News Briefs: Fox Renews Bob's Burgers for Season 4

By Tim Surette

Oct 17, 2012

COMING BACK FOR MORE

... Bob's Burgers is keeping pace with The Simpsons as Fox has ordered a fourth season of the animated series. The pickup is for 22 more episodes. The series has done okay in the ratings, but it's done better with critics and even picked up an Emmy nomination this year. [Fox via press release]

... The CW has unsurprisingly ordered another cycle of America's Next Top Model, its twentieth. And this time MEN will be able to compete! BRB, gonna do some deltoid lifts and leg extensions and pectoral electrical stimulations. [The CW via press release]


IN DEVELOPMENT

... Gordon Ramsay had an extra few minutes to spare so he decided to develop a drama set in a restaurant for NBC. The Inferno would be set in New York and follow two restaurateurs as they bring on a loud-mouthed Italian chef. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Two writers, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, who wrote for NBC's The Event (YESSSSS!) have a new project in the works at ABC. Supernatural drama Beneath is set in a small town and follows what happens when an energy company drills for natural resources but releases something horrible instead. ABC is also looking at High Maintenance from the Broken Lizard (Super Troopers) duo of Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme. The comedy follows the staff at a ritzy Manhattan highrise, and knowing these two, will include enough pot jokes for a contact high. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox is adapting The BBC's Gavin & Stacey, the popular British comedy about the romance between an English man and a Welsh woman with crazy families. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Veronica Mars head honcho Rob Thomas is also borrowing from Britain with an adaptation of Metropolis. And like most comedies getting the green light today, it's about 20-somethings adapting to adult life. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Beyonce will be this year's Super Bowl halftime entertainment. Might I suggest the same outfit that Janet Jackson wore? [Celebuzz]

... The X Factor solved one of our national crises today when it announced that it had decided on its hosts for next season. And then it started an all-new national crisis when revealed its picks to be Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Olympic darling swimmer Missy Franklin will guest-star on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, as is her right as an Olympic champion. Ever since the original Athens games, those who have gone on to stardom in "Da Games" have guest-starred on teen-oriented dramas. Who can forget Jesse Owens' appearance on the radio show Rowdy Teens with Cigarette Packs Rolled Up in Their T-Shirts? [EW]

... Ryan Hurst, last seen making me cry my eyes out as Opie on Sons of Anarchy, has landed a role in the TNT pilot King & Maxwell. The drama follows two private eyes who may have a thing going on, a la Moonlighting. Hurst will play an autistic serial killer who can see patterns in numbers like that kid from Touch. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ER's Ron Eldard is joining the cast of Justified's fourth season as an old military buddy of Boyd's. You might remember Eldard from Drop Dead Fred or Deep Impact or IMDB. [TV Line]

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  • Synetech Nov 04, 2012

    (Oh, and for the record, the Rob Thomas linked to in the article and in the sidebar to the right is incorrect; he is the singer, not the aforementioned producerI looked it up out of curiosity back when Cupid came out.)

  • Synetech Nov 04, 2012

    I'm glad Bob got renewed because it is genuinely good. When I first heard about it, I did not expect to like it whatsoever, but it grew on me faster than mold and has since supplanted Simpsons as my favorite adult cartoon. I agree with some of the other posters' sentiment about Archer; it is a great show too, and I now like Jon Benjamin for his voice acting almost as much as Patrick Warburton.

  • SinspaW Oct 18, 2012

    I have a problem when it comes to Bob's Burgers. I love Archer too much to get past the voice. Guess I'll make up my mind with the crossover episode.

  • niedermayer27 Oct 18, 2012

    Beneath sounds like a good idea, but if these guys wrote "The Event" they will probably ruin it.

  • torque_smacky Oct 18, 2012

    Usually when a talent competition produces no significant talent, they go off the air. Why has no one figured out Next Top Model has NEVER produced an actual professional model with a real career afterward? It's a useless show. There is no reason to watch it. Who watches this, really?

  • JT_Kirk Oct 18, 2012

    And then life got even better with the renewal of Bob's Burgers. Is that Tina painting a naked dentist, and Gene painting a robot doing battle at Stonehenge??? Holy crap, just on that alone Fox should have picked up 10 more seasons!!!

    C'mon Tim, don't you know that electrical muscle stimulation doesn't build?!? That's 101 stuff, man!

    Gordon Ramsay has finally figured out a way to yell at more people by creating a show that lets him yell at actors and writers.

    Beyonce is an attractive gal but her body ain't all that, and her music lacks creative range. She's better at packaging than substance, let's put it that way.

    Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian, is The X Factor trying to just become "Extra" at this point? What terrible casting, I'm guessing they spent too much this season and are hoping for miracles next season because nobody is going to want to watch that lineup. What are they even judging from, all their hit albums and entertainment experience?

    Ron Eldard is joining the cast of Justified because it's his turn as a cable tv contract actor.

  • gilbz Oct 17, 2012

    Rich people are better at Halloween -- and Skin Care!

  • DavidJackson8 Oct 17, 2012

    I could never really get into Bob's Burgers. After the first 13 seasons of The Simpsons and a lot of early South Park, I think I exhausted my appreciation for animated sitcoms -- except Archer.

  • Alhais Oct 17, 2012

    Bob's burger! YES!

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