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Eye plays ‘Numbers’ game

CBS folds on Lowe's 'Vegas'

Feature helmer Ridley Scott will make his series debut later this season with the CBS drama skein “Numbers,” while Rob Lowe’s “Dr. Vegas” has crapped out.

Eye has picked up the Paramount-produced “Numbers” for midseason, ordering 12 episodes of the crime drama. Ridley and Tony Scott will exec produce via their Scott Free Prods; Alex Gansa and Brooke Kennedy are also on board as exec producers.

“Numbers” revolves around an FBI agent who enlists his math genius brother to help solve crimes. Rob Morrow, Sabrina Lloyd, Judd Hirsch, David Krumholtz, Peter MacNicol and Alimi Ballard head up the cast. Mick Jackson (“The Bodyguard”) directed the pilot.

Nick Falacci and Cheryl Heuton wrote the pilot and will serve as co-exec producers along with David Zucker.

While Scott Free has developed several TV projects in the past, “Numbers” reps the first series for the brothers Scott.

Meanwhile, CBS confirmed Tuesday morning that Lowe starrer “Dr. Vegas” is being pulled from the schedule effective immediately.

A repeat of “Without a Trace” will air in the show’s 10 p.m. Friday slot this week; during the rest of the November sweeps, Eye plans to air encores of either “CSI” or “CSI: Miami” on Fridays. On Saturdays, CBS will rely on “Without a Trace” or “Cold Case” reruns to fill the “Crimetime Saturday” slot.

There’s no official word on whether “Dr. Vegas” is done for good, but industry insiders don’t expect the series to return. Production on the show is expected to halt following the completion of the current episode; five unaired episodes remain.

Earlier this week, NBC all but pulled the plug on “Father of the Pride.”

Separately, ABC plans to preempt struggling frosh drama “Life as We Know It” at least twice during sweeps, scheduling an encore of “Saving Private Ryan” for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Nov. 25.

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