Fall TV Preview

TVLine Items: Simpsons Take a Stab at Dexter, New Housewives, Nanny Reunion, and More

Okilly-dokilly, The Simpsons‘ 2011 Treehouse of Horror installment (No. XXII, airing Sunday, Oct. 30) is gearing up to be the best ever. Why, you ask? Because Springfield’s own do-gooder, Ned Flanders, is getting a Dexter Morgan makeover — theme song and all! — and EW.com has the awesomely animated video to prove it. Give it a watch here, then tell us how bloody-good you think the spoof looks.

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

• Bravo has announced that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will return Monday, Sept. 5 with what looks to be a jaw-dropping second season (per the promo below). While all of the original ladies are back for more, there are two new additions: Brandi Glanville (ex-wife of The Playboy Club‘s Eddie Cibrian), and L.A.-based event planner Dana Wilkey.

• Former Nanny costars Charles Shaughnessy and Fran Drescher will reunite for the Season 1 finale of her hit TV Land series, Happily Divorced. The Brit will play Gregory, a man that both Drescher’s character and her onscreen ex-hubby (played by John Michael Higgins) are vying to date.

Dancing With the Stars reportedly is resolved to nab some truly big stars for its 13th season, so interpret this as you will: TMZ is reporting that Los Angeles Lakers stud Ron Artest is on the reality hit’s radar — though, if there is no NBA lockout this fall, he’d have to somehow juggle both gigs (since hoops season tips off in October, just when the Dancing competition heats up).

• Hallmark Channel is so smitten with Luke Perry and his made-for-TV movie Goodnight for Justice, they’ve ordered two sequels. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Justice 2 is set to go into production in August, with an eye on a 2012 premiere date. However, Perry’s Beverly Hills, 90210 bestie, Jason Priestley, will not be returning to direct the flicks due to scheduling conflicts.

• America’s obsession with Pippa Middleton continues: TLC will air Crazy About Pippa, a special about the younger sister of newlywed Kate Middleton, on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

• TLC has also renewed Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids for a second season, per EW.com.

Which TVLine Items have you talking today?

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  1. Sam says:

    America is obsessed with Pippa Middleton? Then why haven’t I heard about her until now?

    • Kate says:

      I’m American and I’ve never heard of Pippa Middleton. Also, thanks for the Nanny reunion and Dancing with the Stars news. :)

  2. Matt says:

    If you think the US is obsessed with Kate, imagine what it’s like here in Britain!

  3. Amber says:

    There’s a story online today too about how Pippa is now the number 1 baby name thanks to Pippa Middleton. I’m getting really sick of hearing about her. She’s basically famous just for having a shapely rear. That is annoying to me. At what point as a society did we stop admiring people for actual talents and the good they have contributed to the world and started admiring them for their A$$-ets instead?

    I’ve got no idea who Ron Artest is being that I stopped following basketball several years ago, but the news gives me renewed hope in DTWS that if they’re going for huge stars, they won’t make us suffer through the likes of Dina Lohan and a Kardashian being on the show. We shall see, I guess.

    And I did love the Simpsons/Dexter clip. Thank you for that, Megan. =) It totally made my day.

  4. Frenchie says:

    Cool, a Ms. Fine and Mr. Shepfield reunion!

  5. Nadine says:

    I’m just happy the Simpsons Halloween Special is airing before Oct.31 this year!

  6. Vetle says:

    I was waiting for Family Guy or Simpsons w/e to do a Dexter spin in one of their episodes! :p Coooool.