News Briefs: Andy Samberg Is Leaving Saturday Night Live

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CASTING NEWS

... As many have suspected, Andy Samberg is leaving Saturday Night Live. This should give him plenty of time to work on That's My Boy 2, That's My Boy 3, and Dick in a Box: The Movie: 3D. [NYT]

... Frank Darabont is still busy casting his TNT drama L.A. Noir, and the latest actor on his list is Thomas Jane. The Hung star is being targeted to play mobster Bugsy Siegel in the 1950s period drama. To accommodate the casting, Bugsy will be rewritten as having an enormous penis. [THR]

... Catherine Tate is returning to The Office as a regular cast member next season. The British actress recurred on the dwindling NBC comedy last season as Nellie, boss of Dunder-Mifflin. Great news for the three people who still watch the show! [TV Line]

... Vanessa Redgrave has signed on to USA's Political Animals as a lesbian Supreme Court judge. Great, now she'll be typecast for every lesbian Supreme Court judge role that comes along! [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Hey Hollywood, did you hear? History's Hatfields & McCoys miniseries turned out to be a huge hit! Someone make a series out of it, quick! Hey Charlize Theron, you wanna produce a series based on a modern-day version of the family feud? OKAY! [THR]

... Add MTV to the list of networks with a singing competition reality show. The channel has picked up Randy Jackson's untitled new project, which features groups of siblings singing against other groups of siblings. I've died and I'm in hell, right? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox is probably kicking itself today. The Touch finale aired last night without the benefit of American Idol to help boost its ratings, and it showed. Only 4.65 million viewers tuned in for the two-hour conclusion of Tim Kring's cosmic drama, a 23-percent drop from the previous week. We're talking about a finale. For a serialized show. And it plummeted. Take a look at that number, Jake, and see what you think. Touch is renewed for a second season, but I'm betting Fox is working on a time machine to go back and change its mind. [TV Line]


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