News Briefs: Girls and Enlightened Get Return Dates


... HBO has announced ballpark premiere dates for the second seasons of its comedies Girls and Enlightened. Both will start up in January, which is familiar territory for Enlightened as that's when Season 1 aired. As for Girls, it gets bumped up a few months from Season 1's April launch date. So what comedy will be paired with Veep now? By the way, I totally adore Enlightened, in case you were wondering. [HBO via press release]


... Contrary to previous reports, the writing staff of The Newsroom was not fired by Aaron Sorkin, says Aaron Sorkin. The creator of HBO's newest drama told assembled critics at the TCAs today that the news, which originally appeared in The Daily, was erroneous, disingenuous, counter-factual, and a bunch of other long-winded words. He also said that reports that the show's spared writer Corinne Kingsbury was his ex-girlfriend were utter bull-dookie. regrets reporting this story earlier, but hey, if you can't trust the internet, who can you trust? And yes, the irony of all this is beautiful. [Huffington Post]


... Larry David will continue work at HBO, but not necessarily on Curb Your Enthusiasm. David has a movie in the works that will be produced by and air on HBO. The improvised film may also star Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton. I don't know what it's about, but I'm sure it will involve a reasonable man who has pleasant exchanges with everyone he meets. As for Curb, it's the same old story. HBO wants more if Larry David will do more, but if it does eventually happen, it won't be for a long, long time. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Do you remember that dating show 3 on CBS? Of course you don't, because you are a smart, attractive person who doesn't watch stuff like that. The reality program has been canceled after just two episodes, posting one of the worst numbers for a CBS show ever (1.7 million viewers and a 0.5 rating among adults). 3 had one of the laziest premises ever: It followed three women as they tried to find love. [TV Guide]

... American Horror Story has a new name (sorta) for its second season. And it is... American Horror Story: The Musical! Just kidding, it's American Horror Story: Asylum, because it takes place in an asylum, you see, and Ryan Murphy doesn't want you to forget it. Season 1 shall be retroactively known as American Horror Story: The One With Connie Britton. [TV Guide]

... Fox has purchased a drama project from House producers Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner. The untitled drama is set on an aircraft carrier, with part of the show following a female fighter pilot who's trying to solve a murder and the other half centered on the men below deck. I vote we call it American Drama Story: Aircraft Carrier. [Deadline Hollywood]

... BBC America is producing a series based on The Three Musketeers, and 10 episodes have been ordered with a targeted 2014 debut. It will follow brothers who are sworn to protect the King of France in the 17th Century. Great! If there's one thing that both Brits and Americans love, it's the French! [TV Guide]


... Joe Manganiello and his abs will return to How I Met Your Mother to reprise their roles as Brad and his abs. The character, a friend of Marshall's from law school who appeared in Season 5, will be back for a pair of episodes. [TV Line]

... CSI and prison alum Gary Dourdan has joined the cast of ABC's Mistresses. And Better Off Ted's Jay Harrington will guest-star on TV Land's Hot In Cleveland. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC's Up All Night is adding Will & Grace's Sean Hayes for a multiple-episode arc. He'll play a friend from Ava's past. Speaking of Ava (Maya Rudolph), the Ava show will be pulled from the comedy, with the focus moving toward lower-key homebound stories. Up All Night was one of the comedies with a tone that NBC liked and would replicate going forward, so pulling out all the teeth from it makes sense. Enjoy your blandness! [Huffington Post]

... Former Traffic Light star Nelson Franklin just made my "would trade places with" list. Franklin will guest-star on New Girl as Cece's (Hannah Simone hubba hubba) new boyfriend, a nice guy who's the anti-Schmidt. [TV Guide]

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