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Channel Surfing: Two More Years for Housewives, Glee Promotes Morris and Rivera, Conan to Appear on Sunday's 60 Minutes, and More

Welcome to your Wednesday morning television briefing.

Deadline.com's Nellie Andreeva is reporting that ABC is said to be considering renewing nighttime soap Desperate Housewives for two more seasons, which would then wrap up the series' run on the network. "There have been indications that ABC may go for a straight two-year pickup, including making deals with key writers on the show. Creator/executive producer Marc Cherry already has a deal in place with producing studio ABC Studios for three more years," writes Andreeva. "If Desperate Housewives indeed ends its run after eight seasons, he is expected to focus on development in the final year of his deal." She also reports that Patrick Dempsey may not want to continue on Grey's Anatomy after next season... (Deadline.com)

Good news for Brittany and Santana. Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that Glee's Heather Morris and Naya Rivera, who play Cheerios/New Directions double agents Brittany and Santana, will be getting promoted to series regulars next season, citing unnamed sources close to the production. A Glee spokesperson had no comment. (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

Elsewhere, E! Online's Megan Masters has an interview with Chris Colfer about last night's episode of Glee ("Home"), in which he attempts to set up his father (Mike O'Malley) with the widowed mother of Finn (Cory Monteith) in an effort to get closer to his unrequited crush. "It's very emotional—probably the most emotional [yet] for Kurt," said Colfer. "Kurt is so strong. He's more concerned with being OK in his dad's eyes than with anyone else. And that relationship definitely gets stronger. Some of the best stuff is coming up for it." (E! Online's Watch with Kristin)

Conan O'Brien will break his media silence since his departure from NBC's The Tonight Show this Sunday when he grants an interview to 60 Minutes's Steve Kroft, set to air Sunday at 7 pm ET/PT, the day after his gag order from NBC expires. [Editor: some have wondered whether the venue was quite right for the youth-skewing O'Brien to give his first interview since the January debacle at NBC, yet one can't help but imagine that 60 Minutes's median age is going to plummet thanks to this interview.] (Hollywood Reporter)

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that Gilles Marini will be promoted to series regular next season on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, according to the series' showrunner David Marshall Grant, who also told Ausiello that Luke Grimes will be departing the series. "There may be an episode or two that some [characters] might not be in," Grant told Ausiello, "but aside from Rob [and Luke], the [entire] cast is returning." (Entertainment Weekly's Ausiello Files)

Michael Ealy (FlashForward, Sleeper Cell) has been cast in a five-episode story arc next season on Showtime's Californication, where he will play a love interest for Natascha McElhone's Karen. He joins Rob Lowe, who will appear next season as an actor hoping to play David Duchovny's Hank in a film. (Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed)

Deadline.com's Nellie Andreeva is reporting that insiders close to the Warner Bros. Television-Charlie Sheen deal are "optimistic a deal would be done within the final week before CBS’ May 19 upfront presentation." Sheen could end up being paid more than a million dollars per episode of CBS' Two and a Half Men, should a deal come together for another season. (Deadline.com)

It's official: Nancy Dubuc will now handle oversight of Lifetime Networks, where she will serve as president/general manager as well as holding the same role over A&E Television Network's History channels. Move was expected as early as February but the network group announced the official news yesterday. "I am incredibly honored to now lead the Lifetime team," said Dubuc. "Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network are two of the most powerful and evocative brands on the media landscape." (Variety)

Doctor Who's Matt Smith will play author Christopher Isherwood in Christopher and His Kind, a 90-minute telepic to air on BBC Two that will recount the writer's formative years when he departed England for Berlin. (Broadcast)

ABC has renewed reality series Supernanny for the 2010-11 season, but it's likely the last outing for nanny Jo Frost, who has indicated that she wants to leave the Shed Media-produced series. "It feels like the right time for me to end my reign as the Supernanny," said Frost. "I've lived out of a suitcase for the past five years, visiting 47 states for the show. It's time to settle down in one place for the time being." ABC, meanwhile, indicated that Frost might be under contract for an additional season beyond the 2010-11 one. (Variety)

Associated Press' Michael Cidoni has an interview with Party Down's Megan Mullally. "I'm really lucky, because Nick and I are homebodies, strangely enough. We're not Hollywood-y at all," said Mullally about her husband, Parks and Recreations star Nick Offerman. "Like I wonder, when I see a reality show that's set in Los Angeles with really tan women with giant boobs that do a lot of drugs. 'Where are they?' 'Cause I've lived there for 25 years and I've never seen them. We have a normal life and we just kind of keep it on the down low." (Yahoo! News)

TruTV unveiled eight new series in development and announced that it had renewed five series, including Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, Black Gold, Las Vegas Jailhouse, Full Throttle Saloon, and Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel. Programs in development include America's Toughest Boss, The Naked Office, Exposed!, Vegas Rep, Limo Bob, Rogue Society, and Ma's Roadhouse. (Variety)

Bill Engvall (The Bill Engvall Show) and Mo Rocca (Wait Wait Don't Tell Me) have been named the hosts of ABC reality pilot Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host, which is set to tape next week. (Variety)

BBC Worldwide Prods. has hired former AMC executive Vlad Wolynetz as SVP of scripted production and former William Morris Endeavor agent Hugh Fitzpatrick as VP of scripted programming. Both will report to Julie Gardner. (Deadline.com)

CBS has announced a return date for reality series I Get That a Lot, which will air as a one-hour special on Wednesday, May 19th at 8 pm ET/PT and feature Wayne Brady, Tim Gunn, Nick Jonas, Wynonna Judd, Jay Mohr, and Martha Stewart. (The Wrap)

Elsewhere at the Eye, CBS has promoted Noriko Gee to VP of programming planning and scheduling, where she will work with Kelly Kahl. (Variety)

Stay tuned.

Comments

Randall said…
I would love to spend an evening with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. They may be homebodies but I'm sure there's never a dull moment between the two of them.

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