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Friday, August 24, 2012
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TV REWIND: Kimmel Moves Up, ‘Office’ Shuts Down, Oscar Producers Picked

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!

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Jimmy Kimmel is moving up to the big leagues: Come January 2013, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, which currently airs at 12:35 p.m., will begin airing at 11:35 p.m., head-to-head with NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.

• Two years after Michael Scott (Steve Carell) left, NBC’s The Office will be shutting its doors for good at the end of the upcoming ninth season.

• And the job for producing ABC’s 85th annual Academy Awards show on February 24, 2013 goes to… Chicago exec producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. (The duo, who have never before worked on an Oscars show, can probably be counted on to bring back the big musical numbers with which the show was long associated.)

• The 70th Golden Globe Awards will air a little more than a month before the Oscars, on Jan. 13, 2013, on NBC.

• Nine months following Regis Philbin‘s exit from ABC’s Live with Regis and Kelly, Kelly Ripa has a new sidekick. Former NFL player Michael Strahan will reportedly be announced as the new morning co-host on Sept. 4, 2012.

Dick Van Dyke (CBS’s The Dick Van Dyke Show) will receive the Life Achievement Award at the 19th Annual SAG Awards. The ceremony takes place on Jan. 27, 2013, and will be broadcast on TNT and TBS.

• First lady Michelle Obama will make her third appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Aug. 29, 2012.

• The fourth season of Arrested Development will premiere on Netflix in spring 2013 — and fans of the show will be pleased to hear that it may be 13 episodes instead of the previously announced 10.

• Could Kanye West be heading to Fox’s American Idol this fall? According to reports, he’s “on the fence” about joining the series as a judge.

• Season 38 of NBC’s Saturday Night Live will premiere Sept. 15, 2012. The host and musical guest have yet to be revealed but are expected to soon.

• AMC’s The Killing may not be dead after all: Netflix and DirecTV are considering picking up the series and producing new episodes.

• Michael J. Fox‘s new series, a comedy loosely based on his life, will air on NBC and has been given a straight-to-series order with 22 episodes.

• The upcoming season of Doctor Who will debut on BBC America Sept. 1, 2012.

• ABC Family has picked up Bunheads for more episodes, but the network declined to bring back Jane By Design for a second season.

• Bravo’s Work of Art has been canceled after two seasons.

Community has admitted Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) for two episodes this season. He will play Professor Cornwallis, who will give the Greendale gang a few history lessons.

Ciarán Hinds (USA’s Political Animals) has been recruited for the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. He will play the role of Mance Rayder in the upcoming season, which premieres March 31, 2013.

• NBC’s new comedy Go On has landed Michael Vartan (ABC’s Alias) for one episode. The actor will be playing himself.

• The revolving doors of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy have turned once again: Relative newcomer Tessa Ferrer has booked a recurring role on the medical drama for the show’s ninth season. Not much is yet known about her character.

Chloë Sevigny (HBO’s Big Love) will guest star on the upcoming season of IFC’s Portlandia. She will reportedly play Fred (Fred Armisen) and Carrie’s (Carrie Brownstein) new roommate.

Malin Akerman (Watchmen) has been cast as the mother of Tessa (Jane Levy) for at least two episodes of ABC’s Suburgatory.

Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) will guest star in an episode of CBS’s Hawaii Five-0. His episode is expected to air this October.

Dallas Roberts (CBS’s The Good Wife) has joined season three of AMC’s The Walking Dead. He will play a resident of Woodbury, the community overseen by the Governor (David Morrissey), in a role that is not in the comics.

• Fox’s Raising Hope continues to add guest stars: Along with Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) and Wilmer Valderrama (NBC’s Awake), Chris Klein (FX’s Wilfred) will appear in the upcoming third season.

Goran Visnjic (NBC’s ER) has signed on to ABC’s midseason drama Red Widow. As a series regular, he will play a mafia mob boss.

David Costabile (AMC’s Breaking Bad) has signed on to AMC’s drama Low Winter Sun.

Maulik Pancholy will not be returning for the second season of NBC’s Whitney this fall. Instead, he will be reprising his role of Jonathan, Jack’s (Alec Baldwin) assistant, for the final season of NBC’s 30 Rock.

• There’s a new promo for season two of Showtime’s Homeland, and it’s one of the best previews I’ve seen in recent years.

• Although there’s not too much new footage to be seen, a promo for the second season of ABC’s Revenge has debuted.

• The third season of Downton Abbey doesn’t premiere on PBS until early 2013, but two promos have been released to help with the wait.

• The first look at the fifth and final season of  Fox’s Fringe has arrived. The season will begin Sept. 28, 2012.

• FX has released four promos for the new season of Sons of Anarchy. The fifth season of the drama will debut Sept. 11, 2012.

• Five promos for FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum have debuted, and they are all appropriately creepy. The series returns this October.

• The season four posters for Fox’s Glee have been released, reminding everyone that “Sometimes the Big Apple bites.”

• Oscar-nominated writer David Mamet (Wag the Dog) is looking to bring a reboot of Have Gun – Will Travel to CBS. The original series ran for six seasons on CBS, from 1957 to 1963, and starred Richard Boone.


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