TV News: Week of December 6th to December 12th, 2010

This post will be updated throughout the entire week with the most important news of the week. So keep checking this post for more news.

News

  • NBC reduces order of Love Bites, an anthology from Sex and the City scribe Cindy Chupack that was described as a modern-day Love, American Style, from 13 to 9 episodes. The show was originally set for fall but was quickly replaced with The Apprentice because star Becki Newton (Amanda from Ugly Betty) was pregnant and Chupack stepped down for personal reasons. Although there’s still no debut date, an insider insists that the project remains a priority, but there’s too much content for midseason. Source
  • Jason Alexander may be heading back to TV. CBS has ordered an hour long series in which he executive produce and also stars in. It is about a former TV star who’s down on his luck and winds up joining his ex-wife’s detective agency. Once there, the character reinvents himself as an investigator with a penchant for disguise. Source
  • ABC announced that the prized post- Modern Family timeslot will be filled by Matthew Perry´s new series Mr. Sunshine. The show will debut Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 9:30/8:30c, while Courtney Cox´s comedy Cougar Town goes on hiatus until April 13. Source
  • Eliza Dushku has pulled out of TNT´s drama pilot Bird Dog. Apparently she exited the project over the weekend, several days after she closed a deal to star in the drama. Source
  • Joel McHale, star of the NBC comedy series Community and host of E!’s The Soup, has signed with WME for film and television. Also, he has just signed a new 2-year deal with E! to continue as the host of The Soup, a pop culture satiric news magazine which has run for 7 seasons and recently marked its 300th episode. Source

  • Chris Brancato has been tapped as executive producer/showrunner on the final eight-episode season of USA’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Brancato became available after Fox’s Terra Nova, on which he had been consulting, recently released most of its writers. Source

Ratings Highlights of the Week

  • Over six million people watched last night’s season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, making it the most-watched episode of the season. (An additional 2.1 million viewers took in the show during its 11 p.m and 1 a.m. encore airings.) With an average of 3.5 million viewers over its six-episode season aged 18 to 49, the zombie series, is now the most watched drama series in basic cable history in the ad-favored demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. Source
  • On Sunday December 5th, although not the ratings force it once was, Desperate Housewives was watched by 11.21 million and got a  3.5/ 8 in the adults 18-49 at 9 pm, down 8%fro its last new airing to tie its season low. However, Brothers & Sisters hit a season and series low with 7.72 million and 2.2/ 6 in the demo.

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