Lost in all this week's understandable hubbub over NBC putting Community on midseason hiatus — and no, I'm not happy about it, either — was the welcome news that NBC is at least doing the right thing by its freshman sleeper comedy Up All Night and moving it to Thursdays come January, swapping time periods with Whitney. (What took them so long?) On this week's new episode (8/7c), yet another Saturday Night Live alum makes a guest appearance:
First, the good news. They're not replacing him. Now, the bad. Four-time Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson, citing physical and emotional exhaustion, will exit ABC's General Hospital the week of December 19 when his character, Lucky Spencer, leaves Port Charles for yet another trip to Ireland. In recent months, Lucky has been hit by one shattering tragedy after another — the hit-and-run death of his little boy Jake, the disgusting downfall of his drunken dad Luke, and the death of his wife Siobhan, all of which led to the character's own descent into drugs and hallucinogenic madness.
His mother made him do the show. He wanted to quit the first week. And for the first weeks of rehearsal, he couldn't even look his pro partner, Cheryl Burke, in the eye.
Sources inside Dancing With the Stars say Rob Kardashian making it all the way to the finals has been nothing short of miraculous. He cops to not wanting to do the show at all, and being pushed by his mom, Kris Jenner, the master reality show puppeteer who pulls the family strings.
Charlie Rose, Gayle King
Charlie Rose says his reputation as a night owl is greatly exaggerated. The co-host of the new CBS morning program (to be renamed from The Early Show) that will launch January 9 told reporters Tuesday that he's up everyday at 5 a.m. — a little late for morning television prep, but still...
Marc Cherry, Golden Girls
Shhh. Here's an exclusive first look at writer/producer Marc Cherry's super top secret Golden Girls reunion project, starring from left to right: Betty White (Rose), Estelle Getty (Sophia), Bea Arthur (Dorothy) and Rue McClanahan (Blanche). No worries that three quarters of the cast passed away over the last few years, as no dialogue was written for this reunion. Rather, the skeletal ladies were on display as part of a Halloween lawn display treat for fortunate trick or treaters who visited Marc's L.A. home two weeks back.
A week from now, we won't be thanking Fox for ditching its Tuesday comedy lineup to make room for another displaced edition of The X Factor (which will be shifting its schedule back a day to avoid spoiling our Thanksgiving digestion with another results show).
All Tim Allen wants for the holidays are a few cool outdoor gadgets. But don't expect him to use any of them.
"I love the thought of me out there fishing and hunting and camping," says Allen, on a break from rehearsals for his ABC hit Last Man Standing. "But I don't do it."
Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell
Big changes and familiar faces have stirred up the talk-show arena this season. Here's how it's shaking out so far.
Ellen DeGeneres was expected to benefit from Oprah Winfrey's departure in daytime and so far, she has. The syndicated chatfest is up 6 percent year-to-year, averaging 3 million viewers.
The Good Wife
There are no guns in sight and nary a cuss word to be heard when Jennifer Carpenter — best known as Dexter's foulmouthed cop sister Debra — guest stars as a religious Republican professor on the December 4 episode of CBS' The Good Wife.