News Briefs: NBC Might Shorten Its Returning Comedies


... Just yesterday I made the crazy proposal that NBC actually limit a lot of its comedies to 13-episode seasons, because I'm a lunatic who just makes things up and pretends they make sense. But guess what!? The network actually might do it! According to as-yet-unsubstantiated rumors, NBC is solving its dilemma of "what comedies should we renew?" by renewing lots of them for shortened 13-episode seasons. It's kind of a have-the-cake-and-eat-it-too situation that would allow NBC to air "farewell seasons" for 30 Rock and The Office while simultaneously launching new comedies to replace them. The report also says that Whitney is probably done, Community's future is still up in the air, and Parks and Recreation is likely to return. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Jerry Seinfeld can basically walk into any network, say, "I have an idea for a show," and get it picked up before the gofer brings him coffee. His latest idea is called Comics and Cars, and it's a show about rich comics and their expensive cars. Specifically, it would involve car-lover Jerry and some of his famous friends riding around in exotic cars and making jokes. There are no networks involved with the project yet, but it's looking like it will end up on a cable channel. Seinfeld last tried TV with The Marriage Ref, a clip show of people pretending to laugh mixed with a relationship advice show. [The Daily]

... TLC is getting a lot out of people who don't get any. The cable channel has ordered two more episodes of the special Virgin Diaries, which feature adult virgins on their quest for love. The new installments will follow a Mormon guy who lives in his parents' basement and brings his mom with him to meet girls, and a lesbian Star Wars fan. [TV Guide]

... Moving on from virgins to man whores, Showtime has apparently ordered a third season of Gigolos. The reality* show follows male gigolos around Vegas as they behave like complete idiots. (* = completely fake and made-up) [TV Guide]

... A & E has ordered the reality series Southie Rules, a look at a working-class family in South Boston. [Variety]


... Former Criminal Minds star Paget Brewster will voice a character on Fox's Working Class Hero, an animated program about a superhero dad (Patton Oswalt) who is overshadowed by the other superheroes in his town. Brewster will play the wife, a regular-powered medic. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Matthew Lillard will guest-star in an upcoming Season 5 episode of Leverage. He'll play sneaky businessman who gets what's coming to him. You'll remember Lillard as the guy who played Shaggy in Scooby-Doo or as the guy you haven't heard anything about in a while. [TV Line]

... Rihanna will perform during the American Idol season finale in case you've been brainwashed to like popular music and care about this sort of thing. I only listen to folk-pop from rural China. [Fox via press release]

... Remember that Fox dating show I told you about called The Choice that's a rip-off of The Voice but instead of being about singing, it's about people dating? The "celebrity" men who will participate as the eligible bachelors have been revealed, and excuse me while I go inject some collagen into my cheeks! Singer Joe Jonas, actor Dean Cain, model Tyson Beckford, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, Rob Kardashian, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Pauly D, and others will be picking which ladies they want to take out on the town for an intimate evening of romance and millions of people watching them. [EW]

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