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Today's TWoP News: March 28, 2011

by F. John Rickert March 28, 2011 3:44 pm
Today's TWoP News: March 28, 2011

Good news, everybody! Comedy Central is turning a once beloved failed show into a boring summer tradition.

While what is being called season 6-B has yet to run, Comedy Central has already renewed Futurama for another 26 episodes. Half will air next year and the other half the year after that. As excited as I am to see what's next for the Planet Express crew, I kind of miss being able to complain that it deserved a second chance instead of Family Guy.

Food Network's most pretentious foodie, Alton Brown, is going to be sticking around the channel for another three years. Along with more Iron Chef, Brown will be making a few Good Eats Thanksgiving specials, along with another show that we can only hope is more interesting than Feasting on Asphalt.

Walter Cronkite must be rolling in his grave. NBC and MSNBC will be broadcasting over 20 hours covering Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding next month. Because it isn't like there is anything else going on in the world that a huge, international news organization could be spending time covering.

In casting news: Maya Rudolph will be costarring in Christina Applegate's new show, thus forsaking her true calling to be in twee indie films. Katee "Starbuck" Sackoff will be playing a former homicide cop from Philly in the A&E show Longmire, but shooting this show is still a ways off, so there's still time she could be replaced by Rose McGowan. Speaking of stars who have been cast then replaced, Hellcats/OC star Jeff Hephner, who was suppose to be on NBC's Playboy at one point, will play an up-and-coming politician on Kelsey Grammer's show Boss.

And saving the best casting for last, Tom Hanks will be guest starring on 30 Rock! Knowing Tina Fey, I expect at least half a dozen Bosom Buddies references, if not Hanks going all out and dressing in drag.

Is America's love affair with Charlie Sheen over? It seems like no one actually want to go to his traveling show. I guess the ramblings of a warlock are only interesting as a way of avoiding work.

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