Welcome to the Morning Links. Each weekday, 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. Let’s get to it:
*Louis CK’s incredible 2011 seems to have carried over into the first month of 2012 with the news that he and former Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten have sold a pilot to CBS 13 years after originally pitching it to the network. It’s based on the two men’s experiences as struggling twentysomethings trying to make it in their respective fields in the face of a foreboding economy. CK had the Midas touch last year but the fact that this is a CBS sitcom gives me no small amount of trepidation, mainly because every single one of their sitcoms suck. But, if any man can break the CBS curse, it’s Louis CK.
*Per The Hollywood Reporter, Rainn Wilson says that the proposed Dwight Schrute-centered Office spinoff would be “even more far out and weirder than The Office… it’s a really good idea.” All due respect Mr. Wilson, but no… it’s really not a good idea. In other Office news, Mindy Kaling is attached to an upcoming Fox sitcom making it appear that The Office is on its last legs as it’s being stripped for parts like a Lexus making its way into a chop shop. Probably for the best since no one anywhere has said really anything good about this first post-Steve Carrell season of the show.
*Very cool new feature over at The AV Club. They’re calling it The Catch-Up and the first installment takes a look at season one of the seminal HBO western, Deadwood. Had this discussion with a friend a few months back – Deadwood never seems to get its due when talking about the best television shows of the past ten years. Sure… The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Sopranos are all rightfully named but, frankly, Deadwood is on par with all of them yet rarely is mentioned. Why is that, America?
*Via Warming Glow, here’s the first three minutes along with a trailer for the second half of the second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which returns with new episodes on Sunday, February 12. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope the back half of the season resembles more of the first couple of episodes and the last one that aired instead of the boring, doughy middle section of the first half of season two. No more Daryl walking around in the woods seeing visions of his brother, please. Thanks in advance.
*Everyone online seemed to be fawning all over the Ferris Bueller-recalling Honda ad starring Matthew Broderick that will air during Sunday’s Super Bowl. Hey… I’m as big a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off fan as anyone but that ad? Kinda weak. I give it two dismissive wank motions and a fart noise.
*In the latest Film Star Deigning To Do Television news, Susan Sarandon has booked an arc on the upcoming third season of Showtime’s The Big C, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Can’t say that I really care since the three episodes of The Big C I’ve seen I found to be an overwrought mess that wasn’t worth my time. But good for you, Susan! That’s the nice thing to say, right?
*Thank you, AV Club, for finding these Archer soundboards. I knew there was a reason I liked you.
*No donkey semen for Fear Factor after all, says James Hibberd of EW. A nation rejoices.