Heroes Might Get One More Disappointing Season

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... Heroes, that lovable NBC drama about very dramatic superheroes, may get one final shot at disappointing its viewers; rumor has it that the show will get a final 13-episode season to tie up its loose ends. With NBC looking at a schedule that resembles Swiss Cheese, it will need all the stopgaps it can muster. The question is: Is 13 episodes enough to clean up the mess Heroes has made? [THR]

... Fox has ordered Panic Attack, a reality show where participants with phobias face their fears. This isn't really great news or anything, but check out this picture of the hosts (in the link), who happen to be the UK's top life-coaches-turned-reality-show-hosts. Here's a tip: If you're taking life advice from a guy who looks like a tranny magician who doesn't wear sleeves, just give up now. [Variety]

... FX is keepin 'it country with its newest series. Hot off the heels of its Kentucky-set Justified, the network will tell tales of organized crime in the South with Outlaw Country. If the trend keeps up, my dream of a redneck version of Jersey Shore just might come true. [Variety]

... Remember the V countdown clock that ruined an episode of Lost? A similar thing happened on the BBC, as a dramatic moment in the new Doctor Who was invaded by a dancing cartoon promoting another show. Just as new Doctor Matt Smith began a powerfully emotional monologue, a graphic advertising Wizard of Oz talent-search Over the Rainbow popped up, killing the mood. It's only a matter of time before our television screens become tiny viewing windows surrounded by ads for Viagra and ShamWows. [Guardian]

... Marcia Gay Harden is joining USA's Royal Pains for a multi-episode arc. The Oscar-winner (2000's Pollack) will play Dr. Elizabeth Blair, a board member of Hamptons Heritage Hospital. Hopefully that's enough information to make it sound like I know what's going on in the show. [EW]

... And to leave you on a bright and cheery note, dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry says Flipper committed suicide by drowning herself so she wouldn't have to live in captivity. Have a wonderful day! [SF Gate]

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