Rubicon Squashed by The Man

... The illuminati of AMC have decided to hold back the truth! Rubicon has been canceled after just one season of political thrilling and conspiracy theorizing. The show was called myriad things, including slow, intelligent, and downright booooooring, but the reason for its cancellation is obvious. It needed more zombies. [The Live Feed]

... The Simpsons has been renewed. The sky is still blue. The oceans still have water in them. The renewal means the series will hit 500 episodes sometime in its 23rd season. What have you done with YOUR life? [Fox via press release]

... TNT's Hawthorne has a new showrunner: John Tinker has come on board to steer the medical drama starring Jada Pinkett-Smith. Tinker has been in the business for a long time now, and has worked on Chicago Hope, The Practice, and St. Elsewhere. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jimmy McNulty may've finally found his new role. Actor Dominic West, who played McNulty on HBO's The Wire, has booked the lead role in a new BBC drama titled The Hour. The show is set in the '50s at a London television station and has the misfortune of bearing the weight of a million Mad Men comparisons. [Sky]

... After being "real" for so long, Kourtney Kardashian is giving acting a go. The reality star will make her acting debut on the pinnacle of all acting shows, One Life to Live. Sorry, but you'll have to wait until March to see it. Until then, go ahead and give War & Peace a fourth read-through. [E! Online]

... Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on The Munsters, has checked himself into rehab. The 57-year-old has been battling cocaine, alcohol, and pot addictions for 40 years. 40 years! Dude! I say keep going, you're closing in on a record! [TMZ]

... Fox may be planning a replacement for ratings-challenged Running Wilde. The comedy Breaking In, starring Christian Slater, is rumored to be in the running for a midseason slot. The show is a workplace comedy set at an internet security firm and also stars Bret Harrison (Reaper). [Deadline Hollywood]

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