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... Syfy has given an eight-episode order to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, a reality competition series that will pit 10 "aspiring creature creators" against one another as they attempt to craft the best and most imaginative inanimate creature designs in various challenges. The prize is $100K and a contract working at the world-renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™. Brian Henson—Jim Henson's son and chairman of The Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop—will serve as the series' lead judge. [Syfy via press release]


... Super producer Greg Berlanti (Political AnimalsEverwoodArrowThe Tomorrow People) has extended his contract with Warner Bros. TV through 2018, adding three more years to his original deal. In addition to the two series he's currently got going at The CW, Berlanti has already set up several pilots at various networks for next season. You know what this means: robot. Or possibly an identical twin also named Greg. Either way, the man's work ethic is unnatural and he's making the rest of us look bad. [Variety]

... Hey-o, Kanye West is going to be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tomorrow night, October 9 at 11:35pm. If you're wondering why this deserves a mention in today's News Briefs, go read this little ditty about Kanye's Twitter reaction to a spoof Kimmel did late last month... and then be sure to set your DVR. [ABC via press release]

... NBC is adapting yet another series from across the pond. This time its Andy Samberg's Cuckoo, about a young woman who comes home from a summer abroad married to a hippie moron. The project has received a put pilot commitment from NBC. Original series creators Robin French and Kieron Quirke will be back to write the adaptation. [Deadline]

... In case the Emmys aren't enough, now The Big Bang Theory is being recognized with a special art exhibit dedicated to to the friendship of Sheldon, Leonard, and the rest of the gang. From October 19 through November 10, the Nucleus gallery in Alhambra, California will showcase the exhibit "The Physics of Friendship: A Tribute to The Big Bang Theory." If you live in the L.A. area, there's a free fan celebration on Saturday, October 19 from 7pm to 11pm. And yes, costumes are encouraged. For more information, click here. To preview some of the artwork on display, check out our Tumblr! [Warner Bros. via press release]

... Fox has murdered Murder Police before it ever even aired. The animated comedy will be shopped around to cable networks once more episodes are completed and ready to screen. The series, which originally received a 13-episode order at Fox, centered on an inept detective and his co-workers. Do you think maybe they saw it and realized they already had that series and it was live-action and called Brooklyn Nine-Nine? [TV Guide]

... TNT has ordered second season of its docu-drama series Cold Justice, starring former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they crack cold cases. Apparently it's been doing fairly well for TNT in its Tuesday-at-10pm time slot. [TNT via press release]

... Steve Carell and Shine America are working tirelessly to bring to life an American adaption of Slide Show, which as far as I can tell is just Whose Line Is It Anyway? performed on a set that's tilted at a 22.5 degree angle. Sorry, America. [Fox via press release]

... Don't expect to see Frances McDormand's character Sheriff Marge Gunderson in FX's Fargo. Since the series isn't an exact retelling of the movie, she won't be making an appearance. Bummer. [THR]

... David Boreanaz is refuting rumors that he'll be leaving Bones next season. Booth will be back if the series is renewed, so you can go ahead and delete that Change.org petition you were starting. [Zap2It]


... Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) has joined Syfy’s new series Helix, from Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore. Ryan will play Ilaria Corporation's Chief Operating Officer Constance Sutton. Ilaria is the owner of Arctic Biosystems, the research facility where the series takes place. Constance is said to be charismatic and used to getting everything she wants, no matter the cost. [Syfy via press release]

... Annie Wersching (24) will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Castle. She'll play Dr. Kelly Nieman, a cosmetic surgeon under suspicion for her connection to a murder victim. [TV Line]


... Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner are getting a divorce after 22 years of marriage. I wonder how many viewers that episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians will bring in? Maybe E! can do a special? [E! Online]

... Connie Britton has revealed her magical hair secret! [Huffington Post]

... Michelle Williams took her daughter to the old Dawson's Creek sets around Wilmington, North Carolina. Awww. [US Weekly]

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AIRED ON 12/16/2014

Season 12 : Episode 171

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