News Briefs: Jenny McCarthy Joins The View

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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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