TVLine Items: B.J. Novak Visits Mindy, Bravo Green Lights Pilot from LUX Creator and More!

The micdy Project Season 1 SpoilersThe Office‘s Ryan and Kelly are reuniting. On a different show. As different characters.

B.J. Novak has been tapped to romance real-life pal Mindy Kaling during an upcoming arc on The Mindy Project, Vulture reports.

He drops by the Fox comedy as Jamie, a Latin professor who bonds with our leading lady over the dying language. Eva Amurri (Californication) also appears in the installments, playing a friend of the scholar.

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Novak, who helped executive-produce the Mindy Project pilot, serves as a consulting producer on the series.

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

• Bravo is getting into the scripted series game — and Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar is spearheading the movement. The cabler ordered two drama pilots Tuesday. The first is Tigelaar’s project, The Joneses, which is based on the 2009 film of the same name. The second, Rita, is from Grey’s Anatomy EP Krista Vernoff and is an adaptation of a Danish series about an acerbic teacher and mother.

• The Paley Center for Media has announced a partial lineup for its 30th annual PaleyFest. Honorees thus far include The Newsroom, Revolution and Once Upon a Time. The full schedule for the event, which will take place March 1-15 in Beverly Hills, will be announced Jan. 9.

• Game of Thrones alum Sean Bean has replaced Brendan Fraser in TNT’s Legends, a drama pilot centering on an undercover agent (Bean) who has the ability to transform himself into a different person with each new job.

• Supermodel-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker will guest-star in an upcoming episode of New Girl, per The Hollywood Reporter, playing a woman who catches the eye of Nick, Winston and Schmidt.

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• Elizabeth Banks is returning to Modern Family this season as Cam and Mitch’s hard-partying pal, reports.

• Style Network has given the green light to Styled to Rock, a fashion design competition exec-produced by and starring Rihanna.

• Discovery Channel has set a Jan. 8, 2013 premiere for Africa, a seven-part series from the documentary team behind Life.

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• The documentary Showrunners has unveiled a new trailer to coincide with the launch of its Kickstarter campaign. Among the big name producers/writers participating in the project are Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly), J.J. Abrams (Alias, Felicity), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Hart Hanson (Bones), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and countless others.

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  1. M3rc Nate says:

    Wow, that documentary looks fantastic. Only thing i would fear is with ALL those amazing show runners, will they only have 5 min each to add up to a 2-3 hour docu-movie? Id love a hour long movie on each separate show runner.

  2. AJ says:

    Sean Bean is such a great choice for that role! I was personally hoping for Enver Gjokaj but anyone´s better than Brendan Fraser.

  3. kavyn says:

    It kind of feels like Mindy has no friends outside of the cast of The Office.

  4. Britta Unfiltered says:

    That Showrunners doc looks really interesting and would totally be something that is right up my alley to watch. Nothing I love more than seeing a glimpse into the minds of such creative people. They need David Milch though. And Dan Harmon and Matt Weiner.

  5. YowzaPowza says:

    Bravo has been “getting into the scripted series game” for years now. I feel like I read articles all the time about this network greenlighting scripted pilots that ultimately go nowhere. What is up with this? Seriously.

  6. nick1372 says:

    Wow, a lot of stuff today.
    • I love The Newsroom & OUAT and like Revolution, but what is PaleyFest?
    • Elizabeth Banks is awesome! Looking forward to that ep.
    • I like Life, so I’ll check out Africa
    • Showrunners looks intruiging. I’m checking it out.
    And when you feature JJ Abrams, why metion Felicity and Alias and not Lost or Fringe?

  7. Paranoid says:

    So I will probably be watching the Sean Bean show (and most likely enjoying it thoroughly). Sounds a bit like Pretender, which I loved. The problem is, I’ll be terrified the entire time that he’s going to die, because. . .well. . .That’s what Sean Bean does.

  8. Bailey says:

    I was waiting for BJ to be on The Mindy Project. I’m excited that it’s multiple episodes.