Saturday, June 1, 2013

TV News - 'Blue Bloods,' 'Doctor Who' & 'Community'

        Saturday, June 1 - Marisa Ramirez has been promoted to a series regular for the upcoming fourth season of CBS' Blue Bloods after recurring on the police drama at the end of its third season. She plays Detective Maria Baez, Danny Reagan's (Donnie Wahlberg) new partner.

A few weeks after being renewed for an eighth season, Matt Smith has announced that he will depart BBC America's Doctor Who following the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special in November and the annual Christmas special in December. In a statement, Smith said, "Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I'm incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years. It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys."

Dan Harmon has made it official - through Twitter - that he has accepted Sony's deal to return to NBC's Community for its upcoming fifth season as showrunner. Harmon was fired from the series exactly one year ago after running the comedy that he created for its first three seasons. Producers David Guarascio and Moses Port replaced him for the 13-episode fourth season but both opted to move on after Community was given an eleventh-hour renewal for another abbreviated season. Harmon's return to the series is largely unprecedented as no other series creator who has been fired from his show has returned in its latter seasons. A definitive answer for why Sony made him an offer to return to the series will likely go unresolved - similar to the reasons for his firing last year.