HBO is Divorcing Big Love

... HBO has announced that polygamy drama Big Love will end after its upcoming fifth season. The show's creators decided that they saw the end of the line down the road, which is a nice way of saying they don't want the show to drag on forever. Despite early critical success in its life, Big Love was panned during its fourth season. Will it recover in its final season? [HBO via press release]

... But it wasn't all bad news at HBO. The cable channel has renewed Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down for third seasons. Good news if you like comedies that aren't really all that funny. [The Live Feed]

... The details of Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity has been kept behind lock and key, but this is the day and age of the Internet, so of course some tidbits have leaked out. This time the leak comes courtesy of the National Park Service, who blabbed details about the event in a cheap attempt to gain attention. Kidding, of course. If you want to remain surprised, don't click over here --> [Newser]

... NBC has announced two more hosts for Saturday Night Live, and they definitely have my attention. Scarlett Johansson and Anne Hathaway will hostess November 13 and 20, respectively. [NBC]

... Conan O'Brien will kick the tires of his new late-night show Conan on the Internet before taking it to the airwaves. Show Zero will be streamed on on November 1st at 11pmET/8pmPT. TV? On the Internet? In my day, the Internet was only used for porn and shopping! [TeamCoCo]

... Paula Abdul's new CBS dance competition show Live to Dance will premiere January 4 with a two-hour episode and then move to its regular Wednesday night slot the following day. The big news here is that Abdul may go up against her old employer American Idol. Oh god! Which one am I not going to watch first!?!? [Deadline Hollywood]

... VH1 is ridin' the bull with a new series following the day-to-day operations at the Saddle Ranch Chop House, a horrid meatmarket restaurant on the Sunset Strip where douchebags drink lite beer and paw at the waitresses. The focus of the show will be on the eatery's staff as they fight for the best shifts and try to make it in the acting world. And yes, the restaurant has a mechanical bull. [The Live Feed]

... MTV has picked up a series called I Used to Be Fat. It will feature high school seniors who attempt to shed pounds as they enter college, where a new crop of horny teens await them. Presumably this will be spunoff in a show called The Freshman 15: Throwing the Pounds Back On. [Broadcasting & Cable]

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