TV Bites: Kevin Kline Gets into the Mistress-Slaying Biz


· HBO hopes to provide a cautionary tale for mistresses and philanderers with an untitled drama the premium cabler is developing for Kevin Kline. The project would pit the Oscar-winner as a cardiac surgeon sent to jail for killing his mistress. The story, which begins just as Kline's character is released after 15 years, will be written by David Auburn (Proof) and executive produced by Auburn, Kline, Gavin Polone (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Judy Hofflund (Panic Room). [Variety]

Fox gives Jennifer Beals a badge, John Larroquette pleads guilty, and more TV Bites after the jump.

· Fox has cast Jennifer Beals in its Shawn Ryan drama pilot Ride-along, about a rogue cowboy cop (Jason Clarke) and the first female police chief (Beals) in Chicago who vow to clean up the streets.

· Meanwhile, John Larroquette has been cast in another Fox drama, Pleading Guilty, about the embezzlement, bookmaking, offshore banking and the politics of a high-powered law firm. [THR]

· In the last of this morning's Fox news, network execs have finally made a wise choice regarding their flailling Brad Garrett sitcom 'Til Death -- they canceled it. [Variety]

· ABC will air a limited-run reality show set in a hospital this summer called Boston Med. The show will feature the first U.S. face transplant. [Variety]

· The Ricky Gervais Show, based on the comedian's podcasts, has been renewed for a second season by HBO. [THR]

· Nurse Jackie returned to Showtime on Monday night with its highest-rated episode of the series (1.5 million viewers) while United States of Tara premiered on par with its first season (1.2 million viewers). [THR]