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Thursday, November 22, 2012
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TV REWIND: Chase Out Of ‘Community,’ NBC Set To Win Sweeps, Clash Resigns

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip! This week, Carson fills in.

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TOP STORIES

Chevy Chase has pulled out of NBC’s Community — effective immediately.

• NBC is poised to win its first November sweeps in nine years.

Kevin Clash, who puppeteers Elmo on PBS’s Sesame Street, resigned amidst the allegations of having sexual relations with an underage partner.

• Starz canceled Kelsey Grammer’s Boss after just two seasons. 

Jamie Foxx, Oscar winner and star of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Django Unchained, will host the Dec. 8 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live (just as we hoped).

SHOW BIZ

• Discovery Channel canceled its series Dirty Jobs. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

 Brandi Cochran, a model for CBS’s The Price is Right, was awarded more than $7 million in compensatory and punitive damages over claims that producers discriminated against her for being pregnant.

 Looks like Fox is jumping on the “legalize marijuana” bus. The network is developing a sitcom, entitled The Happy Tree, about the hot-button issue. Mark Wahlberg will serve as an executive producer.

• Julian Fellowes, creator of PBS’s hit Downton Abbey, seems optimistic that the period piece will return for a fourth season.

 Despite being canceled, ABC’s Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue are making adjustments to their final episodes to give viewers some closure.

• Judd Apatow’s spec script for Fox’s The Simpsons, which he wrote as a struggling writer, will finally be brought to fruition. You know, now that he’s famous and all.

• Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson and Lorne Michaels are teaming up to develop a comedy for NBC about a guy who leaves his life in New York for the suburbs.

• Lifetime ordered a sexy new docu-series, Double Divas, which will focus on an intimate apparel store in Atlanta.

• Executive producer Carol Mendelsohn (CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) is adapting novelist Kate Braestrup’s Here If You Need Me for CBS.

 Syfy announced its reality competition show about eight-foot-tall boxing robots called Robot Combat League. Yeah, that just happened.

• California Supreme Court denied ABC’s Desperate Housewives alumna Nicollette Sheridan’s unlawful termination lawsuit appeal, leaving the actress ever-so-desperate.

COMINGS AND GOINGS

 Another star from NBC’s The Office will be stopping by Fox’s The Mindy Project. Mindy Kaling’s real-life BFF Ellie Kemper will guest star in the Dec. 11 Christmas episode of the freshman comedy. This news is right off the heels of the other casting news that Amanda Setton has been let go and Anna Camp has been downgraded from regular to recurring on the program.

• Dennis Farina (NBC’s Law & Order) will play Nick’s (Jake Johnson) father on Fox’s New Girl.

 HBO’s The Wire’s Chad Coleman has been selected to play Tyreese on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Hugh Laurie (Fox’s House M.D.) is in talks to play Blackbeard on NBC’s upcoming pirate drama Crossbones.

 Veep’s (HBO) Anna Chlumsky booked a guest-starring role on NBC’s midseason drama Hannibal while Raul Esparza (ABC’s Pushing Daisies) will play the role of Dr. Chilton.

• Brian Dennehy is heading to Showtime’s The Big C for its final season. He will play Cathy’s (Laura Linney) father.

RUMOR MILL

• Good Morning America (ABC) co-anchor Robin Roberts returned home from the hospital following a virus.

• Phillip Phillips, winner of the last season of Fox’s American Idol, dishes on new judge Nicki Minaj.

• Mayim Bialik (CBS’s The Big Bang Theory) announced Wednesday on her blog that she and her husband, Michael Stone, are divorcing.

 Watch Bill Hader dishing about the creative process that goes into creating Stefon of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

• ABC’s The View’s Whoopi Goldberg is under fire for retweeting a tweet about “massacred” Palestinians.

SNEAK PEEK

• Here’s a trailer for BBC America’s Ripper Street, which premieres Jan. 19.

• Check out this teaser for season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which debuts March 31.

• With evil snowmen and a new companion, this promo for BBC’s Christmas special of Doctor Who should get everyone buzzing.

Johnny Depp brings Edward Scissorhands to Fox’s Family Guy in this Sunday’s episode.

• Are you ready for Quinn Fabray’s (Dianna Agron) epic return to William McKinley High School? Check out this picture from the Nov. 29 episode of the Fox’s Glee.

• Isaiah Mustafa (known for the Old Spice commercials) will guest star in an upcoming episode of The CW’s Nikita. Take a look at pics from his episode.

 Can’t wait until January’s season four premiere of FX’s Justified? Here’s a look at Patton Oswalt as Constable Bob Sweeney.

 Jan. 8 is a long time to wait for a new season of Courteney Cox’s Cougar Town, which will air on TBS. This promo will have you cringing and reaching for a Tide to Go.

• This promo for the upcoming season of Fox’s hit reality competition show American Idol focuses on new judge Mariah Carey.

• Here’s a trio of spoilers to get you riled up about this Sunday’s episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

• The poster for NBC’s midseason finale of Revolution hints at the beginning of the “battle for power.”

FRIDAY FUN

• Think you know all of FX’s American Horror StoryAsylum’s nods to classic horror films? Check out this comprehensive list.

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  • renamoretti1

    NBC was so “poised to win its first sweeps in year” that it is now still #4 and poised to drop lie a stone with Football leaving its Sunday Nights…

    NBC is riding being “#1″ in its imagination into nothingness.