Welcome to a new feature here on the blog, the Morning Links. With these posts, I’ll provide you with some interesting television-related news items culled from the various TV websites I frequent on a regular basis with a slight bit of commentary attached. Pretty straightforward – no fuss, no muss. Onto the links:
*I’ll take Horrible Ideas for $800, Alex. According to TVLine, NBC is going forward with an Office spinoff centered around Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute. The series will reportedly follow Dwight’s exploits with his Schrute family bed-and-breakfast/beet farm. The series won’t debut until early 2013 but will get a backdoor pilot via an episode of The Office later this season. Don’t know if you know this NBC, but for every Fraiser, there are ten Joeys. This one? Destined to be the latter. I know you’re hard up for hits but really? This?!
*Nice interview of Justified showrunner Graham Yost by Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall. Yost discusses what when into the plans for this season’s villains and talks about how it’s not just a matter of replacing Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett in the bad guy void.
*The AV Club has the second part of Todd VanDerWerff’s episode-by-episode interview with Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa posted. Again, well worth a read but only if you’ve seen the entirety of Homeland’s first season. And if you haven’t, get on that. Now.
*Per EW’s James Hibberd, NBC is planning an insane 18 hours of total coverage for the February 5 airing of Super Bowl XLVI. You know the day is coming when some network goes a week out and broadcasts just Super Bowl hype product for a solid seven days. And NFL Network doesn’t count.
*Unless you’ve been away from the Internet for the past year, you’ve likely seen the viral Honey Badger video and now its narrator – “Randall,” as he’s known – has been uncovered thanks to TMZ. He’s apparently pitching an idea for a Honey Badger-related television series and, after seeing video of this dude, there’s no way that this isn’t a Sacha Baron Cohen-esque character, right? I mean… there’s no way.
*God bless you, Internet, for your mash-up of The Walking Dead credits and the Growing Pains theme song. God bless you so much.