TVLine Items: Nick Cannon Joins NBC Sitcom, Cox Eyes New Cougar Town Role, and More

America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon has been added as a recurring player opposite Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph on the new NBC comedy Up All Night.

TV Guide Magazine reports that Mr. Mariah Carey will play Calvin, a wildly popular talk show co-host to Rudolph’s Oprah-like Ava, on the recently revamped sitcom (Rudolph’s character was originally a public relations bigwig).

Up All Night sneak-peeks Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10/9c, before settling into its regular Wednesdays-at-8 slot.

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

• Reports that Courteney Cox will be directing an upcoming episode of ABC’s Cougar Town may be a tad premature. A source close to the situation tells TVLine that while the plan is to get the actress behind the camera in Season 3, “scheduling is everything” and nothing is set in stone. (Case in point: Cox was supposed to direct a C-Town ep last season, but the timing didn’t allow for it.) Translation: When we hear Cox yell “Action!”, we’ll believe it.

• Details surrounding the comedy series NBC is developing with Sean Hayes have begun to surface: According to, the sitcom follows a gay couple (two dads, one of which would presumably be played by the Will & Grace vet) raising a rambunctious 12-year-old. Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan and his writing partner Michael Wimer are said to be nearing a deal to executive-produce the new series.

Falcon Crest diva Morgan Fairchild will guest-star on Fox’s Bones this season as the “intelligent, impeccably dressed” CEO of a toy company that just so happens to be the site of a murder, TV Guide Magazine reports.

• Fresh off of his bout with The Defenders, Jim Belushi is looking to head back to TV in a comedy from Murphy Brown creator Diane English, per Deadline. Though details are still being finalized, ABC Studios — the same shingle behind According to Jim — is expected to produce the project.

• Season 4 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is set to premiere Friday, Sept. 16 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Here’s a first photo (all together now, “It’s a traaap!”):

• Alex Steele, who previously appeared on Seasons 1-5 of Teen Nick’s Degrassi as Craig Manning’s half-sister Angela, is returning to the titular school this season… as a completely different character! Per, Steele will now play Tori, a spoiled pageant kid with a big attitude.

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  1. Tyler says:

    NBC, why must you continually try to make Nick Cannon happen? He’s not going to happen.

    • C. Stulz says:

      I was really looking forward to this show, now not so much. Nick Cannon is just terrible as an “actor” or “host”. Please just let him continue with his myriad of other projects off camera.

    • Josh says:

      Thank you-my thoughts exactly. I’m sad though, I was looking forward to this show. You don’t need anyone with Maya Rudolph. Unless that person is Amy Poehler.

    • ErixN says:

      I’m with all of you. I cannot stand Nick Cannon. I could not wait for this show to come, but now I probably won’t watch it because he’s on there. What a shame!

  2. Mark says:

    I just hope with the gay parenting show that it might be a little different than what’s been already established and have two gay dads in which one isn’t automatically the gay feminine stereotype. Too 90s (And too Modern Family). It’d be more modern to have gay dads that are just normal guys that happen to be gay. I imagine though that if it’s a sitcom, we’ll probably be seeing some stereotypes and that’s saddening. Plus Will & Grace already did the whole super gay guy having a son thing. Whatever though.

  3. Gerald says:

    Actually Morgan Fairchild isn’t going to appear in Bones because she doesn’t exist, she is just one of the many personalities of Jordan Roberts.

  4. ceebee says:

    I agree with the Nick Cannon comment…the Dude is not funny AT ALL!! Why is he still getting work…it’s not like Mariah is going to sing the theme song or anything…..

  5. Brock says:

    Sean Hayes and Luke McFarlane (Scotty, B&S) would be a dream duo. :)

  6. Sam says:

    I’m all for a gay main character on a television show, but could we PLEASE have one where the show isn’t based around them being gay? Like a Veronica Mars-type show where Veronica just happens to be a lesbian. Even HBO hasn’t really done something like that yet.

  7. veronica says:

    I think Nick Cannon is hilarious – he makes AGT much more enjoyable.

    And TVLine it bothers me how you refer to Degrassi as a Teen Nick show when its a Canadian product that Teen Nick just airs.