Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant announce a new show, New York Mag's 'approval matrix' is getting formatted for your TV, Food Network announces the Cooking Channel, and a thrilling infographic describing the correlation between marijuana consumption and viewing Lost.

Daily Link Roundup: TV News and the Best of the Rest on the Web


[The Village Voice's Runnin' Scared Blog has made some major discoveries in the correlation between smoking weed, Lost, and 4/20 (which happened to be yesterday.) I personally think it's brilliant.]

  • In TV News...
  • Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant revealed plans for their next project—a 30-minute comedy titled Life's Too Short that will air on BBC2.
    [The Lie Feed]
  • New York Magazine raises the question of whether or not last night's episode of Glee was nothing more than product placement for Madonna. [Vulture]
  • Lessons that Mad Men can learn from Lost. [Television Without Pity]
  • Good news for those who enjoy Guy Fieri and crazy obstacles that must be completed in under a minute: Minute to Win It has been added to NBC's summer lineup. [The Live Feed]
  • After much question as to whether or not the show could stay afloat, Comedy Central has ordered another season of Ugly Americans. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • I know I'm not the only one who flips to the last page of New York Magazine before reading anything else. The "Approval Matrix," which rates pop culture items on a scale of highbrow to lowbrow and brilliant to despicable, will be turned into a television show airing on Bravo. [Inside TV]
  • A complex-yet-accurate venn diagram of the programs being watched on TV today. [Esquire]
  • How excited are you for when Party Down returns this Friday? Probably not as excited as me... [Warming Glow]
  • The Food Network will launch The Cooking Channel at the end of May. What's going to be different about? Apparently, it's "a little grittier, a little edgier, a little hipper" version the network now. [Vulture]
  • ABC is developing an hour-long talk show for Tori Spelling and an undetermined male co-host. No word if this means they'll kill off one of their soaps, a morning show, or Regis. [Movieline]
  • Around the Web...
  • Phoenix is scoring the entire soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's new film, "Somewhere." According to Guitarist Christian Mazzalai, "She asked us to do some music, very in the spirit of 'Love Like a Sunset,' so we tried to put that track and elements of the track in the movie, and it worked well." [MTV]
  • For those who aren't familiar with the "FUUUUU" meme, the viral video afficianatos over at Urlsque bring you "Explaining Meme Evolution With Science." [Urlesque]
  • Fifteen movie posters redesigned with other actors that weren't cast in the original movies. [Moviefone]
  • A psychological study as to why people lie significantly more over email than in letters. [Geekosystem]
  • Finally the computer program you've always wanted to have readily availble to impress all of your friends: the "Debbie Downer" soundboard. Who needs a soundboard when you've got real life? [Soundboard]