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... ABC has ordered a pilot for a sitcom based on the standup comedy of Kevin Hart (The Real Husbands of Hollywood). The untitled half-hour multi-camera series would follow a divorced couple that remains friendly for the benefit of their children. Hart wouldn't star, but he'd play a recurring character. Community producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan are behind the project, which makes the idea stink a little less. But not that much less. [THR]


BUSINESS TIME

... Nielsen Research Media, the company in charge of collecting viewership data for television ratings, rolled out its Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings today. The initiative hopes to put numbers and figures on Twitter chatter about TV shows to provide an estimate of how popular they are on the social-media service. Many see Twitter as a powerful tool in getting viewers to watch the shows people are talking about. The CW sees it as a way out of the ratings cellar. #moreuselessnumbers [The New York Times]

... Is there any sillier business move than to make a television series out of a mid-'80s movie that we've all forgotten about? Then it should be no surprise that the network currently adapting the 1986 comedy The Money Pit for television is NBC. The film starred Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a couple who was scammed into buying a house that's in an eternal state of disrepair. The new version will probably star Sean Hayes as a gay single dad who buys a ranch house in the Hamptons and then gets all flustered when his teenage daughter unexpectedly moves in with him. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox is developing the teen-centered pilot Prodigy from Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody and super-producer Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl). The hour-long series, which I'm guessing is a dramedy, follows a 16-year-old home-schooled girl as she takes the plunge into normal high school and becomes friends with the wild crowd. [EW]

... Jason Gann, best known for wearing a hot and sweaty dog suit on the FX comedy Wilfred, will produce and adapt the Peruvian comedy My Problem With Women for ABC. In the original series, a thirty-something man begins seeing a therapist after all of his romantic relationships fail. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Old Young Blue Eyes himself, Harry Connick Jr., is the centerpiece of a new multi-camera comedy in development at Fox. He'll play a successful musician and single dad who takes some time off to reconnect with his teen daughter. Television, where teen daughters reconnect with their single dads. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TV Land is developing a workplace comedy about a 30-something career woman who's struggling to climb the career ladder among her old-school male counterparts. But here's the gender war twist: Her assistant, a 20-something male, is also experiencing difficulties fitting in with his female-dominant coworkers! The series would be produced by Ben Silverman's Electus production house and written by Frasier scribe Jon Sherman. [TV Land via press release]

... Bravo has renewed its docu-series Newlyweds: The First Year for a second season. Season 2 will follow four new couples as they live their first year as a married couple, so now is the perfect time to pop the question and become a star! [Bravo via press release]

... Travel Channel has renewed four series: Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmerman, Dangerous Grounds, Hotel Impossible, and Mysteries at the Museum. The niche network is also developing Chow Masters, following two guys who travel around the country looking for great comfort food, and The Trip: 2014, a one-hour special exploring the cuisine, the culture, and, regrettably, the kidnappings of Morocco and Spain. [Travel Channel via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... ABC Family is setting up that Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion we've all been dying for, casting Jennie Garth opposite Tori Spelling in the comedy pilot Mystery Girls. The two blondes will play a pair of washed-up former TV detectives who open up a real detective agency in the present day when a victim agrees to only let the '90s TV stars work her case. Pair this with Melissa & Joey and I'll do the rest, ABC Family! [ABC Family via press release]

... Larenz Tate will drop by The Mindy Project, but maybe not as a romantic interest! Instead Tate, who put fear in the hearts of Korean liquor store owners everywhere as O-Dog in Menace II Society, will play a politician running for Congress who has dust-ups with Mindy. [EW

... Jenna Elfman will also guest-star on The Mindy Project, playing a crisis-management expert who "sexually dominates Danny." Finally someone else gets laid by a white celebrity on that show other than Mindy. It looks like it's a one-episode deal. [Vulture]

... Showtime's House of Lies has continued to cement its reputation as a show that doesn't want me to watch it with the guest casting of rapper T.I. for Season 3. T.I., who's also made guest appearances on Hawaii Five-0 and Boss, will take over the role of Marty's friend Dre from Mekhi Fifer, who's leaving the series before shooting a single frame of film. In much cooler news, Daniel Stern (Home Alone) has also booked a guest appearance, as the CEO of a natural-food store. [Showtime via press release]

... This one's for @IndianaMom: Girl Meets World, the Disney Channel's long-overdue follow-up to Boy Meets World, has already killed off a character. The series will revolve around Riley, the daughter of Cory and Topanga, and was initially slated to include her older brother Elliot. But producers have decided an older brother wouldn't work and sent actor Teo Halm packing. Riley will still have a younger brother named Louis, though. Girl Meets World doesn't yet have a premiere date, but the show is expected to debut sometime in 2014. [TV Line]


OH THAT'S WHY IT SUCKED

... Dexter producer John Goldwynn explained why Dexter's titular character didn't meet a grisly end in the recent series finale, even though that's what many people expected (and wanted) to see. "[Showtime] won't let us kill him," he said. Showtime was very clear about that. When we told them the arc for the last season, they just said, 'Just to be clear, he's going to live.'" So instead he boated into a hurricane and grew a beard, taking on the sea with just a knife and the haunting memories of being a serial killer. [Vulture]


GOSSIP GOSSIP GOSSIP I LOVE GOSSIP

... Bones fan sites are going crazy over news that David Boreanaz might not return to the Fox series after this upcoming season. According to Radar Online, Boreanaz is telling friends that this will be his last season of the romantically inclined procedural. And maybe those friends are leaking the information to gossip sites so that Fox will pay the man. Or maybe Boreanaz just wants to do something different because he'll have been on the same show for nine years? [Radar Online]

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AIRED ON 6/9/2014

Season 4 : Episode 13

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