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:
*In pretty cool news for TV nerds, Hulu is partnering with the Paley Center and will be providing coverage of panels from this year’s PaleyFest on the video streaming site. Community, Once Upon A Time, New Girl, The Office, Bones, Castle, The Vampire Diaries, Revenge, and Modern Family will all be represented so if you can’t schlep yourself out to LA to see the panels live, plop down in front of your laptop for free. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
*TBS renewed Conan through 2014 after a recent uptick in ratings thanks to… reruns of Big Bang Theory?! (Via Warming Glow)
*Headline on EW.com yesterday: “Cougar Town ratings slide, Biggest Loser improves.” Kind of tells you all you need to know about the nauseating TV watching habits of America.
*Wait… High School Musical’s Ashley Tisdale is going to be starring in the Louis CK-penned sitcom for CBS? My head hurts. (Via Warming Glow)
*The AV Club has an enjoyable interview with Jason Sudeikis, currently a part of the casts of both SNL and HBO’s Eastbound And Down. He also seems like an all-around good dude, too.
*Ryan Phillippe has dropped out of Everwood creator Greg Berlanti’s cop drama pilot for CBS, citing concerns over the intense production schedule of network television dramas. This frees Phillippe up to go back to making horrible, horrible movies and not being Reese Witherspoon’s husband anymore. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
*Thirtysomething’s Ken Olin has been cast in Americana, a new pilot for ABC about zzzz… oh, sorry… I dozed off after reading the description that said he’s going to be playing “Martin, the owner of a garment manufacturing company whose daughter designs clothes for the company.” I smell breakout hit! (Via The Hollywood Reporter)
*You know all of that pilot-casting news I’ve been posting lately? Warming Glow has a nice list up of the 15 Most Promising Shows Of The 2012 Pilot Season over on their little corner of the Internet. Check it, yo.
*Very interesting essay over at The AV Club by Noel Murray on the correlation between two of my loves – television and baseball. Murray posits the need for baseball-like analysis of television shows, saying that the current models of using one variable to judge a television show is outdated.
*”And here I am using a remote like a sucker.” (Via Warming Glow)