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Comedy Central Renews 'Futurama,' Will Arnett is Not the New 'Office' Boss and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 24th 2011 6:00PM
Futurama'Futurama''s second life will be even longer, thanks to the two-season renewal Comedy Central is about to give the series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the animated show is close to being picked up for two more 13-episode seasons, with one to air next year and another in 2013. The show's season premiere in June saw 2.9 million viewers tuning in.

In February, star Katey Sagal told Vulture that the show had been picked up for another season, but there is no official word from the network yet.

In other TV news ...

Will Arnett will not be the new boss on 'The Office.' As much as you want to see Gob Bluth replace Michael Scott, it ain't gonna happen since Arnett's apparently attached to Lorne Michaels' new Christina Applegate-starring comedy pilot. [Splitsider]

Another 'Battlestar Galactica' vet has landed a new gig. Michael Trucco will guest star on 'How I Met Your Mother' as Robin's old crush, and will be featured heavily next season. [TV Guide]

Fresh off a memorable stint on 'The Good Wife,' Rita Wilson is stopping by another procedural. She'll guest star in an upcoming episode of 'Law & Order: SVU.' [THR]

Werewolves will be back causing trouble on 'The Vampire Diaries' soon. Michaela McManus will reprise her role as Jules toward the end of the season. [TV Line]

Want more outrageous British women on your TV screens? Logo has picked up all five seasons of the camp classic 'Absolutely Fabulous,' and will begin airing the series on April 16. [Deadline]

'Parks and Recreation' is getting a book. 'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America' will be credited to Leslie Knope, but it's really the work of 'Parks and Rec' co-creator Mike Schur. It'll be released Oct. 4. [Vulture]

'Castle' has lined up a slew of new guest stars for upcoming episodes. Stopping by are D.B. Sweeney as a Los Angeles detective, while Ryan Deal and Justice Gamble will play the big-screen versions of Ryan and Esposito. [TV Guide, TV Guide]

Showtime announced the premiere date for its new baseball series, 'The Franchise: A Season With the San Francisco Giants.' The show will debut on Wed., July 13, with a 30-minute sneak peek on April 13 to coincide with the opening of the MLB's season. [Showtime]

Leven Rambin had to pull out of her guest role on 'Hung.' The role has been recast with Kaitlin Doubleday. [TV Line]

Your latest comic-to-TV-show news: Showtime has purchased the rights to 'Chew,' a "quirky half-hour cop show" based on the comic of the same name. [Deadline]

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