News Briefs: Fringe Has an End Date


... We officially have a date when television gets worst: February 2. That's the day after Fringe airs its last episode, concluding its great five-season run. Showrunner J.H. Wyman tweeted out the news to fans in a Twitter Q & A session. It has yet to be confirmed by Fox, but if Wyman says that's when it is, that's when it is. Groundhog Day is the 2nd, so let's hope we don't have to relive the day after Fringe ends over and over. [J.H. Wyman's Twitter]

... The CW is not quite done with superheroes and is in the very early stages of developing a Wonder Woman series. The idea would be to tell the (duh) origin story of the Amazonian to fit the show into The CW's preferred young adult demographic. Last season, NBC attempted to develop a Wonder Woman series based on a script by David E. Kelley, but that flamed out and became one of the biggest laughing stocks of the year. [Vulture]

... The MTV Video Music Awards still exists for some reason, and last night's affair drew 6.1 million viewers and a 2.8 rating (read Price's photo recap here). In 2011, the show pulled in 12.4 million viewers. Let's all blame One Direction! [Deadline Hollywood]

... More details of Community's fourth season are trickling out, and the latest is another one of the series' popular movie homages. And this one will be... Hunger Games. Apparently, Dean Pelton will hold games to decide who gets to enroll in the class "The History of Ice Cream." I'm not quite sure how to feel about this, as Community has always been particular about the movies it chooses to pay tribute to and this just feels like grabbing at the closest blockbuster in the shopping market checkout line. Even when the series did a Pulp Fiction spoof it turned out to actually be a spoof of My Dinner With Andre. [EW]


... The X Factor is looking at Khloe Kardashian and Sports Illustrated model Chrissy Teigen to join the judges' table when the live-to-tape shows begin airing next month. [NY Post]

... Wilmer Valderrama is returning to Suburgatory to reprise his role as Yoni the dog whisperer next season. Last season, he romanced Dallas after she split from her husband. Are you Team George or Team Yoni or Team What Are You Talking About? [TV Guide]

... Dallas news: Mitch Pileggi (Supernatural) has been upped to regular for Season 2. He plays Harris Ryland, ex-husband to Brenda Strong. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle continues to book guest roles instead of getting a show of his own. Riggle will appear on Fox's New Girl as another Schmidt, Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) cousin. Look for the new Schmidt to appear in the Thanksgiving episode and cause some problems for his cuz. [TV Line]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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