NBC scales back 'Love Bites'; Larry Hagman visits 'Desperate Housewives'

becki-newton-love-bites-320.jpgEnjoy a generous serving of snack-sized entertainment news with your Thursday diet of prime-time entertainment.

Whenever NBC's series "Love Bites" makes it to the air, it won't be on for as long as initially planned. The network has cut the order for the show, a romantic anthology starring new mom Becki Newton, Constance Zimmer and Greg Grunberg, from 13 episodes to nine. The show doesn't have a premiere date yet. [ Deadline]

"Dallas" star Larry Hagman will pay a visit to Wisteria Lane on an episode of "Desperate Housewives" later this season. He'll play a new beau of Lynette's ( Felicity Huffman) mom (returning guest Polly Bergen). He also says that he's seen a script for a possible "Dallas" reboot at TNT that would concentrate on younger generations of the Ewing family: "We're negotiating right now," he says. [ The Hollywood Reporter]

Spike TV and Philo have teamed up for the " Video Game Awards" premiering this Saturday, December 11 at 8 p.m. ET. Exclusive premiere badges will be available for some of the most anticipated games of 2011 and beyond. Gamers can also check-in on the Philo/VGA landing page starting today. [Spike TV, Philo]

A February "CSI" episode will introduce Gil Grissom's mom -- but won't feature Grissom ( William Petersen) himself. Tony Award winner Phyllis Frelich will play Gil's mother, who's none too happy to interact with her daughter-in-law ( Jorja Fox) when a murder occurs at a school for the deaf where Mrs. Grissom teaches. [ EW]

Wednesday's (Dec. 8) episode of "MythBusters," featuring a challenge from President Obama, drew 2.24 million viewers. That's an improvement of about half a million viewers over the average of recent episodes. [ Discovery]

"True Blood" creator Alan Ball will have only one show on HBO in 2011. The cable channel has passed on his pilot "All Signs of Death," about a guy who joins a crime-scene cleanup business. [ The Live Feed]
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