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... Let's start this bill off with some quacky news that's sure to ruffle some feathers and leave others calling fowl! A&E's reality series Duck Dynasty returned to television last night for its fourth season and *BOOOOOM* set the cable nonfiction-series record for most viewers ever. 11.8 million viewers tuned in to see the family of bearded yahoos get into hillbilly hijinks, up from the 8.6 million who tuned in for the start of Season 3. I'm pretty sure The Walking Dead still holds the viewership record for cable scripted series, with 12.4 million total viewers. [A&E via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Howz about some USA return dates? White Collar and Covert Affairs return October 17, and Modern Family will make its syndicated debut on USA on September 24. [Deadline Hollywood]

... MTV's The Real World, an unscripted series about drunken buffoonery, misogyny, and fractured race relations, has been renewed for Season 29 (EAT IT, SIMPSONS!). The next round will send seven strangers picked to live in a house back to San Francisco, where the show first filmed 20 years ago. How many upcoming cast members do you think weren't born when that edition aired? Those with better knowledge of the situation than I say this could be the final season of the long-running reality series, following slumping ratings. [Variety]

... Ryan Murphy has let out some details on how Glee will handle the sudden death of star Cory Monteith. The specifics: There won't be many details. Monteith's character Finn won't die from a drug overdose, like Monteith did, and Glee may not tell viewers how he died at all. "Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died," Ryan told Deadline Hollywood. "The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, 'This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.'" [Deadline Hollywood]

... Tina Fey and her 30 Rock friends Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock have another comedy in the works about an all-girls college that admits men for the first time. Several networks are reportedly eying the untitled project. This is the second comedy project from Fey that's drawn interest this week: On Tuesday, NBC bought another Fey-produced idea about a woman reconnecting with her father, though it sounds like Fey will be more involved with the college comedy. [THR]

... Nickelodeon has canceled Wendell & Vinnie, which was apparently a show on Nickelodeon. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Sex and the City creator Darren Star is heading up a project at TV Land. Star will write a comedy based on the book Younger, which follows a recently single 40-something Jersey housewife who pretends she's 20-something and lands a job at a hot publishing company and re-enters the dating scene where hot and horny guys drool all over her. Have fun dying two decades before your future husband, lady! [TV Land via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Josh Gad (1600 Penn's rampaging bowling ball named Skip) will co-star in FX's comedy pilot The Comedians, which marks the small-screen return of Billy Crystal as the lead. Crystal plays an aging and fading comedian (not much of a stretch) who's paired with a younger, hip, popular comedian played by Gad (okay, that's a stretch) on a late-night sketch-comedy show. Seinfeld's Larry Charles is behind the project, which I can't wait to see. [THR]

... Andy Richter (Conan's buddy and the original Cabin Boy) will be making a guest appearance on Fox's upcoming comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine and this is just fine with me! Richter will play a doorman at one of the investigation sites on the comedy about goofy cops. Brooklyn Nine-Nine looks like the most promising sitcom of the fall season. Or at least this guy thinks so, according to the preview he wrote. [TV Line]

... You can expect delays on the set of Eastbound & Down. The revived HBO comedy has booked Lindsay Lohan for a guest spot, in which she'll play the daughter of a character who is getting married in a flashforward. [E! Online]

... Mena Suvari (American Beauty) will head over to NBC's Chicago Fire for a recurring role. In the firefighter drama, Suvari will play a friend of Dawson's who helps Mouch run his campaign for president of the Firefighters Union. And yes, she'll have a steamy thing going with one of the hunks. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CSI: Miami's Eva LaRue will drop by Criminal Minds in the upcoming season. She'll play a character named Agent Mays on the CBS procedural, and to prove it, she posted a picture with Shemar Moore and A.J. Cook on Instagram! Celebrities, they're just like us! [Eva LaRue's Twitter]

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Why, why, why do people watch so much "reality" crap?

Too bad about Wendell & Vinnie. It was actually one of the better kiddie channel shows.

"Have fun dying two decades before your future husband, lady!"
I wonder why people don't say that more when it is the other way around, older men with younger women. Double standards. :P The show sounds terrible though.

Josh Gad makes me want to pass on The Comedians...
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I saw "Cabin Boy" in theaters, it was utterly surreal, and not a credit I'd expect most folks to recognize Andy Richter from. Then again, thanks to Fox and NBC, there are no tv series that folks would recognize Andy Richter from, EVEN WHEN HIS NAME IS IN THE TITLE! Try some marketing, network jerks.

And that's your "rant spun off from a tiny reference in Tim's article" of the day.
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Really enjoyed the first three seasons of Duck Dynasty. Now the storylines seem forced. I'm not surprised that docu-reality shows are to some extent scripted, but its up to the people on the screen to sell it. So far, season 4 premiere, it isn't being sold correctly. Si is still great.
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"another comedy in the works about an all-girls college that admits men for the first time."

Sounds like that FOX show "Opposite Sex" with Chris Evans and Peter Petrelli.
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Woohoo, White Collar! Its been too long with no Matt Bomer on my screen. Hope Price will be reviewing again, I've missed his Matt Bomer photo galleries. #drool
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Which goes to show - never underestimate the stupidity of the American viewing audience.
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God I hope Ryan doesn't screw this episode up. :(
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the Covert Affairs thing seems weird considering it's supposed to be airing up until September 17th..
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I don't know why people still cast Lindsay Lohan.
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Billy Crystal will forever be funny to me. on a different note, remember that time Mena Suvari played a lesbian friend of Claire's on Six Feet Under? Anyone? Well, it was pretty cool. :)
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Ok, I started reading the Duck news with complete and utter distaste, getting ready to hate America, and then Tim's ducky opener had me dying! Bravo, Tim, bravo. As for Lohan on E&B... whhhhhhhy??? Wow, it is difficult to elongate that word.
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Did Duck Dynasty have a duck death cliff-hanger 3rd season finale or something? Wow.

Covert Affairs is already on and according to the schedule I looked at it takes a month off after September 17, so why is that returning in October news?

Think Tina Fey could convince Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari to return to TV (well, Hanks anyway) and do her girls college show?

Wendell and Vinnie was a good, but not great show. It involved a smart, polite, slightly geeky, somewhat socially awkward kid whose parents die. One of them had a brother they made his guardian and he's sort of wild and irresponsible plus is a collector of movie memorabilia like Star Wars lightsabres and such. One episode had Brent Spiner in a story involving Data's contact lense eyes. He has an older sister played by Nicole Sullivan (King of Queens) who isn't too happy he's the one that got custody of their nephew. She's single, so there have been some episodes of her looking for a date. There is also this hot neighbor girl. The show is basically Vinnie trying to raise Wendell to loosen up and be cool and Wendell in return makes Vinnie more responsible. For me, it was a nice, guilty pleasure kind of show, but nothing exceptional. I never did catch what Vinnie did for a living to afford the stuff he gets and you don't see him working unless he made money some other way. Unfortunately, Nick aired episodes almost completely out of order and there are 6 left un-aired. With a little work and better writing, this could have been much better.
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I actually loved wendell and vinny. Only thing I watched on nick. Lol. It was too grown up for nick IMO
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Josh Gad better stick to Broadway. I actually liked him, but after the horridness of 1600 Penn, he might just be one of those poisonous TV actors that destroy their own show. Kinda like the Summer Glau curse.

I watch Glee, but Ryan Murphy is really milking it in with Cory's death. This was like 3rd update on what or what not will happen to Finn without giving any concrete details. Its like he keeps telling people to 'watch and see, watch and see'. I for one just stick to what the actors/actress post themselves because they are more sincere with Cory's death.
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your The Comedians commentary was spot on. except for saying you can't wait to see the pilot, that I don't understand.

brooklyn nine nine has to be successfully funny, obviously but the one with robin williams and Enlisted both look promising as well IMO.
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It so comforting that the other 49 states would rather watch real Americans than some lawyers yuppy bitch of a daughter sit around and fuck athletes.
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Duck Dynasty make me both horribly depressed and irrationally angry. Why, why, why?!
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First off, I'm happy to say I've never seen an episode of "Duck Dynasty". Thank you, thank you. ::bows::
Secondly, I thought Lea Michelle said they were gonna tell the truth and have it be a lesson in the dangers of drugs? Guess that didn't go over well in the writer's room. And to think I was ready to give a kudos to "Glee". I should have known better.
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