NEIL PATRICK HARRIS REVEALS WHY HE REJECTED 'AMERICAN HORROR STORY': Neil Patrick Harris revealed during a recent interview that he and husband David Burtka turned down an offer to appear on the first season of American Horror Story. He explained, "The idea was that we would be a gay couple that, as it turns out, were murdered in this house, and our ghosts are around for the thing. We had just played ourselves as a couple not getting along, and I thought, 'It just seems weird to do that twice, as individual actors to play a couple that hate each other twice.' So I said 'No,' that we shouldn't do it." Neil and David played a couple who was always fighting in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
CUE CARD GUY FIRED FROM 'THE LATE SHOW': Tony Mendez, longtime cue card guy for David Letterman, was fired from The Late Show recently for fighting with one of the show's longtime writers, Bill Scheft. According to the New York Post, they got into an argument in Letterman's dressing room which led to Tony showing up to work angry the next day and shoving Bill against a wall. Mendez admitted to the newspaper that he should not have shoved his colleague but added that the fight was a long time coming. Despite his firing, Tony will receive his full salary and health insurance until Letterman retires from the show in May.
FOX CUTS ORDER OF 'MULANEY': Fox has reduced the number of episodes for the freshman sitcom Mulaney. The season will now consist of 13 episodes rather than the original order of 16. It will continue to air in its Sunday timeslot following Family Guy. Mulaney premiered to low ratings in the 18-to-49 demographic but network reportedly has hopes things will turn around before pulling the plug completely.
LIFETIME CANCELS 'THE LOTTERY': Lifetime has officially decided not to bring The Lottery back for a second season. The series only averaged 700,000 viewers in its first season despite nabbing 1.1 million when it premiered back in July. Devious Maids is currently the only scripted series on the network confirmed to be returning next year.
'POLTERGEIST' REMAKE GETS MPAA RATING: The MPAA has given a PG-13 rating to the upcoming remake of the 1982 film Poltergeist. The original movie was initially rated 'R' until producer Steven Spielberg argued it down to just 'PG.' The new Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt. It hits theaters next July.