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TVLine Items: Whitney's Loss Is 30 Rock's Gain, Arrested Development Revival Update and More

Maulik Pancholy Whitney 30 RockMaulik Pancholy won’t be a part of Whitney‘s world in Season 2 — but fret not, because he’s headed back to 30 Rock.

The actor — who was a series regular during the Whitney Cummings comedy’s freshman run — is set to reprise his role as Jack Donaghy’s ever-doting assistant Jonathan in 30 Rock‘s upcoming seventh and final season. He’ll first appear in the Thursday, Oct. 4 premiere.

As for Pancholy’s Whitney exit, Cummings tells TV Guide Magazine (who first reported the news), “Creatively the show is going more into a direction of Mad About You with these two central characters and their relationship, and it’s less of an ensemble show.”

The comedienne adds that “it’s hard to keep him integrated into the group” after his character came out as gay and broke up with Lily (series regular Zoe Lister Jones) near the end of Season 1.

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• Will Arrested Development‘s revival season actually be longer than the originally ordered 10 episodes? According to star David Cross, that’s a very real possibility. “I think it’s going to be 13 episodes, not 10,” the actor behind analrapist Tobias Funke tells Rolling Stone. “There’s too much story. Some characters will have two-parters. Everybody sort of participates, sometimes in a bigger way and sometimes in a tiny little thread that goes through everybody else’s stories.” An Arrested source declined to offer an exact episode number when prodded by TVLine, but tells us that there will be “at least” 10 installments. Meanwhile, HuffPost TV has confirmed that Arrested Development‘s fourth season will debut on Netflix in spring 2013.

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• Bob Costas will play himself in an upcoming episode of NBC’s new comedy Go On. Per EW.com, the veteran sportscaster approaches Matthew Perry’s Ryan with a life-changing opportunity.

• All My Children alum Brittany Allen has booked a recurring role in Syfy’s upcoming series Defiance. Set in a dystopian future, the drama finds humans and aliens coexisting on a war-ravaged Earth that has been transformed by terra-forming machines. She’ll play a troubled employee of Mia Kirshner’s town madam. Grant Bowler, Julie Benz and Jaime Murray also will star.

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• First Lady Michelle Obama will make another appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

• Spike TV will air a tribute to funnyman Eddie Murphy on Nov. 16, Deadline reports. The special is timed to the 30-year anniversary of his now famous stand-up special Delirious! and the film 48 Hrs.

• FX will air its its ill-fated drama pilot Outlaw Country this Friday, nearly a year after the network passed on the project. The family thriller — which is about Nashville organized crime — stars Luke Grimes, Haley Bennett, Mary Steenburgen and John Hawkes.

• Fox has purchased a comedy starring former Disney starlets Aly and AJ Michalka. Per Deadline, the project centers on heightened versions of the sisters, whose lives are interrupted when their mom moves in.

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