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HOLY SH*T, THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY

... Just a few days after FXX canceled Totally Biased with W. Bell and we wondered whether FX's decision to launch the new network was a mistake, the fledgling enterprise made a pretty baller move and bought the entire back catalog of The Simpsons. They're saying it's the biggest off-network deal in history, and the price tag was an estimated $750 million. Beginning in August 2014, FXX will have the exclusive cable rights to the long-running animated sitcom, and FX's mobile viewing app—the soon-to-be-launched FXNOW—will have the online streaming rights to every one of the show's past seasons (for instance, if the deal started today, FXX would have Seasons 1-24, because Season 25 is currently airing Sundays on Fox). Soooooo, that's a lot of freakin' money, man. [FX via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... If you're a bit confused about where John Hurt fits in with the timeline of the Doctor on Doctor Who after watching "The Night of the Doctor," Steven Moffat has cleared it up in a new interview. In short: Hurt's character doesn't call himself the Doctor, so wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey magic and the other incarnations of the Doctor are still accurately numbered. [Radio Times]

... Klondike, Discovery's first foray into scripted projects, will premiere January 20 at 9pm and air over three consecutive nights. A true story about two travelers heading out west during the Gold Rush, the miniseries stars Game of Thrones' Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and that woman who once dated Ryan Phillippe (Abbie Cornish). [TV Guide]

... The El Rey Network, which I already made fun of last week and have no energy to make fun of today, has announced some new cast members for Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn TV series. Robert Patrick (True Blood), Madison Davenport (Shameless), and Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder) will star as Jacob Fuller, Kate Fuller, and Scott Fuller, respectively. Also joining the cast are Eiza González as Santánico Pandemonium (editor's note: OMG that name!). [El Rey via press release]

... Dear Syfy Executives: I hope this letter finds you well and that you received the care package I sent in the wake of that deadly Sharknado attack. Okay, now that we've got that out of the way, please hear me when I say that no one wants or needs another Beowulf adaptation. Seriously, just say no. XOXO, The Rest of the World P.S. No hard feelings. P.P. S. Did you like the macaroons? [EW]

... This week has been all over the place in terms of late-night news, with FXX's cancellation of Totally Biased with W. Kamau BellComedy Central's axing of The Jeselnik Offensive, and then HBO's poaching of John Oliver from The Daily Show. And now @midnight, Chris Hardwick's latest adventure, has been renewed for a second season on Comedy Central. It will return with 40 more weeks' worth of goodies alongside The Daily Show and The Colbert Report in January. BUT WAIT, because I'm not done yet. Alec Baldwin's new late-night show on MSNBC is being suspended for two weeks in the wake of Alec Baldwin acting like a douchenozzle (again). [THR / Variety]

... Rumors are flying that the AMC's in-progress Walking Dead spin-off will be a prequel of sorts that takes place during the early days of the epidemic. Of course, the series is still in the early stages of development and AMC is refusing to comment, so take from that what you will. [TV Line]

... Just in time for Black Friday, GSN has announced that it's acquired the rights to air the classic game show Shop 'Til You Drop. The show originally ran from 1991 until 2005, but beginning Monday, December 2 you'll be able to watch it weekdays at 4pm and 4:30pm. [GSN via press release]



CASTING NEWS

... Shelley Hennig (The Secret Circle) has been cast in a highly secretive role on Teen Wolf. She'll appear in Season 3B, which premieres January 6 on MTV. This is pretty much the only thing I care about anymore, so if January could get here like right now, that would be great. [E! Online]

... Michelle Trachtenberg's on TV; must be Tuesday! The actress will guest-star on NCIS: LA as Lily, an environmentalist and private chef (LOL) whose world is turned upside down after a home invasion. The episode is set to air December 17. [EW]

... The Mentalist has upgraded Emily Swallow to a series regular before her character, Kim Fischer, even debuts on the series. She was originally only signed on for three episodes, but apparently the producers liked picking up what Emily was putting down. Or something. It's Friday. Just go with it, please. [TV Line]

... Fred Armisen will attempt to add some humor to Super Fun Night when he guest-stars on the sorry excuse for a comedy as Brian Headfoot, the head of HR at Kimmie's law firm. The episode will air in early 2014, because ABC refuses to just cancel the series. [EW]

... Aly Michalka (Easy A) has been cast as a love interest for Amber Tamblyn's lesbian character on Two and a Half Men. Michalka's will play someone named Brooke in two episodes, the first of which is scheduled to air December 12. [TV Line]


REQUIRED READING

... The Wrap did some math and looked at a lot of numbers to determine that the median income of Modern Family viewers is $81,800 a year. This might explain why I don't find Modern Family very funny. [The Wrap]


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 12/5/2015

Season 9 : Episode 12

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*Googles Eiza González* Uhhh.... she seems to be missing... everything Salma Hayek had...

Shelley Hennig is cute as can be, but I hope they don't have her lined up with all the Kitsune rumors, that would seem weird to not have a Japanese girl to play that role.

Woohoo for Aly Michalka! Sooo much hotness there. Maybe after she finishes that measly 2-episode arch on 2.5 Men she can swing over to the Dusk Til Dawn set and just stand in Eiza González place without even asking permission!
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I didn't care much for The Secret Circle, but damn I miss the adorable Diana aka Shelley Hennig! And since I already like Teen Wolf, this is AWESOME news!
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Good. I can catch up on old Simpsons episodes. i'm going to watch one a week. In 24 years I should be through.
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Watching Shelley Hennig put a pizza to her lips is even more awesome than I've been imagining it.
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the whole Simpsons/FXX thing doesn't surprise me.. it's still in the Fox family.

like Amber Tamblyn, like Aly Michalka... hate Two and a Half Men... so no thanks, somebody should give them both better things to do!

more Shelley Hennig is never a bad thing... makes me want Teen Wolf to come back even sooner.
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Oewww great casting news, I'm wondering who Shelley Hennig fromThe Secret Circle is going to play in Teen Wolf... Who could it be?
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'Modern Family' is only funny if you are a semi rich white douchebag.
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I am a poor barely employed but likeable guy and find it funny. Perhaps it's just because I am white.
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That is probably the case. Take pride poor cracker.
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FXX should buy syndication rights to Chuck. It's got that comedy angle to it that they're looking for, and other than Netflix it has no syndication deal yet
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"AMC's in-progress Walking Dead spin-off will be a prequel of sorts that takes place during the early days of the epidemic."

This reeks of milking your cash cow, AMC. Unless this turns out to be drastically different than the original (NOT just another group somewhere living through the same thing) this news will be disappointing.
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It's TV. All cash cows get milked one way or the udder
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What did you expect?
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Moffat can say everything but it's still a retcon.
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shelley hennig on Teen Wolf!!!!!!!!
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Is it really an off-network deal when it's a Fox station buying a Fox show? Honestly, the SEC should step in on this one and call bullshit, it's got to be violating some anti-trust laws somewhere and Fox is publicly-traded. PS - nobody gives a shit about Simpsons reruns, they're on broadcast all the goddamned time.

Oh Moffat, you and your cheaty-weaty bullshitty-witty. Whatever, just don't make Day of the Doctor suck as much as the rest of your mediocre run full of shallow Hollywood writing and little cleverness. But thanks for some 8th Doctor time, that was dope; still bummed no Eccleston though.

Yay @Midnight for renewal. Boo Comedy Central for only being 10 more weeks of a pickup, but I'll take 10 over zero. PS - no more David Spade, he's funny but not fast enough to work here.
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Has anyone heard anything about why Eccleston's such a no-show for Day of the Doctor. It's just wrong!
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I haven't watched 'Night of the Doctor' yet, but knowing that Paul McGann is in that, and that John Hurt, David Tennant and Matt Smith will be in 'The Day of the Doctor', Eccleston's absence as the ninth Doctor sort of becomes very visible, unfortunately.

I wonder if they ever actually asked him to reprise the role, or whether they just decided to ignore him completely?
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Pizzana!!!!!!!!!!!
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And here I was, sure that I was going to be the only one thinking that when I saw the pic. LOL
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That's okay, I don't find Modern Family very funny either. I also don't think Amber Tamblyn's character is very funny either.

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if anyone is interested, here is the clip from the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special that aired last night -
2min 50th anniversary clip
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About ten years too late. They should have tried to score rights to something more modern like Family Guy.
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10 years ago they could have got South Park... when it was good!
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Disagree. South Park is still great and timely as ever. I dare you to watch recent episodes such as "Reverse Cowgirl", "Creme Fraiche", "World War Zimmerman", "Taming Strange", or "Sarcastaball" and not laugh your ass off or not at least appreciate the social commentary. There was a time when South Park didn't even push commentary nearly as much.
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A good time to have FXX.
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If you can find it!
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A Fox-owned cable network gets exclusive cable syndication rights to Fox's most successful show of all-time...slow news day?
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Isn't this like FOX paying itself for its own show?
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Funny how that works out, doesn't it? "Eeeee-xcellent."
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It's big because The Simpsons never had cable syndication before in all its years.
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Which made no sense at all. Why wait to do it when the series is at it's lowest both creatively and numbers wise. Especially when the movie was so good in 2007; that would have been a good time to do it. They wasted years ignoring great profits from cable television.
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They thought they'd be able to get a better deal out of cable stations if and when the series ended. But.....yeah, they've given up on that possibility.
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