests, will entertain both our tried and trusted U.S. fans as well as gain us some new friends,” said executive producer Jon Plowman.

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Steve Harvey developing talk show based off 'Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man'

If you were one of the many who took actor/comedian Steve Harvey’s best-selling advice to Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the star will soon be sending some more pearls of wisdom your way soon via your television set. EW has confirmed that the author is developing a comedy-based talk show inspired by the 2009 book that will air in syndication through NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. READ FULL STORY

TNT orders more 'Rizzoli & Isles'

The ladies are still a hit! TNT has ordered a third season of Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

The drama, currently in its second year, launched this summer with 8.6 million viewers. Rizzoli, along with The Closer, are currently basic cable’s top two series for the year-to-date.

TNT ordered 15 episodes for the third season, which will bow next summer. The show’s second season will continue airing Mondays through Sept. 12.

Showtime announces pick-up of Steve Carell-produced series

Steve Carell has his first post-Office gig — and it’s behind the scenes.

Carell and David Steinberg (Mad About You) will serve as executive producers on a new Showtime interview series, titled Laughing Stock, president David Nevins announced this morning during the Television Critics Association press tour. The series will feature one-on-one interviews with “the world’s funniest personalities.” Steinberg will serve as host on the series, which has been picked up for 10 half-hour episodes. It is set to premiere in early 2012.

Guests will include Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Larry David, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, and Sara Silverman. Carell will also be a guest on an episode.

TNT renews 'Franklin & Bash' for second season

TNT has ordered a second season of Franklin & Bash, the legal drama starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer, EW has learned. Currently airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m., Franklin & Bash ranks as one of basic cable’s top new series of the summer. The net ordered 10 more episodes.

“This summer, Franklin & Bash has broken out as a hugely entertaining series with great characters, sharp writing and a terrific cast,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies in a statement. “We’re thrilled that the show has drawn such a remarkably strong following and look forward to bringing it back next summer.”

Gosselaar and Meyer star as two young street lawyers in the drama that also stars Malcolm McDowell as Stanton Infeld, the patriarch of the law firm. The show’s from the Emmy-winning Kevin Falls (The West Wing) and also features Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani, Reed Diamond and Garcelle Beauvais.

Since premiering on June 1, Franklin & Bash has drawn 3.9 million viewers, ranking it among basic cable’s Top 5 new series for the summer-to-date. The series is averaging 1.8 million adults 18-49 and adults 25-54. Sadly, the drama’s stellar ratings couldn’t give enough of a boost to its lead-out, Men of a Certain Age. TNT cancelled the Ray Romano drama after two seasons.

'Love Bites' creator on Thursday's finale: 'It felt like a successful little miniseries'

In the beginning, Love Bites on NBC showed so much promise — a dramedy-anthology featuring popular stars like Becki Newton and Greg Grunberg that creator Cindy Chupack described as Love, American Style meets Love Actually. Unfortunately, a bad combination of too many cooks (it went through three regime changes at NBC) and an ambitious conceit (new stars every week!) ended up side-lining the show. Chupack also reduced her role to that of a consultant because she had a baby on the way. READ FULL STORY

Amazon Prime to stream CBS TV library

CBS and Amazon.com have announced a non-exclusive licensing agreement that will enable Amazon customers to stream television shows from CBS’s vast library. Amazon Prime customers will now be able to watch thousands of episodes from the CBS library, including full seasons of The Tudors, Numb3rs, Medium, Star Trek, Frasier, and Cheers.  “Amazon has created one of the most popular consumer marketplaces in the world, and we are very pleased to make these titles available to their Instant Video and Prime customers,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS.  “This new agreement represents another meaningful way for us to realize incremental value for CBS’s content.”

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