News Briefs: Fox Is Trying a Tuesday Comedy Block

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LIVE-ACTION DISTRACTION NEWS

... Forget Animation Domination! Fox is trying out a four-show live-action comedy block on Tuesdays beginning March 6. The night will start with Raising Hope in a new time slot at 8pm, then throw to I Hate My Teenage Daughter in its return, New Girl in its normal 9pm slot, and conclude with back-from-the-dead Breaking In at 9:30pm. "But what of Glee?" you ask? The high school musical will go on its regular hiatus after the February 21 episode and return on April 10. [Fox, via press release]


PILOT PICKUPS

... NBC is oh-so-close to picking up 1600 Penn, a comedy about the president of the United States' family. Book of Mormon star Josh Gad, who co-wrote the pilot, will star as the reckless oldest son. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres are teaming up for the ABC pilot The Smart One. Portia will star as a woman who goes to work for her not-as-smart sister, who just so happens to be the mayor of a big city. [EW]


CASTING ROUNDUP

... Bobby Cannavale is joining the cast of Boardwalk Empire for Season 3. He'll play Gyp Rosetti, a gangster and rival of Nucky Thompson. Cannavale won an Emmy for Will & Grace and co-starred in last year's Win Win, a movie everyone should see. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Selma Blair has been cast in FX's Anger Management. She'll play therapist to angry Charlie (the sometimes angry Charlie Sheen). [Deadline Hollywood]

... Last Man Standing has cast Tim Allen's dad and brother. Robert Forster (The Descendants, Alcatraz) and Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, respectively, will play the roles. Look for both of them to add a little more macho to the show on February 21. [EW]

... The Big C has promoted Precious star Gabourey Sidibe to series regular for Season 3. That means you'll be seeing a lot more of her. Go ahead, make the joke. I'm too classy. [TV Line]

... Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber (he played Apollo) will star in Chelsea General, the new TNT medical drama from David E. Kelley. Like most medical dramas, the show is expected to feature lots of doctors making out and, if they have time between spit-swaps, doing their jobs. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Remember Ken Leung from Lost? He's still around, and he's taken on a role that's pretty surprising (unless you saw him in Keeping the Faith). Leung, who played Miles on Lost, is joining the new Sarah Silverman pilot at NBC. He'll play a neighbor of Silverman's character. Frequent Silverman collaborator Tig Notaro has also joined the series. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedian Patton Oswalt will guest-star on Two and a Half Men as an old business partner of Walden Schmidt's. Why, Patton, why!? [EW]


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