TV Rewind: ‘Globes’ Broadcast Dominates, ‘The Killing’ Resurges, ‘Idol’ Ratings Plummet
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!
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• The 2013 Golden Globes dominated the ratings Sunday, drawing 20 million viewers. There was a 17 percent increase in audience members over last year’s ceremony, and the show was up 28 percent in the 18-49 demo, scoring a 6.4 adult rating.
• AMC’s The Killing, which got the ax this summer, is officially coming back for a third season. The drama will return to AMC along with stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, but not everything will be the same: Detectives Linden and Holder (Enos and Kinnaman) will be working on a new case a year after solving the Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay) murder.
• Despite adding judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, the new season of Fox’s American Idol debuted to its smallest premiere audience ever. Although the reality show still drew 17.9 million viewers, that’s a 19 percent drop from the previous season premiere.
• Hallelujah! Despite rumblings that she may not return, Maggie Smith will be coming back for the fourth season of Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey — claiming every Golden Globe and Emmy for at least the next two years (sorry, Christina Hendricks).
• Following the news that AMC’s The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara is departing the drama after its current third season, it’s been announced that supervising producer Scott Gimple will take his place. Considering he’s the third person to fill the position in the show’s three-year history, Gimple may not want to get too comfortable.
• After airing new episodes on Sundays and Tuesdays, ABC is pulling Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 from its Sunday schedule because of poor ratings. New episodes will continue to run on Tuesdays. As if we didn’t see that one coming …
• It looks as though we’ll get another season of CBS’s Two and a Half Men, making it the 11th for the comedy. “We told [studio] Warner Bros. we would like to have an 11th season and they’re equally interested,” says CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler, “So stay tuned.”
• The CW’s Gossip Girl may have just completed its run, but it’s only getting started in Mexico. Gossip Girl: Acapulco is similar to the well-known American version, but instead of NYC, it’s set in — you guessed it — Acapulco. Can you guess who’s Chuck and who’s Blair?
• Jessica Simpson has been known more for her personal life as of late, but she’s about to turn that into (possible) TV gold for NBC. Simpson is set to star in an untitled sitcom pilot based on her life, and it will be written and co-executive produced by Nick Bakay (Fox’s Til Death).
• Can’t get enough of Downton Abbey? iTunes is allowing Downton season pass holders to download the final three episodes of the new season early. Beginning Jan. 29, you can see how the year ends for the Crawleys before the finale airs on PBS Feb. 17.
• In case there weren’t enough evidence that cable is outperforming broadcast in terms of quality, no network series won a Golden Globe this year.
• After two seasons, Syfy’s Alphas has been canceled.
• Steven Bochco (ABC’s NYPD Blue) may be returning to TV through TNT. The network ordered a pilot of Bochco’s series Murder in the First, which tracks season-long crimes in the same vein as The Killing.
• Showtime is adding another series to its schedule. Penny Dreadful, from John Logan and Sam Mendes (Skyfall), will be a “psychosexual horror” that follows such famous literary characters as Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Van Helsing and more. However, don’t expect it to be too otherworldly. “This promises to be a wholly original television show,” says Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “It’s very realistic; it’s very grounded. The characters are in very human form in turn-of-the-century London.”
• The CW’s The Vampire Diaries could be getting a spin-off, starring the series’s antagonist Klaus (the wonderful Joseph Morgan). The series would be based in New Orleans and also star season four guest player Phoebe Tonkin.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
• Two pieces of Matt Damon news this week: The actor will not only appear on the second season of Showtime’s House of Lies, but he’ll also finally sit down with Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, Jan. 24.
• Although it seems as though Steve Carell won’t return for the series finale of NBC’s The Office, two familiar faces will come back. Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak will reprise their roles as Kelly and Ryan, who will hopefully live happily ever after with each other.
• Scott Foley has landed a role on ABC’s Scandal. The actor’s role is not yet known, but “he’s on board for a major arc to air towards the end of the show’s current second season.”
• Former boxer Mike Tyson will soon be stretching his acting chops by guest-starring on Law & Order: SVU. He’ll play a murderer on death row.
• Betsy Brandt has already lined up her post-Breaking Bad (AMC) gig: The actress will play Michael J. Fox’s wife in the upcoming NBC comedy loosely based on the actor’s life.
Jessica Lange is already signed up for season three of FX’s American Horror Story, but it’s just been announced that she’ll be joined by series regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.
• Heather Locklear will soon be joining the boys’ club on TNT’s Franklin & Bash. She’ll portray a new partner, named Rachel King, at the law firm.
• ABC’s Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts is slowly making her way back to TV. She’ll make a “dry run” on the morning program next week and most likely return regularly in February.
• Following her split from Fox’s The X Factor, former judge Britney Spears is also splitting from her fiancé, Jason Trawick. It’s not all bad news for the singer, though: She may soon be heading to Las Vegas.
• Although Lifetime has decided to end Drop Dead Diva after four seasons, creator Josh Berman says it’s not out of the game just yet. “Don’t lose hope,” Berman says. “Jane Bingum came back from the dead. I think Drop Dead Diva will, too,” adding that there’s been interest in the dramedy from other networks.
• Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is expecting a son. The baby, being born via a surrogate, is due in February.
• The series finale of Fox’s Fringe is actually here. Check out the trailer for the two-hour episode, which bows tonight.
• Here’s another teaser for the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The season debuts March 31.
• Beyonce is coming to HBO. The singer will star in a documentary-of-sorts, which she also directed, about her life. The trailer for Life Is But a Dream offers a glimpse of what’s to come Feb. 16.
• Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) is making a comeback! Here’s your first look at the Feb. 4 Sparkles-filled episode of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother.
• Fringe’s Seth Gabel won’t be off of your TVs for too long: Here’s a peek at his Jan. 30 evil turn on The CW’s Arrow.
• Here’s a history of Golden Globes hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey‘s friendship, proving once and for all that they are America’s pride and joy.
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