News Briefs: Howard Stern Will Return to America's Got Talent

BUSINESS TIME

... The debate over whether or not America's Got Talent has actual talent will rage on, but whether or not it has Howard Stern cannot be argued. Stern will be back for a second season of judging the NBC talent show after his return came into question because of the time commitment the show requires. Stern made the announcement on his radio show today. [NBC via press release]

... I was all prepared to spend the next several months zombie-less, but then it was revealed that The Walking Dead will be back sooner than I thought. The hit drama reached its midseason break last night but will return February 10 to finish off the final eight episodes of Season 3! And its geeky chat-show companion, Talking Dead, will now air at 10pm immediately after new episodes (instead of waiting for an encore showing) and be stretched out to an hour per episode. Good news all around for TV's new can't-miss show. [Zap2It]

... And the next person who might one day be applying some zombie makeup to the extras in The Walking Dead starts his/her journey on January 15. That's when the fourth season of the surprisingly enjoyable Syfy reality show Face Off begins. Will judge Glen Hetrick continue his physical transformation into Emo Predator? TUN IN TO FIND OUT! [Syfy via press release]

... Spike TV has renewed its inkin' shows Ink Master and Tattoo Nightmares. Ink Masters, a competition show for tattoo artists, returns for Season 3 with 13 episodes, and Tattoo Nightmares, a reality show that follows stupid people who got stupid tattoos, gets a 26-episode Season 2. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is trying out the reality genre in the afternoon with the development of a new medical docu-drama that may as well be a real-life version of General Hospital. The show is being filmed at the UCLA Medical Center and if it makes it to air and becomes a hit, expect it to be a new trend as networks look for the next big thing to fill their daylight hours. [NY Post]

... ABC is also developing Rookie, a single-camera comedy from Easy A director Will Gluck and Community producer Andy Bobrow. The sitcom follows a young woman who decides to become a cop. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Covert Affairs star Piper Perabo is joining NBC's Go On for multiple episodes. She'll play a woman who joins the therapy group and maybe romances Ryan (Matthew Perry). And then she'll be haunted and poltergeisted by Ryan's dead wife! [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO's The Newsroom has cast newbie Joel Johnson as a campaign staffer for Mitt Romney. Practice your hopeful, pompous, and crying faces in that order, Joel. [THR]

... Law & Order's S. Epatha Merkerson is joining NBC's upcoming Revenge clone Deception. She'll play the mother of the central character, an undercover cop who pretends to be someone else so she can investigate the murder of her childhood friend in a wealthy community. Also, Jere Burns (Justified) is joining A&E;'s upcoming drama Bates Motel, Carlton Cuse's prequel to Psycho. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Don't get me wrong, I like Talking Dead. But do we really need a hour recap show for a show that's only an hour?
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The only "talents" that I can see in America are overeating, binge drinking and complaining....now there is an idea for a TV show!
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I wonder how much this daytime medical docu-drama/reality series will be like ABC's other less than successful primetime medical docu-drama/reality series NY Med, Boston Med, Hopkins. Hm.
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Piper Perabo is an unexpected choice, but I guess that's a good thing. I hope they just make her character weird enough.
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I've grown to like Wynn Duffy as a perpetual baddie too much to lose him now. I never mind seeing Perabo in anything extra!

I'm not sure how much the casting had to do with it but I thought Easy A was great. Add in a Community Producer and I'll be giving Rookie a chance for sure.
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So ABC is effectively replacing a soap opera with a reality version of the show. That should save them a lot on writers.
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Can't wait for TWD to return and so excited about Piper Perabo joining Go On (at-least for some episodes).
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There have been a good chunk of cop series called Rookie or various versions of that, ABC/whomever might want to think about changing the title. (Just a thought)
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I watch walking Dead with Charter Cable. I also have an HD package. On AMCHD they show walking dead at 7:00 PM and 9:00PM PST and they air Talking Dead directly after. On the regular channel, they on play it at 9 and air Talking dead at 11. I thought it was weird that they do that
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If Bill Cobb, who plays the blind man on Go On, is no longer on, as he's been AWOL for the last few episodes, it would be nice if they wrote him out even with a simple line of dialog, if he can't shoot another episode. Unless I missed something already? Usually it's women, daughters in particular, that disappear off shows. I like him and think he deserves a send off in some way.

There are those who feel General Hospital is coming to and end with its recent return of some older cast members and such. Where would ABC put the new hospital show on? Would they replace the Chew, if not GH?
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Yes, as bicelis said, George reappeared in the latest episode -- number 10, I believe.

The writers of the show or the characters in the show never really mention why he isn't around very often, but I figure if they actually have a reason, it's that he's old... and blind... and has diabetes... and has a bad hip... and has had 3 heart attacks. I figure it's tough for him to make every session, let alone go on the group's extracurricular activities.
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The blind man was back in the last episode and back with a bang!
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The black kid from "Everybody hates Chris" has been MIA too. No worries , I'm sure they'll both be back.
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He's been in every episode including the one where Perry takes him to visit his brother in the hospital after initially being fooled otherwise.

Have not seen the latest Go On yet, so I guess I'll catch Cobb when I do. Thanks!
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Sure, Stern has nothing better to do.
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