Holy jeebus! New shows canceled, old shows revived, fathers and mothers cast, animated characters stripping for money, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! Or just mass media. It's hard to tell the difference sometimes.
Angel has written more about this elsewhere, but Southland has been canceled, six episodes into production on Season 2, because it was deemed too racy for NBC -- at least, too racy to lead in to Jay Leno. (This after The Beautiful Life was cancelled for being awful, leading some to theorize about an O.C. curse.) The show's creators are shopping it around to other networks, because, hello -- awesome show with an established fan base. Curse you, Leno!
CBS is bringing back Hawaii 5-O, the classic cop drama that brought us "Book 'em, Danno," with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who also exec-produce Fringe. Here's hoping Hawaii has as much crazy stuff going on as the Northeast United States does.
In case you were disappointed that disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich wasn't allowed to do I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, fret no more. The ex-Guv is angling to appear on The Celebrity Apprentice next season. We can't wait to see Donald Trump kick him off halfway through the season after he randomly hears about the seat-selling scandal for the first time and gets all indignant.
You have to give them this -- the How I Met Your Mother guys always get the good guest stars. In this case, Get a Life alum Chris Elliot will play Lily's estranged father. I wonder if the casting agent had a bad connection, just heard "strange father," and instantly thought of Elliot.
Additionally, not only is Gilmore Girls alum Lauren Graham now officially on board to replace Maura Tierney on Parenthood, but The West Wing's Bradley Whitford (who always makes me think of Brantley/Whitfield from The Secret of My Success) will join the odd-couple cop drama Jack and Dan. ...Is that title a John Cougar Mellencamp reference?
And if you like your women yellow, gravel-voiced and with elaborately constructed hairdos, the next issue of Playboy will feature Marge Simpson on the cover, and showcase her in lingerie (not naked, apparently) inside. First Maxim, and now this? Seems like the family show has been dragged down by The Family Guy, morals-wise.
Hardcore gamers and/or fashion designers take note: Project Runway has just joined the list of the craziest shows to get video games, following The Biggest Loser and True Blood. One's about sewing, one's about weight loss... but what do you do in True Blood? We have a few suggestions, but they might be affected by the uncanny valley.
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