Here’s your daily for 7/28/2011.
Party Down’s Martin Starr will guest star in the third season of NBC’s Community. He will play the study group’s project adviser when Jeff and company get involved in Model UN simulations. Is it just me or does this season of Community sound so completely epic?
Alan Ball renewed his deal with HBO to stay on with True Blood for a 5th season.
HBO has picked up Real Time With Bill Maher for a 10th season.
In AMC news, the network has said they have no plans for releasing critical favorite but viewer-challenged Rubicon on DVD.
AMC also confirmed that, for anyone who actually cares anymore, Rosie Larson’s killer will be revealed in season 2 of The Killing. That promise came from AMC’s head of original programming Joel Stillerman, who admitted that the network did not effectively “manage expectations.”
AMC’s new western has a premiere date. The drama Hell on Wheels will premiere on November 6th at 10/9c for a 10 episode first season.
Lastly, AMC released a statement regarding the strangeness surrounding Frank Darabont and The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara, writer and executive producer, is expanding his responsibilities to assume the role of showrunner. AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable. We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.
Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead graphic novels, executive producer and writer on the series, will remain in this role and will continue to steward the brand. Gale Anne Hurd will remain in her role as executive producer. The production continues on schedule for an Oct. 16 premiere.
So, he will still be involved with the show, it seems. Still no word on why he was actually replaced.
Here’s your first look at Ashton Kutcher in a promo for Two and a Half Men.
Craig Kilborn has signed on to guest star on NBC’s Chuck. He will appear in the Oct. 21 season premiere as Roger Bale, a charming yet conniving investor who’s stolen money from some of the world’s most dangerous people.
Patricia Clarkson will guest star on two episodes of Parks & Recreation. She will play Ron Swanson’s first wife, Tammy I.
BBC America is teaming with Oz creator Tom Fontana on the channel’s first original drama series, Cooper, which tells the story of “a young Irish cop operating in the immigrant communities of 19th-century New York.”
A Tales From the Crypt reboot is in the works. “It will be an ongoing series that uses characters from the comic books in a more modern context,” says producer Andrew Cosby.