LITTLE HORSE CHOWDER NEWS

… NBC’s Fear Factor is known for pushing the limits of tastefulness, and it’s latest stunt tastes like salty grains. The reality competition, in which contestants participate in scary stunts and gross-out tests of stamina, was scheduled to air an episode tonight in which contestants were shown drinking freshly squeezed donkey semen. Word of the stunt hit the web last week, followed by the sound of dry heaving, and NBC opted not to air the challenge. You have to feel for the contestants who actually drank the goo just to get on television, only to not end up on television. They’re probably hee-hawing up a storm! [TMZ]

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

… Mindy Kaling, an actress, writer, and producer on NBC’s The Office, has sold a pilot to Fox. The untitled comedy will star Kaling as a gynecologist. With a potential Office spin-off centered on Dwight Schrute in the works and Kaling working on her own show, does that mean The Office is going out of business? We think so. [Vulture]

… CBS has ordered a pilot for Boomtown from Louis C.K. If that sounds familiar, then you have a kick-ass memory, because Louis wrote that thing 13 years ago with Spike Feresten. CBS is trying to revive the multi-camera comedy, about a group of young people trying to realize their dreams while the economy is in the toilet, with a revamped skit to update it to today. This is almost unheard of in the industry. [Deadline Hollywood]

… USA Network has ordered the miniseries Political Animals from producer Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money, No Ordinary Family). The six-hour drama follows a former First Family and will air this summer. [LA Times]

… Oooh, this one I’m excited about. Fox has picked up a pilot from Moses Port and David Guarascio, the brains behind the incredibly underrated comedy Aliens in America. El Jefe continues their theme of culture clashes and follows a 30-year-old man who gets kicked out of his parents’ house and must move in with their cleaning lady and her family. This just earned a spot on my list of things to be excited for in 2012, right alongside Vanilla Ice’s acoustic comeback and hamburger-shaped hotdogs! [Deadline Hollywood]

… And here are six more pilots to judge based on very little info. Three of them are at ABC: How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, about a recently divorced single mom who moves in with her parents. Only Fools & Horses, an adaptation of a British comedy that sees two brothers and their grandfather all try to formulate schemes to become millionaires. And the last one, which is still untitled, is yet ANOTHER show about twentysomethings and relationships and blah blah blah. The other three are at CBS: Friend Me is about two guys who move to Los Angeles; one wants to go out on the town, the other is more content to keep up with friends back home via the internet. Partners follows two guys whose friendship is tested when one of them proposes to his girlfriend. And the last one is from Greg Berlanti, about a man who realizes his female best friend is “the one.” Which of these sound good to you? [EW]

… Spike TV, no relation to Spike Feresten, has greenlighted three new reality series. Full Bounty will follow bounty hunters, Tattoo Nightmares is about people removing embarrassing tattoos (really?), and Rat Bastards centers on Louisiana folk who hunt down giant rats in the swamp. Spike is also reviving World’s Wildest Police Videos. If any of these sound fun to you, then we have nothing in common. Sorry! [Deadline Hollywood]

BECAUSE YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH AWARDS NEWS

… The SAG Awards were held this weekend, and that meant more trophies for Modern Family. The ABC comedy won the prize for Best Ensemble in a Comedy, while Boardwalk Empire took home Best Ensemble honors on the drama side. Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), and Betty White (Hot In Cleveland) also won awards. I’m sure I don’t have to point out that Breaking Bad was shut out. [SAG Awards]

CASTING NEWS

… Susan Sarandon is joining Showtime’s The Big C for multiple episodes. She’ll play a cancer survivor named Joy who uses her story to help motivate others. Cathy just wants to use her survival story as an excuse to make the most out of her life. Sheesh! [THR]

… Shirley MacLaine is joining the UK hit drama Downton Abbey. She’ll play Lady Grantham’s mother. [LA Times]

… Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, will voice himself in the The Simpsons‘ 500th episode. Assange is still under house arrest in England at a secret location, so he had to do his lines over the phone. [EW]

… Shiri Appleby (Life Unexpected) is about to get Franklin’d and Bash’d! Appleby will guest-star on the TNT series Franklin & Bash, where she will play a “smart and sassy” lawyer, as opposed to those conservative and stupid lawyers we’re so used to seeing on television. [TV Line]


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