FX Sticks With The League

... FX has renewed comedy The League for a third season. The sitcom features the talents of Nick Kroll and Paul Scheer and focuses on a group of buddies who play in a fantasy football league. As for the best fantasy football joke of 2010-2011? Shonne Green! Zing! You get that if you actually played fantasy football last season. [FX, via press release]

... Fox debuted The Chicago Code on Monday, and the numbers were... ehh. The show was heavily promoted during Sunday's Super Bowl, so Fox brass was hopeful for some killer numbers. Instead, they got a respectable 9.4 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the adult demo. Not quite the stats they wanted, but better than Lone Star. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Keith Olbermann has a new job. After abruptly leaving MSNBC just weeks ago, the former SportsCenter anchor has landed at Current TV. What's Current TV, you ask? What do I look like, the CEO of Current TV? (It's Al Gore's cable channel and it's probably way up in the 9000s on your cable dial.) [New York Times]

... Hilarie Burton has been promoted to series regular on USA Network's White Collar, where she plays Sara Ellis. Take that, One Tree Hill. [TV Line]

... MTV is premiering the second season of The Hard Times of RJ Berger on March 24. Better yet, the show is getting the cushy time slot right behind the season finale of Jersey Shore. Which leads me to this question: MTV gave Hard Times a second season? [Deadline Hollywood]


... Leading off a ridiculously large amount of news regarding attractive females, NBC's Prime Suspect remake is eyeing Maria Bello to headline the same role played by Helen Mirren in the original U.K. version. It's in the early stages, so nothing is in stone yet. You may remember Maria from her cheerleading outfit in A History of Violence. At least, that's what I remember. [EW]

... How I Met Your Mother's Colbie Smulders (she plays Canuck Robin) is now the front runner to play Agent Maria Hill in Joss Whedon's super-big movie The Avengers. This could be a career-defining role for Smulders. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rachel Bilson is teaming up with The O.C. producer Josh Schwartz again for The CW pilot Hart of Dixie. Bilson will play a young doctor from NYC who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town populated by goofy characters. Bilson as a doctor? Ummm, that's a stretch. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Blue-eyed beauty and 500 Days of Summer star Zooey Deschanel (I saw her first!) is in talks to join a Fox comedy pilot, which would mean she and her sister Emily (Bones) would be on the same network. The pilot comes from Liz Meriwether and follows a young ensemble as they navigate "the sexual politics of men and women." I was zero-percent interested in this pilot—which is yet another men are from Mars, women are from Venus rom-com—before Zooey got involved. Now I am 0.5 percent interested. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And finally some bad news for one Italian prince and good news for everyone else. House hottie Olivia Wilde has separated from her husband of eight years, Italian prince Tao Ruspoli. There's hope for us all! [People]

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