• NBC orders 22 episodes of Michael J. Fox comedy series

    NBC has dibs on the Michael J. Fox sitcom networks were fighting over last week. The project has Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development, Cougartown) on board as writer and Will Gluck (Easy A) as executive producer and director so it’s understandable that such a comedic powerhouse would highly sought . The Hollywood Reporter says NBC has gone ahead and ordered 22 episodes of the single camera series which is aimed to premiere Fall 2013. They

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    Jimmy Kimmel set to square off against Jay Leno and David Letterman

    As the only network that’s seen an increase in late night talk show viewership this year, ABC has, for good reason, a lot of confidence in Jimmy Kimmel. So much, in fact, they’re repositioning Jimmy Kimmel Live in their schedule so that it faces off directly against the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. Starting Jan. 8, JKL will leave its current

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    Jay Leno addresses Tonight Show layoffs: ‘I KNEW something was going on’ (Video)

    On last night’s Tonight Show, Jay Leno didn’t hide from the fact that 20 staffers were laid off from the show on Friday. Instead, he opened his monologue with a series of quips about it. “Welcome to The Tonight Show, or as Comcast calls us, The Expendables!” Leno announced. “As you may have heard, our parent company has downsized The Tonight Show. And we’ve consistently been No. 1 in the

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    The upcoming season of The Office will be its last

    After the conclusion of its ninth season this year, The Office will be gone forever. Though the show will be missed, after the departure of Steve Carell (included in the photo above) and plummeting ratings, it’s time for the show to go gracefully. And The Office showrunner through its first five seasons, Greg Daniels has returned for the final season in place of Paul Liberstein. “This year feels like the

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    Jay Leno takes ‘tremendous’ pay cut to save Tonight Show jobs, 20 staffers still laid off

    In order to stem the financial hemorrhaging that’s been plaguing NBC, the network has been laying off personnel for months. But last night came perhaps the biggest blow yet. Deadline reports that 20 staffers at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno have been relieved of their jobs and that Leno, himself, has taken a “tremendous” pay cut to avoid losing any more of the remaining crew. “Jay’s foremost concern is

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    Abby Elliott is leaving Saturday Night Live

    After four seasons on the iconic sketch show, Abby Elliott will not be returning to Saturday Night Live next season. Although NBC declined to comment on Elliott’s status, Laughspin has independently confirmed her departure. Elliott joins Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, who will also not return to NBC– after six and seven seasons, respectively. Elliott’s leaving — which SplitSider reported first — comes at a time when Jason Sudeikis’ future

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    This ‘Community’ promo almost makes it seem like Fridays at 8 pm is not where sitcoms go to die

    Hardcore Community fans have endured a lot in recent months, highlighted by the unceremonious firing of the show’s creator and hands-on executive producer Dan Harmon. Then, we learned that the critically-beloved, commercially-struggling series would be moving from an already difficult early Thursday night slot to the impossibly horrible Friday at 8 pm slot. But the marketing peeps at NBC have done an outstanding job pretending that Friday nights is not

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    Saturday Night Live vet Seth Meyers and brother Josh land NBC development deal

    Among the myriad reasons Seth Meyers will not be positioning himself as a late-stage candidate for co-hosting duties alongside Kelly Ripa (as was reported recently) is, no doubt, the deal he just inked with NBC. Though he’s set to return as Saturday Night Live’s head writer and “Weekend Update” host, the multi-talented Meyers will also be busy developing a multi-camera sitcom with his brother, Josh, known mostly for his work

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    Mindy Kaling will return to The Office, despite new show commitments

    Mindy Kaling will have her hands full this fall as the writer, producer and star of her new Fox sitcom The Mindy Project, but she’s not ready to fully join her co-stars BJ Novak, Paul Lieberstein and James Spader in their departure from The Office. Vulture reports that Kaling has signed on to do at least two episodes of the upcoming ninth season. Unless we find out later that she’s

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    Will you be tuning in to Jimmy Fallon’s musical special on NBC?

    Next week on NBC, Jimmy Fallon will host and perform on a special that recaps some of his greatest Late Night musical moments. Since the network has removed many of Fallon’s parodies and covers from the Internet, the special will give fans a chance to see some of their favorites again. The one-hour primetime special will feature Fallon performing such hits as “Tebowie,” Fallon’s Tim Tebow-David Bowie mashup, and the

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    Watch Comic-Con interviews with Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs

    Comic-Con 2012 is over, but the digital assets keep rolling through. And to our delight, NBC just gifted the world with a quartet of cool red carpet interviews featuring Community stars Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs. Watch all four below! Alison Brie Danny Pudi Yvette Nicole Brown Gillian Jacobs

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    Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale, Ken Jeong get busy outside of ‘Community’

    While we eagerly await the start of Community’s fourth season, without fearless and apparently difficult-to-work-with (if you’re a suit) Dan Harmon, some of our favorite faces from the NBC comedy have lined up some pretty sweet gigs. Joel McHale (Jeff Winger on Community) has scored a multi-episode arc on the critically acclaimed FX drama Sons of Anarchy. He’ll be playing a con man named Warren. Gillian Jacobs (our favorite wannabe

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    Aubrey Plaza, Sofia Vergara lead ALMA nominations in comedy

    Nominees for the ALMA Awards – honoring Latino talent in television, film, and music — have just been announced, and comedy fan favorite Aubrey Plaza has snagged two nods— one for her role in this summer’s Safety Not Guaranteed in the category of Favorite Movie Actress (Comedy/Musical) and one for her role as April in Parks and Recreation in the category of Favorite TV Actress (Comedy). Plaza is of Puerto

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    ‘Today’ show launches comedy contest

    NBC’s Today is seeking the best (non-professional?) comedian in America. As part of their “Quest for the Best” series, Today is calling for amateur comedians to submit two minutes of material for a chance to win a trip to New York where they will compete for the title of “The Best.” According to the incredibly lengthy entry rules one or more (huh? could be one, could be 743) “qualified” judges

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    B.J. Novak leaves ‘The Office’

    B.J. Novak is joining The Office’s latest graduating class of cast members, along with Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor), James Spader (Robert California) and Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson, also showrunner). In addition to playing Ryan Howard, Novak has served as a writer and director on the show so there is a possibility he could pick either of those roles up again. Although Novak no longer has a deal with Universal TV

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