Damian Lewis lands Showtime pilot, 'Money Drop' couple loses 800K on correct answer

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Damian Lewis, formerly of NBC's "Life," will star alongside Claire Danes in the Showtime pilot "Homeland." He plays a former prisoner of war being investigated by a C.I.A. agent (Danes) for a suspected terrorist plot. [ Deadline]

Brace yourself, America: A "Jersey Shore" spinoff is in the works. MTV says it's closed a series option deal with cast member Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio for a show about his life away from the Shore. He filmed a pilot presentation for the spinoff in September. [ MTV]

Discovery's "Cash Cab" is getting a companion series. The network will air a Chicago version of the semi-staged quiz show in 2011. Emmy-winning host Ben Bailey won't be along for the ride, though. He's staying put on the original, with comic Beth Melewski playing chauffeur/emcee. [ AP]

Kevin Newman, who briefly hosted "Good Morning America" after the show's late-90s shakeup, probably shouldn't have seen recent rom-com "Morning Glory." In an interview, he admits the film brought back a lot of bad memories: "It took me years to repair what nine months as GMA's male co-host did to my confidence and career." We were over it a bit sooner. [ THR]

What's worse than losing $800,000 on one question? Actually being correct. The couple who lost big by saying that Post-It Notes were sold in stores before Macintosh Computers and Sony Walkman on "Million Dollar Money Drop" are probably a bit confused by Post-It's agreement with their answer. They were sold first. [clip below, via Vulture]

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