Ever since the departure of Steve Carell from ‘The Office,’ rumors have swirled that the series would either reboot, or close its doors entirely, particularly after the show struggled to find its footing absent its headlining star in season 8. Stars departed, a spin-off geared up, and now the verdict has officially arrived that ‘The Office’ season 9 will indeed be the show’s last. But, will any major characters return? And what’s the big twist?
Sad news to report today, as former ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ star and noted acting teacher Ron Palillo died this morning of a heart attack, at the age of 63. Palillo was reportedly found by his lifelong partner Joseph Gramm early this morning in their Beach Gardens home, before being taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The news was reported by one of Palillo’s close personal friends.
Now, there isn’t necessarily a correlation between those tuning into the 2012 Olympics, and those who watch reality TV, but it’s no secret that the more public attention one attracts the more likely people are going to try every means of capitalizing on their fame. Gold Medal-winning swimmer (and admitted pool-peer) Ryan Lochte has certainly attracted his fair share of attention outside of his athletic prowess, so might the Olympian next take on the world of reality TV?
It’s been kind of a slow day for TV news, what with most of the major Television Critics Association press tour panels having taken place, but in some cases a slow day is just the calm before the storm. That’s why we’re equally delighted, bewildered and horrified to announce that ‘The Brady Bunch’ will be gracing our TV screens once more in the near future, with a rebooted cast. Also, Vince Vaughn is behind it. Yeah, it’s that kind of day.
With the fifth (and sadly final) season of ‘Breaking Bad‘ unfolding before our very eyes and following the show’s first successful visit to Comic-Con 2012, we’re all basking in the glory of having Walter White grace our television screens once more. However, did you know that Bryan Cranston’s iconic portrayal wasn’t AMC’s first choice for the role? In fact, two Hollywood stars nearly took it, and you’ll never believe who was almost the one who knocks.
It’s a good thing that only three years time will see the major cities of the world outfitted with flying cars, hover-boards and Pepsi Perfect kiosks at every corner cafe, because otherwise things might look fairly bleak. Not only will ‘2 Broke Girls‘ likely still be on the air, but syndicated on a major cable network as well.
‘Parenthood’ has flown in somewhat under the radar of NBC shows, seemingly always on the bubble even as it makes it into its fourth season. Similarly, former ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star Ray Romano’s last gig with ‘Men of a Certain Age’ on TNT didn’t turn many heads, but drew plenty of critical acclaim. So, it makes sense to combine the two, right? Right?
Sure, there’s plenty of great summer TV to keep us occupied for the next few months, but you didn’t expect us to sit back and ignore our favorite major network shows, did you? Just as NBC recently announced their fall schedule (moving ‘Community‘ back, boo!), so too has FOX unveiled their own listings. Have their been any major upsets?
And now, for the bad news. While earlier today ABC picked up 9 new series and renewed 5 more than it already had, now we’re getting word that several hot-topic ABC dramas have officially been passed on for additional orders. But is it really the end, or might some find new life on another network as ‘Cougar Town’ recently did?
It’s official! Waffles for everyone! Save for ‘The Office,’ as of now NBC has renewed all of its best single-camera sitcoms for additional seasons! One night after Leslie Knope had her big victory in Pawnee City Council, NBC has opted to renew ‘Parks and Recreation‘ for an additional season! Joining ‘Parks’ for an additional season is freshman parenting comedy ‘Up All Night,’ but the real question remains: just how many episodes will each renewal see?
Let the reign of Seth MacFarlane continue! Where once ‘Family Guy‘ had been cancelled and seemingly gone forever, eight years later FOX announces that the series will indeed return for an 11th season, while its spiritual spin-off ‘American Dad‘ will return for an eighth alongside it. So with Seth MacFarlane’s first two series renewed, what’s to become of ‘The Cleveland Show?’
Now that both ‘Community‘ and ‘Fringe‘ have been officially saved for cancellation, it feels like most TV-goers can breathe actual sighs of relief, few other series coming so close to the bubble. Still, after NBC and FOX‘s laundry list of pickups, things have been curiously quiet on the front of ABC. ABC maintains less bubble series to be sure, but how much longer until we can expect relief? No longer!
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