News roundup: 'Southland' delayed, 'Leverage' renewed, Laura Linney's 'C Word'

benmckenzie_southland_290.jpgNBC is holding back the premiere of its sophomore series "Southland" for four weeks in the fall.

The cop show from "ER" and "West Wing" producer John Wells had been scheduled to premiere on Friday, Sept. 25. Instead it will debut on Oct. 23, four weeks after time-slot competitors "Medium" and "Dollhouse" and two weeks after ABC's "Ugly Betty."

The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed says NBC wants to give the show, which started off well last season but tailed off a bit, a little extra marketing push in what will be a fairly competitive time period.

TNT has ordered a third season of its series "Leverage."

The show, which stars Timothy Hutton as the Robin Hood-esque leader of a team of con artists, has been a strong performer for the cable network. It's averaging 4.1 million viewers an episode this summer, an improvement over the 3.9 million it drew in its first season earlier this year.

"Leverage" wraps its summer run on Sept. 9 and will return for a few episodes in the winter to complete season two. The third season is on track to air in summer 2010.

Showtime has added another award-winning actress to its roster, signing three-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Laura Linney for a pilot called "The C Word."

Linney will star in the half-hour pilot as a woman who is diagnosed with cancer and attempts to "find the light side in a dark situation," as Showtime puts it. Writer ("90210," "Will & Grace") and actress ("I Heart Huckabees," "Help Me Help You") Darlene Hunt created the show.

If "The C Word" is picked up, Linney will join a roster of female series leads at Showtime that already includes Toni Colette ("United States of Tara"), Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds") and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie").

Bits and pieces: "Chuck" and "Gossip Girl" executive producer Josh Schwartz is turning to sitcoms, writing a pilot for CBS with fellow "Chuck" scribe Matt Miller about a young married couple; former "Boston Legal" star Christian Clemenson will guest-star in at least two episodes of "CSI: Miami" as a medical examiner; and "Spider-Man" director and "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" exec producer Sam Raimi has signed a two-year deal with Sony Pictures TV to develop TV series.

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