Eric Kripke Is Stepping Down as Supernatural Boss

... Yesterday's Season 6 renewal of Supernatural (yay!) comes with a HUGE asterisk (uh oh!). Show creator Eric Kripke is leaving his post as showrunner (no!), though he'll still be heavily involved in the project. Executive producer Sera Gamble will replace him as the show's big cheese. Kripke is reportedly in the process of signing a new deal with WB Television, meaning he's at work on a new series (yay!). Is this the beginning of the end? Can the awesome Sera Gamble keep the show on track? What will Kripke's new show be? Someone please give me these answers! [EW]

... Jersey Shore's Snooki is treating these fifteen minutes like it's all she'll have. The pint-sized reality star has applied to trademark the name "Snooki," which means only bad things can follow. In addition to using her nickname as a "television personality," she's seeking a trademark for the purpose of writing a book. Which means she's going to write a book. Which means we're just a few locust swarms away from Hell on Earth. [The Smoking Gun]

... HBO is getting into the whole "World Wide Web" thing, finally. The cable network is setting up an online video service that will allow subscribers to watch HBO programs on demand on their computers. Pretty cool. [NY Times]

... Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Marc Blucas has a new regular gig! Well, potentially. The man who played Riley Finn has joined the ABC pilot True Blue, a drama about San Francisco homicide detectives. [EW]

... SCTV alum Eugene Levy is also back to work, landing a new role in Josh Schwartz's Unhitched. The CBS program, seen as a potential mate for How I Met Your Mother, is a twenty-something's "we just got married" type of comedy. Boooooooring. Levy will play the groom's dad. [THR]

... Take that, stupid Winter Olympics! American Idol showed those silly games who's boss, outperforming figure skaters and snowboarders in the ratings last night. American Idol was seen by 23.6 million people, and the Winter Games were only seen by 20.3 million. USA! USA! USA! [The Live Feed]

... I'm sure someone out there cares about this. Kevin Eubanks won't return as Jay Leno's bandleader when the show-giver/show-stealer returns to The Tonight Show. Eubanks said, "I can't work for a guy who crushes the dreams of good people." Okay I made that up, but we all know what you were inferring, Kevin. "Stuttering John" Melendez also won't be returning as the show's announcer, though he will remain a writer. Karma? [Variety]

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