Catherine Tate is heading back to Sabre-Dunder Mifflin.
Tate signed on to reprise her role as Nellie Bertram for a half-season arc on The Office, beginning in February. She won't be a contender for the manager position again, though: Tate will return to work on a new project with the Scranton branch and begin a "far from professional" relationship with Robert California. Between Tate, Spader and Maura Tierney guest starring as California's wife, I ain't bovvered by this news.
Arielle Kebbel is making the rounds on CW shows. After stints on Life Unexpected and The Vampire Diaries, Kebbel will guest star on 90210 as Vanessa, a former bad girl that becomes involved with one of the men (cough Liam cough).
Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives) will guest star on Hot in Cleveland as a senator caught in a compromising position, a storyline possibly based off Anthony Weiner's summer scandal. Sounds like a nice change from arguing with Lynette for eight seasons -- then again, what doesn't?
Nick at Nite has ordered its first original scripted comedy, Daddy's Home, starring none other than Scott Baio. The show will focus on David Hobbs, an actor who becomes a stay-at-home father after playing a famous TV dad for 10 years so his wife can return to acting. So, it's pretty much about what happened when all the sitcoms that Nick at Nite airs finished.
Alan Ball is ditching vampires for an another talked-about (though hotly debated) topic: abortion. Ball is developing Wichita, an hour-long HBO drama about a Kansas abortion doctor. I'm curious to see how many people protest this show... unless Shonda Rhimes gets involved.
NBC is developing a comedy based off the 2010 British film The Infidel, with Omid Djalili reprising his role from the film. The project has been a long process for Djalili, who first signed a talent holding deal with the Peacock in 2002, but had his Iranian sitcom put off after the United States invaded Iraq. Hopefully it doesn't turn into an unfunny, racist "comedy" like Outsourced was.
Courtney Cox and David Arquette might still be separated, but as this season of Dancing with the Stars has proven, that doesn't mean they can't work together. The duo sold a half-hour comedy to ABC about a former overeater who works alongside her ex in a calorie-filled diner while trying to adjust to her new weight. Sounds like Cox might have gotten some inspiration from those obese Monica Geller flashbacks...
In sports on TV news, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are developing Players, a half-hour comedy about the lives of college athletes for HBO and ABC bought a comedy based off Moneyball author Michael Lewis' book of essays about fatherhood, Home Game. Considering we're still looking for a gap to replace Friday Night Lights in our hearts, either of these could make the cut.
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