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[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in pop culture. Everyone needs something to keep them going, you know?]


Neyo_wait Songwriter to the stars and a boldfaced name in his own right, Ne-Yo is set to release his sophomore album, Know Me, on April 24. The set will feature production from, well, people who know Ne-Yo: previous collaborators Stargate and Ron "NEFF-U" Feemstar are on board for another round of knob twirling. Recent Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is set to be the disc’s sole guest. Things are off to a good start for Know Me — the disco-inflected first single, "Because of You," manages to be both mournful and bouncy. Let’s see if Ne-Yo can keep the pace — he admits that he isn’t "100 percent" finished with the album. Hurry, Ne-Yo, make that release date! You haven’t disappointed us yet and now isn’t the time to start. [Billboard.com]


Cguest_wait It’s a match made in heaven for pop-culture cynics: Christopher Guest (director of Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and, most recently, For Your Consideration) has signed on to helm a comedy pilot created by Arrested Development mastermind Mitch Hurwitz. The Thick of It will be adapted from a British show of the same name that concerns a bumbling government worker and his staff. It’s being developed for ABC and written by Hurwitz and Development collaborator Richard Day. Guest hasn’t directed for TV since the early ’90s, but doesn’t even matter — Thick is about as sure a bet as the ’08 Democratic ticket. [Zap2it]

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