News Briefs: NBC Picks Up Matthew Perry's Go On


... The first pilot to be picked up to series for the 2012-2013 TV season is... Go On. NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the comedy, officially opening the floodgates for networks to start planning their schedules for next season. Go On stars Matthew Perry as a sportscaster who finds solace in a support group after he's dealt a heavy loss. Go On was on my list of 20 pilots I want to see get made, so I like to think I had something to do with this decision. [Deadline Hollywood]


... HBO says it will not produce any more episodes of The Life and Times of Tim, which makes this Tim particularly sad. The animated comedy about the misadventures of a slacker ran three awesome seasons. Quick! Someone send up the Netflix signal into the sky so it can be saved! [Variety]


... According to a study, tablets have become the second-most-popular way to watch TV, beating computers. The most popular way to watch TV is still to stare at television sets in the window displays of department stores. [The Daily]


... Lifetime is not moving forward with the potential series American Housewife starring Melanie Griffith. This is because the project was called American Housewife and starred Melanie Griffith. [Deadline Hollywood]


... The CW's America's Next Top Model has made some big personnel changes. Tyra Banks has fired a trio of regulars: J. Alexander, Jay Manuel, and Nigel Barker won't be back for the long-running series' 19th cycle, as big changes are in store. One thing planned for next season is to redefine "top" to mean "middling." [NY Post]

... Law & Order: SVU has taken a big step toward getting itself renewed. Series star Mariska Hargitay has signed on for a 14th season if it happens. Though NBC hasn't made a decision yet, the show is thought to be a good bet to return. [THR]

... Some guy named Barack Obama (hee hee, what a silly name) will appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday. The late-night talk show will broadcast from the University of North Carolina next week. [NY Times]

... Good news everyone! It's now okay to say that Tatyana Ali, who played the young girl on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is hot without people looking at you like a creep! Ali is joining BET's Second Generation Wayans, a comedy based on the famous comedy family. [Deadline Hollywood]

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