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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Morning News: October 12, 2011

1.  Ratings!   A total of 10 million people viewed at least part of Kim Kardashian's wedding (to NBA star Kris Humpheries) which aired on E! earlier this week. The End Times are nigh my friends. How I Met Your Mother is the lowest viewed show (still high compared to its competitors and high in terms of its demo) by a significant amount, compared to its comedy show colleagues airing after it on Monday night.  We are curious if this is reflective of declining Mother quality or more than surpassing interest in 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly (nothing seems to be able to stop Two and a Half Men's dominance). Overruns in playoff baseball collapsed Terra Nova's viewership on Fox, falling .6 in the 18-49 demographic week over week and more than 1 million viewership drop.  Ouch!

2.  Series PickUps. While not an overtly ringing endorsement, NBC has still given a lifeline to fans of its Kathy Bates dramedy, Harry's Law.  NBC has ordered 6 additional episodes on top of the current 13 season order. As a fan of the show The TV Watcher is pleased.  We need more ... Tommy Jefferson on that show!  Jonah Hill, and some guy named Hannibal Buress, have signed a blind commitment deal with Fox for a sitcom (no other details are available). Mr. Hill is already airing his new animated show on Fox, Allen Gregory. 

3.  Casting News. News has leaked that the next edition of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice will feature former supermodel, Cheryl Tiegs, and race car driver, Marco (son of Michael, grandson of Mario) Andretti. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon have been cast to play Liberace and his younger lover, respectively, in an HBO biopic entitled, Behind the Candelabra.  A truly horrible title to be sure but its got some star power in front of the camera and Steven Soderbergh (directing) and Jerry Weintraub (executive producer) behind the scenes.  T.R. Knight (of Grey's Anatomy fame) return to TV tonight on NBC's Law & Order: SVU.  Meredith Monroe (Dawson's Creek) has been cast as a possibly recurring character on CW's clunker Hart of Dixie. 

4.  In sobering news (it'll be clever in a second), Dr. Drew Pinsky has left VH-1's hit show, Celebrity Rehab (see what I did there with the "sobering" news, *rim shot*).  Word is that VH-1 will not cancel the show but likely rework its spin and take a new doctor on board.

5.  Baby News! Congratulations to Tori (Spelling) and Dean (McDermott) on the birth of their child, a daughter named Hattie Margaret McDermott.

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