TVLine Items: Ken Jeong Plays Himself on MTV, James Garner Tribute and More

Ken Jeong Made Me Do It MTVKen Jeong is set to inhabit a very familiar role.

The Community actor will star as himself in MTV’s coming-of-age comedy pilot Ken Jeong Made Me Do It, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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The project centers around 22-year-old Andy, who accidentally rear-ends Jeong’s car after he catches his own girlfriend cheating. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach the lad how to man up.

The MTV pilot is not expected to prevent Jeong from returning to Community for its sixth season on Yahoo Screen.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Downton Abbey Season 5 will premiere Jan. 4, 2015 on PBS, it was announced at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

* Turner Classic Movies will honor legendary actor James Garner — who passed away on Saturday, July 19 — with a 24-hour movie marathon on July 28. The complete lineup of films can be found here.

* Lifetime’s The Lottery on Sunday night drew 1.1 million total viewers — or a little more than half of what the cabler’s Witches of East End and Devious Maids each premiered to.

* Craig Bierko (Damages, Boston Legal) has joined Marti Noxon’s 10-episode Lifetime drama Un-Real. Per The Hollywood Reporter, he will play the creator of the competition dating series at the center of the series, which revolves around a young staffer (Life Unexpected‘s Shiri Appleby) tasked with manipulating the relationships with (and among) the contestants in order to get the best footage.

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  1. I thought Lottery was awful.

  2. TinLV says:

    Not all that impressed with TCM’s line-up of James Garner movies to be in their marathon. Where are the rom-coms with Doris Day ? Or Support Your Local Sheriff ? What about his Oscar nominated turn in “Murphy’s Romance ? He was also in The Great Escape..and so many more I can name that were better than some of the ones on this list. The best ones on the list are “The Americanization of Emily”, “The Children’s Hour” and “Victor/Victoria”. Marlow was “ok’ but nothing special.

    • Whatevah says:

      Support Your Local Sheriff is my favorite James Garner movie and I actually just said out loud “no Support Your Local Sheriff?”

    • Whatevah says:

      Actually The Thrill of It All is on the list. That one was with Doris Day.

  3. Martin says:

    A shame about The Lottery. I actually liked it, preferred it to The Leftovers which I kind of find myself comparing the two.

  4. bj says:

    Given its premise, I didn’t think I’d like The Lottery but it turned out to be quite good. I’ll keep watching.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Ouch for The Lottery. I didn’t watch, but I think Lifetime should consider canceling it and bring back Drop Dead Diva again.

  6. Jake says:

    Yes, but is there an audience for Ken Jeong playing himself?