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

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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Si-weet! Duck Dynasty is pure entertainment and a funny show, especially if you have sons like me. ...always up to something! The bonus is the quirky Uncle Si, who antagonizes them in the funniest ways. I'm curiously excited on what the Christmas Album is gonna be like!
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Comes off arrogant of Jimmy Fallon, wait until you've at least held the show for more than few years to positive acclaim before you make yourself the "star". Carson earned that title, you haven't done shit yet, boy (unless you count irritating Capital One ads).

I remember when NBC went whole hog after Stamos for ER, and he didn't shine there, he was dutiful but not standout. Who at NBC after this long still has a boner for Uncle Jesse?

Nice to hear more of the Neptune gang is on board, can't have VM without Weevil.
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'Murica!
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Teen Titans Go! is awesome. Glad it got renewed. Also, I'm glad we have Weevil back but I need Mac. Oh and I would love to see Vinnie and Deputy Leo.
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Yeah Eli is gonna be in the Veronica Mars Movie!!!!!
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- Only when I found out that Thandie Newton is in Rogue did I realize how little work she's had over recent years, at least work that stands out. And I've always considered her an actress who is swamped with work. She is great at what she does and deserves roles in more prominent projects. Rogue isn't one of them. It's a show that tries too hard to be cool but is actually pretty boring.

- Maybe Jimmy Fallon should go with a new name, for example: "The Tonight Show including, but not limited to, Jimmy Fallon" or "The Tonight Show, now with 100% more Jimmy Fallon".
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Veronica Mars without Weevil wouldn't be the same.
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Now we just need Mac
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Thank you, I too hope Mac will return. And Wallace as well.
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Wallace is confirmed already - actor signed up... All awaiting Mac's confirmation...
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Oh and Piz, Madison and Luke too....
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The HBO comedy pilot with the Fallon writers could be good. That guy Bashir was AMAZING on Fallon I thought. All his "Hubble got that" and that preacher thing was pretty hilarious to me. I always want Lorne Michaels to be more with the "Kids in The Hall" style since nothing tops that in my opinion. SNL is always hit or miss but with HBO now I think it could be good with these writer guys.
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Alexander Ludwig looks about five years older than Nathan O'Toole, who played Ragnar's son in the first season of Vikings. I guess some time has passed in season 2.
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Snark aside, it'd be interesting to see sales for Dynasty album compared to some of the past Idol winner albums. Laugh if you want but there's a market for this...scary as it may be...
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I'm so freaking excited for Veronica Mars. I skipped all the depressing casting news. Sorry Tim!
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Weevil! Now we just need Wallace and Mac to join!
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And Piz is back too....
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Wallace already joined.
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Backer spotted^^
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Am I the only one who doesn't find Jimmy Fallon funny? Even when he does do something that should be funny, his delivery and mannerisms negate the laugh factor for me.
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What astonishes me is how bad he still is at monologues, he's not that funny in general but at least he can get a written laugh occasionally in other stuff, but that monologue is so wooden and awkward.
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No you're not the only one who doesn't find him funny. I guess you have to be a pot head or under the age of 25 find him funny
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I'm not a pothead, but I am under the age of 25 and I find him to be dreadfully boring most of the time.
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The rest of the writers doing the sketches / acting in them can be incredible. I know what you mean about Fallon though. I think alone I really would never see him do stand up. He's mainly surrounded by some pretty good writers.
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Is Rogue good? I watched about 30 minutes of the first episode but got bored and turned it off.
Mistake?
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Thanks guys. I think it's a pass. I guess I don't have to watch everything!
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Hehe, I'm in the same boat as you. I tried it out and managed to watch the whole first episode... couldn't bring myself to watch more.
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Rogue was decent. It was defiantly a good first try by DirecTV. Some of the acting got a lot better after a few episodes but some of it seemed to get worse. Besides that it was a entertaining "who done it" with lots o violence and gratnudity.
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Of course they passed on Uncle Jesse the first time. Full House is, quite possibly, the worst sitcom ever created.
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Surely that's a little bit harsh? Have you seen Work It?
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I'd say I find them equally offensive (The Full House characters cross-dressed too).
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