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The Office has found its man. Sort of.

Having killed on the season seven finale as cocky branch manager candidate Robert California, Emmy winner James Spader has been announced as a new regular on that NBC sitcom.

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However, producer Paul Lieberstein says Spader will not have the job once held by Steve Carell's Michael Scott. Instead, he'll sky-rocket up to CEO of Dunder Mifflin's parent company.

Describing California as a "high-class weirdo Jedi warrior," Lieberstein said in a statement that "he’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted."

As a result, the task of replacing Scott in the office itself will fall to Dwight, Jim or Andy.

Remember: for a weekly rundown of The Office quotes, visit our friends at TV Fanatic!

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She was cast on Wonder Woman, but that never saw the light of a TV screen.

Now, though, Elizabeth Hurley has signed on for a role that has the television world buzzing: Gossip Girl producers Stephanie Savage and Joshua Safran, tell TV Line that the British actress will play a character named Diana Payne. Look for her to appear on multiple season five episodes as a media mogul of some kind.

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Sources say Elizabeth Hurley's presence will "change the lives" of all individuals on the show... including Gossip Girl herself!

For more on this CW hit, visit the Gossip Girl spoilers section at TV Fanatic!

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Thundercats, hooooo!

In news that should have everyone over the age of 30 excited, the Cartoon Network is reviving the Thundercats. The series will debut next month and act as a reboot of the animated franchise that ran from 1985-1990.

Familiarize yourself below with Lion-O, the long-haired leader of this group, as he leads them on a mission to fight off the evil Mumm-Ra and his followers. It all begins again on July 29...

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Three stars have been fired by producers of the semi-autobiographical NBC sitcom based on Chelsea Handler's book Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.

White Collar alum Natalie Morales, former ER star Angel Laketa Moore, and Chelsea Lately staple Jo Koy were cut by Vodka "for creative reasons."

That 70's Show's Laura Prepon is staying put as the star, playing a young Chelsea Handler in the sitcom, which is slated to premiere mid-season.

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NBC already released a trailer with the now-cut cast-members in it. That's awkward, but these things do happen somewhat frequently before shows air.

Handler has yet to make any obnoxious, irreverent comments about the casting moves, or how she really likes to drink, but just give it a few hours.

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The Glee community is reeling from a major shakeup after the surprising news that Chord Overstreet, who plays Sam, is being dropped from the cast.

Meanwhile, fan faves Darren Criss and Harry Shum Jr. were promoted to regulars. That's great, but largely overshadowed by Overstreet's ouster.

Ashley Fink, who recurred on season two as Lauren, will return next year, although she has not received the same upgrade as Criss and Shrum.

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“well its been a good yr too bad its over, time for summer and starting fresh," Chord - who could still recur occasionally - Tweeted after the news.

It was not immediately clear why the Fox hit decided not to bring back the popular, 22-year-old actor as part of the third season's cast.

What do you think of this surprising news, Glee fans?

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Glenn Beck signed off from Fox News last night in a more Glenn Beckian way.

The controversial host, who went off on New Yorkers earlier this week and premiered on the network the day prior to Barack Obama's inauguration, addressed the reasons for his departure.

Bad ratings? No. A feud with Fox News chief Roger Ailes? Please.

"This show has become a movement," he told viewers. "It's not a TV show and that's why it does not belong on television anymore. It belongs in your heart. It belongs in your neighborhood."

Ah, okay. That explains it.

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Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish have a challenge ahead of them far greater than fighting crime on the streets of New York City.

The actors have been chosen to replace a pair of TV icons, as they've been cast as new detectives on Law & Order: SVU, taking over for Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay.

After 12 seasons as Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson, respectively, the former did not sign a new contract while the latter will move to a supervisor position on the show halfway through the 2011-2012 season.

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Says Executive Producer/Creator Dick Wolf: "I'm very pleased that we have two amazing actors joining the cast. I know this combination will give us the opportunity to explore the world of SVU with new eyes."

Are you excited for the casting shake-up?

 

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RIP, Charlie Harper?

Following reports that suggested Two and a Half Men would write out Charlie Sheen's character by simply keeping him in Paris, where he jetted off to the last time we saw him on screen, sources now say Chuck Lorre wants to ensure Sheen can never return to the CBS sitcom...

... by killing Sheen's Harper off.

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Will Charlie Sheen be eternally LOSING on Two and a Half Men?

CBS insiders tell TMZ Alan and Jake will learn about Charlie's fate early in the September premiere, and then Ashton Kutcher will arrive when his character buys Charlie's house.

However, no scripts have actually been turned in yet, so any development is possible. What do you think about the sitcom murdering Charlie Harper? Too harsh? Or the proper outcome for a star who burned this bridge in such a flagrant manner?

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Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, possibly Randy Jackson... and Jeff Probst.

The Survivor host is the latest big name to land his own talk show, as he confirmed a deal with CBS today that will have the untitled gabfest on the air in 2012.

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“I’m fascinated with human nature and thrilled that this show will allow me the opportunity to connect with real people and explore their stories on a personal level,” says Probst, who isn't leaving the reality show that made him famous. “As I continue with Survivor, I am excited to extend my relationship with CBS with this new adventure in the world of daytime.”

Probst has stepped in before on Regis and Kelly and on Larry King Live. The new show will cover everything from current events to extraordinary tales.

Will you watch?

 

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True Blood returned for its fourth season last night, introducing a number of new storylines to viewers. To wit:

Bill is the King of Louisiana, Eric is a new home owner, Jason is stuck in an icebox, Arlene is worried about her baby, Lafayette is mixed up with witches and time moves slower in fairy land than it does on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Humans also don't need to fear vampires, as Eric explained humorously in this PSA:

What did you think of the premiere?

 

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