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SHAKE UP AT THE PAWNEE PARKS DEPARTMENT

... Tick two off the Pawnee population count. Parks and Recreation will be saying goodbye to Rashida Jones (Ann) and Rob Lowe (Chris) midway through the upcoming sixth season. No reasons have been announced for their departure, but let's just blame Sean Saves the World. Lowe won't stray too far, though; NBC is apparently working on a development deal with him. [Buzzfeed / Deadline]


BUSINESS TIME

... Celebrity fellas! Go ahead and pop the question, because you have an out! ABC has renewed Celebrity Wife Swap for a 13-episode third season. Look for it to air sometime next year. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Style is bringing back the original Cribs, the '80s and '90s jealousy maker Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Remember, the one where Robin Leach narrated inside looks at how the wealthy live while the rest of us stayed at home and ate Salisbury Steak TV Dinners? The new version will be hosted by Nick Cannon, who is quickly becoming the new Mario Lopez. [THR]

... FX and Paul Giamatti are working on a minseries about abolitionist John Brown. It's early in development, but the idea would be a period piece following a farmer's transformation from veggie peddler to anti-slave activist and his famous assault on Harper's Ferry. Sweet! Another chapter of American History that we can watch instead of read. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime's online service Showtime Anytime, where subscribers can watch on-demand series and movies that are on the premium cable network, now has another trick in its hat other than the ability to magically make Homeland appear on iPads. Starting today, both the East Coast and West Coast feeds of Showtime can be streamed to approved devices, meaning you can spoil Gigolos for all your friends. [Showtime via press release]

... Amazon is producing five more kids' series pilots for its original programming initiative. In contention for next season (Amazon has seasons?) will be Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Grid Smasher, Hard-Boiled Eggheads, The Jo B. & G. Raff Show, and Wishenpoof! Fact: You must be high on LSD to come up with names for kids' shows. [Amazon via press release]

... Syfy is cashing in on the Sharknado craze and has licensed Sharknado-branded merchandise. Expect Sharknado shirts, mugs, bags, calendars, swimsuits, neck ties, bumper stickers, aprons, and more to hit the shelves of novelty stores everywhere very soon. [Syfy via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Danny Trejo (MACHETE!) is taking the cash. The character actor will join FX's upcoming multi-camera comedy Saint George, which stars George Lopez as a divorced Mexican dad who gets rich in business and balances his new life with his roots and blah blah blah. Trejo will play George's uncle. The series is being set up under the same model as Anger Management, meaning that if the initial 10 episodes do well in the ratings, FX will order 90 more. [THR]

... Ghost Whisperer's David Conrad has landed a recurring role on ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There are no details on the part, though, so make something up. [TV Line]

... Barack Obama, yes THAT Obama, will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next week on Tuesday to promote his new movie Grown Ups 2. [NBC via press release]

... Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor never met a guest role he didn't like, and you can see his next one on Raising Hope. He'll play a man who pops up in the lives of the Chance family during the upcoming season. [THR]

... Flight star Kelly Reilly will star in ABC's forthcoming limited series The Black Box. She'll play a brilliant neuroscientist who is keeping her mental illness a secret from her friends and coworkers. Because all lead characters now have to have some type of medical condition, it's a new rule of TV. The 13-episode run starts next year. [ABC via press release]

... Isabella Rossellini will take time off from simulating animal sex to drop by NBC's The Blacklist. She'll play an activist who becomes the target of an assassin who makes his killings look like everyday accidents. I'm gonna go ahead and guess that The Blacklist will be the season's most overrated new show. [The Wrap]

... Brother of Kate and Rules of Engagement vet Oliver Hudson will join Nashville next season because he's a good-looking guy with brown hair, just like all the dudes on that show. Hudson will play a business man who comes to town and probably sucks face with Rayna. [TV Line]

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AIRED ON 5/8/2014

Season 1 : Episode 10

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Oliver Hudson + Nashville? My day just got better.
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"Expect Sharknado shirts, mugs, bags, calendars, swimsuits, neck ties, bumper stickers, aprons, and more to hit the shelves of novelty stores everywhere very soon." If they only would have put half this effort into their actual shows like Alphas, Eureka and Warehouse 13 they might still be on.
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Has Warehouse 13 ended? Oh no I missed that somewhere if it has. :(
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They have been canceled. They are going to get an abbreviated last season to tie up loose ends but it's done.
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Great I was an Alphas, Eureka all the Star Gates, Fringe, etc. fan and now there is nothing remotely sci-fi left.
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Orphan Black and Continuum are solid Canadian imports in the sci-fi department. Over on network, there's Almost Human coming up as well.

I feel ya, though. SyFy has been axing all their good original shows left and right. I miss Alphas especially; it was just hitting its stride :(
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Ann you beautiful useless character, i'm still going to miss you. (But seriously you guys scared me when i saw Ron's picture. Parks and rec can't survive without him).
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Dammit, Jerry!
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What the hell Tim! Two major characters leaving and you put Ron "f*cking" Swanson in the news headline cover? That scared the shit out of me. Ann and Chris can leave. They will be missed, but they don't really "make" the show as far as I'm concerned.
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"Trolling for Pageviews with Tim Surette"
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I looooove Chris :( So sad Rob Lowe's leaving the show :(
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Ann has been an unnecessary character for quite some time now. I honestly can't remember a storyline that was focused on her that I actually liked. Chris has had a few good parts over the years, but once they made him all depressed and talking about his therapist all the time, he became pretty unbearable. I'm glad to see them both leave because it'll open up more screen time for everyone else.
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i'm glad Chris is leaving. his storylines were lit-erally the weakest
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Barack Obama, yes THAT Obama, will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next week on Tuesday to promote his new movie Grown Ups 2.

um, what?
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It's a statement on the absurdity of the leader of the free world going on a low-rent late night chat show that normally has as guests actors who promote shoddy movies.
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ahhh, i get it now. just thought he was to be reporting the tv news...not attempting a comedy career.
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It's legitimate criticism wrapped up in comedy, not unlike a political cartoon.
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i've never liked those
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Sean Saves the World looks horrible, why would that be the cause for their departure...it'll get cancelled for sure.

anyway, i could live without so much Ann, but Chris is awesome!
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I agree with those before me that you are in fact the devil for putting Ron's beautiful mustache picture as the image for Two Major Characters are Leaving Parks and Rec. But it did get me to read this article so well played Tim.
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Here's what Parks and Rec co-creator Mike Schur said about Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones leaving: "We've been working on their (Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins') storyline (on and off) for four seasons now, and heading into this year, with the two of them contemplating parenthood, it felt like a natural time to move them into the next phase."

Haha, Oliver Hudson on Nashville?? It's going to be so weird watching him act in a dramatic role after spending years playing the biggest goofball on Rules of Engagement.
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I have never watched Parks & Recreation but its a comedy I've always been interested in checking out, and all these cast departures/ budget cuts just make me feel sad for the show. Come on NBC! It's your longest running comedy on the air, be nice to it!

I never saw the original Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous but if its anything like Cribs, then I'll watch.

I was hoping to see more drama news from Amazon, not kids shows, but I guess you can't push progress.
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Cribs ain't got nuttin' on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Robin Leach became a hip-hop sensation by simply being a rotund little british guy who would gush over footage of hallways and rugs and chandeliers.
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Another stupid show about George Lopez
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Poor play putting Swanson on the front. I don't even like the show, but I don't want him gone.

Poor play.
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I can't believe you opted for a photo of Ron Swanson as your thumbnail image, when announcing major characters are leaving Parks and Recreation. Curse you for your freak-out-inducing trickery, tv.com, you deceitful deceiving deceivers you!
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Good god, could the show survive with the great Swanson? Don't put thoughts like that in my head.
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"an assassin who makes his killings look like everyday accidents" wasn't that a plot on an episode of Fringe?
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While I will certainly miss both of them, if the show had to lose two characters and continue, these would be the two that I would choose. Ann's loss however will be harder than Chris's, I can't imagine what Leslie will do without Ann.
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Oh, beautiful Ann :(
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Give more screen time to Retta to make up for their absence
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The act of joining the cast of Saint George is below Danny Trejo.
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I don't think anything is below Danny Trejo, has he ever said no to a part?
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I oppose Saint George due to the fact that it perpetuates the stereotype that George Lopez is funny.
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I believe you're sincere and that it wasn't the Evil Monkey forcing you to type that.
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I am really sad that Pawnee will be losing two of it's own but I would rather it be these two than any of the others (except Jean-Ralphio and his sister, they can go. I feel like I am taking crazy pills because everyone seems to love them but me) I always figured Rob Lowe was just a guest star anyway and was surprised he had stuck around this long but I will really miss Anne since she has been on the show from the start and I like Rashida Jones.
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I'm guessing the two will move somewhere else to raise their child?

Parks and Rec is my favorite show and I'm sad to see them go, but if I had to pick two people to leave itd be them. Lowe probably cost a lot so that's a good thing for a season 7
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Rashida Jones is making movies, so I'm not surprised to see her go. I love Ann Perkins, but at times her character has seemed unnecessary. Pawnee will survive without Chris Traeger, too. If they had to lose two major characters, these are the two to lose.
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AND a comic book. That woman <3
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I wonder when Disney will acquire the rights to Sharknado and tie it into Star Wars..the merchandise possibilities are...endless...lol..
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Calling Mark Hamill...
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"An assassin who makes his killings look like everyday accidents." How many writers does The Blacklist have in common with Elementary?
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I guess P&R should be able to weather this (after all Ron Swanson will still be there!) but I hope they will at least add two characters to replace Jones and Lowe.
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I would have thought if any P&R regular was to leave it would be Chris Pratt. He's the one with the rising profile.
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I guess Rob Lowe just doesn't like to stay on any television series for that long.
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What reasons do these two have to leave to begin with? Yeah, Rashida has done some films but it's not as if she's done well enough to leave P&R. Rob Lowe's departure seems crazy considering this may be his best television role ever (sorry, West Wing fans). What's he going to do now, star in cable tv films?
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For all we know, it could have been budgetary considerations on the part of the network and the production company. That was my first thought when I saw they were leaving. And to your other post: Jumping shows before they ended didn't hurt Courtney Thorne-Smith any. Between Melrose Place, Ally MacBeal, and According to Jim, how many consecutive seasons was she on TV? And she's probably the best known of the original Melrose Place cast members (with the possible exception of Heather Locklear).
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other post?
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The post just above the one I applied to that begins "I guess Rob Lowe just doesn't like..."?
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I am not upset about that P&R news. Could've been a lot worse!
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Rashida Jones hasn't been necessary on the show since Chris Pratt fully got over her, and Leslie found love. Any screen time she's gotten the last couple seasons has just felt like a waste. Only funny thing I remember her doing lately was the "...talk like a pittsburgh pirate day... how. and why?" line. Watching her parade around new boy-toys and talk about getting a baby without a baby daddy was painful.

I do like Rob Lowe's character, just for his odd demeanor, but losing him won't hit too hard. He's pretty much served his purpose by now.

As long as we keep the parks department in tact other than them the show will do just fine.
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DON"T EVER put a picture of RON SWANSON on the home page icon for an article and have it say "Major Characters are Leaving". Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are expendable, Ron Swanson, Tom, and of course Leslie are indispensable characters.
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I don't dislike Rob/Chris so that won't be a big deal to me but Rashida/Anne is a pretty central part to the show if for no other reason than Leslie needs that gal pal.. they never really gave her any other reason to be there, so that's the show's fault. I almost feel like Chris Pratt and Aubrey Plaza may leave eventually too since they're getting more recognition lately. personally I'd rather Aziz Ansari leave, I've NEVER liked Tom.
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NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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As long as Aubrey Plaza is still there I am good.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm upset.
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Let's be honest... Ann Perkins has *literally* had no reason for being on the show for multiple seasons now.

And Chris Traeger has had a few moments, but shouldn't Rob Lowe have his own show? He was great on The West Wing, so how has no one written some sort of disgraced politician role for him? "Carlos Danger," next fall on NBC.
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He did have his own show -Dr Vegas- and it was poor
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Still, it's been a while now. I think Christian Slater has had 3 TV shows canceled in the interim.
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I think Rob Lowe is best in supporting roles - comedy or drama. Plus he is in the mini series "To Apppomattox" which will be out later this year
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We can do without the health nut guy, but what will Leslie do without her best friend?
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I do think P&R will be able to stay pretty strong without Ann and Chris, but this is still pretty sad news.

I think it's fine that Amazon is trying to make a solid set of children's shows, but if they want to go up against Netflix, they really need a broader variety, not to mention quality shows...
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