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Channel Surfing – January 28, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Will Jack Bauer be the first person to get his world-saving mitts on the iPad? Seems only fitting.

J-WOWW and Ronnie have apparently caved, but reports that the rest of the Jersey Shore cast continues to hold out for more than $10,000 an episode to return for the guilty pleasure hit’s second season on MTV. I can see Snooki and The Situation getting more cash — love ’em or hate ’em, they’re the most outrageous buzzmakers on the show — but the others really should take the money and the perks they’re getting from being on the show and run.

– It looks like the first Bachelor wedding is finally going to happen, and, of course, it’s going to be broadcast on TV. Jason Mesnick, who was a reject on The Bachelorette and then became the first single dad Bachelor the next season, will marry Molly Malaney (the bachelorette he chose after dumping first fiancée Melissa Rycroft), and ABC will cover the wedding planning, bachelor party and ceremony in the two-hour March 8 special The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding.

– Should Arrested Development producer Ron Howard‘s new Fox comedy pilot be called The Office: IRS? That’s where the show is set, in a regional office of the Internal Revenue Service. Certainly seems rife with comedic possibilities …

– Joe Dirt, the cartoon? Yep.

Weird Al Yankovic is creating a live-action series for Cartoon Network.

– All those timeslot changes have spelled doom for Ugly Betty, which will end its run on ABC this spring.

– Among the new shows we may see on The CW next fall: another remake/update of La Femme Nikita and The Wyoming Project, a drama about a family who live on a horse ranch. Wyoming is being written by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her hubby Dan Palladino.

– Is this the big Grammy-opening duet CBS keeps touting in its commercials for this Sunday’s awards show? Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Simon and Garfunkel‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with a joint performance of the song. The Blige/Bocelli duet will be available for download on iTunes the next day, with proceeds going to Haiti relief efforts.

– It’s guest stars a-go-go coming up in primetime: Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Jon Bon Jovi, Dean Winters and Jason Sudekis all head back to 30 Rock to mess with Liz Lemon’s love life, while J. Lo will hang with NPH as Jennifer Lopez guests on How I Met Your Mother in March.

– SyFy will celebrate the launch of Atari’s Star Trek: Online videogame with all-day marathons of Star Trek: Enterprise (Feb. 1, 8AM-5PM) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (Feb. 2, 8AM-9PM).

– Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is in talks to star in a Criminal Minds spin-off.

– And here are two great ideas: Lady Gaga as a judge on Simon Cowell‘s upcoming The X Factor, and Katy Perry as a permanent judge (bye bye, Kara!) on American Idol.

Channel Surfing – January 13, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Freshman hits Glee and Modern Family have not only gotten second season renewals this week, but were also just nominated for GLAAD Media Awards. Also getting season two renewals at ABC: Cougar Town and The Middle.

– CBS must be laughing at NBC and the Conan/Leno brouhaha, because both David Letterman and Craig Ferguson (the most underrated host in late night, IMHO) are both reportedly close to extending their current contracts.

Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, together again? That’s been the rumor, and reports that talks are underway for Abdul to join her former American Idol cohort on The X Factor.

– This is quite a lineup of TV talent: Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick will star in TV Land’s pilot for Hot in Cleveland, a sitcom about three fortysomething BFFs (Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick) who get stuck in Cleveland and decide to move there permanently because the locals think they’re glamorous. Betty White will play a crabby lady who lives in a cottage near the house where the pals live in Cleveland.

Big Love season four premiere? Big ratings, up 49 percent vs. last season’s premiere.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm is coming back to 30 Rock, right around Valentine’s Day. Is this good news, at last, for Liz Lemon’s love life?

– A musical 24? That really doesn’t seem like something Jack Bauer would, or should, do, does it?

– Are Lisa Rinna and hubby Harry Hamlin the new Lucy and Ricky? TV Land hopes so, as the celebs will star in a new comedy reality series that focuses on their marriage, children and careers.

– This isn’t coming a moment too soon for troubled soapland: Victor Newman, a.k.a. The Young and the Restless star Eric Braeden, returns to Genoa City in Friday’s episode.

– There’s another Law & Order spin-off coming, and this time it’s being set outside NYC: It’ll be in Los Angeles. Why? NBC’s programming chief says it’s because there’s a lack of cop shows set in L.A. Was she not aware Southland was set in La La Land before her network canceled it?

Rita Rocks, Lifetime’s Nicole Sullivan sitcom? It’s dunzo.

The Bachelor still hasn’t resulted in a marriage, but it will get a spin-off. A sort of all-star (and I use that term very loosely) collection of former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette will live together in a manse, with the purpose of … that remains to be seen, though they will compete to not get evicted, reportedly. The show will be called, of course, Bachelor Pad.

– Congratulate Howie Mandel on being named David Hasselhoff‘s replacement on America’s Got Talent. Just don’t touch him when you do it.

– And tonight in primetime: Another round of American Idol auditions on Fox (8PM ET); The Sopranos Michael “Christufuh” Imperioli guests on Mercy (8PM, NBC); Brick runs for “school historian (whut?) on The Middle (8:30PM, ABC); Gloria and Jay argue about a piece of decor on Modern Family (9PM, ABC); Lost‘s Naveen Andrews guest stars on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9PM, NBC); Scott Foley continues his guest gig on Cougar Town (9:30PM, ABC); It’s the third season premiere of High School Reunion on TV Land (10PM); Leverage returns with new eps on TNT (10PM); Christian lets his junk food freak flag fly on tonight’s Nip/Tuck (10PM, FX), but he won’t feel so free when he finds out what (rather, who) is wife is up to; Must-hear-TV: Ray LaMontagne chats with and performs on Spectacle: Elvis Costello With … (10PM, Sundance); New Ugly Betty at 10PM on ABC; The designers have to work with denim on Launch My Line (10PM, Brav0); and Ty and Callie butt heads on a new Real World on MTV (10PM).

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