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Morning Links: 3/13/12

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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. Let’s get to the links:

*Breaking Bad. July. Start the countdown… now. (Via The AV Club)

*A new Game Of Thrones trailer hit the interwebz yesterday. I’m hyped and all… but I think this might be trailer #147 that HBO’s released in the past few weeks. Just debut already. (Ed. Note: I fully realize that I’ve probably linked all of these. I’m human.) (Via EW)

*Showtime announced on Monday that the new seasons of Dexter and Homeland will premiere on Sunday, September 30. Not really the biggest fan of Dexter as I think it’s one of the more overhyped shows on television but I’m all in on Homeland, a show that I had in my top five in 2011. Really anxious to see how they follow up a dynamite debut season. Dexter will air at 9PM and be followed by Homeland at 10PM. Mark your calendars. (Via Hitfix)

*You know that humongous beeg (tm – Ilya Bryzgalov) spoiler from Sunday’s The Walking Dead? Get some really insightful scoop from series co-creator Robert Kirkman. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Not at all unrelated to the above item, former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont now has the lead for his new project with TNT, L.A. Noir. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*BREAKING: Jon Hamm is awesome. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*On the other hand, Greta Van Susteren is a spiteful, hateful person. (Via Warming Glow)

*Producer Carlton Cuse seems to have found his first post-Lost project and it’s a Psycho prequel for A&E called The Bates Motel. Frankly, this could be a really interesting idea if they pull it off well. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Matt Saracen is coming back to TV. Clear eyes, full hearts. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*This certainly puts a different spin on the Leslie/Ben relationship on Parks And Recreation, doesn’t it? (Via The AV Club)

*Sorry… not buying Will Forte – an acquired taste’s acquired taste – as a basketball player. And Modern Family’s Steven Levitan being behind Forte’s new Fox sitcom ain’t helping matters either. (Via EW)

*This is why Warming Glow’s Danger Guerrero is one of my favorite television bloggers. Plus, dude’s also a Phillies fan so he’s doubly awesome. (Via Warming Glow)

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Morning Links: 3/7/12

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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. Let’s do the damn thing:

*FX announced Tuesday that it’s renewing Justified for a fourth season that will begin in early 2013. Really, the only thing that’s surprising about this news is that it took this long. Justified aired its eighth out of 13 episodes last night and for a show that’s a solid performer for the network and that enjoys pretty unanimous critical praise, you’d think that FX would have given another season the green light weeks ago. Whatever the reason for the delay, more Justified is nothing but good for viewers and when you consider that shows that make it to year four often go on for two or three more, it looks like there’s much, much more Raylan Givens in our futures. Again, that’s a great thing. (Via Hitfix)

*Ah, shit… I’m gonna have to watch Nashville now, aren’t I? If I suffered through five episodes of American Horror Story almost solely because of Friday Night Lights alum Connie Britton’s involvement, surely I can give Nashville a chance now that she’s signed on for a co-starring role. Plus Powers Boothe (Deadwood) and Robert Wisdom (The Wire) are also in the cast. It can’t be THAT bad, right? (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*NBC’s Smash was up 17% from last week, likely aided by repeats on CBS and ABC Monday night but still good news for the fledgling show. I’m through the first three episodes and, while it’s not anything approaching a great show, frankly, it’s The Wire compared to the similarly themed Glee. (Via EW)

*Film legend Sigourney Weaver has signed on to star in a new USA drama that seems loosely based on Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton. Sigourney Weaver on USA? Weird combo. (Via EW)

*Seriously… shut up already, Kirk Cameron. (Via The AV Club)

Morning Links: 3/2/12

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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. First day of March is in the books. Let’s get to the links:

*As part of his continuing Thursday feature examining why Community is great until it returns to the air in two weeks (!), Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall takes a look at the show’s secret weapon, newly-minted Oscar winner Jim Rash.

*Entertaining interview over at The AV Club with comedy MVP (and real-life wife of Ron Swanson) Megan Mullally.

*Firefly reunion (of sorts) coming later this season on Castle as Adam Baldwin (in his first post-Chuck) role will be making a guest appearance on the ABC Nathan Fillion vehicle. I’m sure that the show will find some way to give a wink to the Browncoats. (Via TVLine)

*Matthew Perry might be back on NBC Thursdays in the fall? Why not? Nothing else has really worked for the guy since Friends ended. (Via EW)

*President Obama (correctly) thinks that Omar was the best character on The Wire. In related news, I think I voted wisely. (Via The AV Club)

*Former Friday Night Lights star Matt Lauria has been cast in a new Shonda Rhimes pilot for ABC set in an 1895 New York hotel. I’ve said before that I’ll follow Friday Night Lights castmembers almost anywhere but this one’s testing my resolve. Plus, Lauria was only on the show for two years so I think that leaves a loophole open for me, doesn’t it? (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*NBC really does suck. (Via Warming Glow)

Morning Links: 2/27/12

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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. Who doesn’t want some links on a Monday morning?

*New Game Of Thrones season two trailer. I really don’t need to say any more than that, do I? (Via EW)

*Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will be doing a weeklong tribute to Bruce Springsteen starting tonight with two performances by The Boss himself a week ahead of the release of Springsteen’s new record, Wrecking Ball. Thursday night will see Elvis Costello playing “Beautiful Disguise” while backed by The Roots and you can be sure my DVR will be set for that one. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall has an interview with the co-creators (Kyle Killen and Howard Gordon) of NBC’s ambitious new drama Awake, debuting this Thursday night. Awake’s been called the best network pilot of the 2011 fall season which is clearly why it’s debuting in MARCH. Jesus, NBC. Regardless, the pilot has been available via various platforms for the past week so I’m hoping to check it out within the next few days so that I can have something posted by its debut on Thursday night. Keep your eyes peeled.

*The UK’s David Morrissey has been cast in the pivotal role of The Governor in the third season of The Walking Dead. Seeing as I’ve never read the comic series that the show was based on and I’m pretty spoiler-averse, I have no idea who The Governor is but people seem excited about his upcoming appearance. So… there’s that. (Via TVLine)

*Martin Lawrence has booked a role in a sitcom about a fortysomething man who decides to go to the police academy on a whim. That this stars Lawrence and comes from two men with heavy involvement in Shit My Dad Says and Just Shoot Me means that I’ll avoid this like an STD. (Via EW)

*Gregory Peck’s grandson Ethan Peck, best known for his role in the ABC Family adaptation of 10 Things I Hate About You, has been cast as the male lead opposite Friday Night Lights’ Aimee Teegarden in The CW’s Hunger Games-ish pilot The Selection. Wasn’t impressed by Peck in 10 Things for the most part but I do like me some Julie Taylor. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Someone’s got their panties in a bunch. (Via TVLine)

Morning Links: 2/24/12

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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. Let’s move forward towards the weekend the right way:

*FX intelligently renewed its genius animated comedy Archer for a 13-episode fourth season which really wasn’t a surprise when you consider that: A. It’s the best thing on television right now; and B. That it’s a solid performer for the network. Coupled with the news that the network has also signed a deal with Archer creator Adam Reed’s production company, The AV Club speculates that this means that the show will ultimately run at least through a seventh or eighth season so that the show can be sold into syndication, which is extra great news. EW also has the first look at the character Bryan Cranston will be voicing in the show’s upcoming two-part season finale (I has a sad since that’s less than a month away).

*Friday Night Lights-related news? You’re damn right I’m linking it. Julie Taylor herself, Aimee Teegarden, has been cast as the lead in The CW’s Hunger Games­­-recalling pilot The Selection. You have just sealed my participation in this show, CW. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Remember that cult drama for NBC that I pooped all over the other day? Yeah… might be changing my tune now that Terriers’ Michael Raymond-James has been added to the cast. Just like Friday Night Lights, I will follow a Terriers cast member almost anywhere. (Via TVLine)

*People apparently can’t get enough of a British soap. The second-season finale of PBS’s Downton Abbey notched 5.4 million viewers, becoming the highest-rated show on PBS since 2009. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Stevie Nicks… Up All Night<tries not to hyperventilate> (Via EW)

*Ben got a show so OF COURSE Noel got one too. Decide already, universe! #Felicityjokes (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis in a 1960s set Western for CBS? Color me intrigued. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Sweet Jerry from Parks And Recreation mash-up, NBC.com. The guy might currently hold the position as TV’s best punching bag. (Via Hitfix)

Morning Links: 2/16/12

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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. Really light day of links. The TV industry must have had a post-Valentine’s hangover or something. Still, I’ve managed to find a few to get you started today:

*Stop EVERYTHING. Friday Night Lights movie!! Friday Night Lights movie!! (Via The AV Club)

*It’s becoming more apparent that getting people to watch quality television is like pulling teeth. People watch swill like Two And A Half Men and 2 Broke Girls yet worthwhile fare like Cougar Town and The River turned in disappointing numbers on Tuesday night. Cougar Town’s belated third-season debut bowed to a series low 4.8 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Normally, I’d freak out about this but EW’s James Hibberd points out that Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence predicted a similar scenario earlier this week plus the fact that Tuesday was Valentine’s Day caused ratings drops across the board. Still, a show as intelligent as Cougar Town deserves more than a shade under five million viewers. Meanwhile, the second week of ABC’s excellent horror series, The River, fell off precipitously from its already disappointing debut to 5.0 million viewers and a 1.7 18-49 demo rating. Looks like it’s going to be one-and-done for The River. Sigh.

*One of the best stand-up comedians working today, Jim Gaffigan, is following the Louis CK business model for his next stand-up special, Mr. Universe, by making it available exclusively through the Internet for a $5 fee with $1 of each sale going to the Bob Woodruff Foundation to help injured service men and women and veterans. Gaffigan’s a great guy along with being a talented comedian and he’s using this special to help a great cause. He’s got my five bucks already. (Via The AV Club)

*Yet another exclusive Netflix project, this time from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. It’s looking more and more like Netflix could be at the forefront of a new television business model. (Via The AV Club)

*The CW keeps trying to make Katie Cassidy happen – not that I blame them – this time, casting her as the female lead in their Green Arrow adaptation creatively titled…Arrow. (Via TVLine)

*Ali Larter of Heroes fame has been cast in Fox’s new CIA project, The Asset. It would appear that Fox is a fan of wooden acting. (Via EW)

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)