News Briefs: The Duck Dynasty Gang Is Releasing a Christmas Album

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SI-NTA CLAUS NEWS

... Well, I'm officially giving up on life and everything. The Duck Dynasty guys are putting out a Christmas album. And yes, it will be called Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas. It will be released on October 29, giving plenty of time to stuff it in the stockings of your bitchy in-laws. [Great American Country]


BUSINESS TIME

... The Disney Channel is ending Chuck's run of good luck. The kid-focused network has canceled Good Luck Charlie after 100 episodes, with the current fourth season being its last. The show's ratings had been dipping in recent years after a strong start, but Disney Channel is no stranger to canceling its shows around the 100-episode mark, no matter how successful they are. And it also throws puppies in the lake when they stop looking cute. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Cartoon Network has renewed Teen Titans Go! for a second season. The animated comedy series about teen superheroes has done well in its first run, averaging 1.7 million viewers and winning its night among really, really, really young males. [TV Guide]

... NBC passed on Uncle Jesse once, but maybe not twice. Legal drama I Am Victor, starring Full House's John Stamos as a sharp divorce attorney, is getting another shot after not making NBC's schedule this spring. The network has asked for a rewrite to lighten up the tone because they're high on Stamos's star power, with an eye on a midseason debut if all goes well. And this is why NBC is a joke. [Deadline Hollywood]

... DirecTV has renewed its first original drama Rogue for a second season. The series stars Thandie Newton as an undercover cop working in Oakland as she looks to take down a mean criminal. DirecTV has had its own exclusives before, like Damages, but they were imported from other networks. Rogue was built for DirecTV from start to finish. [Deadline Hollywood]

... WEtv has renewed a pair of series: Tamar & Vince and Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best. Look for the second season of Tamar & Vince to start on September 5 and the fourth season of Joan & Melissa in early 2014 if you can find WEtv on your cable package. [WEtv via press release]

... When Jimmy Fallon takes over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, he'll be doing more than just switching desks, he'll be changing the whole damn name of the show! Instead of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the late-night talker will be called The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien used "with" during their time as host of The Tonight Show, but some guy named Johnny Carson went with "starring." Is this an arrogant move by Fallon or just stupid semantics? Let's take it to the people! [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO has greenlit a comedy pilot from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin and produced by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels. The show would star Riddle and Salahuddin as reporters trying to make it in Atlanta. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Francis Capra will be part of the Veronica Mars Kickstarted movie, reprising his role as bad boy Weevil. Christine Lakin will also appear in the film, returning to the role of Susan Knight. Susan was featured in the first season and got pregnant by one of the school's teachers. The movie, which takes place 10 years after the events of the series, is looking at a 2014 launch. [TV Line]

... History's Vikings has added to its cast for Season 2. The blood-and-guts drama has signed The Hunger Games' Alexander Ludwig (he played Cato) and Law & Order's Linus Roache. Ludwig will play a character named Bjorn (of course), who is the son of Ragnar. Roache will play the King of Wessex. [THR]

... Ed Burns will join Frank Darabont's upcoming TNT series Lost Angels. Burns, who wrote, directed, and starred in The Brothers McMullen, will play famous gangster Bugsy Siegel. Also: Robert Knepper (Cult, Heroes) has been promoted to series regular on the show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar will stop by TBS's Sullivan & Son for a guest spot. Nayyar, who plays lady-shy Raj on the CBS mega-super-hit, will see the how the other half lives as a bar patron who fancies himself a panty-dropper. Nayyar's episode will air sometime later this summer. [TV Guide]

... Former Brothers & Sisters actress Sarah Jane Morris has landed a role in A&E's upcoming sci-fi procedural Occult. The series is basically a take on The X-Files, with FBI agents (Josh Lucas and Lynn Collins) investigating cases with paranormal roots. Morris, who also appeared in NCIS, will play the wife of Lucas's character. [TV Line]

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