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NBC reduces order for 'Love Bites'

Becki-Newton-LoveImage Credit: Chris Haston/NBCOne of the more interesting series to emerge from NBC’s 2010-11 development season was Love Bites, an anthology from Sex and the City scribe Cindy Chupack that was described as a modern-day Love, American Style. The show was originally set for fall but was quickly replaced with The Apprentice because star Becki Newton was pregnant and Chupack stepped down for personal reasons. Now, some more not-so-great news has emerged about the show: NBC has reduced the episodic order from 13 to 9. And there’s still no debut date.

An insider insists that the project remains a priority. It’s just that NBC has too much content to shove onto its midseason lineup so it didn’t make sense to pay for 13 episodes (for more information about the schedule, click here). In fact, NBC has yet to find slots for The Paul Reiser Show and Friends with Benefits, two other shows that were developed for NBC’s midseason lineup, as well. In retrospect, it might have been better to program Love Bites this fall instead of The Apprentice, which generated dreadful ratings on Thursdays at 10.

 

Shocker: NBC bumps 'Love Bites' to midseason, moves 'Apprentice' to Thursdays

love-bites-becki-spiroRuh-roh. NBC is already tinkering with its fall schedule, bumping the comedy Love Bites to midseason and replacing it in the Thursday-at-10 slot with a regular, noncelebrity edition of The Apprentice.

How come? READ FULL STORY

'Ugly Betty' MVP Becki Newton enters virgin territory with 'Love Bites'

becki-newton-loveImage Credit: Chris Haston/NBCUgly Betty may be dead and buried — moment of silence — but the show’s scene-stealing minx, Becki Newton, will be back on the tube next fall in NBC’s promising anthology-esque comedy Love Bites (watch a preview). I caught up with Michael Urie’s acting soulmate at the Peacock’s upfront extravaganza this morning and lightly grilled her about mourning Betty, falling in Love, and reuniting with you-know-who. READ FULL STORY

Scoop: Will 'Heroes' movie take flight?

heroesImage Credit: NBCNBC wants to do a two-hour Heroes wrap-up movie. Series creator Tim Kring wants to do a two-hour Heroes wrap-up movie. The majority of the show’s cast wants to do a two-hour Heroes wrap-up movie. So what’s standing between the project and an official green light? The answer (via my buddy — and newly-christened Love Bites series regular — Greg Grunberg) can be found in the embedded video player below. READ FULL STORY

Scoop: Greg Grunberg promoted to series regular on 'Love Bites'

greg-grunbergImage Credit: Tina Gill/PR PhotosNBC is resurrecting Heroes‘ Matt Parkman! Well, okay, not really. But Greg Grunberg, who played the ill-fated cop, just confirmed for me at the NBC upfront that that show’s cancellation has made it possible for him to become a series regular on the Peacock’s new romantic anthology, Love Bites. READ FULL STORY

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