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Morning Links: 3/5/12

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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. Hello, Monday. Let’s get to the links:

*Despite the weak pun by EW, I was pleasantly surprised with the premiere ratings for NBC’s Awake on Thursday night. I reviewed its exceptional pilot here and said that I really had no expectation that anyone was going to watch it, so that it drew over six million viewers to a difficult slot on NBC (and managed to be its highest rated show in terms of viewers and was second in the 18-49 demo to The Office) was very encouraging. I can’t imagine anyone watching that pilot and not wanting to see more so I’ll be really anxious to see how it holds up next week. (Via EW)

*New Game Of Thrones trailer. And. It. Is. BAD. ASS. (Via EW)

*Animated Community webisodes? Yes, please. In related news, Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall moderated the Community panel at PaleyFest in LA on Saturday night and creator Dan Harmon and producer Russ Krasnoff both stated that they feel slightly optimistic about the show’s chances for a fourth season thanks to 30 Rock’s struggles in the Thursday at 8PM timeslot that Community will be reclaiming in a week and a half. People still need to watch it when it comes back so watch it. Or I’ll come find you, and you don’t want that, do you? (Via Hitfix)

*Southland was renewed for a fifth season by TNT on Friday. This is really good news. I’m in the process of catching up on it right now and, all things considered, it might be the best cop show (Justified is about the marshals service so it doesn’t count) on the air right now. Kudos, TNT. (Via Warming Glow)

*Jeff Goldblum is joining comic Sarah Silverman’s pilot for NBC playing a character loosely based on an ex-boyfriend. That is one wonderfully weird pairing right there. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Yikes. Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Loughlin is taking a hiatus from production on the Hawaii-set police procedural to address an addiction to prescription pain medication. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Julia Stiles is the latest interesting name to join NBC’s Midnight Sun, the crime drama centering on a cult that’s also cast Titus Welliver (Lost) and Michael Raymond-James (Terriers) in recent weeks. Really starting to look forward to this one. (Via TVLine)

*Fox’s The Finder is moving to Fridays. A nation yawns. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Kirk Cameron is kind of a giant douche. (Via EW)

*Oh, FFS. (The AV Club)

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Morning Links: 2/28/12

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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 this thing:

*That was certainly quick. James Spader will be leaving The Office at the conclusion of the current ninth season. According to showrunner/Toby Paul Lieberstein, Spader had only wanted a one-year arc from the time that he signed on as Steve Carrell’s ostensible replacement but audiences have been, to be kind, lukewarm to this season of the show and some of that comes from Spader’s character, Robert California, being rather non-descript. I haven’t had time to keep up with this season of The Office but, from everything I’ve heard, I haven’t been missing much. And now I guess I’ll never have to warm up to Spader, either. (Via Hitfix)

*Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito has been cast as the villain in the NBC pilot Revolution from JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke. Esposito has undeniable experience as a bad guy – maybe one of television’s best of the last decade – so yeah… you could say that I’m in on this one. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Fox has shifted its Kiefer Sutherland-starring series Touch from its previously announced Monday night slot to a comfier post-American Idol Thursday night perch. After seeing its ridiculous pilot when it previewed in late January, believe me when I say the quicker this show ultimately goes away, the better off we’ll all be. (Via TV By The Numbers)

*Jim Rash, better known as the insanely funny Dean Pelton on Community, won an Oscar on Sunday night. He is also awesome. (Via EW)

*South Park returns for its 16th (!) season on March 14 and, frankly, it’s a testament to the show that it continues to remain this relevant and this biting 16 years into its run. (Via TV By The Numbers)

*Lucy Liu is joining CBS’s Sherlock Holmes adaptation Elementary as the first woman to play Watson. Intriguing. Just might be intriguing enough to… nah… Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock is still a horrible idea. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Oh boy… Adult Swim has picked up a series from the entertainment collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (featuring Internet lightning rod Tyler, The Creator) called Loiter Squad that will premiere later in 2012. This should be… interesting, to say the very least. (Via TV By The Numbers)

*So John McCain says he’s not going to watch HBO’s original movie Game Change about the 2008 election? Remind me why we’re supposed to care about what John McCain thinks about anything again? (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

Morning Links: 2/23/12

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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 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)


Morning Links: 2/22/12

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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 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)

Morning Links: 1/31/12

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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 it:

*Louis CK’s incredible 2011 seems to have carried over into the first month of 2012 with the news that he and former Seinfeld writer Spike Feresten have sold a pilot to CBS 13 years after originally pitching it to the network. It’s based on the two men’s experiences as struggling twentysomethings trying to make it in their respective fields in the face of a foreboding economy. CK had the Midas touch last year but the fact that this is a CBS sitcom gives me no small amount of trepidation, mainly because every single one of their sitcoms suck. But, if any man can break the CBS curse, it’s Louis CK.

*Per The Hollywood Reporter, Rainn Wilson says that the proposed Dwight Schrute-centered Office spinoff would be “even more far out and weirder than The Office… it’s a really good idea.” All due respect Mr. Wilson, but no… it’s really not a good idea. In other Office news, Mindy Kaling is attached to an upcoming Fox sitcom making it appear that The Office is on its last legs as it’s being stripped for parts like a Lexus making its way into a chop shop. Probably for the best since no one anywhere has said really anything good about this first post-Steve Carrell season of the show.

*Very cool new feature over at The AV Club. They’re calling it The Catch-Up and the first installment takes a look at season one of the seminal HBO western, Deadwood. Had this discussion with a friend a few months back – Deadwood never seems to get its due when talking about the best television shows of the past ten years. Sure… The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Sopranos are all rightfully named but, frankly, Deadwood is on par with all of them yet rarely is mentioned. Why is that, America?

*Via Warming Glow, here’s the first three minutes along with a trailer for the second half of the second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which returns with new episodes on Sunday, February 12. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope the back half of the season resembles more of the first couple of episodes and the last one that aired instead of the boring, doughy middle section of the first half of season two. No more Daryl walking around in the woods seeing visions of his brother, please. Thanks in advance.

*Everyone online seemed to be fawning all over the Ferris Bueller-recalling Honda ad starring Matthew Broderick that will air during Sunday’s Super Bowl. Hey… I’m as big a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off fan as anyone but that ad? Kinda weak. I give it two dismissive wank motions and a fart noise.

*In the latest Film Star Deigning To Do Television news, Susan Sarandon has booked an arc on the upcoming third season of Showtime’s The Big C, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Can’t say that I really care since the three episodes of The Big C I’ve seen I found to be an overwrought mess that wasn’t worth my time. But good for you, Susan! That’s the nice thing to say, right?

*Thank you, AV Club, for finding these Archer soundboards. I knew there was a reason I liked you.

*No donkey semen for Fear Factor after all, says James Hibberd of EW. A nation rejoices.


Morning Links: 1/26/12

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Welcome to a new feature here on the blog, the Morning Links. With these posts, 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. Onto the links:

*I’ll take Horrible Ideas for $800, Alex. According to TVLine, NBC is going forward with an Office spinoff centered around Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute. The series will reportedly follow Dwight’s exploits with his Schrute family bed-and-breakfast/beet farm. The series won’t debut until early 2013 but will get a backdoor pilot via an episode of The Office later this season. Don’t know if you know this NBC, but for every Fraiser, there are ten Joeys. This one? Destined to be the latter. I know you’re hard up for hits but really? This?!

*Nice interview of Justified showrunner Graham Yost by Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall. Yost discusses what when into the plans for this season’s villains and talks about how it’s not just a matter of replacing Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett in the bad guy void.

*The AV Club has the second part of Todd VanDerWerff’s episode-by-episode interview with Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa posted. Again, well worth a read but only if you’ve seen the entirety of Homeland’s first season. And if you haven’t, get on that. Now.

*Per EW’s James Hibberd, NBC is planning an insane 18 hours of total coverage for the February 5 airing of Super Bowl XLVI. You know the day is coming when some network goes a week out and broadcasts just Super Bowl hype product for a solid seven days. And NFL Network doesn’t count.

*Unless you’ve been away from the Internet for the past year, you’ve likely seen the viral Honey Badger video and now its narrator – “Randall,” as he’s known – has been uncovered thanks to TMZ. He’s apparently pitching an idea for a Honey Badger-related television series and, after seeing video of this dude, there’s no way that this isn’t a Sacha Baron Cohen-esque character, right? I mean… there’s no way.

*God bless you, Internet, for your mash-up of The Walking Dead credits and the Growing Pains theme song. God bless you so much.

Morning Links: 1/25/12

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Welcome to a new feature here on the blog, the Morning Links. With these posts, 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. Onto the links:

*Pretty big potential Walking Dead spoiler in that Jon Bernthal, who plays former deputy sheriff Shane Walsh on AMC’s apocalyptic zombie drama, is reportedly the leading candidate for the new Frank Darabont-helmed TNT cop drama called LA Noir. According to The Hollywood Reporter, TNT picked up the pilot for LA Noir – a period mob drama set in 40s & 50s Los Angeles – and Darabont is eyeing his former Walking Dead castmember for his new show’s lead role. As The AV Club points out, when you take into consideration the rumors that one actor or actress wanted out of their contract on The Walking Dead following Darabont’s ouster by AMC, that the Shane character seems to have taken a villainous turn in the first half of the show’s second season, and that (SPOILER ALERT) Shane actually dies in the comic book series that The Walking Dead is based on (END SPOILER ALERT) it seems like there’s a whole lot of smoke around this potential fire.

*The AV Club’s Todd VanDerWerff is off with yet another of his excellent episode-by-episode interviews with a television showrunner. This time it’s with Homeland co-creator Alex Gansa and part one of the four part series was posted on Tuesday. Well, well worth a read if you’re a fan of the series. If haven’t gotten around to watching the #5 show of 2011 on the Jeremy Likes TV Top 13.5 Shows Of 2011, consider this a big, fat spoiler alert. Bookmark it for after you’ve caught up.

*Fox seems to have a modest hit on their hands with Alcatraz. In its third airing on Monday night, it managed to drop just nine percent in the coveted 18-49 demographic after debuting as Fox’s highest-rated drama in three years. Now if it could just get a little weirder – like it seems it wants to – we might actually have something interesting on our hands.

*NBC picked up a bunch of pilots on Monday evening, the most interesting of which seems to be the medical drama County from Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood). While it’s true that medical dramas are usually pretty dime-a-dozen, the fact that this one is being helmed by Katims – whose track record on his past two shows is damn near impeccable – and stars Jason Ritter (Parenthood) in the lead role of a drama that follows doctors and nurses at an underfunded LA hospital makes it more than your average doctor drama. In case it gets picked up to series, maybe don’t get to attached to that Mark (Ritter) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) having a baby thing on Parenthood.

*One other NBC pilot of note – Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks And Recreation) will be leading the adaptation of another successful British series called Friday Night Dinners, which follows two Jewish brothers in their twenties who visit their parents for traditional Shabbat dinners. Daniels has had success adapting series from the UK in the past and this one sounds at the least *somewhat* interesting.

*Speaking of interesting projects, all I needed to see was, “Bill Lawrence will write, direct, and produce a single-camera comedy for Fox,” to know that I was in. After Scrubs and Cougar Town, I’ll follow Lawrence anywhere. The new potential series is reportedly based on Lawrence’s relationship with his father.

*You know how there seem to be various new series with the same concept every year? Two years ago it was twentysomething couples in various stages of relationships (Perfect Couples, Traffic Light, Happy Endings). This year it was dramas that used fairy tales as a backdrop (Once Upon A Time, Grimm). Next fall? Beauty And The Beast adaptations. Uh… yay?

*30 Rock star Tracy Morgan collapsed at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday night. Morgan seems to be fine after the incident, blaming his condition on the altitude difference. Even money that this is a 30 Rock plotline in the very near future.