News Briefs: Louie Will Break Until 2014


... In a conference call with reporters this morning, Louis C.K. announced that his FX show Louie won't make its usual summer debut next year; instead, Season 4 will be delayed until May of 2014. The extended break will give C.K., who writes, stars in, and directs the show, more creative freedom and the proper time to deliver the type of product he wants to. And you know what? Maybe a little vacation, too. The guy makes one of the best shows on TV right now, and it's almost all on his back, so go ahead Louis, go to the Grand Canyon or something. [Variety]

... ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager will end after the upcoming second half of its fifth season. All of ABC Family's current scripted shows have The Secret Life to thank, because it was the breakout series that put ABC Family in the business of original programming. The final 12 episodes of the series will begin airing in March. Now Shailene Woodley can be the star she was always meant to be and get a role opposite Shia Lebouf Shia Leboof Shia LaBeouf in something loud and splashy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Also ending is the U.K.'s Shameless, the one Showtime's version is based on, which is calling it quits after 11 seasons. The Channel 4 dramedy will end in 2013. [THR]

... GSN has renewed The American Bible Challenge for a second season. It's a game show that tests contestants on their knowledge of the Bible. I just wanted to let you know that this thing exists. [GSN via press release]

... OMGYRAC! (Oh my goodness your ratings are crap!) Gossip Girl, once the zenith of pop culture and the accidental instructional precursor to Teen Mom, returned for its final season with... 770,000 viewers and a 0.4 rating among adults. You know what the final season needed? More hypersexualized ice-cream eating. [TV Line]

... J.J. Abrams is producing a Fox comedy about some woman's guide on becoming an adult. So I'm guessing there won't be any killer androids, alien overlords, or time-traveling in it? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rachael Harris (The Hangover) and Angela Kinsey (The Office) are teaming up for Dirty Blondes, a comedy at Fox. The series is loosely based on their real-life friendship and focuses on two recently divorced pals. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Speaking of divorce and Fox and adding a terrible idea, Fox has ordered a pilot of the reality show Divorce Hotel. The gross premise features estranged couples staying in a luxury hotel and speeding up their divorce proceedings with lawyers, mediators, and I'm guessing hunky poolboys. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Nickelodeon is bringing its shows to Hulu. Now you have no excuse to fall behind on SpongeBob SquarePants. [NY Times]


... Parks and Recreation is bringing back Megan Mullally to reprise her role as Tammy 2. She'll return in Episode 9 to cause some friction with Ron Swanson's new lady friend. [TV Guide]

... The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco will host the People's Choice Awards for the second year in a row. Willingly. I had no idea Cuoco was a masochist. The more you know... [CBS via press release]

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