TV News: Simpsons, NCIS, Trek, Eastwick

“The cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is reuniting for an episode of “Family Guy” to air next month. Entitled ‘Not All Dogs Go to Heaven’, Stewie gets mad when he doesn’t get a chance to ask his favorite cast members any questions at the local con and so builds a transporter and beams the entire cast to his bedroom so they can spend a fun-filled day together in Quahog. Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes will all reprise their roles…” (full details)

“Fox today announced that it has renewed The Simpsons for two more seasons, which will make the animated hit the longest-running primetime television series in U.S. history, passing the classic Western ‘Gunsmoke’. At the end of its 22-season cycle the show will have aired a whopping 493 episodes…” (full details)

“LL Cool J is set to topline CBS’ planned spin-off of “NCIS”. He’ll play a tough but charming former Navy SEAL who works undercover for the NCIS unit in L.A. and is an expert on the Middle East. The pilot will aire as one half of a two-part episode of “NCIS” later this season…” (full details)

“Actor Billy West, the voice of Fry, Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Brannigan and more in Fox’s cancelled animated series “Futurama” told the audience at the Anime Supercon in Florida recently that due to the strong sales of the Futurama DVD’s, Fox is considering another season of the show…” (full details)

“Having successfully rebooted “Beverly Hills 90210”, The CW has sent off an official pilot order for a new incarnation of 90’s soap classic “Melrose Place” with Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Deadwood,” “24”) set to direct. Both the old and news series deal with a group of twentysomethings living in the trendy Melrose neighborhood of Los Angeles…” (full details)

“Lindsay Price (“Lipstick Jungle”) has been cast as one of three young witches who come into their powers in ABC’s drama pilot “Eastwick,” based on the 1987 feature “The Witches of Eastwick”. Price plays Joanna, a hardworking, shy reporter for the local newspaper played by Michelle Pfieffer in the original dark comedy. Jaime Ray Newman was recently cast as a fellow witch…” (full details)

Jerry Seinfeld is reteaming with NBC to launch his first reality series. The comedian’s project is tentatively called “The Marriage Ref” and features celebrities, comedians and athletes who will judge couples in the midst of marital disputes while recommending various strategies to resolve their problems…” (full details)