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Channel Surfing: Bones' Bad Guy and Romance, Idol Rumors, Sera Gamble Talks Supernatural's New Season, and More

Welcome to your Tuesday morning television briefing.

SPOILER! TV Guide Magazine's Will Keck talks to Bones creator Hart Hanson and series lead Emily Deschanel about Season Six's new recurring baddie, a serial killer that will torment the team and who just happens to be a sniper. Huh, just like David Boreanaz's Booth was before the series began. "You have to be incredibly cold and calculated to be a sniper," said Deschanel, who hinted that one of the interns will be felled by the sniper's bullets. "I don't want anyone to die." Meanwhile, look for the fourth episode of the season to take a weird turn. "It will appear to Brennan that she is solving her own murder," Hanson told Keck. "She is looking at a body and slowly realizes it's her, which leads her to rethink her entire life.... She'll try to keep it hidden from Booth for as long as she can, and will ultimately change how she approaches him." As for their relationship, Deschanel says that Brennan may have changed her mind: "She's had a lot of time to think in the Maluku Islands and contemplate her future, and I think she regrets having said 'no' to Booth... I think him having a new girlfriend will complicate that, but she loves him and wants him to be happy." (TV Guide Magazine)

FOX's Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly were very close-lipped about the ongoing discussions going on behind the scenes at American Idol yesterday during the executive session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour and refused to comment or "speculate" on anyone's participation, including Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. "The only thing that's for sure is Ryan [Seacrest]," Jackson told E! Online. "Nothing has been decided." Which would seem to fit with what Rice and Reilly were saying yesterday as well. (E! Online's Watch with Kristin)

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd is reporting that Steven Tyler is making claims saying that he's received an offer to join the judges table on Idol but questions some of the details of his statement, made on the radio yesterday. "This beautiful girl from Fox came up to me and made an offer. I honored her offer… and it's just a work in progress," said Tyler. "They mentioned it and I listened, and we're on tour, so I gotta give it some time." So, uh, there. Hibberd wonders specifically about that "beautiful girl" comment as the interested parties at FOX who would be making overtures to Tyler would most likely be Rice or Mike Darnell. (Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed)

The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan talks to newly installed Supernatural showrunner Sera Gamble about the sixth season of the supernatural drama, launching this fall on the CW, and the two talk about the tone of the sixth season, the returning guest stars, and that season-long story arc that will be played out behind the monsters-of-the-week format. "If you think of L.A. Confidential, if you think about Sam and Dean together being like a Bud White or being like a Bud White…. Bud White beats people up. He has anger management problems. He drinks too much. But he's a hero. The fact that he is moral is a problem. The other sort of hero in that story has a sort of moral relativism," Gamble told Ryan about next season's moral complexity. "There are a lot of shades of gray that we're playing with this season, in terms of the kind of heroes we're interested in." (Chicago Tribune's The Watcher)

Sara Rue (Eastwick) will serve as the host of the CW's midseason reality series Shedding for the Wedding, in which ten overweight couples "live together and battle during a three-month period for the wedding of their dreams." (Hollywood Reporter)

Deadline's Nellie Andreeva is reporting that Fiona Gubelmann (Knight Rider) has been cast as the female lead in FX comedy pilot Wilfred, where she will star opposite Jason Gann and Elijah Wood. Elsewhere, Malcolm-Jamal Warner will star opposite Tracee Ellis Ross in BET comedy pilot Reed Between the Lines, where he will play Ross' character's husband. (Deadline)

Janeane Garofalo and Russ Tamblyn will guest star in IFC's The Incredibly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, which stars David Cross, who also wrote the six-episodes comedy, slated to launch Stateside on October 1st. (Hollywood Reporter)

MTV has renewed comedy The Hard Times of RJ Berger for a second season. (Variety)

The two-hour series premiere of Rubicon landed the best numbers yet for an original drama series premiere on AMC, drawing 2.5 million viewers. "With [the] premiere of Rubicon, AMC is now three for three with our original series," said Charlie Collier, AMC's president/general manager. "Rubicon joins our hit series Mad Men and Breaking Bad -- cementing AMC's Sunday night as the place to go for premium programming on basic cable." (Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed)

Ricky Gervais is set to return to The Simpsons for an episode in which he'll play himself that is set to air in early 2011. Other guest stars lined up for the 22nd season of The Simpsons include Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Laurie, and Halle Berry. (BBC)

Disney XD has ordered a third season of comedy Zeke and Luther. Production is expected to begin this fall. (Deadline)

Stay tuned.


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