CANCELLATION AND SCHEDULIZATION NEWS

… It’s a tough housing market even for shows about building houses. ABC has canceled its reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The final episode will air January 13, ending the series’ nine-season run, but ABC plans on producing one-off specials. Probably when the president of ABC needs a new deck overlooking his infinity pool. [ABC, via press release]

… CBS has decided to switch up its schedule a bit before heading into 2012. Starting February 17, Undercover Boss will move to Friday nights at 8pm, pushing A Gifted Man back to 9pm, which is either a sign that CBS wants to feed viewers into the supernatural medical drama or a sign that it’s giving up on the supernatural medical drama. Taking Undercover Boss’s Sunday slot at 8pm will be The Amazing Race, starting on February 19. When A Gifted Man finishes its run, CSI: NY will take over the Friday at 9pm slot, beginning on March 30. I know, I can’t keep track of all this nonsense either. But stay tuned, we’re aiming to post a detailed midseason schedule for all the networks next week. [Deadline Hollywood]

… You love Psych! It’ll return February 29! [E! Online]

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

… FX is teaming up with British “comedian” Russell Brand for a late-night talk show. So far the deal is for six episodes that will start airing sometime this spring. It sounds like Brand will host the thing in front of a live audience and talk about pop culture and current events. The only thing that gets me kind of excited about it is that Troy Miller (Mr. Show, Flight of the Conchords) is producing. [Deadline Hollywood]

… In more Russell Brand news (gag), Fox has purchased an animated comedy co-created and voiced by the comic. Details of the project are being kept under wraps at the moment. At this point, I’d trade Brand back to England in exchange for keeping Gwyneth Paltrow. That’s how much I’m over him. [Deadline Hollywood]

… CBS TV Distribution has purchased syndication rights for TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, starring Betty White. That’ll get those 18-49 demo numbers up. [Deadline Hollywood]

… CBS is bringing back Person to Person, the 1950s interview show hosted by the legendary Edward R. Murrow. That’ll get those 18-49 demo numbers up. [NY Times]

… USA is developing a new drama based on Kate Warne, the country’s first female detective. The show will be set in 1856 and detail some of Warne’s triumphs, like when she helped prevent the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and served as a spy for the Union during the Civil War. [Deadline Hollywood]

DO-NOT-BELIEVE-THIS NEWS

… The nerd-ernet is ablaze with people talking about another Firefly revival. This time Netflix is said to be the one toying with bringing it back. But really, it’s just one dude who said it would be a good idea. However, if you must get excited, go ahead. [Zap2It]

DUH-DOI NEWS

… The Parents Television Council, which would rather scoop out your children’s eyeballs than let them see cleavage on television, is mad that Howard Stern is joining America’s Got Talent as the new judge. Shocker! [TMZ]

… Hey Taccado! Justin Bieber is performing on The X Factor‘s finale, which is scheduled for December 22. It’s your lucky day. [Hollywood Life]


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