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'Descendants' costar books ABC comedy pilot

Actress Judy Greer — who costarred in the Oscar-nominated movie The Descendants and does voice-over work for FX’s Archer — will star in and executive produce a comedy pilot for ABC called American Judy.

The single-camera comedy from writing partners Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made of Honor, Leap Year) is about a “cosmopolitan woman gets married and becomes a fish out of water in the suburbs.” She juggles step-kids, a mother-in-law, and the ex-wife of her husband, who also serves as the town sheriff.

Greer last headlined a comedy for ABC called Miss Guided in 2008. Her TV credits are extensive and include roles in Two and a Half Men, Mad Love, and Family Guy.

'Saturday Night Live' scoop: Cast member Paul Brittain to leave immediately -- EXCLUSIVE

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Saturday Night Live viewers will notice one less familiar face on this weekend’s Channing Tatum-hosted episode: EW has learned exclusively that featured player Paul Brittain is leaving the show, effective immediately. A source close to the actor tells EW that Brittain “had the opportunity to pursue other projects, and he and the show parted ways amicably.” The comedian joined the show in September 2010 and performed original characters like “Sex” Ed Vincent as well as impersonations of stars like James Franco (see below).

Reps for SNL and Brittain had no comment. READ FULL STORY

NBC developing 'The Office' spin-off for Rainn Wilson

Now this is a spin-off worth cheering over: NBC is giving consideration to a new family comedy that would feature The Office character Dwight Schrute as a farmer.

Yep, you read that right. Deadline is reporting that Schrute – played by Rainn Wilson — would conceivably return home to the family beet farm and bed-and-breakfast. A backdoor pilot would air later this season and take place at the Schrute Farms. If picked up to series, the show would likely air as part of NBC’s midseason lineup in 2013. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' scoop: Rapper Pitbull courted to play [SPOILER]; plus prepare to meet Rachel's gay dads -- EXCLUSIVE

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Santana (Naya Rivera) has an awfully talented family. EW already broke the news that the Glee character’s mother will be played by none other than Latin superstar Gloria Estefan, but now we can exclusively tell you who’s being wooed to play her brother: rapper Pitbull! Yep, our source tells us that producers are hoping to land the “Give Me Everything” rapper to play Estefan’s son and Rivera’s big bro. READ FULL STORY

'Web Therapy' picked up for season 2

Showtime has announced its pick-up on a second season of Lisa Kudrow’s series Web Therapy. The series, which was adapted from webisodes of the same name, features Kudrow as inept therapist Fiona Wallice, who counsels clients over the Internet. The next season, airing some time in 2012, will include at least 10 half-hour episodes. Which A-listers have signed up for three-minute session with Fiona next season? Meryl Streep, Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver, and Selma Blair, to name a few. Victor Garber, Dan Bucatinsky, and Lily Tomlin will carry on with their regular roles on the show, as well.

Read more:
‘Web Therapy’: Lisa Kudrow talks upcoming guest spots (Rosie! Conan!), today’s season 4 premiere. Plus, EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Conan O’Brien, Rosie O’Donnell make appointment for ‘Web Therapy’
Lisa Kudrow talks ‘Web Therapy.’ Plus, will there ever be an ‘Episodes’ crossover?

NBC buys comedy about the puppets next door

Puppets on NBC? Hey, the fourth place network could do worse: NBC is developing a comedy script with The Jim Henson Co.about a human family that lives next to one made up of puppets.

The project’s called The New Nabors, and its from scribes John Hoffman (Afterlife) and John Riggi (30 Rock). Lisa Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter who serves as CEO of the company, is also an executive producer on the project, which still has a ways to go before (or if) it hits the small screen.

If there a renewed demand for fake and furry creatures? Hollywood will find out Wednesday when The Muppets opens in theaters nationwide. Meanwhile, some of the Muppets and star Jason Segel hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend.

For more:
‘The Muppets’: EW review

SNL recap: Jason Segel hosts

'Arrested Development' officially back! Revived series coming to Netflix

Done deal: Netflix is bringing back cult classic Arrested Development.

The Bluth family’s new comedy adventures will be available exclusively through the video service starting in the first half of 2013. Why, that’s like getting unlimited juice.

“After a long hiatus, I’m dying to finally get back to the narrator’s microphone,” said executive producer and series narrator Ron Howard. “Of all the projects we’ve been involved with over the years, we probably get more questions about Mitch Hurtwitz’s brilliant Arrested Development than any other — everyone, ourselves included, seems to feel like the Bluths left the party a bit too soon. Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, Arrested always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again.” READ FULL STORY

NBC developing future drama about mechanical people

The Stepford Wives meets … Westworld? NBC is developing a new drama called Beautiful People, a drama from Michael McDonald (Mad TV) in which families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population — that is, until “some of the mechanicals begin to awaken.”

The network ordered the pilot from Universal TV ABC Studios. The drama was reportedly developed for ABC a few years back but the alphabet passed on it. 

McDonald has also served as a director on ABC’s Cougar Town.

Jeff Probst's talk show a go for fall 2012

The tribe has spoken: Jeff Probst’s eponymous talk show is a go for fall 2012.

CBS TV Distribution has sold in more than 55% of the country in 16 of the top 20 markets, including NBC owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth and Hartford. The one-hour talk show will cover topics that will range from relationships and family issues to newsmakers of the day.

“Stations enthusiastically embraced our and Jeff’s vision for re-creating the classic talk show,” said John Nogawski, President of CTD, in a statement. “Jeff developed his listening and storytelling skills on the prime-time hit Survivor, and his hosting appeal was cemented on Live With Regis and Kelly and Larry King Live. Jeff has the ingredients to become an instant asset to stations and provide a strong lead in to their newscasts.”

“I’m fascinated with people,” added Probst. “And I love adventure. I can’t wait to bring these two worlds together in daytime, and the added bonus is I get to continue with Survivor in primetime.”

Kelly Ripa re-ups as host on 'Live!'

As Live! prepares for Regis Philbin’s last days as host, the syndicated show has lined up its ducks when it comes to Kelly Ripa. Disney-ABC Domestic TV has signed the popular host to a new deal that will keep her in daytime through 2017. She’s already been on the daytime talker for 10 years.

Once Philbin departs on Nov. 18, the show will go by the temporary name of Live! With Kelly until a replacement for the Reeg can be found. It has already been announced that Jerry Seinfeld will guest host on Nov. 21-23.

In the meantime, Live! has announced the line-up for Philbin’s final week. Funnymen Jimmy Fallon and Don Rickles will kick off the week of  “musical tributes and more” and theme packages will air throughout the week to cover the past 28 seasons of Live!, including Philbin’s top moments and favorite memories.

Read more:
Regis and Kelly: Our Favorite Memories
Regis Philbin says contract squabbles pushed him out at ‘Live!’, eyes return to primetime

Regis Philbin leaving ‘Live! with Regis & Kelly.’ Who should fill his seat?

 

 

 

Mary Steenburgen takes a trip to '30 Rock' -- EXCLUSIVE

Mary Steenburgen will join in on the fun at TGS when 30 Rock returns to NBC’s midseason lineup. (In other words, it’ll return later rather than sooner, dang it; NBC has yet to reveal its premiere date).

Steenburgen will play Charlotte, the highly spirited and attractive mother of Avery (Elizabeth Banks). The multi-episode role should be a gas because the uber-WASP Charlotte butts heads with Jack (Alec Baldwin).

The actress also begin a four-episode arc this Monday opposite husband/star Ted Danson on HBO’s Bored to Death. The role will be a huge stretch for Steenburgen: She’ll play a vocal coach-cum-love interest for her husband’s character George Christopher.

Steenburgen’s starred in this summer’s hit film The Help.

For more:

James Marsden to guest star as … Liz’ love interest?

 

Fox, DirecTV reach agreement: Crisis averted!

It’s over: Fox and DirecTV have reached an agreement for the satellite provider to continue carrying Fox cable changes and broadcast network.

Can you believe all those sensationalistic threats about DirecTV no longer airing everything from X Factor to American Horror Story didn’t come to pass? We sure can. Here was a letter EW.com received a week ago: READ FULL STORY

'Buried Life' guys land MTV development deal -- EXCLUSIVE

We don’t often post development deal stories, but having broken the sad new that MTV’s The Buried Life was getting the ax this week, we wanted to add this feel-good update: Duncan Penn, Jonnie Penn, Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood have signed a deal with MTV’s cross-platform media group MTVX to work on new shows and online projects.

“We were proud of the show we had made, but it wasn’t exactly he show we had dreamed of,” Nemtin said. “So we wanted to work with MTV to develop the next level of Buried Life.” READ FULL STORY

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