TVLine Items: Obama's Extreme Makeover, AMC's ABC Finale Lures Other Vets, and More

First Lady Michelle Obama is continuing her “Joining Forces” Initiative on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this fall, teaming with the do-gooder series on a house for otherwise homeless female military vets.

FLOTUS recently shot a guest spot in the same vein for an armed forces-themed episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly (airing January 2012).

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• Even more Pine Valley faves are returning before All My Children‘s (televised) “fauxnale,” airing Friday, Sept. 23, on ABC. The new encores include David Canary (Adam Chandler), Julia Barr (Brooke English), Ray MacDonnell (Dr. Joe Martin), and Lee Meriwether (Ruth Martin).

• Funnyman Ricky Gervais is teaming with former Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips on a new series titled Afterlife, EW.com reports. The pilot, set to film in early 2012 with a guest spot from The Office creator, centers on an atheist who dies and ends up in Heaven.

• Former Bachelorette Jillian Harris has found a new Home…and Garden TV gig. The interior designer has signed on to host Canada’s Handyman Challenge, a new competition series set begin production this summer, Digital Spy reports.

• VH1 has renewed the Queen Latifah-produced Single Ladies for a second season, to premiere in 2012. Season 1 is currently airing Mondays at 9/8c.

• In other renewal news: Whereas Starz snuffed its similarly-themed Camelot, Syfy has ordered a fourth season of its fantasy series, Merlin, to air in 2012.

• HBO has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming documentary on Mr. 3000, Derek Jeter. Take a peek at the Yankees captain’s quest, set to air later this year:

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