Today’s TV snacks include news about the man in charge of “The Office,” the man in charge of the Pawnee parks department and bits about a couple midseason series.
“Ofifce” showrunner Paul Lieberstein has signed a three-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. He’ll eventually work on new series projects for the studio, but for the time being his focus will be on the continuing transition of “The Office” following Steve Carell‘s departure. [Deadline]
“Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman — aka Ron Swanson — will serve as host for the Television Critics Association Awards on Aug. 6. Says Offerman: “I am mighty flattered to be invited to speak in front of a crowd like this. The last time I was awarded such a privilege was in front of the Eagle Scouts disciplinary board, concerning what came to be known as ‘The Astonishing Cowsh*! Incident of 1987’ in Grundy County, Illinois. I presume this engagment will end in a friendlier fashion for all concerned.” Nominations for the awards will be announced next week. [TCA]
Danny Glover is joining Kiefer Sutherland in FOX’s midseason pilot “Touch.” The show is about a father (Sutherland) who discovers his autistic son can predict events before they happen; Glover (“Lethal Weapon,” “2012”) will play a professor who researches children with special gifts. [TVLine]
NBC’s midseason musical drama “Smash” — and one of its stars, former “American Idol” runner-up Katharine McPhee — are partnering with Columbia Records. McPhee has signed a solo recording deal with the label, and Columbia will also distribute the soundtrack album for the show. [NBC]
Julie Benz, late of “No Ordinary Family,” will guest-star on “Royal Pains” later this summer as a patient of Hank’s (Mark Feuerstein). She plays a woman who suffers a nagging injury while working on her family farm. Benz also stars in CBS’ fall series “A Gifted Man.” [TV Guide]
“Supernatural” and “Lost” alum Mark Pellegrino is joining “The Closer’s” final season in a recurring role. He’ll play a lawyer retained by Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) after she’s named in a civil suit. [TV Guide]