Thursday April 4, 2013

Arrested Development fans, it's time to start the countdown.  Netflix has announced that new episodes will be available on May 26.  All episodes from the show’s upcoming season will be available simultaneously on the 26th, the same strategy Netflix has used for all of its original series, most recently the first season of House Of Cards.

This one came out of left field as Christopher Abbott, who plays Charlie on Girls has been axed from the series after allegedly clashing with Lena Dunham.  According to the New York Post, "Abbott and Dunham began butting heads as the critical-darling series entered production again. 'They’ve just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena,' a source said. 'He didn’t like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map.'"  Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.

A couple of housekeeping items as I've been bombarded with these stories and would be remiss not to mention them.

  • Fallon is officially replacing Leno
  • America's Got Talent is moving from NJ to Radio City Music Hall

Good news for all of us Happy Endings fans.  Word is that if ABC cans the sitcom, USA will be there to pick up the pieces.  According to Deadline, "I hear that Sony TV, the leading studio behind the underrated comedy series, has quietly reached out to a couple of networks, including USA Network and NBC, about the possibility of continuing the comedy there if ABC does not renew it. I hear USA, which has been looking to break into the half-hour original series space, has expressed interest and has had discussions about picking up Happy Endings in case of a cancellation by ABC."

Here's a link with "Everything You Need To Know About This Year's Drama Pilots."

Men At Work AND New York Ink return tonight so plan accordingly.

CBS' new reality series The American Baking Competition was handed a premiere date of Wednesday, May 29 at 8p. Based on the hit UK format The Great British Bake Off, the American series will be hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. The winner will be crowned the best amateur baker in America and win $250,000. He or she will also be awarded a publishing contract to publish their own cookbook with Simon and Shuster's Gallery Books. Hopefully this one is better than The Taste.

TLC has confirmed that the original cast members of Breaking Amish will star in the new spin-off series, Breaking Amish: Brave New World, set to premiere Sunday, May 12 at 10p. In addition, the network has selected a new group of young Amish and Mennonite men and women, who are eager to live a life beyond the limited upbringings they've known, for a second season of Breaking Amish. The series is scheduled to premiere later this summer.  In and In.