Steve Carell is Leaving The Office

... Michael Scott won't be annoying the employees of Dunder-Mifflin much longer. Actor Steve Carell has confirmed that next season on The Office will be his last. I know I'll miss him when the time actually comes, but with all the bad Despicable Me promos all over the place right now (Carell is the lead voice actor in the film), this news sounds like a breath of fresh air. [E! Online]

... ABC Family is stoked that Pretty Little Liars has become a hit, and now it wants more. The cable network has ordered 12 more episodes of the dark teen drama, giving the new series a full first season of 22 total episodes. The move doesn't necessarily guarantee a second season, but given its success and the network's love for the show, it's almost a certainty. [ABC Family via press release]

... I remember when Janeane Garofalo used to be indie comedy's It Girl. Now she's jumping around from network drama to network drama. The former 24 cast member has signed on for CBS' Criminal Minds spinoff, the freshly titled Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Garofalo will play an FBI agent under the watch of a team leader played by Forest Whitaker. I guess we all have to grow up someday. [EW]

... What the? I don't even... Friday Night Lights is doing okay in the ratings? Apparently it's only taken four seasons for people to realize that this show is pretty darned great. According to NBC, the show has placed number-one in its time slot on Friday nights over the past five weeks. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose to reruns of Wife Swap! [THR]

... The syndication wars are heating up, and the latest shots-fired come from... Oxygen and USA? The two cable networks—which are both part of the NBC Universal (and Comcast!) family—made huge deals for a pair of current comedy hits, continuing the trend of cablers locking up shows years before they'll hit the air in reruns. Oxygen nabbed the rights to sing-song hit Glee, while USA scooped up Modern Family. So this is what cable is going to look like in the future. [Deadline Hollywood]

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