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ABC is Taking on Kirstie Alley

... It's major network Cheers comebacks for everyone! Someone get me George Wendt on the phone! Just weeks after Ted Danson was named the new chief of CBS' CSI, ABC is bringing Kirstie Alley back to primetime comedy. Alley, who rejuvenated her career last season thanks to Dancing With the Stars, will be the centerpiece of a family comedy titled The Manzanis. The sitcom is described as in the same vein as Roseanne, with Alley playing an outspoken, opinionated mom. I'm not going to lie to you. I used to have a huge crush on Kirstie Alley. OMG I can't believe I just admitted that to all five of you! [Deadline Hollywood]

... My fellow nerds, geeks, and Ren Faire enthusiasts! I bring you more Game of Thrones casting news! Cast as Jaqen H'gar is German actor Tom Wlaschiha (Enemy at the Gates, Munich), and thus continues the stellar job of matching actors to characters for HBO's fantasy series. H'gar is of course (very minor spoiler - avert your eyes if you don't want to know) one of the Night's Watch recruits Yoren brings from King's Landing, along with Arry, the boy formerly known as Arya. He's also incredibly badass. [Winter-is-coming.net]

... The CW isn't dilly-dallying with it's episode orders, already asking for extra segments of four of its fall shows. Gossip Girl and 90210 will each see their season counts upped by two from 22 to 24, and Supernatural and Nikita will add one more episode for a total of 23 each. The goal is to keep blocks of reruns to a minimum. No extras for The Vampire Diaries though, which apparently needs tons of extra post-production time. I'm guessing it's to diminish Ian Somerhalder's good looks to something our mortal eyes can handle. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jerry Lewis will not be hosting the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual telethon, according to someone who would know. Namely, the Muscular Dystrophy Association. If you disagree with this situation, then please do not donate to the MDA. That'll show them! [Access Hollywood]

... NCIS star Pauley Perrette was named the number-one primetime star, according to a new survey from Q Ratings. Number two was Cote de Pablo, also of NCIS, followed by Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory, NCIS' Mark Harmon at number four, NCIS' David McCallum, Castle's Nathan Fillion at six, and NCIS' Michael Weatherly. Perhaps these surveys shouldn't be taken at NCIS fan conventions. [EW]

... House is welcoming a new doctor, and it's Charlyne Yi, the adorable girl who used to date Michael Cera. She'll play a member of Dr. House's diagnostic team and joins Odette Annable as new members of the cast. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ray Romano is hooking up with Patricia Heaton once again. The former Everybody Loves Raymond co-stars will reunite on Heaton's series The Middle in the season premiere. Romano will play someone from Frankie's (Heaton) past that had a role in ruining her honeymoon. Romano also had a role in ruining my honeymoon. I spent all of last week watching Everybody Loves Raymond reruns when I should have been out meeting my future wife at Chili's. Thanks a lot, Ray! [TV Guide]

... Entourage creator Doug Ellin isn't done making shows about a bunch of guys just bro'in' out, bro. His next project is called 40, also at HBO, and centers around a group of guys all at or around the age of 40. Joining the already announced Ed Burns as one of the stars is Michael Rapaport. He'll play the neurotic friend of Burns' character, a married man who is out of work after making millions in finance. Let's just call this one 40tourage. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has renewed NY Ink for a second season. Guess you'll have to update that "NY Ink 2010-2011" tattoo. [THR]


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Creativity is what makes u guys hot.The minor ones r yet to shine,good luck.
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That looks like its gonna be good dude.



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Yes! H'gar is one of my favorite characters in the books, even though he's so minor. He's just awesome!
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People REALLY seem to dig NCIS. Not my thing, but glad some people are happy with TV. But congrats to Jim Parsons. Even if you hate Big Bang, he's a good actor and all around good guy.
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good news all around except for the 40 tourage, that should suck
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Surely most people found Kirstie Alley hot when she was in Cheers, I know I did.
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Personally, I would rank Mark Harmon as #1. Maybe #'s 2-5 as well. The Kirstie Alley show doesn't sound very good, but you never know. She is a talented actress. Remember when she flipped a cigarette into her mouth to hide the fact that she was smoking on Cheers? Now that's acting!
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I hope the few changes the CW are making this year, without the awful Dawn Ostroff, pan out. It would be nice to see it improve this year, in both ratings and creativity.
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Cool. Way to go NCIS, Nathan Fillion, and Jim Parsons!
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I would call '40' 'Men of a Certain Age-10'.
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It's those 10 years that turn you into an insightful, mature, well rounded man. Then TNT kills you.
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I'm surprised Mr. Tim Surette is still allowed to write for tv.com after he insulted Summer glau and her fans in a previous article.
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Dude. You're being creepy. I'm a fan of Summer Glau and I'm not insulted. Nor is Tim the first person to notice she's been on a lot of cancelled shows (that would probably be her agent). But you're kind of proving his point about her fans, to the point I hesitated to admit being one. The thing is, this isn't a news site in any real sense. It's an opinion site. These people are tv critics, not news anchors. If they don't offend someone with each article, they didn't really do their job and shouldn't have bothered writing that one. The only reason they do one post and call it "news" is to have a dumping ground for all the topics that won't stand on their own. It really bugs me when people call for the critics to be fired every time they are critical.
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If tv.com writers were banned after insulting someone nobody would be left to write the articles. ;)
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@vicbjones

Well, Olivia Wilde in not expected to be around very long because of her movie career and there is speculation that Foreman will take over the role of Dean of Medicine, so if that turns out to be true, House will eventually have the same number of team members even if it might be a little crowded at the begining.
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Why wouldn't my guys and gals at NCIS would rank high on that survey. That show rocks.
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Charlyne Yi's "Paper Heart" is one of the worst things ever put on film.
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Concerning House: Not to get into a panic, but six assistants sounds like too many, unless they're not all going to be there every episode. Four is a manageable number, especially if Foreman is technically the head of the department, but the series' most awkward time was when House had three new assistants and the originals ended up back in his department.
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