Notes of Interest
More Big Love:
HBO has renewed drama Big Love for a fourth season, with production slated to begin later this year for a 2010 premiere. The number of new episodes has not been confirmed, however. But the first three episodes of the current season will air tonight in a three-hour block, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
TBS Extends Order for Meet the Browns:
Following a successful 10-episode test run, TBS will expand its licensing agreement of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns to a total of 80 episodes. A spin-off of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Meet the Browns finished January as ad-supported cable’s top rated comedy in key adult demos, while ranking first among all scripted series with African-American viewers.
Jerry Springer Steps Down From America’s Got Talent:
Citing prior commitments, Jerry Springer will not be returning as host of NBC summer favorite America’s Got Talent. Springer joined the three year-old reality/competition two seasons ago in place of Regis Philbin, who had to step down due to heath reasons (but now also moonlights as host of CBS’ Million Dollar Password). No replacement has been announced.
Paige Davis Named Host of Life for Dummies:
Trading Spaces host Paige Davis has a new gig: host of Life for Dummies, an upcoming new series from A. Smith & Co. Productions that will focus on a wide range of current topics using a studio setting, field pieces and personal testimonials. A. Smith & Co. also produces Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares on Fox, ABC’s recent I Survived a Japanese Game Show, and TLC’s aforementioned Trading Spaces. No network has been announced for the project yet.
Ricki Lake Heads to Charm School:
The upcoming third season of VH1’s Charm School will now be hosted by actress and former talk show force Ricki Lake. The new season begins this summer.
How is This for a Dumb Title for a New Sitcom?:
NBC has finally come up with a name for its upcoming Amy Poehler sitcom: Parks and Recreation, which replaces departing Kath & Kim in the Thursday 8:30 p.m. half hour on April 9. Poehler will play an optimistic town official who turns a construction pit into a park while trying to mentor a bored college intern. Sounds hilarious, doesn’t it?
ABC Pushes Back Start of Cupid:
Cupid, the upcoming remake on ABC about a larger than life character who is sent to earth to bring couples together, will now kick-off on Tuesday, March 31 at 10 p.m. in place of Primetime: What Would You Do? As previously announced, the episode order has been cut from 13 to 7 hours (which is never a good sign, of course).