News Briefs: HBO Renews Treme for One Last Season

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BUSINESS TIME

... HBO very quietly renewed its seldom-watched but critically acclaimed (or as we say, "Simonized," in reference to creator David Simon and his other great series The Wire) musical drama Treme for a fourth and final season over the weekend. The farewell tour will be shortened, with a final number of episodes to be determined (the currently airing third season's episode count is 10, for reference). [NOLA.com]

... Fox is very close to ordering Does Someone Have to Go?, a reality show the network actually almost went with three years ago. Here's the very classy idea: A struggling business (a REAL business!) goes on camera, and each week the employees decide if they want to fire someone. There's no date set, so don't start plotting your subversive campaign against that guy in accounting who ate your CLEARLY MARKED leftover pastrami sandwich from the office fridge just yet. [TV Guide]

... Weirdo indie flick Fargo, about a murder mystery in North Dakota, might make the move to television. Joel and Ethan Coen, better known as The Siblings Coen, are teaming up with The Unusuals creator Noah Hawley for the hour-long drama on FX. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Baz Luhrman, the man behind Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet, is in the TV business now. He's signed a production deal with Sony Pictures TV to make shows that probably include a stomach-turning amount of singing and dancing. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Mandy Moore has signed on for ANOTHER pilot. She'll star in the ABC project Miss Most Likely, about a youngish woman who runs away to start the life she's always dreamed of, but then her annoying family decides to run away with her. It's hard enough being a runaway supporting just one mouth on turning tricks in dark alleys, but a whole family? [Deadline Hollywood]

... TV legend Garry Marshall (Happy Days) is returning to the business with Golden Guys, a new comedy at Fox. The in-development multi-camera sitcom follows a man who loses all his money and is forced to move back in with his family. Which is a variation on pretty much every comedy being sold nowadays. [TV Guide]

... Last night's Emmy awards on ABC drew 13.2 million viewers, just a tad more than last year's tally. But in the advertiser-adored 18-49 demographic, the audience was down about 10 percent, meaning Lena Dunham's nudity was wasted on old people. [USA Today]

... Another Emmys tidbit: Mad Men was nominated for 17 awards. Mad Men won zero awards. It was the most Emmy nominations without a win EVER. Haha, Mad Men. [Gold Derby]

... And this is random, but relevant. Apparently Chevy Chase is still talking smack about Community, saying he only joined the show for the money because his wife spends a lot of money, and that taking the job was "a mistake." [HuffPost UK]


CASTING NEWS

... It's not all bad news for Community, though. Actor Giancarlo Esposito will return to the show next season to play Pierce Hawthorne's brother Gilbert, who we first saw in the vidya-game episode "Digital Estate Planning." [TV Line]

... Grimm has hired Jason Gedrick (Luck, Boomtown) to come on the show and murder people! Well, theatrically speaking, of course. He'll play a man on death row who claims he killed a pair of people in self defense because they were monsters, which sounds like a reasonable defense to monster hunter Hank. [TV Line]


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