News Briefs: Jenny McCarthy Joins The View

OH THIS SHOULD BE GOOD/TERRIFYING (CHOOSE ONE)

... Jenny McCarthy, the blonde shell of a bomb who's posed naked for Playboy and who got her big break on TV by pairing up horny kids on MTV's Singled Out, will soon dispense her wisdom to the daytime-TV-watching public on ABC's The View. She replaces Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who recently left the talk show for a gig at Fox News. In recent years, the source of McCarthy's notoriety has shifted from her bubbly personality and jiggling and ample chest to her outspoken and controversial stance on autism and its relation to vaccinations. ABC wanted a polarizing figure who is delightful to look at, and they got it. [ABC via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... ABC's addictive fest of outrageousness known as Scandal has landed an early syndication deal with BET. The cable channel will re-air Seasons 1 and 2 this summer, and this fall, in a rare type of re-distribution deal, air Season 3 episodes no earlier than eight days after they've debuted on ABC. [BET via press release]

... VH1 has renewed its series Hit the Floor for a second season. Let's figure out what this show is together, shall we? Hit the Floor is a scripted series about professional dancers who perform in a professional basketball league. Oh, NOW I see why it got renewed. [VH1 via press release]

... A&E has set a premiere date for its new reality series Modern Dads: August 21 at 10:30pm. What's Modern Dads you say? Trust me, you don't want to know. Seriously. Don't ask. Stop it! I said you don't want to know. Fine, you want to know? Are you SURE? Okay. Here goes, but I warned you. Modern Dads follows four stay-at-home dads who used to have dreams of "fast women and fast cars, but now they only fantasize about using the bathroom without an audience." I TOLD YOU. [A&E via press release]

... Veronica Mars will not go away. Years after getting canceled, the series is being turned into a movie and now it will also get a spinoff through a couple of books. Creator Rob Thomas will co-write the books, which will pick up where the movie leaves off. Look for them in the spring of 2014. [THR]


CASTING NEWS

... Mira Sorvino (who won an Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite) is joining Psych's eighth and possibly final season in a multi-episode arc. She'll play the new head detective of the Santa Barbara Police Department, and may serve as a surrogate for Maggie Lawson, who won't appear in the entire season due to her starring role in the new ABC series Back in the Game. [TV Line]

... New Jersey governor Chris Christie will make a guest appearance on NBC's upcoming comedy The Michael J. Fox Show, where he'll play himself. This is the most exciting guest appearance announcement since the last one you read, but it's not as exciting as the next one. [Huffington Post]

... Sherri Shepherd will have a recurring role on the final season of How I Met Your Mother. Shepherd, a veteran of The View, will play a nemesis of Marshall's who he first meets on a flight to New York in the Season 8 premiere. No blurb about Shepherd is complete without mentioning that she once doubted that the Earth was round on live television. [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... Though the results of an autopsy of Glee star Cory Monteith's body aren't expected for days, reports are already surfacing that Monteith had alcohol and "other substances" in his hotel room, where he was found dead over the weekend. Previously, Monteith publicly detailed multiple bouts of substance abuse over his short life. It's still unknown how the actor's sudden death will affect the production of Glee. [E! Online]

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Jul 16, 2013
Veronica Mars is awesome so yes please, movie (movies?!?!?!), books, comic books, videogames... maybe even re-start the TV show?
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Jul 16, 2013
Weak sauce, Psych. Mira Sorvino can be quite charming, but she's not Juliette and they should't be playing any "Chrissy/Cindy" temporary hand-off. THAT IS AN OLD REFERENCE, GRANDPA! It was on when I was a little kid, c'mon. YEAH? TELL IT TO THE OVER-35 BOX YOU HAVE TO FILL OUT ON FORMS NOW, GEEZER! .Uh.. damn kids. Andy Griffith Show was the best sitcom ever, age is immaterial.
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Jul 16, 2013
Too bad the general population wasn't this obsessed w/ VM while it was on the air. Would have made my life a lot more awesome.

It really sucks that it looks like we're going to find out for sure that Cory had a relapse and that's what killed him. The thought of watching glee without him is still very very strange to me. Although I know I will, because as crappy as it's gotten I still feel some odd sense of loyalty to the show. I just hope that the network stays out of it and lets the show deal with it however they deem fit and not try and make an even bigger ratings thing out of it than I'm sure it will already end up being.
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Jul 16, 2013
Vaccines have nothing to do with autism. The woman is a menace; but at least she'll be working in a place where people don't take her seriously (really; just look at the TV.COM reviews for 'The View').

'Modern Dads'? Yay; yet another way for television to further tarnish the role of 'father' to the public.

And with regards to Cory, why is this surprising? The man had noted drug problems.

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Jul 16, 2013
Well nobody on that joke show called The View could be more stupid than Sherri Shepherd anyway. Anyone who seriously think the World is flat nowadays can't be that bright.
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Jul 16, 2013
I don't watch The View, so I know Sherri Shepherd from her funny stint on Less Than Perfect and her recurring roles on Everybody Loves Raymond, and especially 30 Rock as the Queen of Jordan. She's a very talented actress.
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Jul 16, 2013
With Psych and Maggie Lawson, define "in the entire season" because the statement is kind of ambiguous. Do you mean she won't be in every episode? OR do you mean she's done and more-or-less off the show? I'd hope she would be in at least half the episodes, especially since the season will be so short and she's such a big part of the show.
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Jul 16, 2013
Hit the Floor gets second season! Yay! I'm very happy.

What is Hit the Floor? It's basically Hellcats 5 years later :)
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Jul 16, 2013
"No blurb about Shepherd is complete without mentioning that she once doubted that the Earth was round on live television" Are you serious?
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Jul 16, 2013
Why is there so much hate for The View all the time? Maybe someone from America can explain, I'm from Australia, and while I'm not an avid watcher of the show (it's just on in the tearoom when I take my lunch break at work) I always quite enjoy it.

I understand that having five middle-aged/ old women talk about their opinions on everything could easily not be to people's taste, but I always find it has a quite fun atmosphere and even has some in-depth discussion on current affairs!

I'm not a huge fan of Barbara or Joy, but Whoopi his hilarious, and so is Sherri (anyone who doesn't think she should be on How I Met Your Mother needs to go and watch her in the role of Tracy's wife Angie in 30 Rock. She's absolutely hilarious and isn't afraid to poke fun at herself, and her character was responsible for one of the best episodes of the show in 'Queen of Jordan').

I don't understand all the Elisabeth Hasselbeck hate either, since I started watching I always found her tolerable and quite respectable despite some of her views. As for Jenny McCarthy replacing her, well she's always been fine when she's been a guest, so I don't particularly mind at all.
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Jul 16, 2013
why is it on TV the autopsy is done in hours yet in real life it takes months!!!!!
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Jul 16, 2013
Because they only have 52 minutes to solve that murder on CSI silly.
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Jul 16, 2013
44 minutes without commercials, and then they also have to have the little character moments.
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Jul 16, 2013
Because TV isnt real life. -_- Tests take time. Not everything is instantaneous.
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Jul 16, 2013
The View is soooooooo irrelevant!
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Jul 16, 2013
You know, Hassleback was stupid (how they couldn't find an intelligent conservative will always be a mystery to me), but McCarthy is dangerously stupid. It's because of people like her that we have outbreaks the likes of pertussis killing babies and young children - diseases no one has seen for decades. ABC and Barbara Wawa ought to be ashamed of themselves. Oh, wait, Barbara's gone after next season, what does she care the damage she leaves?
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Jul 16, 2013
McCarthy her lovely smile hides indeed some very dangerous opinions when it comes to preventive healthcare. I am sorry about the handicap of her kid but she has gone out of her wat to blame somebody besides her lifestyle and in doing so hurting vacination programs that saves a lot of kids from illnesses and handicaps.

That makes it difficult for me to watch anything with her in it.
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Jul 16, 2013
Whoops, Hasselbeck.
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Jul 16, 2013
If Back in the Game gets a full season pick-up I will be shocked; it looked horrid.
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Jul 16, 2013
Thank you! I needed to hear that.
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Jul 16, 2013
The View giving nutjobs a mike is nothing new, but this time, it's gonna wind up killing a few kids. We don't need any more parents convinced to let their kids get measles.
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Jul 16, 2013
It's like How I Met Your Mother wants me to hate it, but they aren't getting rid of me that easily.
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Jul 16, 2013
Haha. I'm in the same boat. Having made it through 8 seasons (some good and some bad), I'm definitely seeing this thing through. Whether it's to disaster or a wonderful ending, I've started not to care at this point.
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Jul 16, 2013
another brainless host for the view... whats new???
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Jul 16, 2013
Cool, another reason to never ever EVER watch The View!!

And I will read every single one of those Veronica Mars books, I AM NOT ASHAMED!
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Jul 16, 2013
Me too, buddy, me too.
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Jul 16, 2013
Wait a second, Tim!

I read that Maggie Lawson will appear in 5 of the 10 episodes already greenlit for production in the 8th season of Psych. This "entire season" nonsense is distressing! And wrong from the quick Google searches I just did. But there is one definite thing that could bring Maggie back for more episodes and maybe even result in a 9th season:

The complete and abject failure of the new ABC series Back in the Game!

I hate to root against Maggie's new show, but this is Psych we're talking about here, so, um, yeah...

NO ONE WATCH BACK IN THE GAME!
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Jul 16, 2013
It's an ABC sitcom, nobody is going to watch it anyway, so that's not really a protest.
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Jul 16, 2013
Done. I will not watch.
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Jul 16, 2013
I read it as she'll only be back for part of the season - not the entire season
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Jul 16, 2013
Which would be the right way to read it. Should I apologize to Tim, or the English language?
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Jul 16, 2013
Tim could have expressed himself better, especially considering that English is the second language for a lot of the readers, also I don't believe he reads comments - so no point in apologizing to him ;)
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Jul 17, 2013
Yeah, screw Tim!
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Jul 16, 2013
Ohhhh.... I wish Psych would never end. I JUST LOVE THAT SHOW.

I am never going to watch Back In The Game !!!!

We want you back Julliet !!!
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Jul 16, 2013
I can't even begin to imagine the adorable/bamf Maggie Lawson, as Juliet, not being in Psych's final season. My brain cannot compute.
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Jul 16, 2013
You don't have to tell me twice!
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Jul 16, 2013
Damn, I thought I wanted to know what Modern Dads was...but Tim was right, I didn't.
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Jul 16, 2013
by now you should know that Tim is always right...(¿?)
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Jul 16, 2013
That's good news for scandal.
And I'm excited for the Veronica mars books!

And I'm still not over the news about Cory :/
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