EmptySCRIPTS FOR 'Mentalist'
CBS' new drama "The Mentalist" is inching closer to a full-season pickup with an order for six additional scripts. The crime drama starring Simon Baker has been a solid performer for the network in its first two showings.
KIMMEL REPEATS AT AMAs
Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the American Music Awards for a fifth time. The show is set for 8-11 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC will broadcast the 36th annual event.
'WARHOL' gets ovation
Ovation TV will air the world premiere of "Andy Warhol's Factory People," a three-part docu, starting Nov. 24.
PorchLight Entertainment is unveiling two new projects just in time for MIPCOM: Front Street Pictures' action-adventure film "Fireball" and the animated holiday telefilm "A Martian Christmas," co-produced by PorchLight and Mexico's Anima Estudios.
CMT HONORS JACKSON
Alan Jackson will be honored in the 90-minute special "CMT Giants: Alan Jackson," which will tape Oct. 30 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and premiere Dec. 6. The tribute will feature live performances by such artists as including George Strait and Miranda Lambert.
AMC tells 'NEWS'
AMC is launching "AMC News," a shortform programming strand covering entertainment news including film premieres, major film festivals and industry award events. Jacob Soboroff will host.
a NEW INSIGHT
Insight Production and FremantleMedia Enterprises, already first-look partners, took their relationship a step further Monday, unveiling a development financing deal to co-fund scripted and unscripted projects.