News Mania: Tina Fey is Back in Business with NBC, Jane Lynch Talks for Penguins and Princess Leia Gets ‘Legit’

I hope you’ve all recovered from your Halloween candy and other sorts of binges because we’ve got lots of ground to cover this week. NBC is back in the Tina Fey business, Bret Mckenzie wants to send Fox to animated space and a Harry Potter actress is joining the post-apocalyptic fun on Falling Skies. Look alive, guys, it’s News Mania time!

Awesome Flavored News

Discovery Channel Combines Jane Lynch with Penguins

Morgan Freeman no longer has the corner market on narrating penguin documentaries. Discovery Channel has tapped the always wonderful Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, Glee) to narrate their upcoming penguin doc Penguins: Waddle all the Way, which I think we can all agree is the best title to ever be a title. Thanks to filmmaker John Downer, we get to watch three different penguin species’ life dramas play out via Spycams: Emperor penguins in Antarctica, Rockhopper penguins on the Falkland Islands, and Humboldt penguins in the Atacama Desert of Peru.

“I’ve been a big fan of Discovery’s wildlife programming for years, and I am truly thrilled to be narrating PENGUINS: WADDLE ALL THE WAY. It’s hard to go wrong with a title like that. And seriously, is there anything cuter than a penguin?” said Jane Lynch in a statement.

Penguins: Waddle all the Way will debut Saturday, November 23 at 9pm ET/PT. (So for those keeping score, the 23rd will now bring us Doctor Who, My Little Pony, Atlantis and penguin cuteness.)

Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie will be Taking Fox to Animated Space If That’s What They’re Into

As TV Guide revealed this week, Mckenzie, one half of the singing duo Flight of the Conchords, is developing an animated NASA comedy for Fox. The untitled project will poke fun at NASA’s current state by focusing on a group of bored employees at an “almost obsolete NASA space center” in Boulder, Colorado. We need this in our lives, Fox.

British Comedy Rev is Back in Production for Season 3

Thank the deity of your choice, Rev season three began filming this week! The superb British comedy starring Tom Hollander as an inner-city priest and now new father is a hit on Hulu here in the States and the wait for a new season has been agonizing. The six episode season will debut on BBC Two in Spring 2014.

This Week in Fandom News

The Third Greatest Event in Television History is Coming November 7th

Adam Scott has rounded up Chelsea Peretti, Kathryn Hahn, Jon Glaser and Catherine O’Hara to join him for the third Greatest Event in Television History, according to EW. Scheduled to air midnight, November 7th on Adult Swim, the subject of the third homage is currently under wraps unless you can identify the classic TV show alluded to in the photo above from Cartoon Network.

Princess Leia is too Legit to Say No to Legit

Carrie Fisher is going to a galaxy not so far away when she stops by FXX’s Legit season two as “Angela Greenberg, one of Hollywood’s top comedy-development execs.” The news comes via TV Line, who also reports Fisher will offer to help Jim with his career, but there will be strings attached.

Harry Potter Alum Scarlett Byrne Heading to Falling Skies

Byrne is best known for playing Slytherin Pansy Parkinson in the final three Harry Potter films, but Deadline reports she has landed a role as a regular in Falling Skies season four. Byrne will play a key role in the upcoming season and possess special powers and a connection to the invaders.

Shows Coming to a TV Near You

NBC Orders 13-Episodes of New Tina Fey Penned Comedy Starring Ellie Kemper

Rejoice, nerds! Our leader is returning to NBC with a new comedy starring the lovely Ellie Kemper (The Office). NBC has given Fey and her 30 Rock partner Rober Carlock a direct to series, 13-episode order for a series about a woman (Kemper) who escapes a doomsday cult and starts her life anew in New York City.

“Tina and Robert, who cemented their partnership on ’30 Rock,’ have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional, and clever,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “While tapping into very relatable themes, there isn’t anything like this anywhere else on television. NBC has been their home for many years and we’re so happy that they’ve found another way to push the comedy envelope for us.”

TNT Orders Period Cop Drama from Ed Burns

Ed Burns must have gotten the period piece procedural bug when he starred in Mob City (coming this December) for TNT. TV Line reports that TNT has ordered the Burns’ penned Public Morals pilot set in 1967 and focusing on the Public Morals division of the NYPD. Burns is also starring in and drecting the project.

Casting Corner

-John Larroquette (Night Court) has landed a recurring role on Fox’s upcoming futuristic police drama Almost Human. Larroquette will play Nigel, “a genius roboticist who is sympathetic, highly intelligent and a bit broken.”

-Peta Sergeant (The Selection) will be joining the cast of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland as a “force of a nature.” Any guesses as to which fairytale/Disney character she will be embodying? [Source: THR]

-Missi Pyle (Gone Girl) and Kurt Fuller (Supernatural, Psych) are heading to The Crazy Ones. Pyle will play “Melora Evans, the daughter of an old colleague of Simon’s” and Fuller will play an exec looking to hire the firm. [Source: EW]

-Gilles Marini (Switched at Birth) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) will be schooling Caroline and Max in guest appearnces as a pastry chef/instructor and pastry chef/student respectively. [Source: TV Line]

The Most Random News Item of the Week Goes To…

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Vulture let the world know that CBS is contemplating a Charmed reboot. Yes, Charmed, that daffy, but compulsively watchable show about witches that ran forever on The WB. In fact, it’s still on at least once a day somewhere…so it seems if people wanted to watch it, they would just…you know, watch it, CBS. But you do whatever you feel is necessary. Personally, if we’re rebooting everything, I wouldn’t mind another round of that seminal CBS classic Baby Bob.


And with that unsettling news, this week’s News Mania comes to a close. Would you watch a Charmed reboot? Or are you with me on Baby Bob?

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