TV Bites: Russell Crowe and Maria Bello Join For Emergency Sex
· After considering several potential television projects, Maria Bello has committed to star in and executive produce HBO's upcoming series Emergency Sex. Bello will share EP duties with Russell Crowe and Oscar-winning scribe Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), the latter of whom will provide the script. The drama will be based on the book Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell on Earth, about the larger-than-life exploits of expatriate nongovernment-organization workers who find their sanity tested in the face of atrocities, loneliness and primal desires. [Reuters]
NBC tells The Jay Leno Show to get Lost, Fox supersizes Idol, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· Even NBC knows that Jay Leno is no match for the Lost premiere, so they're pulling The Jay Leno Show from the schedule on Tuesday and replacing it with a new two-hour episode of The Biggest Loser. [THR]
· Because you really can never have enough American Idol, Fox will make three more episodes (March 23, March 30 and April 6) double-length. [THR]
· Tony Hale (Arrested Development) and Matt Letscher (Eli Stone) have signed on to co-star in ABC's comedy pilot Awkward Situations for Men. The show already stars British personality David Wallace as himself, dealing with a move to the U.S. and the realization that Americans aren't quite as keen to his "everyday behavior" as the blokes and birds back home. [THR]
· VH1 has ordered a few projects for the spring including makeover series Transform Me, dating advice series Undateable and the show that takes the cake, Famous Crime Scene, which examines the death of celebrities. [Reuters]
· Don't fret much for the Ugly Betty cast. Eric Mabius, Becki Newton, Vanessa Williams have already been inundated with calls for pilot season. [Reuters]