News Briefs: CBS Is Pulling Mike & Molly's Season Finale Due to a Tornado Storyline

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... In light of the tornadoes that've ripped across the Midwest, killing people and causing millions of dollars in damage, CBS has made a last-minute decision to pull tonight's season finale of Mike & Molly because it featured a storyline involving tornadoes. A repeat will air in its place, and the finale will be rescheduled to "an appropriate date." [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... The remaining episodes of ABC's canceled 666 Park Avenue are coming back to haunt you! The last four hours of the series, starring Terry O'Quinn as the devilish owner of a scary New York apartment building, will air on Saturdays beginning June 22, putting the finale on schedule for a July 13 airdate. Saturday the 13th! Spooky! [TV Line]

... NBC has ordered a scripted series about an unscripted series. And it's set in the cold to premiere in the heat. In Siberia, 16 reality show contestants head to a remote meteor site in Russia when strange things starts to happen. The series, which was already in production, will debut on July 1 at 10pm. If it does well, maybe NBC will make a Celebrity Siberia version. [NBC via press release]

... IFC's high-larious Comedy Bang Bang will return for its 20-episode second season on Friday, July 12. And check out this impressive list of guest-stars: Jessica Alba, Aziz Ansari, David Cross, Zach Galifianakis, Jim Gaffigan, Pee-Wee Herman, Bill Hader, Gillian Jacobs, and Rashida Jones. Shall I go on? Okay, Andy Richter, Andy Samberg, Zoe Saldana, Cobie Smulders, Sarah Silverman, Casey Wilson, Adam DeVine, Nat Faxon, Jack McBrayer, and Jim Rash. And if that wasn't enough, Adam Scott, Lance Reddick, and Jim Rash. More? FINE! Bob Odenkirk, Kristen Schaal, and Paul F. Tompkins! And just to put it way over the top... WEIRD AL YANKOVIC. That's the mic-dropper. I'm out! [IFC via press release]

... Season 3 of Showtime's Web Therapy will debut July 23 at 11pm, Showtime would like you to know. This show also has guest-stars, but they're just Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Chelsea Handler, and Megan Mullally. Not a single Lance Reddick in sight. [Showtime via press release]

... The next series in the Star Wars franchise will be Star Wars Rebels, it will be animated, it will air on The Disney Channel, and it will take place between Episodes III and IV. Is it just me or is the Star Wars franchise Benjamin Buttoning and aiming at a younger and younger demographic as it ages? In a few years, it will just be baby Yoda and some Teletubbies. [NY Times]


CASTING/CREWING NEWS

... Mia Maestro (the Twilight films, Alias) has landed the lead role opposite Corey Stoll in FX's pilot The Strain. The series, an adaptation of Guillermo Del Toro's vampire novels, follows an official for the Center for Disease Control as he investigates a virus that causes its host to exhibit symptoms of vampirism. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The X Factor has ended our long national nightmare of not knowing next season's judges will be! Joining Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato at the table this fall will be the previously rumored Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child and singer Paulina Rubio. Now we can continue curing cancer and solving global hunger. Phew. [Fox via press release]

... Life of Pi director Ang Lee won't be directing the FX pilot Tyrant as initially planned. Citing exhaustion and a busy schedule, Lee has pulled out of helming the series from Homeland producer Howard Gordon. Tyrant, which will still shoot, is a drama about an American family living in the Middle East. [Deadline Hollywood]

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