Michael Ausiello
June 12, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

House grows to make room for the crazy
This fall, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will be getting a House remix. In fact, this very week, the Fox hit starts production on a special two-hour season premiere that’s set at the psychiatric facility that became Dr. Crankypants’ home in last month’s finale.

A show insider tells me that the expanded episode — to be directed by House executive producer Katie Jacobs — will feature a ”colorful” mix of characters, including Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) as House’s roommate.

Other casting calls for the installment suggest that the M.D. may be forming his own pit band at the facility. In addition to a young actress who can play the cello, producers are on the prowl for an older thespian who ”stomps to his own beat” and is a ”real percussionist.” And since Hugh Laurie can sing as well as play the piano, guitar, harmonica, and saxophone, all his TV act will be lacking is maybe a little chain-rattling by the ghosts of Amber and Kutner.

Futurama lives on!
Holy Bender Bending Rodríguez! Six years after Fox canceled the cartoon, Futurama is being resurrected on Comedy Central. The cable network has ordered 26 new episodes of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s late, great animated tale, to begin airing in mid-2010. Mirroring the survival story of another Fox ‘toon (hi, Stewie!), Futurama found renewed life on DVD and in reruns.

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