History network plans miniseries on Texas

NEW YORK - The History network is planning another big miniseries after the breakout success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and is even bringing back one of that project's stars.

Bill Paxton will star as Sam Houston in "Texas Rising," an eight-hour miniseries that tells of Texas' revolution against Mexico and the rise of the Texas Rangers. History announced Wednesday the series is planned to air next year.

Brendan Fraser and Ray Liotta also will appear in "Texas Rising."

With "Hatfields & McCoys," "The Bible" and "Vikings," History has done well lately with big-event historical dramas.

CBS renews 18 prime-time series

NEW YORK - Top-rated CBS has renewed 18 more of its prime-time series for next season.

These pickups come on the heels of previous announcements that "The Big Bang Theory" and "Survivor" will be back.

Nine dramas winning a return include "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Person of Interest," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Hawaii Five-O" and "Blue Bloods," as well as "Criminal Minds," "Elementary" and "The Good Wife."

Renewed comedies include "2 Broke Girls," "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike & Molly," plus freshmen sitcoms "The Millers" and "Mom."

"The Amazing Race," "Undercover Boss," "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" will also be back.

These renewals add up to 17 hours of weekly programming getting the nod to return.

Still to be decided is the fate of "Hostages," "Intelligence" and "The Crazy Ones."

'Louie' returning for new season after break

NEW YORK - "Louie" is headed back to the air.

The FX network says the hit comedy is returning for its fourth season in May after a hiatus of 19 months.

It was fall 2012 when the hiatus was announced at the request of series star Louis C.K. He said he needed "a little breathing room" after wrapping its third season, a break "to feel hungry" again.

"Louie" will return May 5 for its new season of 14 episodes, airing two episodes back to back for seven weeks through June 16.

Louis C.K. created the series and is its executive producer, director and editor.

Associated Press