Jason Alexander has a 'Bash'; 'Playboy' pilot intrigues NBC

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Another "Seinfeld" alum is giving TV another go. Jason Alexander will make a guest turn on TNT's "Franklin & Bash," which will air in the summer. In the legal dramedy, he'll play wealthy CEO Carter, whose "Bernie Madoff"-type unethical behavior gets the title characters (Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar) into a bit of trouble. [ TV Guide]

So you say you want a sexual revolution? Well, you know NBC might be able to help you with that. The network has ordered a pilot for the drama "Playboy," which centers on a group of Playboy bunnies working in a Chicago club during the '60s. So, you know, it's all about the stories. [ Variety]

J.J. Abrams keeps on chugging along. This time, his Bad Robot has picked up the spec "Pulp," from "Fringe" co-executive producers Monica Breen and Alison Schapker. It's a "heightened reality" crime drama, whatever that means. We figure we'll have to see it to be able to describe it ... or maybe not even then. [ Deadline]

A "Lost" star as gone back to the island that is ABC. L. Scott Caldwell, who played Rose, will hoof it over to the Feb. 23 episode of "Grey's Anatomy." She'll play the wife of an Alzheimer's patient who's going through a clinical trial. [ TVLine]

Following the gut-wrenching mining disasters of the past year, Spike TV is sending their cameras down for the docu-series "Coal," centering on West Virginia coal miners. The show will attempt to shine a light on the shadowy lives of the hard-working men and their families. [ Spike TV]

A consortium of six studios -- Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. -- will support the UltraViolet service and format, which will offer content that's complementary to the physical DVD and Blu-ray home entertainment markets. Viewers will be able to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms, including smartphones, game consoles, PCs and TVs. [ NewsCorp]

More Canadian programming, eh. ABC is ordering 13 episodes of a drama -- currently called "Combat Hospital" -- set in an Afghanistan military hospital. It's not a bad idea for the summer run, considering how well the other Canadian-ABC partnering project "Rookie Blue" did. [ Deadline]
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