News Briefs: Up All Night Extended to a 24-Episode Season

By Tim Surette

Nov 22, 2011


... NBC has ordered two additional episodes of Up All Night, bringing its first-season episode count to 24. The network seems high on the comedy starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, as it is also moving the series to the cushy slot behind The Office on Thursdays, starting on January 12. [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO is heading back to the Wild West with Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) for an untitled drama about the legendary Doc Holliday. The gunslinger was most famously portrayed by Val Kilmer in the movie Tombstone, but he was relegated to supporting status even though he was the most badass of the bunch. Ron Howard is on board to direct the pilot if the show goes the distance. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is developing the comedy The New Nabors from The Jim Henson Company. With the late Jim Henson's name attached, you know it's going to feature puppets. The comedy centers on a human family that moves next door to a house full of puppets. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jack Black has sold a comedy to Syfy that spoofs supernatural procedurals. Ghost Ghirls will be a send-up of female-centric shows like Ghost Whisperer and Medium, focusing on two women who hunt ghosts. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Actor John Neville has died at the age of 86. You may not recognize the name, but you'd remember the face. Neville played "The Well-Manicured Man" on The X-Files and played the lead in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. [Zap2It]


... Saturday Night Live has found its host for the December 10 episode of the sketch show. Pop star Katy Perry will bounce up and down to get laughs for a second time, and will be supported by musical guest Robyn. [NBC, via press release]

... Once Upon a Time is looking to cast Joanna Garcia in the role of Ariel, The Little Mermaid. [E! Online]

... True Blood has cast two more werewolves for its lupine-filled fifth season. Kelly Overton (The Ring Two) and Louis Hertham (every single CBS procedural you can think of) will play lycanthropes who are concerned about what's happened to their old pack leader. [Deadline Hollywood]

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  • Crazy-for-TV Nov 24, 2011

    It's about time ABC brought back Joanna Garcia, who I loved in last year's sitcom, "Better with You." Now, that show should have stayed on the air! It'll be interesting to see her take on Ariel, though, and "Once Upon a Time" hasn't disappointed me yet!

  • annasimoniaine Nov 23, 2011

    I only really know Joanna Garcia from Privileged, but I think she'll do well as Ariel...

  • fweak Nov 23, 2011

    Wild West on HBO and Puppets back on TV? All is right in the world.

  • torque_smacky Nov 23, 2011

    Supernatural procedurals have been ripe for parody for so long. If done correctly, that show could be hilarious. .............But is OUAT really going to use the name Ariel? People might be tricked into thinking the cricket in the original Carlo Collodi novel was named Jiminy (he wasn't), but no one thinks the Little Mermaid was named "Ariel" anywhere but in Disney's variation. Yet, anyway. Sinister Disney branding....

  • aliSuz Nov 23, 2011

    Ew I don't like Joanna Garcia.

  • lalaforever1989 Nov 23, 2011

    She always seems to play annoying people, but I'd still hit it.

  • DavidJackson8 Nov 23, 2011

    Up All Night is pretty good, so good for them.

  • Writerpatrick Nov 22, 2011

    The New Nabors sounds similar to Aliens In The Family. I don't know if it will work though. Aliens In The Family didn't. People just don't feel that comfortable with the mix of humans and puppets. Still, I would probably watch it because it's from Henson.

  • Loooooooooooost Nov 22, 2011

    Great, now I need to watch Once Upon a Time. I have a thing that borders on unhealthy for Ariel. Something about redheads just does it for me. Shell boobs too. I digress. When I first heard about Doc Holliday, I thought the Doc in reference was Doc Hollywood, starring Michael J. Fox. But the best news here... The New Nabors!! Being a Jim Henson Company production, we all know that these won't be mere puppets, but Muppets!! Oh, so excited! Damn you NBC... I haven't forgotten what you've done.

  • iFerrets Nov 22, 2011

    Good for Up All Night with a full season. The move is not only great for a better time slot but because Wed. has too many other good shows on that night.

  • kit__kat88 Nov 22, 2011

    I'm glad about Up All night... Will Arnett is a very funny guy, but his shows never seem to last. He deserves the extra two episodes!

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