July is rounding the corner into August, and suddenly, all those fall television shows are beginning to shoot their first episodes for next season. That means: Developments!
I know that in "How I Met Your Mother," there's a gap in between the time that Barney proposes to his stripper girlfriend and ends up at a wedding ceremony with Robin. How big is that gap? According to TVLine, big enough, apparently, to fit "Fairly Legal's" Michael Trucco into a multi-episode arc as a love interest for Robin. He's reprising his role from the season six episode, "Crush." So, not only do we have to wait around for Ted to find his new wife, we have to endure at least a few episodes of Robin dating someone else, even though we know that she ends up with Barney? Interesting, but at least Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have usually managed the Barney/Robin romance well.
Meanwhile, -- per EW -- over on "The New Girl," David Walton -- the awesome wisecracking construction worker from the short-lived Amanda Peete sitcom, "Bent" -- will open next season as a new love interest for Zooey Deschanel's Jess. Leslie Mann will also guest in the season premiere as a "shot girl" at a party celebrating the removal of Schmidt's penis cast.
As you know, Adam Scott's character, Ben, will be moving to D.C. next season to be a political consultant in a national campaign. That will take him to the nation's capitol for five episodes, at least one of which will feature the rest of the cast. Over on WashPo, they've snagged some pictures of the cast in D.C. and some unrevealing scoops about the next season.
For some reason during upfronts, ABC had enough faith in their new show, "Neighbors," to schedule the damn thing in best slot that ABC owns: The post-"Modern Family" time slot. "Neighbors," as you may recall, is about a family that moves to a gated suburban community only to find out that all their neighbors are ... aliens. It was one of the more dumb-looking pilots among a slew of dumb-looking pilots. According to Hitfix, ABC has since come to their senses, realizing that "Neighbors" likely won't last more than three episodes before cancellation. As such, they have moved the considerably better "Suburgatory" into that timeslot, which should help as a lead-out into Connie Britton's country-music drama, "Nashville."
Meanwhile, after the exodus of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, "American Idol" is shelling out $18 million to Mariah Carey, making her the highest paid reality show judge.
Per Buzzsugar, here's your first unexciting look at the next season of "Downton Abbey." You can spy Shirley Maclaine there in the middle.
In Mindy Kaling news, her new show, "The Mindy Project," will debut online in advance of the pilot's television broadcast, and she will at least be on the season premiere of "The Office," before she skips out on the show.