The Ticker: Saget Does Suburbia, Serial Mother $peaks & Stars Slated For Spin-off

Today, still recovering from Bikini Girl and Hippie Girl’s fall from grace on American Idol and Christian Bale’s tempered apology, we turn to other important TV news of the day: A Full House legend comes back to television (and no, it’s not Kimmy Gibbler); the Octuplets lady, who may be ‘baby crazy’ or just plain crazy, scores her first interview; a Top Chef heads to the drama-less land of Public Television, and two big and unlikely names are attached to a new spin-off series.

  • Bob Saget heads back to the suburbs in ABC’s new series, Surviving Suburbia. But don’t expect Stephanie and DJ’s bumbling Full House dad–this time he plays a cynical married man. The series premieres April 6th and will air after Dancing With the Stars. Somehow we can’t imagine him as anything other than the lovable butt of Uncle Jesse’s quips.
  • Everyone wants a piece of the Octuplets lady, but it looks like Ann Curry just got dibs. An interview with Nadya Suleman, the woman who gave birth to a whopping eight babies when she already had six back at home, is set to air on Today and Dateline in the next few days, where Curry will hopefully tackle the question on everyone’s mind: “LADY, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?
  • In news that’s mmm mmm good, Top Chef judge Eric Ripert is heading to PBS to develop his own series, Avec Eric. Acquaint yourself with Ripert’s work on his website of the same name, and at the same time hope that Padma Lakshmi is his first episode’s sexy guest star.
  • Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J have been off the radar for quite some time (minus Cool’s Grammy nominations hosting gig), so this may come as a surprise: The actor and the rapper are in talks to develop a spin-off of the popular series, NCIS. O’Donnell will play an undercover agent while Cool will tackle the role of former Navy Seal.
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