Let’s start with “Children’s Hospital,” Rob Corddry’s hilarious Adult Swim series with lot of famous people that probably six of you have seen. It’s a shame, too, because it’s one of those great comedies that people will discover two years after it’s left the air (episodes are only like seven minutes long, so it will take you all over an afternoon to watch the entire series). One of those famous faces make a future appearance will be Jon Hamm, who — in a flashback to the 1930s — will play the institution founder, Arthur Childrens. He will also wear an unflattering mustache. YES, Jon Hamm can look unflattering. Here’s a couple of images from EW:
Meanwhile, according to THR, the entire cast of “Modern Family” has refused to do table reads, and now they’re suing ABC to void their contracts. The adult cast members — who make $65,000 per episode — are suing because they want $200,000 an episode. They’re arguing that their seven-year contracts are invalid because personal service contracts over seven years in length are illegal in California. Does this qualify as a personal service contract? That’s dicey, but my guess is that this will all resolve before it heads to court.
Elsewhere, with “Munsters” being rebooted with Bryan Fuller, NBC has also decided to tackle another classic monster, Dracula. According to myself, Jonathan Rhy Meyers will star in the 10-episodes series, which will take a contemporary approach to the character.
Hey! What’s American Idol turned country singer, Kellie Pickler, doing these days?
Seriously? I don’t even recognize her anymore.
Here’s a quote from NBC President Robert Greenblatt on the firing of Dan Harmon from the TCA’s yesterday:
“I think the fans of Community are going to get the same show that they have loved from the beginning. Every so often, it’s time to make a change with the showrunner. You sort of evaluate the creative and how the show is run and how the writing staff works… [and] sometimes you want to freshen the show. We just decided it was time to do that on Community. No disrespect to anyone.”
Well, that’s bullshit, mostly because Dan Harmon IS “Community.” He’s not like other showrunners who simply guide a series. He is the voice of the series. It’s like removing Aaron Sorkin from “The West Wing,” and we saw how well that worked (OK, yes, a bounce-back final season, but the fifth and sixth seasons were dark years). You can’t cut the head off one person and replace it with another head and say, “It’s the same!”
Finally, not that there was any concerns about it, but according to Deadline, Jon Stewart has extended his contract with “The Daily Show” through 2015, while Colbert has extended his through 2014. Financial details have not been disclosed.