The CBS Early Show fires all of its anchors, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi will reunite on The Defenders, Laura Prepon on Castle, Fran Drescher gets a TV Land reality show with her gay ex-husband, and many more TV happenings!

TV News and the Best of the Rest on the WebS

Great news, pervs! There's a Snooki sex doll. Get 'em for your whole Christmas list! [Warming Glow]

  • In TV News...
  • Holy Morning Show Changeups, Batman! The CBS Early Show has gone on a firing spree, axing Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez, and weatherman Dave Price. Who'll fill their shoes? Erica Hill and Chris Wragge. [TV Newser]
  • Dan Aykroyd will reunite with Jim Belushi on The Defenders. Too bad it's such a crappy show. [TV Guide]
  • The Simpsons producers apparently rushed in the Fox News joke for the second week in a row after Bill O'Reilly called them "pinheads." [Mediaite]
  • But, apparently The Simpsons won't attack Fox News again. [TV Squad]
  • Take a first look at Laura Prepon on the set of Castle—she'll play Castle's new Beckett. I don't follow the show too much, but it seems like fans might not appreciate this? [Movieline]
  • Natasha Leggero has signed a talent holding deal with NBC, causing people to ask if she'll be the new boss at Dunder Mifflin. [Variety]
  • Fran Drescher is getting her own reality show on TV Land. It's called Happily Divorced, and is about her relationship with her gay ex-husband. [Deadline]
  • Is going on What Not To Wear as a washed-up celebrity a career revitalizer? Maybe so. [TV Squad]
  • Here's a preview of Glee's Kurt and Rachel facing off while performing "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina". [Vulture]
  • Shonda Rhimes (creator of Grey's Anatomy) has a new TV venture up her sleeve: a drama about PR crisis management. [Vulture]
  • Archer has a return date! It'll be back on FX January 27th. [TV Squad]
  • Eliza Dushku is returning to TV in the form of a TNT drama pilot called Bird Dog. [TV on the Brain]
  • Fox has released a 10-second teaser trailer for Simon Cowell's X Factor, which will show up on your TV screens in the Fall of 2011. [Movieline]
  • Dana Delaney's Body of Proof finds a time slot on ABC—Tuesday Nights starting March 29th. It's the time slot currently occupied by Detroit 1-8-7. [Vulture]
  • 74 Holiday picks: TV Shows, Specials, Marathons, and TV Movies. [TV Squad]
  • Well, America, if it makes you feel any better—Bridalplasty's premiere had horrible ratings. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Hillary Swank is developing a fashion show TV series for The CW. [Vulture]
  • Around the Web...
  • Simpsons fans, "The Lost Jokes and Story Arcs of "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" is a must-read. It's written by Bill Oakley (a writer from seasons 4-6 and an executive producer/showrunner from seasons 7-8.) [Splitsider]
  • Stereogum has released their list of the 50 most-anticipated albums of 2011. [Stereogum]
  • RHOA's Kim Zolciak is reportedly engaged to her boyfriend/Atlanta Falcons player Kroy Biermann. [Pop Eater]
  • This 1993 NPR broadcast from Science Friday talks about The Future of the Internet. A great listen for those who have the time! [Thought Catalog]
  • 26 movies that should become video games. [IFC]
  • "Terrible Choices" is like "Would You Rather" but with really, really, awful choices. [Urlesque]
  • This is all kinds of wrong, but still needed to be shared: Stiletto Tevas exist. [The Hairpin]
  • What the haters missed in Going the Distance. I didn't see it, but plan to because it stars Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day (aka the Sully Prequel.) [Movieline]
  • Hey, it's Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal's nude Entertainment Weekly cover—with their faces reversed! [Reddit]