Fox Renews Family Guy and The Cleveland Show

... Fox has renewed two of the programs in its Seth (MacFarlane) Sundays line-up: Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. Not surprisingly, Family Guy will return next year for its tenth season. The Cleveland Show, which had already been renewed for 2011-2012, gets an extension through 2013 for its fourth season. No new word on American Dad, but don't worry, that one's already safe through next season. [Fox, via press release]

... Gossip Girl is paring down its cast. The show ousted two cast members today: Taylor Momsen (Jenny) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) have been demoted from regulars to unemployed. This is not surprising; Momsen has been focusing on a music career and breaking her dad's heart, and Szohr's character has run her course. Kaylee DeFer (Charlie) has been promoted to regular for next season. [TV Line]

... Actor Lance Reddick, who's best known for super serious roles Philip Broyles from Fringe and Cedric Daniels from The Wire, will be making an unexpected guest appearance on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. No word on the role he'll play, but I hope it involves sniffing glue with Charlie. [Digital Spy]

... HBO's Game of Thrones continues to build an audience, albeit slowly. This Sunday's episode (which was all kinds of awesome!) drew 2.5 million viewers for its first airing, up from 2.4 million. That may not seem like much, but it's currently on pace to outdo the current HBO megahit True Blood, which had fewer viewers at this point in its life. Also, episodes five and six are when she show really gets going. [THR]

... CBS has announced the return dates for a few of its summer shows. Big Brother will premiere on July 7 and air three nights a week, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. New reality program Same Name, where celebs swap places with regular people who share their same name (get it???), debuts July 24. [CBS, via press release]

... WE tv has renewed Braxton Family Values, which is great news... for Toni Braxton. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sexy guest-stars continue to sign on for the final episodes of this season of The Office: NBC has booked rich-guy Warren Buffet to join Ray Romano, Jim Carrey, and others in interviewing for the job vacancy created by Michael Scott's departure. I hope they make a shirtless calendar of all these hunks! [Variety]

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