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Friday, February 22, 2013
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TV Rewind: Timberlake Marks ‘SNL’ Return, ‘Americans’ Renewed, Nielsen Revamps Ratings

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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

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Kevin Hart and Justin Timberlake are set to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Hart will take the stage March 2, the next new episode, whereas Timberlake will host and perform March 9.

• FX has renewed its drama The Americans for a second season. Let’s just hope Keri Russell doesn’t cut her hair and doom it all to hell.

• Welcome to the 21st century, Nielsen! The company says that beginning in the fall, it will begin taking into account online streaming when computing ratings.

• Best news of the week: Kristen Wiig and Seth Rogen are set to appear in the new season of Netflix’s Arrested Development. It’s rumored that Wiig will play a younger version of Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter).

• TBS’s Conan host Conan O’Brien has been tapped to emcee the annual White House Correspondents Dinner. The event will take place April 27 and air on C-SPAN. 


• Don’t expect NBC’s Smash to sing its way to a third season: The drama hit a series low this week, garnering 3.3. million viewers and a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

• HBO is passing on the pilot Criminal Justice, which was set to star James Gandolfini. The drama, based on the 2008 BBC series of the same name, “tracked a person on trial for murder through the court process.”

• Fox’s New Girl and The Mindy Project are movin’ on up — to Thursdays, that is. On April 4, the network will air the comedies after American Idol. However, the move is only temporary and seems to be a trial run for a possible schedule change in the fall.

• AMC is working on a TV version of Nerdist’s celebrity bowling web series. Chris Hardwick, Nerdist’s founder, already hosts The Talking Dead for the network, and the casts of AMC’s Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead have been featured. Now for The Killing?

• Beyonce‘s Life is But a Dream earned the highest ratings in a decade for an HBO documentary, with a total of 1.8 million viewers tuning in for the Saturday premiere.

• TBS’s For Better of Worse is headed to OWN. The network, helmed by Oprah Winfrey, bought the rights to the Tyler Perry comedy and will produce new episodes beginning in April.


• Count this as another nail in the Up All Night coffin: Although his first commitment is to the NBC comedy (should it get picked up for a third season), Will Arnett has signed on to star in Greg Garcia’s (Fox’s Raising Hope) CBS comedy pilot.

• As if I didn’t love this show enough, NBC’s Parks and Recreation will soon welcome guest star Patton Oswalt as “a concerned citizen outraged by Leslie Knope’s efforts to change the horribly outdated charter.”

• NBC’s America’s Got Talent has got Spice Girl Mel B (aka Scary Spice) as a new judge. She will replace Sharon Osbourne.

• Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey may have just ended, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about season four. Lily James, who plays Rose, has been promoted to a series regular, whereas Tom Ellis may be introduced as a new love interest for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). In other news, I miss Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay).

• It looks as though Khloe Kardashian won’t return for the third season of Fox’s The X Factor.The cohost joined last season along with Mario Lopez, who is expected to return.

Jack McBrayer has found his first post-30 Rock (NBC)  job: He’ll play a dentist who becomes Frankie’s (Patricia Heaton) new boss on ABC’s The Middle. He’s expected to appear in multiple episodes.

• CBS’s Stephen King miniseries Under the Dome is hiring Rachelle Lefevre as its female lead. The Twilight actress will portray “an investigative reporter who just moved from Chicago to Chester’s Mill with her husband, a doctor at the town’s medical center.”


Entertainment Tonight has hired Prince Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson’s 16-year-old son, as its newest correspondent. He’s expected to deliver hard-hitting news segments on Miley Cyrus’ hair and Fergie’s baby bump.

Dowton Abbey creator and writer Julian Fellowes says he hopes Shirley MacLaine will return for season four, and he doesn’t have “any plans … at the moment” to write a rumored prequel to the series.

• In other Downton news, Fellowes may eventually leave the drama.

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is feuding with Sony Music creative chief Clive Davis over his new memoir. Team Seacrest?

Up All Night star Maya Rudolph is reportedly expecting her fourth child with director Paul Thomas Anderson. Congrats!


• Here’s your first look at NBC’s Hannibal, which premieres Thursday, April 4.

• In the fifth season poster for Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, star Edie Falco proves to be a real “trauma queen.”‘

• Does anyone still watch MTV’s The Real World? Am I just old? Take a look at the trailer for Real World: Portland.

• Come March 7, we’ll finally get to meet Jeff’s (Joel McHale) dad on NBC’s Community. Check out these pictures of the perfectly cast James Brolin in the role.

• It looks as though Kalinda’s (Archie Panjabi) got some new competition on CBS’s The Good Wife.

• Take a peek at the first poster of NBC’s new The Voice judging panel. Why so serious, Usher and Shakira?


• Congrats on “Tying the Knope,” Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott)! I still have yet to stop crying.

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