News Briefs: Comedy Central Renews Workaholics for Season 3

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CANCELLATIONS AND RENEWALS

... Comedy Central has granted its slacker comedy Workaholics a third season, ensuring that its yearly quota of masturbation jokes is covered with plenty to spare. At first I hated the show, but I watched a few episodes after this news was announced to give it a second chance, and you know what? It's not bad for 20-something minutes of dick jokes! [Deadline Hollywood]

... MTV's The Buried Life featured four dudes who ran around the country helping people out. So it got canceled. Meanwhile, seven fake Italian peoples continue to terrorize the world. And deliver great ratings! [EW]

... A&E; has renewed Beyond Scared Straight for a 13-episode third season. The series follows teens who are frightened into staying out of trouble. Then again, if they behave badly, they get to be on television shows like Beyond Scared Straight! Decisions, decisions. [Deadline Hollywood]

... In case you missed it, The Walking Dead was renewed for a third season today. You can read what my favorite TV critic, Tim Surette, said in the link. God, he's good. [TV.com]


DEVELOPMENT NEWS

... Starz has given a series greenlight to Da Vinci's Demons, a drama revolving around a romanticized version of Leonardo da Vinci, that man for whom the more-famous blue Ninja Turtle was named. The series will follow a 25-year-old da Vinci as he becomes legend through inventions and acrobatic love-making. [Starz via press release]

... The long-in-development Dark Tower project, based on the Stephen King tome of the same name, is an inch closer to becoming reality. Producer Brian Grazer, who is working with Ron Howard on the film and TV project, sat down for an interview and calmly said that HBO is on board to do the TV portion. Given the amount of false starts this epic series has had, I'll believe it when I hear something official. It's kind of like the fantasy version of the Arrested Development movie. [MTV]


CASTING NEWS

... Saturday Night Live vet Molly Shannon is paying a visit to Up All Night. She'll play a single mom named Nancy who works as a producer on Ava's TV show. The role is potentially recurring. [TV Guide]

... Greg Grunberg has signed a deal with Warner Bros. TV to star in an upcoming project at the studio, most likely whatever Grunberg's good friend (and WBTV favorite) J.J. Abrams does next. [Deadline Hollywood]


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