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IT'S TIME TO CHANGE YOUR TUX RESERVATION

... NBC is being totally inconsiderate to Garfield and will air the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on a Monday! Monday, August 25, 2014 to be exact. This is causing an outrage from awards-show groupies, who don't like change. The Emmys usually air on a Sunday in either August or September—or rather, they usually air on a Sunday in late September unless NBC is airing them, at which point they usually air on a Sunday in late August, so as to avoid conflicts with football. Apparently the network was all set to move the ceremony up a weekend, to the middle of August, but oops, the Creative Arts Emmys were already booked for August 16, and the Primetime Emmys have to be the weekend after that. So NBC has scheduled them for Monday, August 25—which, while not technically the weekend, is close enough. And football probably won't even start that weekend, so why does it have to be that Monday? Is the network scared of preseason football? This is awfully confusing. NBC sure Britta'd this. Anyway, Monday, August 25 at 5pm Pacific and 8pm Eastern is when the Emmys will take place. [NBC via press release / Hitfix]


BUSINESS TIME

... NBC has ordered a lesbian-centric multi-camera comedy pilot from producer Ellen Degeneres. NBC can't even get its comedies straight! Haha, I came up with that joke all by myself. One Big Happy is about two best friends, one who's a lesbian and one who's straight (is it a guy? is it a girl? I don't know!) who decide to have a baby together, but then things get complicated when one of them finds the love of their life. You know what sounds like a bad idea? Having a baby with your best friend. NBC also gave the thumbs-up to a single-camera comedy called Two to Go from executive producer Jason Bateman. It follows two best friends of the opposite sex as they explore the dating world and their friends insist they were meant to be together. So it's one of those, great! [Variety]

... The Following premiered in its regular time slot last night after a football-boosted Season 2 premiere, and it flibbity-flopped. Episode 2 pulled in 6 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among 18-49-year-olds—a series low that way down from the 4.4 rating it received last week after football. Wow! What a drop. It's almost as if this show isn't actually that good at all! [Variety]

... If you'd rather watch a GOOD show about killers and FBI agents, maybe you should try Hannibal. The entire first season is now available to stream exclusively on Amazon Prime, as the Netflix-Amazon wars heat up. Hannibal's second season debuts on Friday, February 28 (here's the trailer!), so catch up now and as a bonus, get some new nightmare fuel! [Amazon]

... I guess this is a big deal? AMC has announced the theaters that will air the Veronica Mars movie. Good news, Montgomery, Alabama! You made the cut! Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 14, and the movie hits theaters on Friday, March 14. [AMC]

... ABC has renewed Bet on Your Baby for a second season, in case you want to get some added value from the parenthood that everyone said would be "so rewarding." Yes, the show is exactly what you think it is. Parents bet on their babies in gladiator-style deathmatches. [Variety

... The GOP may have scared away made-for-TV biopics about Hillary Clinton, but it can't stop a series about a headstrong female Secretary of State that has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton! CBS has ordered a pilot for Madam Secretary, about a "maverick female Secretary of State," from Homeland's Barbara Hall. Morgan Freeman will executive produce, as if that's supposed to give us any idea of how good it will be. [THR]

... ABC ordered a pilot for Fresh Off the Boat, a comedy about a Taiwanese family of immigrants in Orlando. It comes from Don't Trust the B---- creator Nahnatchka Kahn and is based on Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name. [Deadline]

... CBS has ordered a pilot from Kevin Williamson, the creator of The Following and Dawson's Creek. This one's a drama about stalkers, told from the perspective of two LAPD cops. And I have an opinion about it, want to hear? It sounds stupid! Stalkers? Are we really that saturated with cop shows? The network also picked up a comedy pilot called Save the Date, which follows a 30-something woman who books a wedding venue before she has a groom. Okay, you aren't going to believe this, but I have an opinion on that one, too. It sounds like a really good concept... for about two episodes. [Variety]



CASTING NEWS

... This is a-MAH-zing news, guys. The most excellent Casey Wilson is teaming up with her real-life fiancé and Happy Endings creator David Caspe and will star in Caspe's NBC pilot Marry Me. Wilson will play one half of a young couple that gets engaged but then realizes it's not as easy as they thought. Also, let's use this opportunity to retire "ah-MAH-zing," cool? [Deadline Hollywood]

... The always wonderful Stephen Root (True Blood, Office Space, Justified, NewsRadio) has wigged up for AMC's Revolutionary War drama Turn. The series follows "America's first spy ring," and Root will play a member of the fledgling Committee to Detect and Defeat Conspiracies, which served as the foundation for the CIA. [Variety]

... Chevy Chase has found his next job, and it's totally streets behind. The Community star will drop by TV Land's Hot in Cleveland as a man who goes on a date with Melanie. Hopefully she will get some of his hyper-virile sperm. [THR]


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AIRED ON 8/25/2014

Season 66 : Episode 1

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