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Morning Shots: 'Law And Order,' 'Chuck,' 'Lost,' And — Oh, Right — C3PO

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I don't know that there's anything particularly interesting about news that Charlie Kaufman did some work on the sequel to Kung Fu Panda, except that everyone seems to agree that it seems very strange that Charlie Kaufman did some work on the sequel to Kung Fu Panda.

We're right around the time of year when there's a lot of news about television as far as what's going to be on next year and what isn't. One of the big stories yesterday — still not entirely resolved — was a round of reports that Law & Order, the original, the mothership, the one and only, would not be back next year. It's too early to say for sure, but if you like your original-recipe "chung-chung" sound, you might want to enjoy it in the time you have left.

On the entirely other hand, it looks like Chuck, which has had a rough season but some fine episodes recently, is returning next year, at least for a 13-episode season. (Remember, that's the same pickup they got for this year, before it was expanded to 19.)

Not enough NBC news for you? Jeff Gaspin, who's the chairman of NBC Universal television, talked to Variety about, among other things, his efforts to get the network back in the prime-time scripted-television game after NBC's ill-fated experiment with ... not being in that game, so much.

Meanwhile, James Poniewozik, who writes about television for Time, has posted his big series-finale Lost package, which took him to Hawaii. Some people have all the luck, right?

And finally, just to cheer up your Friday, please enjoy this C3PO backpack.

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