10 New Year’s Resolutions for TV Networks

Admit it: As loyal a TV fan as you are, there were moments in 2012 where you felt like flinging a brick at your flatscreen in frustration. Favorite shows and actors went off the air or ended their seasons too soon, and networks tried to sell you shows and stars and movies you’d rather not watch.

Behind all these irritants were decisions by network and cable executives meant to draw viewers and improve ratings, but which often backfired and did the opposite.

If your favorite channels want to make amends and do better in the coming year, they should adopt Celebuzz’s list of 10 New Year’s Resolutions for TV Networks, which they can read in handy gallery form at the top of this article.

For instance, we all spent a lot of time in 2012 immersed in the backstage dramas among high-profile celebrity judges on talent competitions like NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s  The X-Factor and American Idol, and not enough time on the contestants. We’d like to see the TV networks resolve to put the focus back where it belongs, on the on-stage drama. On the other hand, we didn’t spend as much time as we’d like immersed in the scripted dramas we love on cable like AMC’s Walking Dead and Showtime’s Homeland. We’d like to see the programmers resolve to lengthen the too-brief seasons of those shows.

Read the rest of the list yourself and decide whether those changes would be enough to create a better year of TV viewing for you, or whether you have additional resolutions you’d like to suggest, in the comments below.

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Jennifer Lawrence Leads SAG Nominations; Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Leaks Plot Details (VIDEO)

The Silver Linings Playbook and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln lead the SAG Award Nominations, which were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles. Each film garnered 4 nominations each, including Best Ensemble. Playbook’s Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for Best Actress, and Daniel Day-Lewis snagged a Best Actor nom. For the complete list of nominees, click here!

Wally Pfister, the guy who shot Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, has enlisted Johnny Depp to star in his top-secret directorial debut, Transcendence. Plot details have been kept insanely close to the vest on the project, until now…

In a recent interview, Transcendence producer Andrew Kosove revealed that the story “involves a scientist (Depp) whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself.” Nanotechnology and artificial intelligence is also involved. Kosove also provided an update on the film’s casting: Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) is no longer in the running for the film’s lead female role, and Ewan McGregor passed on an early draft of the script. Depp’s casting is expected to attract an impressive ensemble, so Celebuzz will keep you posted. [The Wrap]

Fans of Community’s Gillian Jacobs are about to get their fix of the TV star on the big screen. The actress has signed on to join The Hunger GamesElizabeth Banks in the comedy Walk of Shame. The film, written and directed by Steve Brill, centers on a local news anchor (Banks) who, after a drunk one-night stand, wakes up broke and without her I.D. She must trek across Los Angeles to make it to a life-changing job interview. Jacobs will play Banks’ best friend, naturally. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is getting a sequel?! Tinker, Tailor is getting a sequel. Producer Eric Fellner, while doing press rounds for his current film Les Miserables, revealed that director Tomas Alfredson and writer Peter Straughan are actively working on the screenplay for Smiley’s People, which once again centers on Gary Oldman’s retired spy, Smiley. [Collider]

Zero Dark Thirty’s Joel Edgerton is trading in assault rifles for six shooters for a role opposite Natalie Portman in the Western Jane Got a Gun. The film centers on Jane (Portman), a wife who must defend her homestead when her bad guy of a husband (Edgerton) goes on the run from his former gang of outlaws. Jane also stars Michael Fassbender as a gunslinger Jane hires to help her out. Production is set to start in February. [Deadline]

Which piece of movie news has you the most excited? Discuss in the comments below!

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Chevy Chase Exits NBC’s ‘Community’

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to those who have been following the many reports of Chevy Chase’s displeasure with his role on NBC’s Community.

A Sony Television spokesperson and Chase’s rep confirms to Celebuzz that Chase, 69, will be leaving the NBC sitcom – effective immediately – as first reported by Deadline.

The site’s sources say that the Caddyshack actor, who has played Pierce Hawthorne since Season 1, and the show’s producers came to a mutual agreement to part ways.

The actor hasn’t been shy about his discontent with the role and the show, telling reporters (including this one) at a set visit last season that he didn’t see a future for the character.

In April, Celebuzz exclusively released an audio recording in which Chase told then showrunner Dan Harmon, “It’s just a f*cking mediocre sitcom! I want people to laugh and this isn’t funny.”

An angry Chase then added, “It ain’t funny to me because I’m 67-years-old and I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been making a lot of people laugh — a lot better than this.”

That recording emerged after Harmon played a voicemail for audiences during his stand-up show in Los Angeles while making fun of the actor. He later apologized.

In May, NBC and Sony Pictures Television decided to replace Harmon as showrunner.

Renewed for a fourth season, NBC recently pushed back its October return date to Feb. 7, 2013.

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TV Buzz: Jimmy Kimmel Returns Post-Hurricane Sandy; ‘Community’ Season 4 Debuts in Canada Before U.S.

Rejoice Community fans! Your favorite show is back, both in Canada and the US. However, our lucky neighbors to the north are getting the jump on NBC in 2013 as they’ll get the Season 4 premiere on CityTV almost a month early on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. The show will premiere in the US on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 PM according to a tweet from star Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on the quirky comedy. After she tweeted she said, “Feb 7th is #October19th! Who Knew?! :)”  [HuffPost, The Wrap]

Though most New York based TV shows will stay dark Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will broadcast a new show Tuesday from The Harvey Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Guests on Jimmy Kimmel will include Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman will again tape in front of an empty studio for their late night broadcasts. [EW]

When Hurricane Sandy slammed New York City, it wasn’t just torrential rain and wind that did the damage. A Rockaway, Queens neighborhood was impacted by a huge fire that destroyed at least 50 homes including those which have housed our favorite television characters. The residences featured in NBC’s Seinfeld, FX’s Rescue Me and Woody Allen’s 1987 film Radio Days were all destroyed in the blaze. [Hollywood.com]


In addition to the February premiere of Community, NBC has also announced its midseason premiere dates and changes for debuts from January to March. Three new series will debut on the network: Deception (formerly Infamous) will debut on Jan. 7; 1600 Penn on Jan. 10; and Eva Longoria’s Ready for Love on Mar. 31. In addition, the fourth cycle of singing competition, The Voice, will kick off on Mar. 25/26 with freshman success Revolution returning Mar. 25. The Biggest Loser featuring the return of Jillian Michaels will have a two-night premiere on Jan 6 and 7. Smash will hit the small screen with Jennifer Hudson on Feb. 5. Meanwhile, The Celebrity Apprentice will debut Mar. 3 and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers will come back Jan. 8. [NBC]

NBC’s 30 Rock is going political in anticipation of next week’s presidential election. On Thursday’s episode, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) and Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) will attempt to sway Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) towards their political affiliations and use Twitter to do so. Jack, a heavy conservative, is attempting to get her to go Romney, “Just one tweet from you to your fans and [Mitt] Romney wins. It’ll be historic. The first really, really rich president.” [People]

ABC, NBC, and The Weather Channel are allowing viewers to watch their coverage on their smart phones by live-streaming their news programs this morning for all those affected by the storm. [EW]

NBC has decided against giving us more Dwight (Rainn Wilson) after the final season of The Office concludes this year. The network has decided not to buy the proposed spin-off of The Office. The news was first reported by Wilson on his Twitter account. The pilot may still air as an episode of this season of The Office. [NY Times]

The finale of the Twilight Saga is almost upon us and MTV is ready to bring you everything you could ever want to know about Twilight and Breaking Dawn Part 2. The network’s coverage begins with a special sit down interview, MTV First: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 , with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. The interview will include a never-before-seen clip of the new film and will air on Thursday at 8 PM EST. The interview will continue online after the on-air portion. The weekend before the movie’s release on Nov. 15, MTV will have a Twilight Takeover weekend featuring interviews with the cast from years past. [MTV]

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Celebuzz Dominates 2012 National Entertainment Journalism Awards With 6 Nominations

The Los Angeles Press Club has recognized Celebuzz with multiple nominations for its fifth annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards.

The site’s exclusive report exposing the feud between Community star Chevy Chase and the show creator Dan Harmon — complete with leaked audio of the veteran Hollywood actor calling the NBC comedy series “just a mediocre sitcom” — was named one of five finalists in the Best Online News Report category.

It will compete for the top online honor against peers The Hollywood Reporter, Bloomberg News, The Wrap and Hollywood.com.

The story published on Apr. 10, 2012 made international headlines.

69-year-old Chase, who plays Pierce Hawthorne on the primetime series, was recorded telling Harmon, “I want people to laugh and this isn’t funny. It ain’t funny to me because I’m 67-years-old and I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been making a lot of people laugh a lot better than this.”

Five months after Celebuzz posted its story, Harmon was fired as the show runner of Community.

Celebuzz Editor in Chief Dylan Howard was also nominated for an industry leading six National Entertainment Journalism Awards, more than any other individual nominee, including the coveted Entertainment Journalist of the Year, an award he previously won in 2011.

The full list of nominations can be read at the L.A. Press Club’s website, here.

The body of work that saw Howard nominated for the highest accolade included scores of memorable exclusives, including the expose series on the underground Hollywood high-stakes poker circuit — implicating A-Listers Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon, the secret Desperate Housewives feud between Teri Hatcher and her costars, an investigation into the world of Scientology and its relationship to Tom Cruise, and the publication of a dossier of evidence that that compelled the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to take a new look at one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries, the drowning death of actress Natalie Wood in 1981.

Other noms for Entertainment Journalist of the Year include LA Weekly‘s Gendy Alimurung, RadarOnline Legal Editor Jen Heger, Orange County Register media reporter Gary Lycan and Kim Masters, Editor at Large of The Hollywood Reporter and KCRW.

Howard’s reporting of Whitney Houston‘s drug induced death on Feb. 11, 2012 was also recognized for a social media nod.

Howard’s poker expose and Natalie Wood revelations were nominated twice in the same category for entertainment related investigative story.

The series on the high-stakes gambling was also recognized as the best hard or breaking news print repot in the entertainment industry. The expose first appeared in Star magazine, where Howard previously served as Senior Executive Editor.

The awards ceremony will also honor Jane Fonda with their first Visionary Award, as introduced by Robert Redford, on Nov. 18th at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

‘Buffy’, ‘Chuck,’ ‘Community’: Favorite Quirky Comedies and Dramedies (GALLERY)

What makes for great quirky TV? Shows that always surprise, have a stellar cast and take a totally fresh approach to their subject matter, even if they don’t always destroy ratings records. Our favorites may never appeal to the “mainstream,” but they’ll always have a special place in our hearts.

In the Celebuzz gallery above, we’ll look at some of our favorite quirky TV shows – from recent favorites Chuck and Community to all-time cult classics Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twin Peaks.

For a different take on a young doctor’s life in the medical field, check out Emily Owens, M.D. premiering Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 9 PM/8 PM c only on The CW.

Check out an extended preview of Emily Owens, M.D.

TV Buzz: NBC Puts ‘Community,’ ‘Whitney’ Returns on Hold Indefinitely; ‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Kaley Cuoco Returning as People’s Choice Awards Host

Community and Whitney fans will have to wait to see the premieres of their shows as NBC has announced both comedies will be put on hold indefinitely. The network’s statement regarding the decision explained, “Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks – including winning the first week of the season in A18-49 – we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold Community and Whitney from their previously announced premieres of October 19th.”

The statement continued, “Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week — plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of Whitney and Community.” [Vulture]

There’s a fourth Toy Story movie on the way…

Get excited Toy Story fans! Buzz Lightyear and Woody are coming to the small screen in their own TV movie. The special, Toy Story of Terror, will air around Halloween 2013. It’s unknown where it’ll air but Disney Channel and ABC would be likely. Star Tom Hanks, who voices Woody, had said in interview last year that there were plans for a fourth film, “I think there will be (another film)… Yeah (I) think they’re working on it now.” [Hollywood.com]

The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco is returning as host of the People’s Choice Awards. The show, which will air on CBS on January 9, 2013, will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Voting for the People’s Choice Awards begins Oct. 23. [Deadline]

Ever regret getting that tattoo? Well, you’re not alone. Jersey Shore executive producer SallyAnn Salsano and her production company, 495 Productions, are fixing tattoo regrets on a new Spike TV series, Tattoo Nightmares. It debuts on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 11 PM. [Spike TV]

Emmy award winner Louis C.K. is taking a break. It was reported this morning that the actor, writer, director and editor of Louie has been granted his request of an extended hiatus before filming the fourth season of his critically acclaimed show. The hiatus will give the funnyman time to focus on writing the show. Season 4, originally set to air in summer of 2013, will now be seen in spring of 2014. The comedian will continue his stand-up tour. [THR]

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TV Buzz: ‘Supernatural’ Taps ‘Stargate’ Actress for Recurring Role; James Brolin Cast as Jeff’s Dad on ‘Community’

The CW’s Supernatural has cast Amanda Tapping of Stargate to play a cool and mysterious new angel named Naomi. The character will first appear in the seventh episode of Season 8 and will recur throughout the season. It was also reported that M*A*S*H alum Mike Farrell will guest in the eighth episode. [TVLine]

When will we finally meet Jeff Winger’s (Joel McHale) father on NBC’s Community?

This Thanksgiving will be a special holiday for Jeff on Community as he will spend some of the day at his estranged father’s house. Winger’s dad, William, will be played by none other than James Brolin. The episode, entitled “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations,” will also feature a Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) hosted dinner for the rest of the study group. [EW]

The first act set to perform at this year’s Grammy Nominations Concert in Nashville is Maroon 5. For the fifth year in a row, rapper/actor LL Cool J will host. The special will be broadcast live on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 PM on CBS. [CBS]

Last season on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, we met Marshall’s (Jason Segel) Honeywell and Cootes boss, Cootes (played hilariously by Martin Short) and it looks like this season we will finally meet his colleague Honeywell. Reno 911! star Joe Lo Truligo will appear as Honeywell in at least two November sweeps episode for a major trial involving a corporation which polluted a lake. The same episodes will feature True Blood star Joe Manganiello who’s reprising his role as Marshall’s friend from law school. [TV Guide]

Nickelodeon is shutting down… for a good cause. On October 6, the kids’ network and the accompanying website will go off air from 12 PM to 3 PM ET/PT for the Worldwide Day of Play to encourage kids to get outside and be active. Then airing at 5 PM, Nick will air the special I Play Because featuring appearances by First Lady Michelle Obama, David Beckham, and Olympic Gold Medalists Apolo Ohno and Nastia Lukin. Rachel Crow and The Wanted will also perform. [Nickelodeon]

Tamoh Penikett of Dollhouse and Battlestar Galactica is headed to Starling City on the CW’s Arrow. The actor will play Tom Salvati, an associate of Frank Bertinelli (Father of Helena Bertinell aka The Huntress). [Green Arrow TV]