So, by now you probably know that NBC is expanding its Thursday Night comedy block another hour, which means bringing back “Parks and Recreation” (yay!), that “Outsourced” will move to 10:30 p.m. (easier to ignore!), and “30 Rock” will move to 10 EST. The potential wrinkle here is that, for those who watch both “Community” and “The Office” (most of us) and don’t use the wonder that is a DVR, you might have to sit through “Perfect Couples,” which sits smack dab in between those two shows. “Perfect Couples” stars Olivia Munn. Here is an extended preview of the show, if you’re interested.
Doesn’t look absolutely terrible; mostly, it looks generic, like the show that comes on before “Modern Family” on ABC, the name of which completely escapes me.
To cheer you up, however, here’s a promo for this weekend’s “SNL” with guest host, Paul Rudd. Surely, they can’t screw up an episode with Rudd, right?
Of course they can. But until they do, I will maintain my optimism because the promo is fantastic.
In other news of marginal note, here’s the first image from the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, compliments of USA Today.
Warner Brothers has purchased the rights to Rentaghost, which is being described as some sort of British version of Beetlejuice, which will star Russell Brand. He will play a ghost who decides to be more productive in the afterlife than he was in real life by starting a business that rents out ghosts. It’s based on a British comedy series that ran in the mid-70s to mid-80s. (Deadline)
Ridley Scott’s protégé Carl Erik Rinsch, who has been attached to what seems like half a dozen projects (including the Alien prequel) but has yet to make his feature debut, is now making the long-in development 47 Ronin, an epic samurai 3D extravaganza that will star Keanu Reeves. (Slashfilm)
Irrfan Khan is now officially on board Ang Lee’s big-screen adaptation of Life of Pi, as the adult veresion of Pi. Gerard Depardieu has also been cast as Chef. (Variety)
Finally, I have no idea if any of you will actually be interested in this, but here’s a posthumous Michael Jackson video for “Hold My Hand” featuring Akon.