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Morning Links: 2/14/12

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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. Happy Hallmark And Russell Stover’s Day! Here are some links to get you and your better half started today:

*Cougar Town finally – thankfully – returns to ABC’s schedule tonight. If you’ve never sampled the show – and I’ve talked about this in the past – you’re really missing one of the best comedic ensembles on television. Yes, its title is horrible and yes, its producers know that. If you’ve ever been inclined to watch it in the past but couldn’t get past that title, check out this piece from Alan Sepinwall over at Hitfix that extols the virtues of the show and comes complete with copious video clips. What you’ll see is one of television’s funniest sitcoms by far.

*The Walking Dead’s midseason premiere drew a record 8.1 million viewers to the AMC apocalyptic zombie thriller, proving that people (who aren’t my six-year-old son) really, really like zombies. Seriously though, those numbers are staggering and solidify The Walking Dead’s standing as one of television’s most popular shows. Gotta say… love that people are getting into something as bleak as this show. That doesn’t happen every day. Good on ya, America. (Via The AV Club)

*What the what? John Goodman is reuniting with his former television wife by joining the cast of Roseanne Barr’s trailer-park sitcom for NBC, Downwardly Mobile? Shit… I’m gonna have to watch this now, aren’t I? Damn you, John Goodman. (Via Warming Glow)

*Awesome Casting News Part 1: Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) will be joining Jason Katims’ medical drama pilot for NBC, County. Jordan’s Parenthood co-star Jason Ritter had been previously announced as part of the cast and, to be honest, this is shaping up to be the pilot that I have the highest hopes for. And, as any post about Jordan must require, I leave you with this: “Where’s the boy, String? Where the fuck is Wallace?” (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Awesome Casting News Part 2: Stephen Root will be joining the cast of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire for its third season this fall. Find me a bad Stephen Root performance and I’ll call you a liar to your face. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Awesome Casting News Part 3: Bradley Whitford. Parks And Recreation. That’s all. (Via The AV Club)

*According to series star Joel McHale, someone will be dying on Community when it returns to NBC’s schedule at some indiscriminate time in the future. Warming Glow has placed odds on some of the suspects here. There’s no way that it’s a major character and Leonard is waaay too obvious, so I’m going with Magnitude although I’m giving Annie’s Boobs an outside shot.

*Craig Ferguson has signed a deal with CBS to continue as the host of the Late Late Show through 2014. Ferguson’s one of television’s best late night hosts bar none so it’s good to see him rewarded like this. Let the speculation over whether he’s Letterman’s official successor begin. (Via Warming Glow)

*Ryan Phillippe will be taking his first starring television role in Everwood creator Greg Berlanti’s untitled police drama pilot for CBS. Phillippe joins the previously announced Chi McBride (Human Target) and Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Southland) in the promising-sounding cast. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Per EW’s James Hibberd, Fox announced their spring schedule which, frankly, looks a whole lot like their winter schedule save for the welcomed return of Bob’s Burgers, the second-season premiere of the previously-thought-dead Breaking In, and the proper premiere of the utterly laughable Touch. Oh God… was Touch ever horrible. I’ll have some thoughts on that posted closer to its mid-March debut.

*NBC announced that the Bryan Fuller-helmed reboot of The Munsters that isn’t really a reboot of The Munsters because it stripped away almost everything that signified anything about The Munsters is being retooled and has thus been pulled from NBC’s fall schedule to be held until midseason. I think I speak for everyone when I say, “That shit was on NBC’s fall schedule?!” (Via The AV Club)

*Oprah’s apparently at the point that she needs to beg for viewers on the Titanic… er… Oprah Winfrey Network. How the mighty have fallen. (Via EW)

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