TV REWIND: Emmy Ratings Rise, Johnny Lewis Dead, Morgan’s Grammer Ban
By Carson Blackwelder
Every week, Rachel recaps the major TV-related news, announcements and gossip! This week, Carson fills in.
• ABC’s 64th Primetime Emmy Awards rose 6 percent in viewership from last year, but that increase skewed toward the over-50 crowd as opposed to the key 18-49 demo.
• FX’s Sons of Anarchy actor Johnny Lewis was found dead Wednesday outside the home of a woman who was also found dead.
• Kelsey Grammer (Starz’s Boss) has been banned from Piers Morgan’s talk show, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.
• NBC announced that Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will have a Fifty Shades of Grey-themed episode this season.
• Lana Parrilla (ABC’s Once Upon a Time) speaks out in defense of LGBT rights and says other celebs should, too.
• Former NBC Today show host Katie Couric, who hosts ABC’s daytime talk show Katie, revealed she once battled an eating disorder.
• NBC’s The Voice has been renewed for a fourth and fifth season.
• First, it was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now, it’s Thomas Edison: Crime Fighter — at least, according to NBC. The network is creating a drama that sees the inventor working with the New York Police force.
• FX is working on a TV adaptation of the 1996 film Fargo.
• HBO’s Treme will have a shortened final and fourth season.
• CBS’s Vegas had a great premiere (in terms of ratings), bringing in 14.7 million viewers and a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo. CBS says it looks as though the show will be the network’s biggest 10 p.m. drama debut since Judging Amy in 1999.
• TNT has renewed Major Crimes for a second season.
• ABC is developing a “fun, twisty” heist drama from Fox’s 24 executive producer Evan Katz. Screenwriter Chris Morgan (Wanted) is also involved.
• Covert Affairs, White Collar and Royal Pains will be returning to USA with new seasons.
• The first season on TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo ended Wednesday night, but “HOLLAday” specials have been planned for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
• Lifetime announced the contestants for the second season of Project Runway All Stars.
• The CW has given second seasons to Oh Sit! and Breaking Pointe.
COMINGS & GOINGS
• ABC’s The Bachelorette contestant Sean Lowe has been named the new titular The Bachelor. The new season begins in January.
• Zac Efron will make an appearance on today’s episode of PBS’s Sesame Street, in which he will teach Elmo about patience.
• AMC’s Breaking Bad Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito is heading back to NBC’s Community.
• Kirstie Alley has signed on to star in the TV Land comedy pilot Giant Baby — just as soon as she gets off the ballroom floor of ABC’s all-star edition of Dancing with the Stars.
• Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle star Jane Kaczmarek will guest star on ABC’s The Middle as Frankie’s (Patricia Heaton) career college teacher.
• NBC’s Smash is bringing back Broadway star Bernadette Peters for the series’ second season.
• Carrie Preston, of HBO’s True Blood, is returning to CBS’s The Good Wife, and NBC’s The West Wing’s Stockard Channing will guest star as Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) mom.
• Sean Combs a.k.a. Diddy will guest star on season eight of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
• Lauren Graham (NBC’s Parenthood) will guest star on NBC’s sitcom Go On as Matthew Perry’s ex.
• The Newsroom’s (HBO) Olivia Munn is the newest chick on Fox’s New Girl. She will play Nick’s (Jake Johnson) love interest.
• Laura Prepon joins Weeds creator Jenji Kohan’s new Netflix drama series Orange is the New Black.
• NBC’s Animal Practice’s Justin Kirk is getting a TV mom. Annie Potts (ABC’s GCB) will play the vet’s mother on the show.
• Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney will guest star on an upcoming episode of The CW’s Hart of Dixie. We’re impressed.
• PBS’s Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is writing a prequel that will follow the budding relationship between Robert (Hugh Bonneville) and Cora (Elizabeth McGovern). We say no dice without Maggie Smith.
• Olympic soccer player Hope Solo reveals in her autobiography that Dancing with the Stars is rigged.
• Community star Chevy Chase trashes the comedy — again. In other news, the sky is blue.
• Fox’s new American Idol judge Nicki Minaj is reportedly in talks to get her own reality show on E!
• In preparation for this Sunday’s trifecta of awesomeness on ABC, Jennifer Morrison spills secrets from the second season of Once Upon a Time (Once Upon a Time, Revenge and 666 Park Avenue premiere this Sunday, beginning at 8 p.m. EST).
• Need some more info on Netflix’s Arrested Development? Guest star Adam DeVine (Comedy Central’s Workaholics) spills some secrets from the set.
• Chase may bash it, but we love Community. Take a look at these season four photos.
• The third season of The CW’s Nikita bows Oct. 19, and here’s a preview to keep you on the edge of your seat.
• Knock knock! Who’s there? A clip from the premiere of The Good Wife.
• Miley Cyrus hops into bed with Ashton Kutcher in these pics from CBS’s Two and a Half Men.
• The first promo has arrived for Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, which will make its TV debut Oct. 9 on The CW.
• Ready for the new season of Fox’s Bob’s Burgers? Here’s a preview to get you even more excited.
FRIDAY FUN: Check out the best freeze frames from the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Try not to laugh, we dare you.
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