Friday May 10, 2013

Stop the presses, Randy Jackson has finally announced his exodus from American Idol.  I no longer watch this show, but Randy got out a couple of seasons too late.  Good riddance American Idol, you had a really nice run.

NBC canceled a number of sitcoms yesterday, including Whitney, Guys With Kids, Up All Night and 1600 Penn.  Sadly, I watched two of those four.  Here's what will be taking those slots:

About a Boy, based on the Hugh Grant movie and Nick Hornby novel, starring David Walton and Minnie Driver. Writer/Executive Producer is Jason Katims. Executive producers are Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jane Rosenthal and Robert DeNiro, from Universal Television, True Jack Productions, Working Title Productions, and Tribeca Productions.

Sean Saves the World, with Sean Hayes. Writer and Executive Producer is Victor Fresco. Executive Producers are Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner, from Universal Television and Hazy Mills. 

The Family Guide, loosely based on D.J. Nash's life, starring Parker Posey. Executive Producer and Writer is DJ Nash. Executive Producers are Jason Batemen and Jim Garavente. From Universal Television and Aggregate Films.

Deadline is reporting that 24 may be making a return to FOX in the form of a short run series.

ABC's The Chew is going primetime with all things barbecue in the Ultimate BBQ Cookout Countdown, airing Saturday, May 25 at 9p. The show's co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz will rove the country from Alabama to San Diego to find the most unforgettable barbecues and cookouts.  Watch for Travel Channel to announce an almost identical show in the not too far distant future.

More from Deadline, this time involving an agency suing a client.  "United Talent Agency wants ex-client Donald Faison to pay up. Seeking $73,000 in damages, the agency today filed a seven claim complaint (read it here) in LA Superior Court against the former Scrubs actor for unpaid commissions. “UTA represented Donald Faison as an actor for nearly a decade during which time UTA negotiated a lucrative deal for Faison to perform on the hit series Scrubs, which he has appeared on since 2001. Faison paid commissions due to UTA through part of Scrubs season 9, and then, for no reason whatsoever, suddenly stopped making payments."  Classy.