News Briefs: Community Creator Dan Harmon Has a New Show at Adult Swim

HARMON LIVES NEWS

... Dan Harmon, the creator of Community who was fired from his job because NBC is NBC, has a new show! Adult Swim has picked up Harmon's animated project Rick & Morty to series, with a debut date sometime in 2014. Or, roughly the same time we can expect the delayed fourth season of Community to air. The 'toon follows an old inventor and his dimwitted grandson as they adventure. [NY Times]


CANCELLATIONS AND RENEWALS

... NBC has decided not to move forward with its proposed The Office spin-off The Farm, which would have focused on Dwight Schrute and the day-to-day goings-on at his family's beet farm. There is a good chance that the pilot will air as part of the current season of The Office, however. Will someone check the temperature in Hell? It looks like NBC made a good decision. [Rainn Wilson's Twitter]

... Anderson Cooper's talk show Anderson has been canceled and won't return for a third season. But Cooper's dashing looks, journalism adventures, and ability to make you feel inferior will continue. [NY Times]

... Game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have been R_N_W_D through the 2015-2016 season. What is: Buy an 'E'? [Deadline Hollywood]


IN DEVELOPMENT

... Shonda Rhimes will put her name on another ABC show in development. MILA 2.0 is a sci-fi thriller about a woman who finds out that she's actually a life-like android with an advanced artificial intelligence that mimics human emotions. It's based on an upcoming book. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Chloe Sevigny has landed a new starring gig. The Big Love actress will star in TNT's upcoming pilot Those Who Kill. In the drama, Sevigny will play a detective who goes after serial killers. Sevigny recently starred in the DirecTV series Hit & Miss, which was canceled, and is currently in the cast of American Horror Story. [TV Line]

... ABC's comedy pilot Trophy Wife has added Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden to its cast. The series would star Malin Akerman as a woman who marries an older man played by Whitford. Harden is signed on to play the first wife of Whitford's character. [Deadline Hollywood]


SAD NEWS

... Alan Kirschenbaum, the creator of CBS's Yes, Dear, took his own life this weekend. He was 51 years old. Kirschenbaum was also the creator of the upcoming CBS comedy Friend Me, which was cleared for midseason. [EW]

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Why wait until 2014? It's an Adult Swim show, it clearly isn't going to be concerned about quality, they can usually churn those out pretty quick. And it's not like it's a concept that requires a ton of script-development. Seems to me Adult Swim would be wiser to fast-track it to capitalize on Harmon's celebrity and the anti-NBC backlash coming off of Community's shakeups.

NBC canned the Dwight show? Excellent choice, that sounded unwatchable, and to be honest, Dwight is starting to lose his punch as a character, so this would have been another "Joey" debacle.

It's funny, in Hollywood Malin Akerman at 34 could be cast against a 53-year-old man and normally it'd be treated as a realistic character relationship, so I'm surprised to see them going the opposite way with it for once. That said, the entire concept sounds horribly screechy and snarky.
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How sad is it that we are now making tv series out of books that are not even out yet?
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Rick & Mory looks weird.. I'm in !
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Another TNT woman cop show, what a suprise.

I thought The Farm might have been good.



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If NBC actually passed on an Office spinoff, it must have been REALLY bad....
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Considering NBC has said they're only going to make broad comedies like Whitney (their words) now this might mean The Farm was actually good and they killed it because it was in the same vein as Community, Park & Rec, and The (early seasons of) Office. I figured worst case scenario it was bad and we didn't watch past the pilot, half hour of our lives gone, no big deal. But if it was good it could be fantastic (considering the people and the characters behind it it was a real possibility) so I figured it was worth the risk, I'm a little let down it wasn't given a chance.
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Believe me, The Farm wouldn't have been good.
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I'll admit that when the concept was first brought up, I had my doubts. But after seeing the development of characters and the casting of them, I was starting to warm up to the concept. It was starting to sound good. And after all, when has an episode featuring Schrute Farms not been hilarious? This was a disappointing announcement by NBC and I wish they would have at least let the backdoor pilot episode of The Office air before making this decision. I really do think this could have been very funny.
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I was quite a fan of Yes, Dear, so Kirschenbaum's death saddens me a bit.

As for Dan Harmon's Rick & Morty, that looks a little too weird for my tastes.
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I'm glad NBC didn't go forward with the Dwight spin-off, and that it can kill The Office with the fire we all know it deserves, and never look back.
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Why do the characters Rick & Morty remind me of Doc & Marty from Back to the Future? It's uncanny.

MILA 2.0 sounds like it might be cool, except it's from Shonda Rhimes, so it'll no doubt be more touchy-feely and less sci-fi-y.

Sad news about Kirschenbaum, who also worked on My Name is Earl and Raising Hope. I heard he had left the Friend Me project recently, but not why. Everyone has said very nice, moving things about him. RIP.
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Yes I agree, MILA 2.0 will probably be like Defying Gravity.

Sci fi for chicks.
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I'm surprised, considering your avatar, you didn't also see a similarity to Futurama.
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oh and hey bradley whitford! will your mustache be making a reappearance? seeing you without yours is like seeing ron swanson without his.
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Knowing someone who killed himself just created a show titled friend me is unusually dark.
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