News Briefs: NBC Schedules 30 Rock's Series Finale and Do No Harm, Bumps Rock Center

SCHEDULING NEWS

... NBC has set a premiere date for its schizo doctor drama Do No Harm, and it comes at the expense of Brian Williams. Do No Harm, a Jekyll & Hyde story about a doctor with a nasty alter ego, will take over Thursdays at 10pm starting January 31, displacing Rock Center with Brian Williams to Fridays beginning February 8. The network also announced that the one-hour series finale of 30 Rock will air on January 31. [NBC via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... As we suspected, AMC's The Killing IS returning to television. We think. The latest news is that writers and producers on the show have returned to the writers room to work on a third season, with an eye toward a May launch on AMC. Previous reports about a deal with Netflix are still just that—reports—as no deal has been signed. So to update you, we think that The Killing is maybe coming back again. [Variety]

... Nickelodeon has ordered 20 episodes of Sam & Cat, a spin-off of two of its popular (recently ended) shows: iCarly, and Victorious. Jennette McCurdy will reprise her role as Sam and Ariana Grande will reprise her role as Cat, and the two characters will find themselves living together as roommates and starting a baby-sitting business. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Mob Wives Chicago has been canceled, capiche? [Sun Times]

... Rapper Fiddy Cent is producing the drama Power with Starz. The series focuses on a New York nightclub owner who does some legal things and some not-so legal things. [Variety]


CASTING NEWS

... NBC's upcoming live version of The Sound of Music has found its Maria von Trapp: Former American Idol sweetheart Carrie Underwood has nabbed her first major acting gig in the three-hour event scheduled for late 2013, and will handle the production's spinning and singing and screeching about inanimate natural objects being alive. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is trying to creep in on Homer's property. MacFarlane will lend his voice to the long-running animated program The Simpsons as a man who tries to woo Marge in the episode "Dangers on a Train." [EW]

... Spartacus's Manu Bennett will drop by The CW's Arrow to play... Slade Wilson, also known as Deathstroke! Bennett is best known as the beefy Crixus in Starz's gory period drama. This is some good casting, people! [EW]

... The OTHER grandpa Winchester is coming to Supernatural. Friday Night Lights actor Gil McKinney will guest-star on the CW show as John Winchester's dad, and because MnKinney looks like he's 20-something years old, you know some time travel will be involved. But here's the twist: Sam and Dean aren't going anywhere, their grandpa is coming to them in the present. [TV Line]

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30 Rock was my favorite show!!! Sad it's gone ;(
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Is the US out to rip-off everything that Moffat does? Do No Harm sounds a lot like Jeckyll.
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Very excited to see Crixus coming to Arrow. Can't wait!
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sam and cat? i didn't know victorious is ending as well...
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Keeping with the irony theme, The awesome Kyle Killen's new series Influence has been taken up by ABC. The story is about two brothers a bi-polar genius and a conman, sounds like a hybrid of Awake and Lone Star to me.
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Do No Harm, a series on NBC based on a man living two lives.
It'll probably be really good but then so was Awake and look what happened to that!
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Sooo....why do they think The Killing will do better in the ratings this time? Because I don't think it will.....
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when does "Do No Harm" is going to start ???
why does not NBC bring back Awake ???
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Manu Bennett as Deathstroke = BEST CASTING EVER! I'm actually clapping right now, just as I am writing this down... Seriously. That's how excited I am!
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I might watch Do No Harm after it's been picked up for its 2nd season. The Killing's 2nd season was pretty tedious, so I'll hold off on watching it until in between seasons or holidays, when the shows I actually enjoy aren't on.
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The Killing might get uncanceled!? :O Woo-hoo!
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I'd watch the Killing. They almost ruined the show when made the 2nd season - should have told everything in the 1st one. But then they somehow got better. I love the characters, so bring them back!
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- Manu Bennett on Arrow? That is good casting. While I personally don't really like him, he comes off a little creepy in interviews, it will be great to see him as something else than Crixus.

- Isn't it time to let The Killing be killed? I belong to what seems to be a very small group of people who liked the show, but I do think that if a show is cancelled it should stay that way. Resurrection seems desperate. Are they going to have the same cast? How fun will it be for actors to return to a show that underperformed and got cancelled just to fulfil their contractual obligations? It feels like a step backwards and taking on a failed project. If a friend of mine died, I would probably want to see her again, but the memories would have to do. I wouldn't want her to become a zombie. If she did, I could of course hang out with her, but it wouldn't be a pretty sight. She would just be a rotten, smelly shell of what she used to be and not as much fun. (Is this a terrible analogy?)
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Maybe The Killing comes back as a zombie - but if she's coming back as a breathing, healthy goddess like Damages I wouldn't be ashamed of being seen with her. See, and I even stuck with your terrible analogy!(Not that terrible actually)
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Great, just what the lovely Sound of Music story needed, a country tang.
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I gave up on The Killing after the first season. I don't even know who killed whatshername.
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I miss Rescue me and would loooove for Mike (Michael Lombardi) and white Sean (Steven Pascale) to do something together in character. They had the best chemistry.
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i didn't notice that the 30 rocks going to end this year.
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Oh no, not Rock Center, America was so invested in it airing on Thursdays. Also, America thought it might be a spin-off of 30 Rock because America doesn't have any idea of its existence.
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I've always wondered about John's side of the family. After reading this, I'm excited for this storyline. This news also is leading me to believe that my thoery that John might make an appearance this season is coming true with all the recent mentions of John. Season 8 is on a roll!!
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Man, I don't want to watch Do No Harm, only because of White Sean from Rescue Me. Can't wait for Sam & Cat!!
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Are you kidding? White Sean was one of the best parts of Rescue Me. Very very talented actor.
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omg, I meant Only Want!! I love Steven Pasquale!, or however you spell it
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Whew. I was gonna say....
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I'm not interested in The Killing. Watched the first season but none of the second.
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I think you mean Sam and Dean's other Grandfather. Mitch Pileggi played Samuel Campbell, the boys Grandfather on their Mothers side.
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I very much enjoyed THE KILLING and hope you are right about its return.
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Manu Bennett, eh? Awesome casting, can't wait to see him as Slade. Arrow has yet to disappoint me with it's casting.
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Fiddy Cent. Was that sentence written by Cotton Hill from King of the Hill?
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He's a rapper. I know, it's a stupid name, but the rap field is full of stupid names.
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I know that, but Cotton Hill always pronounces fifty, "fiddy", yet 50 cent does the same thing.
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what the flim flam? when did victorious end???
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are you Bill Cosby? :O
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It got canceled in August.
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