'Secret Circle' creator hits 'The Beach'; Wilmer Valderrama joins 'Raising Hope'

wilmer-valderrama-raising-hope-gi.jpgNews from around the television world, including items on the next "Next Iron Chef" and good news for fans of "Big Time Rush," served up in snack-sized portions. Enjoy:

- "The Secret Circle" creator Andrew Miller has found his next TV project: an adaptation of Alex Garland's novel "The Beach" that's set up at FOX. The novel, previously adapted for a 2000 film starring Leonard DiCarpio, is about a group of people who join a seemingly idyllic island commune, only to find things aren't as easy as they seem. [ Deadline]

- Wilmer Valderrama, who's coming off NBC's "Awake," will guest-star on several episodes of "Raising Hope" this season. He'll play a (much younger) love interest for Sabrina's ( Shannon Woodward) mom, who is being played by Melanie Griffith. [ EW/ FOX]

- Nickelodeon has picked up a fourth season of "Big Time Rush." Production on 13 new episodes of the music-and-comedy series will start early next year, although no airdate has been set. [ Nick]

- The Food Network has announced the cast for "The Next Iron Chef: Redemption," which will feature several chefs who have competed in past seasons. The new installment, premiering Nov. 4, will star Nate Appleman, Amanda Freitag, Eric Greenspan and Jehangir Mehta from Season 2; Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Spike Mendelsohn from "The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs"; and newcomers Tim Love and Marcel Vigneron (of "Top Chef" notoriety). Fans will choose the 10th chef in the competition via FoodNetwork.com. [ Food Network]

- HBO is developing a movie based on the relationship between writer Norman Mailer and prison inmate Jack Abbott, which resulted in the book "In the Belly of the Beast." Mailer helped Abbott win parole in 1981, but soon after Abbott killed a man and was sent back to prison. Stephen Schiff ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") is writing the script, and Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown is among the executive producers. [ Hollywood Reporter]
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