News Briefs: Fox Is Trying a Tuesday Comedy Block

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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I was hoping 1600 Penn would be a comedic fictionalized account of Kal Penn's stint with the Obama administration.
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I so thought they gave up on I hate My Teenage Daughter, I know I did.
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Breaking in is awesome! It's schedule really wasn't given a chance last time and for those who aren't sure what it's like, the humour reminds me of cougar town with an edge (community, cougar town and breaking in are my current favorite comedies followed closely by suburgatory).
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Glee is not a Comedy- It is a Musical Drama (both description are being used loosely)
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I would say it's more of a musical dramedy. Light on the drama...
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I Just want to know when community is coming back. Everything else is mute!
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Thank you for the Keeping the Faith clip. Love that movie. And thats a great scene.
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Absolutely nothing of interest for me.
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Oh good, Fox has more new shows to cancel before the end of the season, including one show they'll get to cancel a second time. Fox needs to give up trying to do things like this, they simply cannot garner viewer confidence after decades of prematurely cancelling series after series no matter their quality or audience dedication.



Geez, sounds like Sarah Silverman has a thing about doing shows with neighbor characters.
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Who are the ones that classify Glee, Nurse Jackie, etc. as comedies?? Edie falco is about as rip roaring funny as melanoma! At least Glee does evoke smiles from time to time! They are no way full blown comedies!!!! and Im getting tired of seeing Mr. Schu, and Edie being nominated for stuff that is not in their realm!!!
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law & order ukhas a new actor taking over from jamie bamber who is just as hot!

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I like all 4 shows in FOX's Comedy Block so I can't complain other than its taking Glee off for a break.
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glee errrrrrrrrrrrr ... OMG this season you are killing us with these long breaks

I should have waited till May and then watch it through with no interruptions
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Is Law & Order: UK finished?
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whut? Mike Rowe on Last Man Standing? whut?
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For a comedy block, that lineup seems pretty weak. Granted, I'm at a disadvantage because I don't watch Raising Hope, but I'm sure I Hate My Teenage Daughter will continue to stink. New Girl is okay... I'm getting a bit bored of it though... I think Zooey's a bit too adorable to keep watching again and again. Breaking In is the lone hilarious show... and even that was canceled at first.



I love Portia de Rossi -- I think she has a great track history with Arrested Development and Better Off Ted... but I'm not holding high hopes that The Smart One will be anywhere near as good.



Robert Forster is Tim Allen's dad? I don't think he's even 10 years older than Tim Allen. Oh well. I think he's got a more wrinkly face than Allen, so I guess he can pull off being his dad.
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so "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" still goes on? not cancelled? unbelivable..
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cant wait till breaking in comes back and this night will be good because of 3 shows on Fox and 1 ABC Raising Hope and then i will tune in to Cougar Town (ABC) and then New Girl and then Breaking In
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Almost what my tvr record looks like. Except, I'll hire a MIME for a 1/2 hr personal performance before I'll watch New Girl!!
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That is EXACTLY the same thing I am going to do. Great minds think alike.
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I can't wait to watch the new episodes of Breaking In. March 6th sounds so far away, right now, but it'll be here before we know it.
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I love Breaking In!
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Good for Precious. She is funny on the show. Any word on whether Cynthia Nixon will be returning this season? She too is funny and I would like to see more of her and Sean.
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Is this Fox Comedy Tuesday Block, so you can keep up with ABC's Comedy Tuesday Block. Fox? I am telling you now! If you ever dare manage to get Last Man Standing & Cougar Town cancelled. I will make sure Fringe is the only & last program. I will ever watch on your network and nothing else but that. And now it's Tim Allen & Courteney Cox vs. Fox Network. WTF? Just when we hear the news about Cougar Town is finally back. And then we've to hear news about Fox having a Tuesday Comedy Block along with ABC. That's nice to know... Wow! And OMG! This is gonna be one hell of a competition over ratings.
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There was talk of Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer & James Callis starring in something called 17th Precinct, a sci-fi/fantasy procedural the premise of which sounded interesting. NBC decided to reject the pilot in favor of Grimm, and now Jamie Bamber is going to star in another unrealistic & mindless medical drama on TNT that no one's going to give a crap about. Great.

Do you still think NBC is going to pick up the J.J. Abrams/ Eric Kripke project??
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Whether NBC does it or not. I hope not.(Kripke deserves better) In what part of their recent history could lead someone to believe that they would keep it longer than 6 episodes. Epic Adventure series, that is what it is purported to be. Surface was supposed to be epic. The Cape was supposed to be epic. The Event was supposed to be epic. And that is just NBC. And with Abrams, Alcatraz was supposed to be epic. None of that bodes well for a long running series. I will give you that it sounds like an interesting premise. But NBC can't run good shows. They just can't. It either sucks, or it is really good and they put it in a crappy time slot and it loses ratings and they shelve it and replace it with the likes of The Firm or another reality TV show. What do they have that is even remotely good right now that has come within the last two years? Grimm? That is on the edge of a good/bad knife depending on the monster of the week. And it has done little to promote the back story that they initially seemed to want to build up.
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Well Fox's initial problem is that an hour of that 2 hour comedy goal is lacking in well comedy. I Hate my Teenage Daughter is not funny. And If Lizzy Caplan is heading to showtime then that pretty much takes the funny out of New Girl. And takes with her the only reason to watch New Girl. However Breaking In coming back is great news.



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"New Girl" has managed to do something I didn't think was likely to happen: Made me not want to see any more of Zooey Deschanel. Rarely have I disliked a character on a series as much as hers.

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