Skip to main content

Channel Surfing: Elizabeth Banks Heads to "30 Rock," Tim Minear Gets "Terriers," Anthony Zuiker Tackles "Cyber Crimes" for CBS, and More

Welcome to your Tuesday morning television briefing.

Elizabeth Banks (Modern Family) is heading to NBC's 30 Rock next, where she will recur in "at least four episodes," according to Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello. Banks will reportedly play a love interest for Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy, which begs the question of just how this will affect Julianne Moore's multiple-episode story arc this season. Is there a love triangle brewing for Jack? (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

Whedonverse alum Tim Minear has signed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, where he has been based as a writer-producer for the last twelve years. Under the terms of the deal, Minear will develop new projects for the studio as well as come aboard FX dramedy Terriers as an executive producer, alongside Shawn Ryan and Ted Griffin. Minear's attachment allows Ryan to focus on FOX's Lie to Me and new development. Fortunately, the deal also allows Minear to continue developing Syfy's update of Alien Nation, which hails from division Fox21. (Hollywood Reporter)

CSI creator Anthony Zuiker's latest drama project, Cyber Crimes, has landed a script order plus penalty from CBS. Project, according to Variety's Michael Schneider, "centers on a newly formed government agency that fights the modern onslaught of Internet- and technology-driven offenses." Zuiker will write and executive produce the one-hour drama, which hails from his shingle Dare to Pass. (Variety)

Vanessa William's real-life brother Chris Williams has been cast in a guest starring role on ABC's Ugly Betty, where he will play Wilhediva Hater, Wilhelmina's drag queen impersonator. (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

Kristen Wiig will host NBC's December 17th two-hour Saturday Night Live Christmas special, entitled SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas, which will feature new material with Wiig's mischievous Gilly as well as classic holiday sketches and appearances from Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. (Hollywood Reporter)

TVGuide.com's Joyce Eng talks to 90210 star Jessica Stroup about the breast cancer-related death of Silver's mother Jackie and how it will affect her character for the remainder of the season. "I think the most influential thing that has happened to her through this has been her relationship with Teddy," said Stroup. "She's kind of always been this loner, this old soul. Being able to relate to someone like Teddy, whose mother went through the same thing, just shocks her and shakes her and makes her aware that she can talk to him. And he's different from what she thought. He's caring and actually really vulnerable, so this little spark happens out of nowhere and it's going to develop." (TVGuide.com)

VH1 has ordered eight half-hour episodes of reality series Basketball Wives, which will follow a group of women who are married to NBA players. Series, executive produced by Shaunie O'Neal (who will also star), will debut on March 15th. (Variety)

Production of Season Two of Horne and Corden, the sketch comedy series from Gavin & Stacey co-star Mathew Horne and co-creator James Corden, has been put "on hold" by the BBC. (Broadcast)

Sheri Salata and Erik Logan have been named co-presidents of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions; both will report directly to Winfrey and have been tasked with developing new programming for all platforms and overseeing current programming. (Variety)

Piers Morgan will host TV Guide Channel's exclusive Susan Boyle special, entitled I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story, airing this Sunday at 8 pm ET/PT. (via press release)

Say your goodbyes to The Bonnie Hunt Show now. According to Broadcasting & Cable's Paige Albiniak, the Warner Bros. Television-produced daytime talk show will wrap up its run at the end of the season. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Divorce Court and Judge Alex have been renewed by Twentieth Television through the 2011-12 season. (Variety)

Stay tuned.

Comments

tony libido said…
Lorne Michaels, sociopath. Discuss.
Beatrice said…
Elizabeth Banks is certainly making the guest star rounds but I can see why. She was hilarious on Modern Family and I can definitely see her being a love interest for Jack Donaghy...as long as he doesn't make her look at any baby pictures.

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

BuzzFeed: "The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now"

The CBS legal drama, now in its sixth season, continually shakes up its narrative foundations and proves itself fearless in the process. Spoilers ahead, if you’re not up to date on the show. At BuzzFeed, you can read my latest feature, " The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now," in which I praise CBS' The Good Wife and, well, hail it as the best show currently on television. (Yes, you read that right.) There is no need to be delicate here: If you’re not watching The Good Wife, you are missing out on the best show on television. I won’t qualify that statement in the least — I’m not talking about the best show currently airing on broadcast television or outside of cable or on premium or however you want to sandbox this remarkable show. No, the legal drama is the best thing currently airing on any channel on television. That The Good Wife is this perfect in its sixth season is reason to truly celebrate. Few shows embrace complexity and risk-taking in t

BuzzFeed: Meet The TV Successor To "Serial"

HBO's stranger-than-fiction true crime documentary The Jinx   — about real estate heir Robert Durst — brings the chills and thrills missing since Serial   wrapped up its first season. Serial   obsessives: HBO's latest documentary series is exactly what you've been waiting for.   The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , like Sarah Koenig's beloved podcast, sifts through old documents, finds new leads from fresh interviews, and seeks to determine just what happened on a fateful day in which the most foul murder was committed. And, also like  Serial  before it,  The Jinx may also hold no ultimate answer to innocence or guilt. But that seems almost beside the point; such investigations often remain murky and unclear, and guilt is not so easy a thing to be judged. Instead, this upcoming six-part tantalizing murder mystery, from director Andrew Jarecki ( Capturing the Friedmans ), is a gripping true crime story that unfolds with all of the speed of a page-turner; it