News Briefs: Tracy Morgan Signs On for an FX Comedy Pilot

TRACY JORDAN I MEAN MORGAN I ALWAYS GET THOSE MIXED UP NEWS

... Tracy Morgan may be headed to FX. The 30 Rock star has landed the lead role in the single-camera comedy pilot Death Pact. Jordan will play a former-slacker-turned-war-hero who forces his newfound self-help attitude—which involves harsh consequences for failures—on his old friends. [FX via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Animal Planet has renewed its top-rated super-extreme fishing series River Monsters for a sixth season. Maybe in Season 6 the River Monsters crew catch one of those mermaids that the network keeps going on and on about. [Broadcasting & Cable]


SING-SONG SHOW NEWS

... Because you can't get enough of NBC's The Voice, the reality show is getting bigger. For a few days, at least. The June 10 and June 17 editions will be bloated to two hours each in advance of the June 18 finals. [NBC via press release]

... Guys, we're one step closer to ending all this "Who will be the next American Idol judge?" nonsense that has held us prisoner for the last few months. Both Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have announced/confirmed via Twitter that they won't be returning, using the excuse that they want to focus on their music. Suuuuuuuuuure. They'll continue to call each other stank hos in private, though. [Mariah Carey's Twitter / Nicki Minaj's Twitter]


CASTING NEWS

... Season 2 of Netflix's House of Cards is adding a pair to its cast. Mad Men's Sam Page and Deadwood's Molly Parker will join the dirty Washington-set political thriller, but details on their roles haven't leaked yet. Though I think it's safe to say that since it's House of Cards, they'll probably play truly despicable people. [TV Line]

... Just a day after it was picked up to series, NBC's The Family Guide lost its leading lady when Parker Posey backed out. But It looks like Jenna Elfman is in talks to replace her. The permise of the comedy is this: A divorce between a blind man (J.K. Simmons) and his recently re-energized wife (Posey/Elfman) is seen through the eyes of their son. Stupid fact: J.K. Simmons was most recently seen as a health-challenged patriarch on ABC's The Family Tools, and now he'll play a blind man in the similarly titled The Family Guide. That piece of trivia will prove worthless and just take up space in your brain, replacing the date of your mom's birthday. [TV Line]

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Wrong. I can't remember my mom's birthday, how sad is that?

she passed away in 1967...
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I despise every molecule of Tracy Morgan, and if his new character is even remotely different from any of his others, I'll be surprised...and I still doubt it'll be pleasantly.
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JK Simmons will always just be 'Vern Shillinger' to me. He should have gotten a part on his old bosses' new show - Simmons would have been great on 'Copper'. This NBC show sounds terrible without Posey. Jenna Elfman barely registers as an actress compared to Parker Posey.

Hope Tracy's show is more 'The League' and less 'Anger Management'. It sounds like an interesting role for him.
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I never ever liked,(read: really disliked) Tracy's over-the-top characters in 30 Rock and his last couple of movies. They seem forced and dumb, without being purposefully cringy. So, this is good news only if he finally drops the act and does it naturally.
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Can anybody remember my Mom's Birthday?

Jenna Elfman is terrible.
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Tracy Morgan is horrendous
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Noo.. I needed more Parker Posey in my life...
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None of that Tracy Morgan series description made any sense, so it's a perfect fit for him.

The Family Guide will suck and be canceled quickly, Jenna Elfman is perfect for that.
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Tracy Morgan is/was and forever will be, the worst thing about 30 Rock.
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No love for Tracy? Can't argue with that...
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I love Jenna Elfman, but I'm not sure how I feel about Family Guide so...
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I welcome new comedies, especially ones with someone as beloved as tracy morgan when he doesn't say something offensive.

I would love to see parker posey in something on a weekly basis but there's a chance I wouldn't have liked the show anyway so oh well. and I would enjoy the chance to see jenna elfman in something on a weekly basis too, so there's that.

I'd be hard pressed to forget my mother's birthday as it's the day after my own. this has it's upsides and it's downsides. on the plus side It's like the only family member's birthday I remember. on the negative side it seems like my birthday celebrations are cut short since they tend to overlap.
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I like River Monsters, it's very much over dramatised, but good fun. I don't know what's left to catch though after 6 seasons. There aren't that many large species of fresh water fish.
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Wow, first it was Charlie Sheen, then George Lopez, now Tracy Morgan? What the hell is happening to my FX?
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Most epic April Fools joke ever??? Only explanation for FXX, you know it's true.
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They have an awful sense of humor?
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My mother's birthday is September 7th, so I'll have you know I have not forgotten. However, I do not recall the capital of Tennessee...
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hooray virgos!
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