News Briefs: Fringe Will End Sooner Than We Thought

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DOOMSDAY IS CLOSER THAN WE THOUGHT NEWS

... The series finale of Fringe is something no one in their right mind should be looking forward to, but at least we have until February 1 to hang on to the sci-fi show before it fades away forever. *record scratch* Uh-oh. Looks like the end date has been moved up. A few months after Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman announced via Twitter that the series finale would air on February 1, Fox has released the official word that Fringe will end on January 18 with back-to-back episodes starting at 8pm. Yes, it's sad that this show will conclude sooner than we thought, but I'm totally on board with a two-hour blowout of consecutive episodes. It'll make that Costco-sized tub of grape licorice make a lot more sense if I have two hours to plow through at my Fringe farewell party. [Fox via press release]


USA CONTINUES TO REDUCE ITS DEFICIT NEWS

... Two days after cancelling Common Law and one day after cancelling Fairly Legal, USA Network has canceled ANOTHER show. The six-episode miniseries Political Animals will not be back for a second season after a lukewarm first run. The show, which starred Sigourney Weaver and followed a D.C. political family, may have been designated a miniseries, but the idea was that if it did well, it would get a series order. Really, it just wasn't a great fit for USA's brand. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... TLC has renewed Long Island Medium for a fourth season, but you knew that already didn't you because a ghost told you so. [TLC via press release]

... Breaking Bad's creator Vince Gilligan recently answered one of those dumb questions where someone wanted to know what show he'd like to see Breaking Bad do a crossover with, and he said Mythbusters. Ask and ye shall receive, Mr. Gilligan! An upcoming episode of the science show will test out the validity of a few scenes from Breaking Bad's first season, including the dissolving of a body and a bathtub with acid. I want to see them prove whether veggie bacon actually tastes like Band-Aids, like Walt Jr. says. [EW]

... If Becki Newton is part of a TV show, it's going to be pushed back and delayed and cut short and run into all sorts of problems, apparently. Newton's latest comedy The Goodwin Games has been cut down from 13 episodes to 7 for its midseason debut, with Fox citing the bounty of comedies it scheduled for this season. The same thing happened to Newton's last comedy, Love Bites, over at NBC. That series was eventually burned off and left in a ditch on the side of the road. [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Modern Family has cast Gloria's mom. Elizabeth Pena will play Pilar, the woman whose baby came out of the womb screaming "JAAAAAYYYYYYY," in the 12th episode of the season. [TV Line]

... Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr.) will guest-star on an upcoming episode of CBS's Vegas. He'll play the younger brother of Nathan and join his bro in a life of crime. [THR]

... Touch is hosting a 24 reunion, bringing Kiefer Sutherland and Annie Wersching back together on Fox. Wersching will play Dr. Kate Gordon, a therapist who specializes in children. Look for her sometime in the spring. [EW]

... Six Feet Under vet Freddy Rodriguez has landed the lead in NBC's pilot After Hours. He'll play a hospital administrator in the drama about the night shift at an ER ward. [Deadline Hollywood]


PICTURES!

... Hey look, it's the first shot of Jessica De Gouw as The Huntress in The CW's Arrow! [EW]

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