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Friday, November 9, 2012
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TV REWIND: ‘Jersey Shore’ Does Good, ‘Downton’ Marks Return, ‘Boy Meets World’ Sequel In Development

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

• The cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore announced it will host a live telethon, entitled Restore the Shore, Nov. 15 to aid the real Jersey Shore, which suffered massive damage from Hurricane Sandy. The contributions will go to Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit that funds reconstruction and design projects.

PBS’s Downton Abbey returns Jan. 6. That is all.

• A sequel to ABC’s ever-popular Boy Meets World that will focus on Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel‘s daughter is in early development at Disney Channel.

• CBS gave freshman series Elementary the coveted post-Superbowl spot this year.

• NBC’s Coming Together telethon benefitting Sandy relief didn’t stand a chance against Malibu Country, the Reba McEntire-led ABC comedy.

SHOW BIZ

• The two-hour series finale of Fox’s Fringe will air Friday, Jan. 18.

Diablo Cody (creator of HBO’s United States of Tara and Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno) is heading back to TV. Cody sold a script, Alex + Amy, to ABC. The show will center on a 22-year-old guy and his older girlfriend.

Sam Mendes and John Logan are teaming up for a vampire-hunter drama set in the 1800s. The show will feature horror favorites Van Helsing and Dr. Frankenstein.

• See ya, Political Animals. USA confirmed that the political miniseries starring Sigourney Weaver will not be returning for a second season.

• The CW’s Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries is set to air Jan. 14.

Neil Gaiman is writing another episode of the BBC hit Dr. Who. His 2011 episode “The Doctor’s Wife” won Gaiman a Hugo Award.

• Burn Notice has been renewed for a seventh season. There will only be 13 episodes, which will allow the series to hit a total of 100 episodes, making it only the third USA series to accomplish this feat.

• The CW’s Nikita is returning to its old time slot of 8 p.m. on Fridays beginning Nov. 30.

• CBS’s NCIS is using NCIS: L.A. to introduce a spinoff, which is not yet titled.

Martha Stewart is producing a lifestyle sitcom about none other than … Martha Stewart. The show will be based on the upcoming book The Tao of Martha and will share that title.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein‘s Portlandia is returning for a third season Jan. 4. Can’t wait until then? IFC will air a wintertime special Dec. 14.

• The ReelzChannel’s miniseries The Kennedys could be getting a sequel.

COMINGS AND GOINGS

Will Champion, drummer for Coldplay, will appear as a drummer on season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Jane Seymour has been cast as BJ’s (Lucy Punch) mom on Fox’s Ben and Kate. Also, David Hornsby (FX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) will appear as a wealthy businessman who capitalized on one of Ben’s (Nat Faxon) ideas.

The Talk‘s Aisha Tyler will guest star as Jake’s (Jacob Artist) mother on Fox’s Glee.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Ben Walker will have the lead in HBO’s Cold War spy pilot, called The Missionary.

• ABC’s Last Resort will feature Sam Page (AMC’s Mad Men) as Kylie’s (Autumn Reeser) snobby older brother.

Peter Gallagher (The O.C.) will guest star in an upcoming episode of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother as Ted Mosby’s (Josh Radnor) former professor.

• Once‘s Glen Hansard will make a cameo on a December episode of NBC’s Parenthood.

Michelle Trachtenberg (The CW’s Gossip Girl) will show up as a guest on CBS’s Criminal Minds in an episode early next year.

HBO’s True Blood‘s Daniel Buran will soon be singing the blues on ABC’s Nashville.

Liza Weil, who played Paris on The CW’s Gilmore Girls, is set to guest star on ABC Family’s Bunheads.

RUMOR MILL

Kristen Bell (The CW’s Veronica Mars) and beau Dax Shepard (Parenthood) are expecting a baby.

• In the constant quest to figure out “Will she? Won’t she?” Britney Spears casually says she will “definitely” be back as a judge next season on Fox’s The X Factor. After all, who wouldn’t say yes to that $15 million contract?

The Talk‘s own Sharon Osbourne revealed she had a double mastectomy last summer.

Mindy Kaling revealed opn TBS’s Conan Tuesday that she casts hot guys for the purpose of making out with them. That’s soo Mindy.

Ryan Murphy teased Glee fans with a photo of Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Brittany (Heather Morris) clad in traditional wedding garb. What’s going on?

• TLC’s Honey Boo Boo Child‘s Alana Thompson adopted a new pet — Nugget the Chicken.

COMING UP

Look out for Fox’s House alumna Lisa Edelstein on the Nov. 29 episode of CBS’s Elementary, entitled “Long Fuse.” (I’m sure it will be a “blast”).

• President Barack Obama‘s right-hand-man Joe Biden will guest star on an upcoming episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Leslie Knope’s (Amy Poehler) dreams are about to come true.

•  The CW’s The Vampire Diaries‘ Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) first kill will have some major consequences.

• Will NBC’s Grimm‘s Nick (David Giuntoli) finally reveal all his secrets to Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch)?

• ABC’s Castle is preparing for a mockumentary-style episode.

• Is Last Resort‘s Sam (Scott Speedman) going to cross the line?

FRIDAY FUN

• For you political junkies out there, here is the election explained in terms of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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