The potential drama over “NCIS” cast members renegotiating their contracts turned out not to be very dramatic.
Sean Murray, who’s been with the show since its first season and a regular since Season 2, has re-signed with the show for next season, The Live Feed reports. He’s the last of the four regulars with expiring deals to re-up.
Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum have also closed new deals in recent weeks. Mark Harmon and Cote de Pablo were already locked in for 2010-11.
– Starz is developing a series about organized crime and hoping it can do something similar to what “The Sopranos” did for HBO.
The show in question is “Underbelly,” an Australian series that dramatized a real-life crime war in Melbourne and was a critical and popular hit there. According to Vulture, Starz has bought rights to the show but is looking to adapt stories from American crime families in telling its tale.
Incidentally, the CEO of Starz is Chris Albrecht, who ran HBO during the “Sopranos” era.
– “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, Katie Couric and Homer Simpson — er, make that Dan Castellaneta — are among the 2010 inductees into the Archive of American Television.
The archive, which is part of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, conducts long-form video interviews with people who have made “significant contributions” to the medium and makes them available online.
Other interviewees this year include Richard Chamberlain, Bob Eubanks, Larry King, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, “X-Files” creator Chris Carter and “My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman.
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