NBC Picks its Post-Super Bowl Show

By Tim Surette

Aug 02, 2011

... It's the most exciting time of the year! That's right, it's the day that the network that will host the next annual professional football championship match tells us what we'll be able to sort-of half watch while we're barfing up chicken wings and tater tots and crying over all our gambling losses! NBC has the rights to the Super Bowl in 2012, so will the lucky show be a The Cape reunion show? Will it be The Marriage Ref, possibly with actual NFL refs? Will it be NBC's new favorite show The Voice? Yes, it will be The Voice. [NBC]

... ABC Family has ordered 22 more episodes of Switched at Birth, but isn't calling it a new season. Instead, the first season will be a whopping 32 episodes long, putting it in the same category as those sweatshop series at Nickelodeon and Disney. So far, Switched at Birth is looking like the network's second-best new show ever. EVER! [Deadline Hollywood]

... [Sung to the tune of the Scooby Doo theme song] Lucy Lucy Liu, where are you? You're going to be on Southland! [TV Line]

... Will & Grace's Sean Hayes is being recruited by NBC to return to television. The network is currently developing a sitcom with Hayes, but details are zilch. Hayes has been producing television in recent years, and might make a guest appearance on one of the new shows he's working on: the upcoming NBC drama Grimm. [EW]

... More NBC news: The network is so enamored with people singing nowadays that it's ordered a comedy project from The Voice judge Adam Levine. The show is set in a karaoke bar. That's right, more singing on your television. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jennifer Lopez is reportedly close to extending her American Idol contract after a successful first go-round. And rumor has it that she'll see her salary increase from a paltry $12 million to a barely break-even $20 million. Poor Jennifer! [The Wrap]

... Comedian Rob Riggle, who is seemingly attached to just about every single new comedy that comes out, has now signed a deal at HBO to star in Lifestyle Lemonaid, based on the blog of some woman who is married to a big-time talent agent at WME. Jesus Christ, Hollywood is so in love with itself. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Starz is close to ordering a show called Tits in the Pits. Fo' real. [Vulture]

... The best show you and I aren't watching, Downtown Abbey, will return to America on January 8, 2012. It will air in the UK this September. I have no idea what this show is about, but apparently as far as stuffy British period dramas go, it's the shiznit. [SF Gate]


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  • robertmitchum75 Aug 04, 2011

    I'm deeply hurt by what you wrote about Summer Glau and her fans and i hope i'm not the only one. I'm a huge fan of Summer Glau but that doesn't mean automatically i'm a stalker or a nerd or both, unlike what you're implying in your article.



    Summer Glau has played two of the most iconic characters in scifi history but i doubt these characters would have had this impact without Summer Glau's subtile and inspired performances.



    Summer Glau carries herself with dignity, and appreciates her fans as much as they appreciate her as a result.She is so talented, driven, and engaged that she excels almost immediately in any part she plays. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and she has a raw and pure talent that allows her to breathe vivacious life into her characters.



    Scifi shows have a tendency to get cancelled on broacast tv these days and Summer Glau is tycast, this is true; i don't recall Miss Glau played on The Event, No Ordinary Family, V or Flasforward though.



    I can understand some internet users want to sound funny by mentioning the so-called Summer Glau curse but this is inadmissible when it comes from someone who claims to be a journalist and write in such a famous website. Not to mention this is insulting for her fans and for herself.



    And don't tell me that i have no sense of humour, or that it was not meant to be taken seriously or that you're a great fan of hers as they say each time. That doesn't remove one inch of the feeling to have been insulted. less

  • hirchert Aug 03, 2011

    For the record, it's Downton Abbey, not Downtown Abbey.



    [I didn't find it to be particularly stuffy, but I guess some people assume everything on Masterpiece is stuffy or boring.]

  • pcsjunior002 Aug 02, 2011

    I agree with @FlorBlyth. Great show. That being said, it's amazing how many people spell it as "Downtown" when it's "Downton". Let the mocking of me and my attention to spelling now commence. Starz... really? "Camelot" wasn't the greatest thing in history, but bring that back before this. Also, enough of "The Voice". But that's just me, and apparently I don't know good TV.

  • FlorBlyth Aug 02, 2011

    Downtown Abbey ROCKS! is brilliantly written, has superb acting and and vast number or supporting characters just as intriguing and intricate as the main ones. Imagine a tv show that doesn't abuse sexual themes, faul language and 101 dialogue on each episode and STILL keeps you in the edge of your seat while feeling the urge to prepare a big tray of tea & scones!

    YEAH! IS THAT AWESOME!!!! I'll be counting the days to watch season's 2 premiere

  • Writerpatrick Aug 02, 2011

    NBC could wind up doing with The Voice what ABC did with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and overuse it to the point where people are tired of it within a year.

  • Geek_Queen Aug 02, 2011

    I'm delighted that Switched at Birth will be coming back with more episodes! I started watching the series just to see if it was any good and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was a great show. ... $20 million per American Idol episode?! Whoa. That could feed a lot of families or knock a small chunk off the national debt.

  • vicbjones Aug 03, 2011

    I didn't see anything Tim's post about Lopez's salary being per episode. I assumed the $20 million was for the season.

  • Geek_Queen Aug 03, 2011

    I was just assuming that it was per episode. It may be, as you said, her salary for the season.

  • themuckster Aug 02, 2011

    32 episodes? WOW.

  • provencrt Aug 02, 2011

    lame news

  • GreendaleAlum Aug 02, 2011

    Tits in the Pits? What could this show be about? A group of sexy coal miners maybe?