News Briefs: 30 Rock Is Doing It Live Again

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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As long as the episodes are good, live or recorded really doesn't matter. It's just nice to see shows willing to take chances, since live opens up a can of worms. And since 30 Rock can pretty much do no wrong, it'll be great again.
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30 Rock's live episode was a cute one-off, but the gimmick was sold partly by Jack's abstaining from drinking altering his perceptions of the world around him, and thus were the audience's eyes. They barely got away with it, using a lot of cheap SNL tactics to get past the weakness of doing it that way. I don't think they'll be able to pull it off again.



What, Anson will be back on Burn Notice for the season finale? Who would have guessed? Oh, ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN WATCHING.
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I kind of hated 30 Rock's live episode...
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I actually kind of liked I Hate My Teenage Daughter, the pilot was meh but it's gradually gotten better... better than Fox Sunday nights and reruns atleast.



All these Battlestar Galactica spinoff prequel things are getting annoying, I liked the "original" series but I don't want to see anything about the past when we already know what's going to happen. Should've saved your money, Syfy, and finished Eureka off properly.
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Battlestar Galactica is over. It's dead and so is the interest in it. It ended with the end of the TV series and people no longer have any interest in the story. That's why Caprica failed. People don't want to watch a show knowing that almost everyone dies at the end.
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I loved Battlestar Galactica but the ending was horrible, definitely in "Lost" territory. But i disagree about the Caprica. I hated that show. It was so boring. They try to merge it was a family/teen drama which was just a piss poor decision. I love syfy spinoffs. But making it that the Cylon was actually a teenage girl? How much drugs were those writers snorting?
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The only decent live sitcom was done by The Drew Carey Show. If I'm watching 30 Rock in syndication and one of the live episodes are on, I usually change the channel. Horrible idea.
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i really loathe "live" sitcom episodes
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noooooo 30 rocks live episode was the worst episode this show has ever done. if tina fey wanted to do this crap she should have stayed on SNL
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Oh no, Thandi. Not a DIRECTV original series!! That is just not a good career move. Love Lennon and love New Girl, so I like this news. And TV needs more Jere Burns in it.
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I didn't like the live 30 Rock much because I thought the laughing from the studio audience ruined it. It's not "laugh track" kind of humor. I'm not enthused that they're doing this again.
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Sadly, Raising Hope is not doing much better than I Hate My Teenage Daughter. I like Hope mostly for some of its amusing charms, but it is flawed. I'll be surprised it comes back next season.



Blood and Chrome is not a good idea for a series. Think Caprica, which they probably learned a lesson from. I hope the movie is important enough to be worth watching.



Eriq La Salle has already returned to TV in A Gifted man acting in at least 4 episodes and directing one.
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Love the original and imported shows on Directv, but when will they start airing Hit and Miss? It was supposed to be on in February.
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Tom Lennon would be great on New Girl! I doubt Nick will be leaving the show (what else could he have going on), but a recurring character would be great for Lennon.
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NOOOO! Thomas Lennon is too good to be on that show. Seriously getting rid of Nick, though welcomed will not fix the show. The show is unfixable.
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Thomas Lennon is hilarious, but I don't think he'd be a good fit on New Girl. I could handle a 1 or 2 episode arc, but that'd be about it.
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I'm not sure, they have already had a few guest stars, whom have been funny. I have no doubt that he like the others would out shine and out perform the current cast.
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