TV Tidbits: ‘Burn Notice’ Gets Lucky Seven, ‘Modern Family’ Abuse Allegations

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TV TidbitsWell it’s been a wallop of a day, hazed in the post-election stupor. The country may be nearly divided, but we’ve got another presidential turn decided, and so it’s time to get back into the thick of the television industry’s highlights of the day. With news of lawsuits and season pick-ups, we can all agree on one thing: Hollywood is moving forward. It’s tidbits time!

Burn Notice is in Seventh Heaven: The popular USA Network series Burn Notice has gotten the go-ahead for a 13-episode, seventh season order. The one thing of note about the upcoming season, is it’s size. USA‘s 13-episode pick-up is three episodes smaller than the 18-episode orders for the last three seasons. [Deadline]

Benjamin Walker to Get Missionary at HBO: Benjamin Walker, he who would be presidents forever (playing Abraham Lincoln in the movies and Andrew Jackson on Broadway), has decided to take on a role in the HBO series The Missionary. The show—from unlikeliest of duos Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Wahlberg and writer Charles Randolph— is set in 60s-era Berlin, following an American missionary who becomes a CIA operative. Spy versus spy perhaps? Can Walker then age 50 years and appear as a consultant CIA operative on Homeland? (You’re welcome for the free great idea, Hollywood!) [Vulture]

FOX Loses Lawsuit Against Dish: U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee refused to grant Fox Broadcasting’s initial attempt to block Dish Network’s ad-skipping DVR services “AutoHop” and “PrimeTime Anytime” in a Los Angeles court today. But advertising-haters shouldn’t rejoice just yet, as the ruling may not be a total victory, as the judge may accept certain copyright infringement theories to settle the suit. The court order is currently under seal, which means confidential, basically. [THR]

Modern Family Abuse Allegations: It is unfortunately being reported that Modern Family‘s Ariel Winters (aka Alex Dunphy) has been removed from her home after an allegation of abuse against her mother was filed. Mother Chrisoula Workman is being accused of physically and emotionally abusing her 14 year-old daughter. The star’s sister, Shanelle Gray has been given temporary custody while the mother is ordered to stay away from the young girl until the November 20th guardianship hearing. [E!]

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Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.

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