News Nuggets: NBC likely to renew its Thursday comedies for shortened seasons

NBC is set to renew its Thursday comedies: “It looks like NBC‘s 30 Rock will be back for a likely abbreviated seventh and final season. I hear the Emmy-winning comedy has closed deals with its key high-level writers to return for what is expected to be a final season of 13-14 episodes … As for NBC’s other bubble comedies, newbie ‘Whitney‘ does not appear likely to return. Fellow freshman ‘Up All Night‘ has been looking better … Meanwhile, veterans ‘Community‘ and ‘Parks and Recreation‘ both are in the running, with Parks’ renewal considered likely. I hear that, like ’30 Rock,’ all returning NBC comedy series are likely to get short orders. That would save some coin and allow NBC to pick up more new comedies.” DEADLINE

The Television Academy launches a “For Your Consideration” screening website. From the press release: “The site, developed and run by the Television Academy in conjunction with one of their development partners, TrueLogic Software, provides members with an affordable and efficient, privacy-protected means of  screening submission materials for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be broadcast live coast-to-coast, Sunday, September 23, 2012 exclusively on ABC. Every Friday thru June 22, Television Academy members will receive an email update listing all program submissions that have been posted to the FYC site that week for viewing.”

Despite a Best Musical Tony nomination, “Leap of Faith” will close on May 13: “Just a week after being snubbed for nominations in every major Tony Award category — except, ironically, Best Musical — the stage production of ‘Leap of Faith’ will close on Broadway on Sunday, May 13, after 24 previews and 20 regular performances. Really, it didn’t have a prayer. ‘Leap of Faith,’ which stars Raul Esparza as a duplicitous faith healer in rural Kansas, has been steadily declining in its box office take since its opening on April 26.” EW.COM

Tony-nominated “Nice Work If You Can Get It” will go on tour: “‘Nice Work If You Can Get It,’ the 2012 Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical that marries a new screwball-comedy plot to old Gershwin songs, will spawn a national touring company, the producers said on May 8 … The tour will launch in fall 2013. Tour direction is by The Booking Group, which currently oversees the tours of ‘The Book of Mormon,’ ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘Anything Goes’ (among others) and also represented the original tours of ‘The Producers’ and ‘Rent.'” PLAYBILL

MTV announced the nominees for Best Latino Actor at the MTV Movie Awards: “Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Demian Bichir, Penelope Cruz and Harmony Santana are the nominees for Best Latino Actor at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, which will be held June 3, the MTV, Musica y Mas television channel announced Monday. The bilingual entertainment channel said in a press release that Saldaña was nominated for her role in the film ‘Colombiana,’ Luna for ‘Casa de Mi Padre,’ Bichir for ‘A Better Life,’ Cruz for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides‘ and Santana for ‘Gun Hill Road.'” FOX NEWS LATINO

Alex Trebek considering retiring from “Jeopardy!“: “What is ‘two’? This is the number of years Alex Trebek may have left as the host of ‘Jeopardy,’ he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Trebek, 71, says he has been ‘thinking about retiring’ after 28 years with the game show phenomenon. Trebek said he may spend his remaining years on charity work. He is active with the humanitarian group World Vision and has embarked on several U.S.O. tour to support troops overseas.” IFP

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