Ahhh, April -- it comes in like a prank-loving lion and goes out... I don't know, a little warmer maybe, and without the pranks. And it rains a lot. Anyway, celebrate the first full month of spring by going outside to roll around in a field full of crocuses and dandelions! And if you have debilitating allergies or, like us at TWoP, work nowhere near such a field, celebrate by reading these TV newsbites! And give your brain a break from thinking about the ER finale tonight.
The three-way legal battle surrounding Project Runway is finally over! Yesterday NBC Universal, Lifetime and the Weinstein Co. announced that Project Runway will air its sixth season on Lifetime this summer. Which means this country will finally get a much-needed dose of plain speaking from Mr. Tim Gunn! Boy, can that Tim Gunn tell it like it is. They should put him to work as hostage negotiator or something. I'm betting it would be a hell of a lot easier than trying to talk down Santino or Christian.
NBC Universal does seem to be getting the fuzzy end of this lollipop, despite receiving "an undisclosed amount" from the Weinstein Co. in damages for being frozen out of the chance to renegotiate for a show on their own network. But they've still got a few tricks up their sleeves, starting with announcing the premiere of their Runway-esque series The Fashion Show for Thursday, May 7, and rolling out the profiles of the 15 competitors. Some of the most promising-sounding: a fellow named Merlin, who has dressed Marilyn Manson and Paula Abdul (surely not in the same thing!), and a lingerie designer called Andrew the Panty-Christ.
More excellent news for Breaking Bad... on the heels of their Peabody Award win yesterday, AMC has announced that they are picking up the series for a third season! Sometimes TV just gets it right.
And in other AMC programming news, it seems the channel is branching out into unscripted original series with something called True West. This will fit in perfectly with Mad Men and Breaking Bad since it's... er, a reality show about cowboys and their vanishing way of life? Hmm.
Know what might have distracted from all the weirdness on Idol last night? If Cat Deeley had subbed for Ryan! Wonder how many of our little Idols would have tried to hit on her.
If you've been particularly sad about the impending television absence of one Mekhi Phifer, I have good news: he's booked himself a six-episode arc on Fox's Lie to Me as Ben Reynolds, an FBI agent who helps Lightman track a serial rapist. Now if only the rest of our favorite County General staffers could find gigs, we'd be happy campers.
When did Late Night with Jimmy Fallon start? Four weeks ago? Yeah, I guess it's time for Jimmy to take a vacation. The man works hard!
And for those of you who are eager to see Johnny Depp in something that wasn't directed by Tim Burton, and can't wait for Public Enemies to come out, feast your eyes (ears?) on this: Depp will voice a surf instructor named Jack Kahuna Laguna on the April 17 episode of Spongebob Squarepants. You're welcome.
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