News Briefs: Girls' Charlie Leaves the Show After Fighting With Lena Dunham

GIRLS PROBLEMS

... Girls is losing one of its boys. Christopher Abbott, who plays Charlie (Marnie's on-again-off-again boyfriend) on the much-talked-about HBO show, is leaving the series. Why? Let's play multiple choice: a) Lena Dunham, b) Lena Dunham, c) Lena Dunham. If you answered "shameless Girls creator Lena Dunham," you're correct! The two allegedly butted heads going into the production of Season 3, so Abbott did the whole "fuck you I quit" routine. Since appearing on Girls, Abbott's star has brightened, and he'll move on to other projects he has in the works. [NY Post]


BUSINESS TIME

... Science Channel is ordering The Moaning of Life, starring An Idiot Abroad's Karl Pilkington in a new set of adventures. This time, Karl will travel the globe and see how other cultures deal with entering middle age. [TV Guide]

... Adult Swim has ordered the shortform live-action series Hole to Hole, from South Park's Pam Brady and Chelsea Lately's Arden Myrin. The comedy is a parody of 1980s detective shows and follows two sexy billionaire sleuths. [Deadline Hollywood]

... BBC America has put a premiere date on the final season of the U.K.'s Being Human: June 8. The Beebs also dated the interesting-looking zombie miniseries In the Flesh, about zombies that are reintegrated into society. Look for that three-parter to start on August 3. [BBC via press release]

... Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, and Investigation Discovery (which are all part of the same network family) have announced their respective programming slates, and they're full of all the wacky stuff you'd expect from these bonkers channels. Among the highlights: two Discovery shows that feature people being dropped off in remote places completely naked, a TLC show called My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I, the eel fishing Animal Planet show called Eel of Fortune, and Investigation Discovery's Evil In-Law, which tells harrowing tales of overeager mother-in-laws. Television at its finest! [Discovery via press release]

... Disney Channel has given the greenlight to Mighty Med, a live-action comedy about two kids who work in a hospital for superheroes. Bradley Steven Perry (Good Luck Charlie) and Jake Short (A.N.T. Farm) will star. [Disney Channel via press release]

... Syfy is developing a new drama. There aren't many details on the project, but what we do know goes something like this: A meteorite hits a plane and the only two survivors go on the run from the government but have no idea what happened. So it's going to be one of THOSE shows. [Deadline Hollywood]

MORE CNN DESTRUCTION

... CNN's Ali Velshi is leaving the network for the soon-to-be-launched Al Jazeera America news network. You may know Velshi for his outstanding work wearing windbreakers and standing in flooded intersections during weather catastrophes. [Deadline Hollywood]

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wow that's sad. Ali Veishi is a really cool cat for CNN. I wonder how they are going to do things. He's very good at explaining complex financial transactions to the la-person of the world. I do hope this takes his career into a bigger and brighter future.
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'My Teen is Pregnant & So Am I'... I really don't want to live on this planet anymore.

'Hole to Hole' MIGHT even be a worse name for a show than HtLWYP(ftRoYL).
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Hole to Hole sounds like a fun trip back to 80's TV, I wonder if this is a result of the Greatest Event in TV History, the Heart to Heart opening remake that Cartoon Network made a few months back.
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Can I just say Mighty Med sounds like a brilliant premise? If somehow House of Mouse can leverage the House of Ideas for this it could be awesome.
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Evidently, it's easier to whine, bitch and moan about "Girls" than it is to change the fucking channel.
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Team Marnie. She's annoying as fuck, but at least things were finally going well for her!
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good good good 1 cast member down the more that leave then maybe this shit program will get cancelled and something decent will go in its place....... if you think of all the shows that you like that got cancelled over this.....
the cancellations that i was sad to see not renewed was
secret circle
ringer
fairly legal
alphas
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What?? Girls is on HBO the rest on scattered networks, you think there is a global programming conspiracy group out there that decides the fate of renewals?
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i dont care what channel on im just stating that how could any of these good programs be cancelled due to ratings and so on and they keep shit like this on where all you tend to watch is everyone sleeping together and lenas arse not good viewing.
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well, it is Lena's show so what did he expect? his character annoyed the hell out of me though.
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What would you do if you discovered that the secret to your success lay in firing yourself? Would you do it? That’s the question LENA !

You’re a good writer... but i fucking hate you ! I'm sick of seeing your ass crack all the time !!

jesus ...
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"You’re a good writer... but i fucking hate you ! I'm sick of seeing your ass crack all the time !!" -- Thanks for the laugh!
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I hear good things about Christopher Abbott, so I'm glad for this. I was never going to watch Girls, but maybe I'll see Abbott in his next project.
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At first I honestly thought the tlc and discovery shows were jokes you made up as parodies of stuff they would air... Unfountunatly I was wrong
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"My teen is pregnant and so am I" looks like a joke from the show Chelsea Lately.
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Not kidding, when the press release came in today, my first response (this is Jen) was, "One of these days we're going to finally start a regular quiz, 'Is This Show Real or Fake?'"
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Does anyone remember when TLC and Discovery had educational shows, what in the hell has happened?
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People didn't want to watch educational shows.
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People didn't want to watch educational shows.
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not my charlieeeeeee
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i am guessing Christopher Abbott wanted too much screen time for his junk on the show but Lena Dunham has taken all screen time for her junk and boobs to be on the air ..

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The show's been pretty squeamish about full-frontal male nudity thus far, you might be onto something.
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we also know that syfy will likely cancel their new show sooner rather than later
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and replace them with reality shows.
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I tried to care about Girls but I found the characters to be painfully self-involved and with a rather revolting sense of entitlement. Eventually it just became too hard to stomach. Team Who Cares.
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Thank you for "Team Who Cares".

Good lord, Adult Swim is going to have more live fare than animated now. I will watch that, but I suspect the premise is going to be one joke too far.

"Siffy, where tv sucks and we're a bunch of liars."
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I know, how many '80s parodies can Adult Swim do? You think they'd come up with something original for their 15-minute projects, instead of rehashing the same idea over and over since Garth Marghendi's Darkplace aired in 2007.
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I kinda stopped watching An Idiot Abroad two episodes into season 2...it's just not doing it for me anymore. I much prefer Karl on The Ricky Gervais Show.
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You had me at Karl Pilkington...
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Who was willing to bet the fight was over who got the last drumstick, since Leah probably ate the whole container, and Christopher just wanted one last piece. Yeah, sounds about right. I know, I'm awful In some seriousness, though, Leah and the rest of hte cast are painful to watch...just imagine how painful it would be to work with them? That wouldn't be a job I would ever want.
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"That wouldn't be a job I would ever want." Good call, Dr.Spongejr, janitorial work is way more up your alley anyway.
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Is she really that fat? In all seriousness, for a country that has 284 million obese people, she sure gets a lot of stick for being slightly overweight. She's way more ugly than she is fat, I think.
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If you're going to snark all over someone, at least get their name right.
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Sad to see Charlie go.
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