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 do this:
*Stop EVERYTHING. NBC announced yesterday that Community will be back in its old slot of Thursdays at 8PM beginning March 15 with 30 Rock – which frankly has done at times WORSE than the maligned Community did in the fall – shifting to 8:30. The downside is that Parks And Recreation will be forced to take a five-week break but will return in Up All Night’s post-Office slot for its final four weeks of the season. This is some of the best TV news in weeks. Community is nothing short of a modern-day classic so its returning to the air is nothing other than a great thing. (Via Hitfix)
*Warming Glow also has an encouraging look at the chances of Community getting a fourth season this fall.
*Breaking Bad season five info!! Breaking Bad season five info!! (Via Warming Glow)
*Looks like week three was as unkind to NBC’s Smash as week two was as it fell another 18% and dropped from a 3.8 premiere rating in the 18-49 demo to a 2.3 on Monday night. So much for NBC pinning all its hopes on the show. How’s that working out for you, NBC? (Via EW)
*Conan O’Brien appeared as an extra on Monday night’s episode of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother. O’Brien actually won a charity auction for a role on the show in March of last year and the way that he was integrated onto the show actually sounds like a fairly cool idea. (Via Warming Glow)
*Animated superhero comedy starring the voice of Patton Oswalt? Yes, please. (Via The AV Club)
*Big Love vet Jeanne Tripplehorn will be joining Fox’s New Girl for a couple of episodes later this spring as the ex-wife of Dermot Mulroney, the latest love interest/obstacle in the way of an inevitable Jess/Nick pairing. (Via The Hollywood Reporter).
*Wait… Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter called someone a nasty name? That’s a first. (Via The AV Club)
*I was really interested in the news that Titus Welliver (Lost) was cast as a cult leader in a new pilot for NBC… until I read that its creator, Lisa Zwerling, was responsible for The Event and FlashForward. So… yeah. No. (Via TVLine)
*Unless I’m mistaken, the news that Heroes’ Milo Ventamiglia has been cast in Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir project is the first concrete casting news for the show. Is The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal far behind? (Via TVLine)
*The AV Club has an interview with the always great Stephen Root.
*New extended trailer was released for HBO’s upcoming comedy series Girls. Gotta say… I see even less people jumping on board with this show than Luck’s sadly been able to attract. And that ain’t many. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
*Another day, another member added to the cast of Shawn Ryan’s upcoming Last Resort for ABC. Today? Dollhouse’s Dichen Lachman. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
*In which Tim Tebow gives Jeremy Lin advice and ESPN climaxes all over itself. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)