SyFy Renews Alphas for Season 2



… Syfy has renewed superhero drama Alphas for a second season. [EW]

… ABC bought a pitch for The Seven Wonders, a "globetrotting adventure" based on the Jack West, Jr. book series by Matthew Reilly. [Deadline]

Jimmy Kimmel opened his show on Tuesday with a 20-minute tribute to his dearly deceased Uncle Frank. Get ready: Here come the waterworks. [EW]

Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma, and Neil Diamond (yes!) are among the recipients of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. Also recognized: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins and singer Barbara Cook. The ceremony airs December 27 on CBS. [EW]


CHiPs star Robert Pine will guest-star as a former cult leader on Parks and Recreation. [TVLine]

Fringe's Observer, aka actor Michael Cerveris, is on loan to another J.J. Abrams TV property: He'll guest-star on an episode of Person of Interest, the upcoming new CBS drama starring Lost's Michael Emerson. [TVLine]

… Skyler Day, last seen in TeenNick's e, will play a love interest to Miles Heizer's Drew in Parenthood's third season. [TVLine]

William Shatner will play a "very drunk driver" on ABC’s Rookie Blue, which is wrapping up its third season. [TVLine]

JoAnna Garcia, best known from her role on Reba, will play a sexy lady on Royal Pains. [TVLine]

Bachelor and Bachelorette host/stooge Chris Harrison will host the Miss America pageant for the next two years. [CBS News]

Eric Winter, who's served stints on Days of Our Lives, Brothers & Sisters, and The Mentalist, has joined the cast of ABC's G.C.B.* [Deadline]
*formerly Good Christian Belles**
**formerly Good Christian Bitches


… The Parents Television Council is upset that a mother dressed up her young daughter as He-Man for a kiddie pageant. [THR]

… Russell Armstrong had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he died, according to the LA County Coroner's office, which has ruled his death a suicide. His family, however, is now saying it's murder. [EW, TMZ]

… It's been a rough few days for Chaz Bono, who's been the butt of bigoted complaints over his inclusion in the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. (Really? Transgenderism is something to boycott?) And his famous mom, Cher, has said via publicist that she won't show up to tapings because she doesn't want to "steal his spotlight." Whatever, Cher. Get your ass over there and represent. [Reuters]

Aziz Ansari is the "funniest man under 30," says Aziz Ansari. But so does Rolling Stone, which the Parks and Recreation actor excerpts here. [azizisbored]

Here is a picture of Justin Chambers with his shirt off from the upcoming season of Grey's Anatomy. McDoughy! (But also McCutie.) [EW]

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