TVLine Items: Watch Kris Polaha Get Awkward, MTV Renews Snooki & JWOWW and More!

Ever wonder what an Awkward Kris Polaha looks like? Well, ponder no further than the following first look at the Life Unexpected alum on the charming MTV sitcom.

Press PLAY below to watch the first part of Polaha’s two-episode Awkward gig, which begins Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10:30/9:30c.

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

• MTV hit the stage Friday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills to announce a handful of premieres and renewals. Jersey Shore‘s sixth season is set to launch on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 pm, while its spinoff Snooki & JWOWW has been renewed for a second cycle. The cabler’s new scripted drama Underemployed, meanwhile, debuts Oct. 16, and Catfish: The TV Show kicks off later in the year on Nov. 12. The net also picked up Money From Strangers for a second season.

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• VH1 is reviving its pop-culture skewering Best Week Ever after a three-year hiatus. The “refreshed and slightly tweaked” series will begin in January 2013 and will be paired with the cabler’s new nostalgia-based reality show Miss You Much on Friday nights.

• Nickelodeon has given the green light to a pair of spinoff pilots for iCarly and Victorious. The first project, tentatively titled Sam & Cat, follows iCarly‘s Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Victorious‘ Cat (Ariana Grande); the second, Gibby, stars iCarly‘s Gibby (Noah Munck).

• Roger Bart (Revenge), Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Broadway actor Raúl Esparza will guest-star in a Season 14 episode of Law & Order: SVU, which bows Wednesday, Sept. 26. The installment centers on the author of an erotic novel series (Chlumsky) who accuses a talk show host (Bart) of rape. Esparza, meanwhile, plays a member of the DA’s office.

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• Peter Horton (thirtysomething) will appear in an October episode of CSI: NY, TV Guide Magazine reports, as an ex-love of Sela Ward’s Jo.

• NBC is developing a multi-cam buddy comedy from Saturday Night Live vet Seth Meyers and his brother Josh Meyers (Mad TV). Per The Hollywood Reporter, the siblings will pen and executive-produce the project alongside fellow EPs Peter Grosz (The Colbert Report) and Lorne Michaels.

• OWN has ordered a La Toya Jackson-starring reality series, titled Life With La Toya.

• And now for some shameless self promotion… I had the privilege of moderating the Women in TV panel with Jane Espenson, Liz Tigelaar and Erica Messer at the ATX Festival earlier this summer, and The Nerdist Writer’s Panel Podcast has very kindly posted it in full. Feel free to give it a listen here.

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