Guest stars, ratings, and an unusual deal for a new series highlight this edition of TV snacks.
Former “Melrose Place” star Grant Show will have a recurring part on the upcoming season of USA’s “Burn Notice.” He’ll play a CIA operative and make his first appearance in the season premiere, which will likely air in the summer. [EW]
Netflix has ordered its first original drama series: “House of Cards,” a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey (who’s also an exec producer) and whose premiere will be directed by David Fincher (also an EP). It will debut exclusively on Netflix’s streaming service in late 2012; the company has committed to at least 26 episodes of the show before a pilot was even shot. [Netflix]
Ratings for the first full day of the NCAA Tournament — which for the first time aired on TBS, TNT and TruTV in addition to CBS — were up a bit over 2010. The daytime games showed impressive games compared to the CBS-only coverage last year, while the prime-time games were up slightly. CBS’ coverage alone, however, was way down in primetime as a result of spreading the wealth. [CBS Sports]
NBC has opted not to air another season of “Last Comic Standing” this summer — but that doesn’t necessarily mean the show is dead. The network has gone more than a year between seasons twice in the past. [The Futon Critic]
ABC has picked up a series called “101 Ways to Leave a Game Show” for its summer lineup. It’s pretty much a regular game show, until a contestant loses. Then he or she will be sent packing via beiing shot out of a cannon, dragged under water by an anchor or strapped to the wing of a plane. No, we’re not kidding. [Deadline]