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TCA Tidbits: Ghost Sex, Lipstick Jungle, Pushing Daisies, More

It's the last day of the TCA press tour, and ABC is presenting a ton of new midseason series today, including Nathan Fillion's Castle and Amber Tamblyn's The Unusuals. The news has been coming fast and furious, so here are some tidbits from this morning's ABC sessions and yesterday's NBC panels:

  • Apparently, we should stop using the term "ghost sex" to describe Izzie and Denny's relationship on Grey's Anatomy, stat. "It's not a ghost, which you will learn," ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson said. He also said skeptical viewers should be patient and wait to see where the story is going: "I actually think that when you get to the end of the season and you see what [creator Shonda Rhimes] had in mind, it might not be your cup of tea, but I think you will be surprised at how insightful and smart the storyline itself is."
  • If you were hoping NBC's executives would give some clarity to the Lipstick Jungle cancellation situation, no such luck: According to entertainment president Angela Bromstad, no decision has been reached on the show's future, and it will be a conversation when the network sets its Fall schedule.
  • These were pretty much no-brainers, but NBC has renewed The Office, 30 Rock, and The Biggest Loser.
  • Count Portia de Rossi in for an Arrested Development movie: Despite calling her new character in ABC's Better Off Ted her all-time favorite, she'd be up for reprising Lindsay Bluth on the big screen. "I would love to do a movie for Arrested," she said — before adding to the confusion surrounding the project by saying "the cast are all on board." If that gets off the ground, she'd be a busy lady: She also wants to start a vegan shoe line.

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  • NBC's aware that Heroes needs to change things up: "Tim [Kring] and I have talked to getting back to the core of the show, that it's these ordinary people with extraordinary powers, and that they may have taken on too much in terms of the storyline," Bromstad said.
  • McPherson was sadly noncommittal on the future of the unaired episodes of Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, and Eli Stone. He said he's hopeful they'll get out somehow, but there would be lots of financial issues and rights issues to deal with first.
  • Jimmy Fallon snapped a picture of the TCA crowd with his iPhone and said he'd be bringing a decidedly geeky feel to his version of Late Night when he takes over in March.
  • Apparently, we needn't fear that moving to an earlier time slot will make Conan O'Brien tame: "I like to stand on things. I like to lick things. I jump around," he said — and none of that is going away. He also said he's hoping his band will make the move to LA with him. As for his Late Night farewell, he said he's aware that longtime fans will want certain things, but "what I don't want to do is a big salute to me."
  • Rachel Maddow, who was here to chat about her MSNBC talk show, on President Bush's post-presidency plans: "No international travel, probably, for the rest of his life."

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