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Friday, September 28, 2012
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TV REWIND: Emmy Ratings Rise, Johnny Lewis Dead, Morgan’s Grammer Ban

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

Every week, Rachel recaps the major TV-related news, announcements and gossip! This week, Carson fills in.

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TOP STORIES

• 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.

SHOW BIZ

• 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.

RUMOR MILL

• 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).

COMING UP

• 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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