Southland Will Walk Another Beat

... TNT has renewed cop drama Southland for a fourth season, granting 10 more episodes to the show that was left for dead just a few years ago. It's a great win for the critically acclaimed show, which TNT rescued from the scrapyard after NBC canceled it back in 2009. Southland always belonged on cable anyway. [TV Guide]

... Could Mad Men be pushed back to 2012? That's what Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall is pondering. The award-winning show has been stalled by the obstacle known as "contract negotiations," with AMC and creator Matthew Weiner closing in on a deal to bring the show back for two more seasons. But with Mad Men used to a summer launch and April quickly approaching, the time to get this show back on the air in time is quickly running out. Will the show be rushed for a summer launch and be even more boring than it already was? Kidding! I'm kidding! (I'm not kidding.) [Hitfix]

... Greedy NFL owners can't reach an agreement with the league's players, and there's one victim who will suffer the most: HBO! If there is no NFL season next year, HBO will lose out on another edition of Hard Knocks, its sports documentary that follows one team through training camp as players prepare for the grueling season. At the top of the list of teams rumored to be in the running for next year's edition are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an exciting team led by rookie quarterback and savior of my fantasy team, Josh Freeman. If there is no NFL season, I think HBO should just follow football fans around on Sunday afternoons while they cry into their bowl of Cheetos. [NBC Sports]

... IFC has renewed Onion News Network for another season, meaning the faux-news show is the network's third original series to earn a second season out of IFC's first big jaunt into original programming. Previously renewed were Portlandia and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. [TV Guide]

... ABC's Dancing With the Stars returned to fantastic ratings last night, taking advantage of CBS repeats and sucking up 22.3 million viewers and a 5.1 rating. Yes, 22.3 million people** stopped what they were doing to watch Kirstie Alley dance. (**Nielsen Media Ratings are about as accurate as a blind sniper and could be off by as much as 22.3 million people) [Medialife Magazine]

... Former Taxi star Judd Hirsch is joining the cast of Damages as Patty Hewes's (Glenn Close) former mentor. Damages is a DirecTV exclusive this year and is scheduled for a summer launch. [EW]

... The Office has booked both Ricky Gervais and Will Arnett for its season finale, fueling speculation that one of the two might take over for Michael Scott (Steve Carell) as boss of Dunder-Mifflin's Scranton branch. [EW]


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awesome for southland and mad men, ccool. good news all aound
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yay! sooooo glad Southland will be back for season 4!!! it really deserves it, this past season was awesome.
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Good for Southland and its fans, even though I don't watch it. Also please no Will Arnett for the office, I like him but he wont fit. I am so hoping Will Ferrel takes over. Also love Tim's last comment on Mad Men lol, so true. And the DWTS ratings kinda make me want to hurl. Obviously the ratings system is broken.
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Onion News and Sportsdome is simply a riot! Next to Daily Show it is the funniest!
If Gervais comes to the Office I MIGHT watch!!! But the Office has had its time and now move on!!!!!
Dancing with the stars??? ThATS OUR POOR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN FULL GLORY! HOW RETARDED IS THAT!!!
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Ricky Gervais needs to replace Steve Carell!!!! Please reconsider Ricky!

Also, yay southLAnd!
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Always good to hear a show as great as Southland has been renewed.
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YESYESYESYES! SOUTHLAND! HAPPY!
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YEAH SOUTHLAND!!!!
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Great news about Southland it had a really strong season this year. And Will Arnett would make a great addition to The Office. But Surette's comment about Mad Men being boring is a low blow, the show is a slow burner. So he can suck it.
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That's good news about Southland.
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SOUTHLAND!!!!!!!!!!!! YES :D
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great news about SOUTHLAND
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Thanx to everyone for bringing back SOUTHLAND!!!!! its amazing NBC left shows like The Cape and The Event and cancelled this!
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YEah Southland's back for more :D:D:D:D:D
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The last line of Tim's Mad Men blurb made me do a spit take. funny.
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Really happy about the Southland renewal :)!
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Southland!
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As long as The Onion Network News survives on TV it will survive online. But I have a feeling that once the TV show is over so too will be the vidcast. It just won't be worth doing anymore.
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Southland!
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Good news for Southland
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Ricky Gervais already said he wouldn't be interested in replacing Steve Carell. I wish he would though, it would be the only replacement that would actually make the show Better. anyone other than him (aside from unrealistic possibilities like Zach Galifianakis) would just bring the show wayy down.
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Tim Surette is not funny.
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Very excited to see Judd Hirsch getting some action. Love him!
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Ok... that is seriously awesome news. If they go with either Gervais or Arnett as the next boss they're in good hands. Kudos to NBC for actually getting this right.
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I like both Rick Gervais and Will Arnett so if either one of them replace Steve Carell I will be very happy.
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Kudos to TNT for Southland.
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Will Arnett plzkthx. The Office would actually become better.
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Great news for Southland fans!
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gervais and arnett on the office!? totally awesome.
to be honest i just don't know how anyone is going to replace the void that will be left when michael scott is gone... the office is one of my favorite shows and i'm hurting that he's leaving... ricky gervais' david brent on the uk office i felt was a very dark, uncomfortable, disturbing at times humor which is totally different than michael scott so i don't know how that style of humor would fit into things and will arnett would be good as a supporting character but no way he could fill the shoes of steve carell.
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i cannot believe people watch dancing with the stars! i hate american idol but i get why people watch it, the bachelor, again i hate but i understand why people watch it but dancing with the stars is gotta be some joke there is no way people actually take time out of their day and watch this.. pictuing in my mind someone saying "i gotta watch dancing with the stars tonight" and getting excited makes my head want to explode! why not watch clips of "so you think you can dance" on youtube or something, a series that has tons of insanely great talent on it. it's just one of those things i don't get like why justin bieber is famous or why rap music still exists and is popular. i'll go listen to my bloody valentine and write in my journal about this now.
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How weird, but strangely fitting, would it be if Gervais actually took over Cerell's post in US Office?

22 M people is insane - that's like one quarter of all imbeciles in America watching the same show at the same time...
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Southland is probably the best cop show on TV so I'm glad it's getting a fourth season, even if it is only 10 eps. Mad Men can be boring at times but I'm still really looking forward to the next season. As for the Office, god please don't hire Arnett, I cant stand that guy.
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