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After nine long seasons on The Office, Craig Robinson is getting a serious promotion. The actor's upcoming comedy project, tentatively titled Mr. Robinson, has received a six episode order from the network. Robinson will play a newly appointed music teacher who inspires kids with the wonders of music and also learns how to bend certain rules at his new place of employment.
Seeing Robinson rewarded with his own show after such a long stint as a supporting character has us wondering what other perennial supporting players are in dire need of their own starring comedy vehicle.
Judy GreerA supporting player on Arrested Development and in every romantic comedy movie ever, Greer is comedic dynamite and is long overdue for her own sitcom... one with a longer lifespan than the appropriately titled Miss Guided.
Paul ScheerScheer has guest starred in a bevy of comedies over the years, and has a supporting role on The League has us craving to see the actor front and center in his own comedy.
Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt spent years as a supporting character on King of Queens, and even though he has a wildly successful stand-up career, it would be great to see the comedian come back to to television (his Wonder Years-style voice-over on The Goldbergs doesn't count).
Damon Wayans Jr.Wayans put in great work in Happy Endings and as Coach on the current season of New Girl, but the actor has more than enough charm and comedic chops to carry his own sitcom.
John OliverThis British funnyman was an old standby for years on The Daily Show and is seriously underutilized Community. Imagine Professor Ian Duncan with his own show.
Chris ParnellThe fact that the world has gone this long without a Dr. Leo Spaceman spin-off shows that there's something seriously wrong with the the universe.
Mary Lynn RajskubRajskub appears in at least one episode of all your favorite TV shows. She has shown up as recurring characters on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, The King of Queens, Raising Hope, and Modern Family, not to mention her supporting role in 24. She's definitely deserves a steady gig at the head of a project.
Seth MorrisMorris was great as the wonderfully chipper Danny on NBC's short lived Go On. We can definitely see the actor starring in his own successful project.
Zeta-Jones's alleged stalker hospitalized
The woman accused of sending death threats to Catherine Zeta-Jones was hospitalized Thursday after jail personnel found her asleep on the jail floor and were unable to awaken her. The Associated Press reports Dawnette Knight, 32, took two sleeping pills that she apparently bought from someone in the Los Angeles County jail because "she just wanted a good night's sleep," her attorney said. As a result, Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg rescheduled the preliminary hearing for Friday afternoon. Yesterday, Zeta-Jones and her husband, Michael Douglas, testified during the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to send Knight to trial. During the proceedings, Zeta-Jones read aloud from 19 of the letters that were sent to her employees, family members and friends. One suggested, "We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs." Knight, was arrested June 3 at her Beverly Hills, Calif. apartment after authorities traced several letters and phone calls. She was charged with one felony count of stalking and 24 felony counts of making criminal threats, and was held on $1 million bail.
Anderson makes brief court appearance
Anthony Anderson, who was charged Wednesday with raping a Memphis, Tenn., woman, made a brief court appearance yesterday in Shelby County General Sessions Court to say he understands that he is accused of rape and has legal representation, the AP reports. The 33-year-old actor avoided reporters by using a side door to the courtroom generally reserved for judges. The unidentified woman has accused Anderson and a production assistant of luring her into a trailer on the set of the film Hustle & Flow and then sexually assaulting her. Both Anderson and Wayne Witherspoon, an assistant director, deny wrongdoing. They are free on $20,000 bond each. A hearing was also set Aug. 19 for lawyers to tell the court if they're ready to go forward with the case.
Boy injured at Jackson's Neverland Ranch
A 15-year-old boy riding an all-terrain vehicle at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch was hospitalized after the vehicle flipped, the AP reports. County officials told the Santa Barbara News-Press a security guard at the ranch directed paramedics to the victim, who was at or near the main house. It wasn't immediately known if Jackson was at the ranch. The boy was lifted out of the ranch, about 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, Calif., by a helicopter and taken by ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was listed in good condition. Jackson, 45, pleaded innocent in December to seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent.
Brandy engaged to b-baller
Singer and former Moesha star Brandy is engaged to pro basketball player Quentin Richardson, the AP reports. Richardson, 24, surprised the 25-year-old Brandy with an 11-1/2-carat diamond ring valued at $1 million at a reception Tuesday at Los Angeles' Century Club, People magazine reported Thursday. The engagement announcement conveniently comes a week after Brandy's ex, music producer Robert Smith, said the singer's claims they were married was actually a ruse to protect the image of Brandy, who at the time pregnant with their daughter, Sy'rai. Brandy and Smith broke up in early July of last year, a year after the birth of their daughter.
Judge wants doctor's note from Rosa Parks
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who sued OutKast over claims their 1998 single "Rosa Parks" constituted false advertising and infringed on her trademark rights, has been ordered to provide medical proof to explain why she cannot testify in the lawsuit. Lawyers for Parks, who wants her name removed from future versions of the record, say the 91-year-old woman suffers from an unspecified medical condition and cannot testify. During a hearing in Detroit Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer also excluded OutKast from the lawsuit, leaving only BMG as a defendant, because the individual members were not named in the suit and the group's name was incorrect, the AP reports. A jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 10. The song in question only mentions Parks' name in its title. The song's chorus is: "Ah-ha, hush that fuss. Everybody move to the back of the bus."
Long Island Lolita pens autobiography
Amy Fisher, who spent seven years in prison for shooting her lover's wife in the face in 1992, is releasing an autobiography titled If I Knew Then... this fall, the AP reports. Fisher was released from prison in 1999 after serving seven years for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the head during a confrontation outside Buttafuoco's Massapequa home. At the time, Fisher was having an affair with her husband, auto mechanic Joey Buttafuoco. The book's co-author, Robbie Woliver, said Thursday that Fisher, now 29, is now married and raising a young son in an undisclosed Long Island community. The Buttafuocos, meanwhile, have since moved to California and are no longer married. The paperback starts with Fisher's troubled childhood, details her relationship with Buttafuoco, her prison time and her rehabilitation in the past five years.
Miss America pageant drops talent portion of contest
The Miss America pageant, which has steadily decline in viewership over the last few years, is eliminating the "talent" portion from its competition, the AP reports. The talent routines were first introduced in 1935 in a bid to make Miss America more than a beauty contest, and the custom became mandatory in 1938. But the routines, which typically feature baton twirling and opera singing, have by and large turned viewers off. The casual, swimsuit and evening wear elements of the contest will each count for 20 percent this year's score instead. The talent routines will still be included in the three nights of preliminary competition leading up to crowning, but just one contestant chosen by the pageant's producers will perform live, after the selection of the five finalists for Miss America 2005.