News Briefs: American Idol Is Booting a Finalist for Lying


... American Idol doesn't take kindly to lying criminals. The talent show will kick off finalist Jermaine Jones after discovering that he lied about his past, which includes outstanding warrants and two arrests in the last year. Jones apparently also lied about his history with his father. Look for him to appear tonight before packing his bags for good. [TMZ]


... Like the long-rumored and never-happening Arrested Development movie, I'll believe a 24 film when I see it. A feature based on the action thriller was supposed to go into production this year, but has been delayed due to a few snags, including budget, crew, and Kiefer Sutherland's schedule. Sutherland is going to need a walker by the time this thing is ready to go. [Deadline Hollywood]


... ABC Family is really close to renewing The Lying Game for a second season following a successful first outing. Need more proof? The cast has been invited to the network's upfront presentation, and networks don't give out free drinks to people it doesn't want around. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Nothing's official, but Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein told an Australian radio show that the quirky comedy has been given a third season by IFC. Given the way IFC promoted the bejeezus out of the show during Season 2, I'd say Brownstein is right. []


... Yay Community! The NBC comedy has sold off-network rights to Comedy Central, meaning my DVR is gonna get loaded up. The series' first three seasons will begin airing on Comedy Central in the fall of 2013. Between Community, Futurama, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia reruns, I may never have to change the channel. [Comedy Central via press release]


... Jenna Elfman has been cast in 1600 Penn, an NBC comedy pilot about the First Family in the White House. She'll play the First Lady alongside Bill Pullman's president. Elsewhere, The Playboy Club's Laura Benanti has been cast in NBC's comedy pilot Go On, which stars Matthew Perry as a sportscaster who deals with loss with the help of a support group. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Simon Pegg (a.k.a. Shaun of Shaun of the Dead) is in talks to join Frank Darabont's LA Noir. The drama is set in late-1940s Los Angeles and focuses on cops and gangsters. Details on Pegg's role are being kept secret. [TV Line]

... Glee's Darren Criss has been offered the hosting job for Fox's The X Factor. In related news, Glee's Darren Criss has turned down an offer to host The X Factor. Take that, The X Factor. [E! Online]

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