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Today's TWoP News: Monday, October 10, 2011

If moving a television show to Fridays is the kiss of death, moving it to Saturdays is burying it and holding the funeral.

CBS moved its new sitcom How to Be a Gentleman from its prime timeslot behind The Big Bang Theory to Saturdays, trading places with Rules of Engagement. Soon after, the network canceled the show and stopped production, with the remaining episodes to air at the new time. Our hearts go out to Johnny Drama in this difficult time.

Springfield will be bustlin' for at least two more years: Fox announced on Friday that it renewed The Simpsons for two more seasons. The voice actors, however, won't be able to buy all the Squishees and Krusty the Clown merchandise they want; they agreed to a 30 percent pay cut, 15 percent less than what Fox initially demanded. The show will likely end with the 25th season, making it the longest-running scripted show on television thus far, and the longest period a set of characters remained the same age, never to grow old. [Insert joke about The Simpsons being unwatchable and declining in quality for years here.]

How I Met Your Mother will be getting pretty crowded on October 24. Chris Elliot, Wayne Brady, Frances Conroy and Bill Fagerbakke will all reprise their roles in an attempt to have the most guest stars in a single episode. Elliot will play Lily's estranged father, Brady and Conroy will be Barney's brother and mother, while Fagerbakke will appear as Marshall's late father. Maybe one of them will tell us who the mother is and end it already.

NBC bought Roseanne Barr's sitcom, Downwardly Mobile, a comedy about a blue collar family in a mobile home community, living through tough times. With Roseanne executive producer Eric Gilliland signed on as co-creator, executive producer and writer, it's a little difficult to see how this is different from their original series... unless her character is really into macadamia nuts?

ABC bought Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, a thriller/soap from Jerry Bruckheimer. The hour-long show, based off Josie Brown's 2010 novel, will focus on a murder and the secrets that it exposed. Sounds like the perfect show to fill the overdramatic soap opera hole Desperate Housewives will leave after the current season finishes.

VH1 picked up two reality shows: Aptitude Test from Randy Jackson, and House of Consignment starring Corri McFadden. Aptitude Test will center on celebrities retaking their high school aptitude tests to see what career is their calling, and then go undercover and give it a shot. Cute premise, until you realize celebrities are probably doing the only job suited for them -- hamming it up for cameras. House of Consignment follows the going-ons in McFadden's Lincoln Park store eDrop-Off, where McFadden's team makes house calls and prepares used couture items are prepared for eBay, because we always wanted to watch someone get paid to create an eBay listing.

Netflix seems to have the same indecisive charm as Ryan Murphy: After this summer's price hike and the September announcement Netflix is renaming its DVD service Qwikster, Netflix took it all back, announcing it abandoned the Qwikster plans in favor of keeping the Netflix name for DVD rentals and one big ugly charge each month, rather than two charges that made looking at your bank statement and realizing you spent $16 for one DVD to sit next to your television for three weeks a little less painful. I wonder how much this had to do with Netflix not nabbing the @Qwikster Twitter account?

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