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:
*People still like Tosh.0. Its fourth season premiere attracted 3.1 million viewers to Comedy Central on Tuesday night and helped buoy the new sketch comedy series Key & Peele to a promising debut at 2.1 million viewers which was Comedy Central’s best series launch since 2009 according to TV By The Numbers. I’ve heard really good things about Key & Peele and am looking forward to checking it out in the next few days.
*I’m an avowed FX whore but, even if I wasn’t, I’d think that this project sounded interesting. From The Hollywood Reporter, comedian Dana Gould and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl are teaming up on a sitcom that follows a band that’s on the verge of breaking up that seeks counseling from a couples therapist. The relaxed content guidelines on FX makes the prospect of this series much more appealing than if it were being pitched to the networks. The THR report also mentions that Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers also has a series in development with FX so, if nothing else, the next FX company party should have a pretty kickass set list.
*While David Letterman may be more ambivalent these days, Howard Stern still hates Jay Leno and refuses to do The Tonight Show even despite the fact that he’s an now NBC employee because Howard’s good people. Leno, on the other hand, is an asshat. [Via Warming Glow]
*Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) was cast as the co-lead in a new Showtime series (Masters Of Sex) about sexytime 60s couple Masters & Johnson? Yes, please. [Via The AV Club]
*Linked from Warming Glow solely for the Alison Brie GIF. Donald Glover’s PSA about saving Community is great, too, because we all know how I feel about Community. But mostly Alison Brie.
*Very nice pilots reference list put together by James Hibberd over at EW. If you’re wondering what’s in contention for spots on the networks’ fall schedules, his list is pretty comprehensive.
*Also from Hibberd, another day… another JJ Abrams pilot, this time for NBC.
*ABC Family has renewed its inexplicable hit, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, for a fifth season according to TV By The Numbers. The fallout? The promise that Shailene Woodley showed in The Descendants will be squandered for a fifth year.
*Fringe will be falling off of Fox’s schedule for three weeks in March but will run for eight straight weeks ending in May when most of the network’s shows will be airing their season finales. However, the three-week benching has lead some to fear that this is a precursor to Fox axing the show entirely due to its low ratings, even for its low-pressure Friday night perch. As TV critic Myles McNutt pointed out on his Twitter feed yesterday, criticizing Fox for this is pretty unfair. [Via TV By The Numbers]
*Question: If Bryan Fuller’s Munsters reboot for NBC is no longer called “The Munsters” and is ditching the signature makeup of its titular family entirely, does it then cease to be a reboot of The Munsters? [Via The AV Club]