NBC Keeps Its Thursday-Night Comedies

By Tim Surette

Mar 08, 2010

... NBC has not-so-surprisingly renewed The Office and 30 Rock for new seasons and thankfully renewed Community for a second season, thus keeping their Thursday-night comedy lineup intact for another year. Phew. Especially for Community, as that show was in the most danger. [THR]

... Here's Community creator Dan Harmon pranking the cast about cancellation. Yvette Nicole Brown's eyes are priceless. [yfrog]

... Felicia Day (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and various other Joss Whedon projects fame) is headlining SyFy's latest fairy tale reimagination. She'll play a descendant of Little Red Riding Hood who happens to be in the family business of slaying werewolves. Titled Red, the made-for-cable movie will premiere in 2011. [SyFy, via press release]

... Conan O'Brien is organizing a live tour, according to several reports on the Web. Though not official yet, O'Brien will reportedly take to the stage sometime in April, bringing along sidekick Andy Richter and stopping in Los Angeles and New York, with other cities to be announced later. This is sure to generate a lot of interest, but I have to ask, is this really necessary? [Show Biz 411]

... Last night's telecast of the Hollywood suck-off movie awards improved over last year's ratings, in case you care. More than 40 million viewers tuned in to see actors declare that movies are the most important thing created by mankind and announce who was the best and who was just a piece of garbage. And yes, The Hurt Locker was the best movie of last year, but did I really need Tinseltown's Illuminati tell me that? Also, I am a brat and I hate awards shows. [TV By the Numbers]

... I'm not quite sure what to make of this decision by TBS. The network has cast Saved By the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Clueless' Breckin Meyer to headline the hour-long comedy pilot Franklin & Bash, about two street-wise lawyers who are recruited by a real law firm. [THR]

... That kid from Almost Famous, Patrick Fugit, is headed to TV. He's landed a role in the Debra Messing ABC comedy pilot Wright vs. Wrong, about a conservative pundit (Messing) who tries to keep up her profile despite her messy life. Fugit will play her liberal writer, which begs the question, why does a conservative pundit have a liberal writer? Oh that's right, because this is television. [THR]

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