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'Seinfeld' reunion on new Kirstie Alley show

Jason Alexander will join his fellow Seinfeld star Michael Richards on a new TV Land comedy in the works that will star Kirstie Alley as a Broadway actress.

Alexander will guest star as Alley’s agent in Kirstie, a new sitcom that will debut this fall. Richards plays Alley’s eccentric driver.

“It is a strange and wonderful thing to be working on a brand new show yet surrounded by familiar faces and friends,” Alexander said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to a fun and fabulous time.”

The show centers around Broadway star Madison Banks (Alley) whose life turns upside down when Arlo (Eric Petersen), the son she gave up at birth, suddenly appears, hoping to connect after his adoptive parents have died. Rhea Perlman (Cheers) stars as Maddie’s assistant. Kirstie (previously known as Giant Baby) is written and executive produced by Marco Pennette and is also executive produced by Kirstie Alley and Jason Weinberg.

FX cancels 'BrandX with Russell Brand'

FX won’t renew BrandX with Russell Brand but will remain in business with the comedian, who is developing a pilot for the cable net.

Brand X ran for three seasons — or 26 episodes — on FX as a weekly talk show. The season finale aired May 2.

Instead, FX is working with Brand on a scripted live-action comedy that’s loosely based on the comedian’s life — like how Curb Your Enthusiasm is based on Larry David, the network said.

 

'Eastbound and Down' returns for final season in September

HBO will bow the fourth and final season of Eastbound and Down on Sept. 29.

Production on the eight-episode season will start Friday in North Carolina. The single-camera comedy stars Kenny Powers as a former major league pitcher.

The third season concluded in April 2012 and was thought to be its last, though HBO convinced star Danny McBride and executive producers Jody Hill, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Adam McKay to create more episodes of the cult hit.

The upcoming fourth season picks up the action several years later and finds Kenny living the American Dream with his family in North Carolina.

John Oliver talks about hosting 'The Daily Show,' and Dan Harmon's possible return to 'Community'

John Oliver thinks it would be “fantastic” if Community creator Dan Harmon returns to oversee the sitcom’s fifth season. On May 25, Harmon tweeted “Yes yes yes! I’m back I’m back I’m back. You can thank @joelmchale” in response to a fan requesting a “straight answer” as to his much rumored return. Oliver, who played recurring character Dr. Ian Duncan during Harmon’s original tenure at the show, said he hadn’t heard anything on the Community grapevine about the showrunner returning “but that would be fantastic.”

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Showtime cancels 'The Borgias'

Showtime has canceled The Borgias, its period drama that stars Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI.

Season-to-date, the drama has been averaging 2.4 million weekly viewers across platforms. The final episode of the drama from Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) will air on June 16th at 10 p.m. ET/PT. “I never thought I would make a cable series and have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Jordan in a statement. “For a variety of reasons we won’t be doing a fourth season, but, ‘The Prince’ [the final episode], when I wrote it and shot it, did seem like the end of a journey for the family. Whatever bonded them as a family dies in this episode, and the center of the drama for me was always the family.”

Shot entirely on location in Budapest, the series is about the infamous Borgia dynasty and how Alexander VI built his empire by bribing, buying and muscling his way into the papacy. The cast included François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, Sean Harris, Thure Lindhart and Gina McKee.

A 'Gossip Girl' comes to TBS' 'Men at Work': EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr will make her debut on the TBS’ comedy Men at Work this Thursday as Jenny, a newly single knockout who Milo (Danny Masterson) and Gibbs (James Lesure) attempt to win over — in a date-off!

Here’s a sneak peek:

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'American Horror Story': Emma Roberts joins season 3's 'Coven'

Scream 4 star Emma Roberts is the latest star to sign up for the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story—this year subtitled Coven. Roberts will play a party girl named Madison, according to TVLine, which first broke the news.

Roberts will be joining her real-life boyfriend Evan Peters on the series along with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, and Frances Conroy. Murphy has also worked with Emma’s aunt, Julia Roberts, previously on Eat Pray Love and will be directing her in his adaptation of The Normal Heart for HBO.

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Preview new season of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' -- VIDEO

And baby makes … a whole new season of antics for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which returns for its eighth (!!!) season on June 2.

E! is obviously hoping any fresh intrigue over Kim’s life change will help launch a new series at 10 p.m. called The Wanted Life, which follows the U.K. band The Wanted as they live together in the Hollywood Hills and “take on all that LA has to offer.”

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'The Bridge': See the new trailer for FX's thriller set on the U.S/Mexico border

So far we’ve only seen some vague, creepy teasers for FX’s new thriller The Bridge, debuting July 10. The series, based on the Danish/Swedish series of the same name, is about a dead body found on the bridge connecting El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. The murder investigation forces American detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and Mexican detective Marco Ruiz (Demian Bichir) to team up. Watch the haunting new trailer below. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone join season 3's 'Coven'

Ryan Murphy is assembling quite a powerful group of women to round out the cast of American Horror Story: Coven, the third installment of his FX anthology series. The AHS co-creator took to Twitter yesterday to announce that Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone would both be joining the third season, set to debut in October and believed to center around witches. READ FULL STORY

'The Real Housewives of NYC': Season 6 salary dispute nearly over, conversations with cast moving toward deal

It seems the ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City are nearly back in business with cable network Bravo after a salary dispute that threatened to shut down the show as it heads into its sixth season.

Bravo won’t confirm that the deals are done, but sources told EW that the six-member cast — Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan, and Aviva Drescher — will likely sign a deal soon and “conversations are moving in that direction.” Us Weekly is reporting the women have “agreed to return for a sixth season,” while Deadline is reporting that they have signed their contracts.

Few details are available yet, but it’s likely the housewives received pay increases. Early reports from the negotiations hinted that Bravo would possibly more forward on the show without some — or all — of the castmembers, if a deal could not be worked out. The cast was set to begin production on the show’s sixth season last week, but they didn’t show up as a negotiation tactic.

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CeeLo gets his own TBS show

CeeLo Green — last seen donning some crazy clothes and charming the ladies on The Voice in seasons one and two — will launch his own reality show on TBS.

The cable net ordered six episodes of The CeeLo Life, which will follow the performer as he produces, records and performs. It will also focus on his creative partnership with his longtime best friends – Big Gipp, Khujoand T-Mo – as they prepare to bring their hip-hop group Goodie Mob back to the world stage.

The unscripted show will premiere in 2014.

It’s likely NBC would work around CeeLo’s busy schedule, should he decide to return to The Voice next season.

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