TVLine Items: Obama's Extreme Makeover, AMC's ABC Finale Lures Other Vets, and More

First Lady Michelle Obama is continuing her “Joining Forces” Initiative on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this fall, teaming with the do-gooder series on a house for otherwise homeless female military vets.

FLOTUS recently shot a guest spot in the same vein for an armed forces-themed episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly (airing January 2012).

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Even more Pine Valley faves are returning before All My Children‘s (televised) “fauxnale,” airing Friday, Sept. 23, on ABC. The new encores include David Canary (Adam Chandler), Julia Barr (Brooke English), Ray MacDonnell (Dr. Joe Martin), and Lee Meriwether (Ruth Martin).

• Funnyman Ricky Gervais is teaming with former Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips on a new series titled Afterlife, reports. The pilot, set to film in early 2012 with a guest spot from The Office creator, centers on an atheist who dies and ends up in Heaven.

• Former Bachelorette Jillian Harris has found a new Home…and Garden TV gig. The interior designer has signed on to host Canada’s Handyman Challenge, a new competition series set begin production this summer, Digital Spy reports.

• VH1 has renewed the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies for a second season, to premiere in 2012. Season 1 is currently airing Mondays at 9/8c.

• In other renewal news: Whereas Starz snuffed its similarly-themed Camelot, Syfy has ordered a fourth season of its fantasy series, Merlin, to air in 2012.

• HBO has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming documentary on Mr. 3000, Derek Jeter. Take a peek at the Yankees captain’s quest, set to air later this year:

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  1. Carrie says:

    I’m glad Syfy has picked up the 4th season of “Merlin”, but I wish we could see it sooner. 2012 seems so far away and we don’t even know when in 2012.

    • Evan Meadow says:

      I’m surprised to even see Syfy announcing they’ve “renewed” Merlin.

      Seeing as its a BBC or Sky 1 show that as far as I’ve ever seen, they have no actual stake in. They’ll just air the episodes as long as England decides to make them.

    • Lyndsey says:

      Well Carrie, it won’t air in Britain until, most likely, this fall. Then they’ll let SyFy have it. It will probably air next spring like it did this year. Keep an eye on their Wikipedia page as it will keep you up to date.

      While SyFy isn’t responsible for the production of Merlin they DO have a financial stake in it as they have to pay for the right to air it. If it wasn’t doing well here they could always choose not to buy it (which I pray never happens). The problem is in the article’s wording. It is completely inaccurate to say SyFy “ordered” another season; instead it should have said they have picked up the 4th season!!

  2. TJ says:

    Julia Barr, not Julie Barr

  3. Rachel says:

    I don’t care when merlin airs “officially” in the US, as long as Syfy picks it up. Im one happy camper.

  4. Don says:

    I wonder will FLOTUS actually pick up a hammer or will she just be there to talk to the vets, to advertise her cause, and to cheer everyone on.

  5. This makes great sense to anyone