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TV Junkie: Starz Renews Series Before It Airs; '21 Jump Street'; Emmy Competitor? [UPDATE]

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evidently we are in one of the circles of hell: a big-screen version of "21 Jump Street" will be inflicted upon us in the future
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Be sure to check out our write up and predictions for the SAG awards' TV nominees from earlier today.
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A vote of confidence: Starz is renewing it's new series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" before the first episode has even aired. The series stars Lucy Lawless among others - we'll be interviewing them at the beginning of 2010 for you.
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Dear lord no: A big screen version of "21 Jump Street" in the works? The horror.
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Word has it that several of the networks (perhaps the one walking away with fewer or no awards) are in talks with our friends at the Paley Center to produce an alternative to the Emmys.A spokesperson from the Paley Center for Media has provided us with this statement:

"We have been exploring the potential for giving an award for excellence in television, The Paley, and we are exploring how best to do this in a way that doesn’t compete with any other existing awards. We gave a Think Social award at this year’s International Council event last month, and we may continue those as well."
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Daytime notes: On "The Martha Stewart Show" (NBC, 2pm) this Tuesday, Martha and supermodel Heidi Klum will make an angel tree topper for your Christmas tree (my Christmas tree? awesome) and on Thursday Jennifer Esposito will make several varieties of Christmas cookies.
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While the death of Brittany Murphy is still under investigation we wanted to note her volume of work in TV: "Drexell's Class", "Almost Home", "Blossom", "Sister, Sister", "King of the Hill", and many other single episode appearances. With an already impressive list of work under her belt, it was obvious that the majority of her career was still ahead of her. A tragedy whose mystery is still unfolding.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "Top Gear", "The Closer", "Men of a Certain Age", Conan (Silversun Pickups perform!), Fallon