Enjoy a healthy serving of TV snacks, guaranteed not to spoil your prime-time dinner.
– Jennifer Lopez and MTV are going into the comedy business. The cable channel has ordered a pilot from Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions about a recent NYU graduate who has trouble finding a job and moves back in with her family in Texas. Grace Parra (“Glory Daze,” “Jonas”) is writing the script. [Hollywood Reporter]
– Ana Gasteyer is now a full-time cast member on ABC’s freshman comedy “Suburgatory.” The former “Saturday Night Live” regular had been in a recurring role as super-suburbanite Sheila but will now be a regular part of the cast. [EW]
– ABC will be in a giving mood for the holidays, debuting a game show called “You Deserve It” on Monday, Nov. 21. The show, hosted by “The Bachelor’s” Chris Harrison, will have contestants playing not for themselves but for other people who could use the money. [ABC]
– Speaking of game shows and the holidays, NBC also has one on tap. It’s called “Who’s Still Standing,” and it will premiere in a four-day strip at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 19-22 before settling into the 8 p.m. Monday slot through the end of January. “Cash Cab’s” Ben Bailey hosts, and the hook is that when players answer questions incorrectly, they exit through a trap door. [NBC]
– Summer Glau, late of “The Cape” on NBC, is going to TNT for her next series project. She’s joined the cast of “Scent of the Missing,” which stars Tricia Helfer as the leader of a K-9 search and rescue unit. Elsewhere on cable, Niecy Nash has scored the female lead opposite Cedric the Entertainer in TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” spinoff. [Deadline]
– Vulture runs down all the drama pilots that are in development at the networks thus far, featuring the usual array of cop shows, a healthy trade in supernaturally inspired projects and even a few westerns. [Vulture]