Community is coming to Comedy Central!
The cable net has acquired off-network rights to the first three seasons of NBC’s underdog comedy, which — at last! — returns to the Peacock’s airwaves this Thursday at 8/7c. The Greendale Gang will debut on Comedy Central fall 2013.
“Within the chaos of the current media landscape we are fortunate that we live in a timeline where Community comes to Comedy Central,” said David Bernath, the network’s executive vice president of program strategy & multiplatform programming. “Our staff is celebrating with a game of paintball in the offices today.”
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• Scrubs alum John C. McGinley has landed a recurring role on Season 6 of USA Network’s Burn Notice, Huffpost TV reports. McGinley will first appear in Episode 2 as Tom Card, the CIA training officer who taught Michael everything he knows. Taryn Manning (Hawaii Five-0, Sons of Anarchy) also guest stars as a prisoner alongside Fiona.
* Save The Date: ABC has announced that the 2013 Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 24.
• Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue, Drop Dead Diva, One Tree Hill) is adding another TV mom to her resume. The actress will play the biological mother of Sasha Alexander’s character on Rizzoli & Isles in two episodes of the upcoming third season, per TVGuide.com.
• The HBO drama Luck has temporarily suspended the use of horses during production on Season 2 following the injury and euthanization of a horse, per The Hollywood Reporter. It is the third such animal to be put down during filming of the series. Meanwhile, Danish actor Carsten Norgaard (The Three Musketeers) has landed a recurring role on the second season, reports THR. He will play a powerful Russian businessman who negotiates a deal between Dustin Hoffman’s Ace Bernstein and Michael Gambon’s Michael Smythe.
• Latin TV star and singer Carlos Ponce — who’s appeared on Lipstick Jungle and 7th Heaven — will star in Nick at Nite’s upcoming daily drama Hollywood Heights as the lead character’s father, per EW.com.
• Shane McRae (The Help, Four Kings) will play the lead in Syfy’s two-hour pilot Rewind. The action thriller revolves around military field operatives and civilian scientists who use untested technology to travel back in time to avoid a devastating terrorist attack.
• E! will premiere the new reality series Mrs. Eastwood & Company on May 20. The program follows the lives of Dina Eastwood — wife of Clint Eastwood — their two teenage daughters, and the six-member, all male South African vocal group managed by Dina.
• Nickelodeon has given a 26-episode order to the comedy Marvin, starring Fred web star Lucas Cruikshank as an alien teen living with a human family, Deadline reports.
• Spike TV has ordered the hour-long pilot Tattoo Rescue about tats expert Joey Germinario and his team, who travel the country transforming failing tattoo studios, per The Hollywood Reporter.
• Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery have been added to the lineup of performers at the ACM Fan Jam, which will be broadcast during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS on April 1.
• History Channel has ordered its first scripted series, Vikings, from executive producer Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Camelot). The period piece — slated to premiere in 2013 — will follow the adventures of Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrock as he rises to head of the Viking tribes.
• The seven programs receiving Television Academy Honors for using the power of TV to create positive social change are Dr. Oz, Lifetime’s Five, the Harry’s Law episode “Head Games,” HBO’s Hot Coffee, Men of a Certain Age‘s “Let the Sunshine In,” Rescue Me‘s “344” and PBS’ Women, War & Peace.
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