News Briefs: 30 Rock Is Doing It Live Again

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LIVE FROM NEW YORK NEWS

... NBC's 30 Rock will throw the VCRs out the window for an episode in April and do it live! The comedy did a pair of live episodes in its fifth season (one for each coast), which were met with generally favorable reviews. Look for stutters and awkward cuts on April 26. [EW]


THE CYLONS WIN NEWS

... Syfy's latest Battlestar Galactica telemovie will stay just that. Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, which told the story of young William Adama, was originally pitched as a movie that could function as a pilot and turn into a series, but Syfy has opted to pass on the series part. However, the network may continue Blood and Chrome as a web series, meaning it can afford to use actual toasters in place of CGI Cylons. [Deadline Hollywood]


WE WIN NEWS

... Fox's I Hate My Teenage Daughter received a death sentence last week when Fox decided to pull the show from its schedule starting in early April and burn off the rest of the episodes during the summer. But it should have just ripped off the band-aid/broken up with the show/put the series out of its misery right then and there, because the "comedy" continued to be a stain on the face of television last night. Today the network moved up the show's end date by yanking it from the schedule NOW. Repeats of Raising Hope will take its spot in Fox's Tuesday night comedy block. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE LITTLE NETWORKS THAT COULD NEWS

... DirecTV is moving into original programming with the pickup of Rogue, a drama about a female undercover cop who takes on gangsters after her son is killed. Thandie Newton will star. But I still don't know if these are Goodfellas gangsters, Boyz N Da Hood gangsters, or some other form of gangster from some other movie. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hey Netflix can do this original programming thing, too. The video-on-demand service has picked up Hemlock Grove, a horror series about murder and monsters in Pennsylvania. It comes from Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), will star Famke Janssen and Bill Skarsgard, and be available on Netflix in early 2013. [Post Gazette]


CASTING NEWS

... Eriq La Salle (ER) is returning to TV in CBS' The Widow Detective, which I still can't type without laughing. In the show, about a detective that fulfills various roles to three families of his deceased partners, La Salle will play a cop buddy of... The Widow Detective! Hee hee. [THR]

... Reno 911's Thomas Lennon might be moving in with Jess! New Girl has cast Lennon in the season finale as a potential new roommate after Nick contemplates moving in with his girlfriend. Don't upset the ecosystem! [TV Guide]

... Jere Burns and Kristanna Loken will both return to USA's Burn Notice in Season 6. They'll reprise their roles as Anson and Rebecca, respectively. [EW]


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