News Briefs: TBS Picks Up Breckin Meyer's Men At Work

By Tim Surette

Jan 07, 2012

PICKUPS

... That stoner dude from Clueless is now a TV show creator. TBS has picked up Men At Work to series; it's a sitcom from Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash). The multi-camera comedy "explores the bromance, sexcapades, and office adventures of four buddies who work at a magazine." Joy. It will star Danny Masterson (That '70s Show). [Deadline Hollywood]

... TNT has ordered 10 episodes of The Great Escape, a reality competition show with a cool twist. Contestants will be dropped into the middle of their own action-adventure movie, where they must run from pursuers, jump over obstacles, and solve puzzles to get to some cash. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TV chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis are pitching a daytime talk show to networks that will feature the pair co-hosts. Normally I'd get in trouble for saying something like this, but I think in this case it's appropriate: Shouldn't these two stay in the kitchen? [NY Post]


FRICKIN' RATINGS, YO

... Jersey Shore's fifth season debuted last night, and for the first time in the show's history, ratings dropped for a premiere. An audience of 7.6 million tuned in to see the kids return to the States, a drop of 14 percent. You know what would increase ratings? If one of them killed a fellow housemate. Just a suggestion. [EW]


CASTING AND UNCASTING

... Alec Baldwin will return to 30 Rock if the comedy returns for Season 7. The TSA's public enemy number-one had previously hinted that he might leave acting to pursue a career in politics. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is holding onto star Mariska Hargitay after rumors spread that she might leave the series. Also joining the show will be Harry Connick Jr., who will play an Executive ADA and love interest for Hargitay's Detective Benson. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Entertainment Tonight, which I guess is just ET now, has revealed that Samantha Harris is leaving the show. [ET Online]


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  • JT_Kirk Jan 10, 2012

    Hey TV.com! The new site layout is making these "News Briefs" articles not appear anywhere on the front page whenever I visit, and I generally come here for the news, so it's a little frustrating.



    Men At Work sounds canceled, but it's TBS so who knows... literally, it could be anything and nobody would know. The title makes me think of Emilio Estevez's trash collector opus though, or the '80s band.



    The Great Escape sounds pretty good, you guys are totally right, but I get the feeling that a previous game show tried something similar and it didn't work... can't bring it to mind though.



    I definitely can't imagine Harry Connick Jr as a tough sex-crimes DA, and Det. Benson would kick his a** in real life.

  • robinh4 Jan 09, 2012

    I'm looking forward to 'Men At Work'. I've followed Breckin Meyer's career for years and Danny Masterson is great. I hope it's a good show.

  • DrkEagl3 Jan 09, 2012

    It did, he just created it.

  • Synetech Jan 09, 2012

    I thought F&B; had been renewed. :-|