The Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour is still in progress, but it has been a slower couple of news days compared to earlier in the week. Yesterday, critics made set visits, and today, NBC held panels for several shows, but there was no executive session due to the imminent Comcast takeover. Other networks took advantage of the vacuum, though, and made some announcements of their own. Some highlights after the jump.
- Law and Order: Los Angeles is making some major cast shake-ups. Skeet Ulrich, who was the first actor cast in the series, has been canned, along with Regina Hall and Megan Boone. Alfred Molina’s Ricardo Morales will become a detective (which, apparently, was his position before he became D.D.A.), while Terrence Howard’s Jonah Dekker will now be the lead prosecutor, and both actors will now appear every week.
- After History Channel canceled it before airing a single episode, Showtime has also passed on the opportunity to air The Kennedys, the eight-part miniseries from Joel Surnow starring Greg Kinear and Katie Holmes. Although it will be airing internationally, it looks like Americans will now have to wait for the DVD release.
- The Big Bang Theory was renewed by CBS for *3* additional seasons, guaranteeing its run through the 2013-14 television season. According to EW, it is currently averaging 13.8 million viewers (up 7 percent versus the year-ago time period) and a 4.7 rating/14 share in adults 18-49, and has provided the network with a solid comedy entry on Thursdays.
- The pilot for a remake of Charlie’s Angels has been greenlit by ABC. The project will be overseen by Smallville writer-producers Miles Millar and Al Gough and will be set in Miami. Casting details will be eagerly awaited.
- In the little bit of news that did come out of the NBC panels today, Community creator Dan Harmon revealed that an upcoming episode of the show will focus on the study group playing Dungeons & Dragons, and another will take place completely in the hospital, where Pierce (Chevy Chase) will be a patient.