TV Tidbits: ABC Catches Bieber Fever, More ‘Mindy Project’ Casting Changes

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You Better Belieb It: ABC is currently developing a single-camera sitcom that would be based on the life of mega-pop star Justin Bieber. What’s even more surprising is this is not the first time the alphabet network has attempted this plan. The untitled family comedy is under consideration for next fall’s TV season and would center on the teen icon’s awkward years before becoming famous. [TV Guide]

More Casting Changes on The Mindy Project: FOX’s freshman comedy has already cut several characters, but it’s adding another. Beth Grant, who played grumpy nurse Beverly in one episode, has been promoted to series regular. She’ll join fellow newbie Mary Grill, who was recently cast in a recurring role (with the potential for growth) as Mindy’s college friend. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Happy Endings Gets in the Game: Former Saturday Night Live cast member Abby Elliott is joining another primetime comedy for a guest spot after popping up on 2 Broke Girls in December. She’ll appear in one episode of Happy Endings as a potential love interest for Max — that’s right, the gang’s gay friend. Don’t worry, there’s an explanation for his sudden change in sexual preference: Elliott’s character, Katie, has awesome tickets to Chicago Bulls games, prompting the basketball-loving Max to try something new. [Entertainment Weekly]

Dane Cook is Not a Total Loser: NBC is giving the crude comedian another opportunity to impress. Cook’s midseason comedy Next Caller was cut from the NBC lineup just four episodes into production because the network was unhappy with its β€œcreative direction.” Now the peacock network has decided to stay in business Cook and inked a new deal with the actor-comedian to develop a new starring vehicle for him. Fingers crossed this one actually makes it to air. [Deadline]

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