TVLine Items: South Park Tackles the NFL, Sheen Eyes Men Return and More

South Park‘s kicks off its 18th season this Wednesday (Comedy Central, 10/9c) — and it’s going head to head with an NFL giant.

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Comedy Central over the weekend released the first video from the long-running animated series’ premiere, which finds notorious nogoodnik Eric Cartman mincing words with Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins.

It seems South Park‘s resident hell raiser is taking advantage of the NFL team not being able to trademark its own name by launching a little company of his own.

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

* Hulu has officially picked up 11/22/63, a nine-hour event series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Stephen King, Warner Bros. TV and writer/EP Bridget Carpenter. The drama follows a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

* A Saturday Night Live rep tells TVLine that a TMZ report claiming longtime castmember Kenan Thompson will exit the show at season’s end is “inaccurate,” adding, “the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.”

* Eric “The Actor” Lynch — best known for his frequent appearances on The Howard Stern Show — died on Saturday, TMZ reports. Lynch also made cameos on several network TV shows, including FringeAmerican Dreams and In Plain Sight.

* Charlie Sheen has reached out to CBS about being involved in the final season of Two and a Half Men, according to TV Guide.

One Giant Leap, a miniseries about famed astronaut Neil Armstrong, is in the works at TNT, our sister site Deadline reports.