There's been an awful lot of chatter about Disney's Boy Meets World reboot, Girl Meets World, which will follow the exploits of Cory and Topanga's daughter, Riley. Whether or not this show will also last long enough for fans to follow Riley through junior high, high school, college and into marriage remains to be seen, but the first clip is here, and there is something heartwarming about seeing Cory and Topanga back in action. And there's something meta about Cory and his daughter talking about each other's respective "worlds" ... Discuss

 

The rumors were true. CBS has officially announced that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on the Late Show when Letterman retires in 2015. The Colbert Report host (whose contract with Comedy Central conveniently ends at the end of the year) has signed a five year deal to host the show.

Colbert joins a shifting cast of late-night hosts battling to draw younger viewers to their show. He'll battle the likes of Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers for ratings, but CBS is confident he's the right man for the job, calling him "one of the most inventive and respected forces on television."

Colbert himself has greeted the news with his usual mix of enthusiasm and humor:

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead," he said in a statement. "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth." Discuss

 

Prepare to test the limits of your DVR: FXX is going to continuously air every episode of The Simpsons later this summer. The cable network recently paid three quarters of a billion dollars for rights to episodes of the series and has some big plans for the animated comedy show. In addition to becoming another network syndicating reruns of the cartoon, FXX is also working on a Simpsons video app, that will presumably allow users to access the entire catalogue. To celebrate their recent acquisition of the show, network executive Jon Landgraf has announced that this August, FXX will air “the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” by showing all 522 episodes of The Simpsons back-to-back over the course of 12 days this August. By our estimation, the first eight or nine of those days will actually be really good ... Discuss

 

This year, the creative, controversial filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino took home an Oscar for best foreign film (for his very odd but very beautiful La Grande Bellezza) and now he's setting his sights on the small screen. Tentatively titled The Young Pope, Sorrentino envisions a complex, compelling drama about a scandal-ridden Vatican helmed by a flawed, fictitious American pope in the vein of Tony Soprano and Walter White—so it sounds like it'll be very non-controversial and nobody will have any complaints about it at all.

Nobody's been cast yet and no distributor has been selected, but the idea is well-formed. “The series is about dreams, fears, conflicts, battles, the search for meaning and the need for love of a pope, seen through Sorrentino’s unique vision capable of creating worlds that are at the same incredible and more real than reality itself,” said Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani, whose Italian-based Wildside company will act as the show's co-producer ... Discuss

 

NBC may be out of good sitcom ideas, but through a new online contest, they’re hoping you can help. The NBC Comedy Playground campaign is an effort to give aspiring comedy writers—with no formal writing or comedy experience—the opportunity to submit sitcom concepts directly to the network. From there, a team of TV comedy experts (including Aziz Ansari, Jason Bateman, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and others) will pick at least 10 finalists. The submitters of the chosen concepts will then be given the cash to produce and film a pilot. Two of those shows will be picked to actually have up to five episodes air on the network, with the creators getting paid. NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke told EW, “We are taking a bold, alternative approach in what we hope will uncover original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business.” So, here’s our pitch: The show would follow the hilarious tomfoolery of a suburban family, who (wait for it) has a lifelike, intelligent android for a 10-year-old daughter. Boom, contest over ... Discuss