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. []

... 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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