TV Nerd News #13
Welcome to, unfortunately, yet another late edition of iGR‘s TV Nerd News! I apologize for this being a day late again but I’ve been a bit under the weather for the past 36 hours and haven’t been able to write. No worries, though, because now that I don’t feel like I’m going to die within the hour, I can bring you last week’s best TV news. Like I mentioned in last week’s piece, since we’re in the dead period of the TV season, there isn’t going to be a lot of news in the coming weeks but this week did feature a couple of big stories that I’ll get to…now!
5/30 – NEW NBC SITCOM THE FAMILY GUIDE TO RE-CAST ITS FEMALE LEAD
- NBC midseason sitcom The Family Guide is looking at bringing in Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) to replace Parker Posey (Louie) as the female lead. Replacing Posey has been a foregone conclusion since the show was picked up so that’s not a surprise. Slightly surprising is the fact that NBC seems to still be high on Elfman who also played the female lead in one last season’s big comedies for NBC, 1600 Penn. There’s no doubt that Elfman is a talented comedic actress but I can’t help but feel that going with a fresher face would’ve been a better idea. Then again, this is NBC we’re talking about so confusing moves is just a Tuesday to them. We’ll see.
5/30 – NBC RENEWS HANNIBAL FOR A SECOND SEASON
- And now here’s NBC making a decision that contradicts the criticism I just made by renewing Hannibal for a second season. There’s been some worry that it wouldn’t be renewed because of its modest ratings and the fact that they hadn’t decided its fate a couple of weeks ago at the Upfronts but NBC did go ahead and surprise everybody by renewing it. I’ve been holding off on watching it because I’m really tired of devoting time to good TV shows, only to have it canceled before it got a chance to grow so this is definitely good news to me. Now I can finally watch the darn thing and (hopefully) be able to enjoy a network drama again.
5/31 – UNTITLED FX COMEDY PILOT ADDS ARCHER VET
- Judy Greer (Archer) is joining Nat Faxon (Ben & Kate) in an untitled comedy pilot for FX, written by Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism). Despite the fact that I’m not quite sure what to make of the fact that the guy that wrote The Last Exorcism is writing a comedy pilot, it’s great news to hear Greer and Faxon are getting work. Both have been unfairly labeled as “show killers” due to their involvement with short-lived network shows but the fact that it’s a cable project should bode well in terms of getting rid of that ridiculous label. Here’s hoping that it gets picked up so two really talented comedic actors can get the credit they deserve.
6/1 – DAN HARMON OFFICIALLY COMING BACK TO NBC’S COMMUNITY
- In last week’s TVNN, I made mention of the fact that Sony had apparently reached out to Dan Harmon (Community) about coming back to the show they basically fired him from about a year ago. Harmon made that rumor official on Sunday when he finally cleared it up on Twitter that he is indeed coming back. It’s unclear what his role will be exactly but the fact that Season 4 showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio (Just Shoot Me!) chose not to return for another season, one would imagine that Harmon will return as the showrunner. No word yet on Chris McKenna’s (Community) status, who was also mentioned as being approached to come back. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of response that Harmon has regarding Season 4, as he has yet to watch it but word is that he could give his thoughts on it as part of the DVD commentary. Whatever the case, Community fans are definitely happy to hear that their crazy cult leader Harmon is back in the fold.
6/1 – TV NERDS RIOT: THERE WILL BE A NEW DOCTOR
- The previous story would’ve normally dominated the TV news cycle but it was upstaged by the revelation that Matt Smith (Doctor Who) will be leaving the show after the next season airs in the Fall of 2014. I mentioned this on Twitter but I’ll reiterate it here: I really couldn’t care less about Doctor Who. That said, I know a lot of people do so I felt obligated to address it in this week’s TVNN. Since the news broke, there’s been a lot of talk about introducing the first black Doctor or even the first female one and while I’m entirely indifferent to the show, it would be great to see one of those barriers broken. Whatever the case, I’m sure the casting of the role will be a huge story whenever they decide on a replacement. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.
That’s it for this week! If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, check out Monday’s FNN and a late edition of Trailer Tuesday should be available shortly. In the mean time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @kyle_igr and the site itself @igresponsibly!