Amy Poehler, John McCain
From Pawnee to the Potomac: NBC's Parks and Recreation is traveling to Washington, D.C. this month to shoot an episode inside the Beltway. The show will feature cameos from U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California), John McCain (R-Arizona) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).
Phineas and Ferb panel
After Damon Lindelof's 6-year-old son fell in love with Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb, it didn't take long for the Lost executive producer and Prometheus writer to do the same.
"Up until then we had him on a very steady diet of Sesame Street and very small mellow shows like Little Bill and Caillou," remembers Lindelof, who moderated Saturday's Phineas and Ferb panel at Comic-Con in San Diego. "And then my wife just showed him an episode of Phineas and Ferb, I don't know how it happened. All I know is if I had done it, I would have gotten into big trouble. I came home and it was like he had been plugged into an electric socket."
Was aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh an American Nazi? Did a Hungarian musician's song trigger 18 suicides? How did a lobotomy doctor earn the Nobel Prize? Fringe star John Noble answers those, and some even creepier questions, as the host of Science's Dark Matters: Twisted But True.
Dark Matters returns for its second season Saturday at 10/9c. "I'm much more fearful of what I don't know than what I do know," Noble says. "We're not Mythbusters, but we've looked at events that people only shadily know of or perhaps have heard about, and reveal answers."
Stephen Tobolowsky, Mindy Kaling
Glee's Stephen Tobolowsky, whose credits also include Heroes and Californication, is joining Fox's The Mindy Project as the head of Mindy Kaling's medical practice, while Richard Schiff, who appears in the pilot, won't continue on the show.
New Community executive producers Moses Port and David Guarascio will get their first chance to meet the show's passionate fans — and vice versa — at this week's Comic-Con.
The veteran writers...
Fox's on-again, off-again love affair with the dating show Take Me Out has been a lot like, well, dating. Remember earlier this week when Fox dumped the show to Saturdays after a few outings? Nevermind.
After several weeks of dismal ratings, Fox had decided to let Take Me Out down gently, moving the show to Saturdays as of next week — after one last booty call yesterday.
Fox has fallen out of love with Take Me Out. The dating show, hosted by George Lopez, has been let down easy, as the network opts to dump the show on Saturday nights. (Take Me Out previously aired on Thursdays, paired with the equally low-rated The Choice.)
Before executive producer Greg Berlanti came in to pitch what would become Political Animals, USA Network wasn't actively looking for a series set in Washington, D.C. "We were probably as averse to [D.C. shows] as any network," says Bill McGoldrick, USA's executive vice president of original scripted programming.
Not wanting to alienate viewers, TV execs have mostly steered clear of...
American Ninja Warrior
Based on the hit Japanese TV series Sasuke, the NBC and G4 competition series American Ninja Warrior puts regular people to the test on an elaborate obstacle course. The show has moved to the national finals in Las Vegas, where competitors attempt to conquer a four-stage obstacle course based on Sasuke's "Mount Midoriyama." The ultimate winner receives $500,000 and the "American Ninja Warrior" title. Executive producer Arthur Smith, whose credits include Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, explains why viewers should go stealth and...
If Emmy gold could be cashed in for big ratings, then AMC's Mad Men and NBC's 30 Rock would be the most popular shows in the land. That's clearly not the case — yet the competition for an Emmy nomination, let alone a win, has never been fiercer or more expensive.
Nominating ballots were due yesterday as Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voters made their picks for this year's Emmy contenders. It's just the latest pit stop on the road to Emmy gold, as talent (and more likely, their reps) now take a breather and wait to see if their hard work is rewarded with nominations, which will be announced on July 19.