Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TV Updates

I'm here with a backlog of your one-stop nerdy TV news.

Ricky Gervais has a new show called Life's Too Short coming out on HBO, in which he will play a supporting character with co-creator Stephen Merchant. It stars Warwick Davis as a fictionalized version of himself who owns a talent agency for Little People in the film industry. You know Davis best as Willow, the magical dwarf. Season One's guest stars include: Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell and Cat Deeley.

Paul Rudd will oppose Leslie Knope for mayor of Pawnee in Parks and Recreation. Supposedly he'll be a formidable opponent.  Rudd joins with the second-half guest stars Kathryn Hahn and (also new) Carl Reiner, an elderly man who puts his powerful backing behind Leslie, as she reaches out to the old folk of Pawnee.

Durmot Mulroney will guest star for a multiple-episode arc on New Girl as Jess's new older love interest. That's about it...

Emma Stone will guest star on 30 Rock as herself co-starring in a movie with a huge cast produced by the same creators behind Valentine's Day. The movie's title: Martin Luther King Day. Awesome. Andy Samberg (yuck!) and Nick Cannon will also be featured in the episode as part of the movie within a TV show. 30 Rock returns this Thursday, along with the rest of our faves, save for Community. :(  Stone joins the ranks of a slew of guests, including Will Arnett, Liz-Lemon-lover James Marsden, Kelsey Grammer, Denise Richards, and recurring guest Kristen Schaal (of Flight of the Conchords). It should be a strong season.

FOX ordered a pilot from It's Always Sunny mastermind Rob McElhenney. It's called Living Loaded and based off the humorous drunken autobiography of Dan Dunn. Also, be sure to check out his new show Unsupervised, in which all your favorite It's Always Sunny actors will star in and create. It premieres Thursday, January 19 on FX. Perfect replacement for It's Always Sunny while it's off. Too bad their other show never took off, which starred Artemis as Startemis. Now, remember: Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, and Alexa Vega also lend talents to the show through voicing the characters.

Next week on Once Upon a Time, Buffy's Emma Caulfield guests as the Blind Witch from the Hansel and Gretel story. Can't wait for that one.

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