TV News: Week of January 10th to January 16th, 2011

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.

Check news on House, Parenthood, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, and more about which shows have been renewed for another season.


  • Amber Tamblyn’s stint on House will conclude this spring. Although her deal with the show was only for one year — she was brought in to fill the temporary void left by Olivia Wilde’s Thirteen — the boss was hoping the Joan of Arcadia actress would extend her stay. Source
  • After appearing in episode 13 of The Good Wife, Michael J. Fox will then return for a third episode later this season. Source
  • Jason Ritter is back on Parenthood. The Event actor is set to reprise his role as love interest to Lauren Graham’s Sarah for one episode later this season. Source
  • Jesse Eisenberg, who’s nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, will host the Jan. 29 episode, with musical guest Nicki Minaj. SNL alum Dana Carvey will return to host the show for the fourth time with Linkin Park as musical guest. Source
  • John Dye, best known as the angel of death Andrew on Touched By an Angel, has died on Monday, January 10th, 2011. He was 47. Rest in Peace. Source
  • ABC has picked up the Charlie’s Angels pilot that will be executive-produced by film Angel Drew Barrymore. The one-hour drama will be a modern remake of the 1970s classic and be set in Miami. Also attached to the project is former Smallville executive producers, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and Leonard Goldberg, who was an executive producer of the original series. Source
  • Showtime has just passed on Joel Surnow’s 8-part miniseries The Kennedys, which was canceled by its original network, History, on Friday. Source
  • Fox has renewed Raising Hope, the family comedy, for a second season. The critically acclaimed sitcom was the first new series to receive a full-season green light back in October. Source
  • Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) will do at least six episode in Fox’s midseason comedy Breaking In. Source
  • Justin Bieber will be back on CSI for February sweeps to reprise his role of Jason McCann. Source
  • CBS renews The Big Bang Theory for 3 more seasons. The series will continue on the network through the 2013-2014 season with this big three-year renewal. Source
  • Paola Turbay has joined HBO’s drama True Blood as a recurring character named Antonia. Source
  • Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki will guest star in an upcoming episode of Entourage. He will play a “tougher” version of himself. Source
  • Creative changes in the Law & Order: Los Angeles, co-stars Regina Hall and Megan Boone are departing the series. Boone is exiting completely, but Hall may return for a couple of episodes. Source
  • Pretty Little Liars has officially been picked up for a second season by ABC Family. Also, the network announced a fourth season pickup for The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which returns March 28 with new episodes. Source
  • Hero’s star Adrian Pasdar will guest star on ABC’s Castle as Eric Fallon, an FBI agent tasked with trying to track down and neutralize the threat that has the NYPD at full alert. Source
  • History Channel has decided not to air The Kennedys, an eight-part miniseries starring Greg Kinnear as JFK, Katie Holmes as wife Jackie, Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy, and Tom Wilkinson as Joseph Kennedy. While A&E Television Networks told THR the series’ historical accuracy didn’t meet History’s rigorous standards, Deadline hears that the move came “under political pressure from the Kennedy family who were not comfortable with the project coming out in the year of the 50th anniversary of Camelot.” Source

Ratings Highlights of the Week

  • The return of The Game on BET on January 11th,, which resurrected Mara Brock Akil’s series months after the CW axed it, drew a massive audience of 7.7 million viewers last night for the sitcom’s fourth season premiere. Source
  • On Tuesday January 11th, in its eighth season, CBS’ NCIS posted a series high in total viewers: 22 million, it was the top program on the night by a mile in viewers and adults 18-49 (4.5/12), leading CBS to an easy nightly victory and solid ratings gains from the Tuesday lineup’s last originals on Dec. 14. NCIS was up 13% in the demo; its spinoff NCIS: LA (3.7/9, 18 million), the second-highest rated program of the night, was up 12%. The Good Wife (2.3/6, 12.2 million) was up 5%. On ABC,  No Ordinary Family posted a series low 1.5/4 and averaged 5.4 million. V got a 1.9/5 and tied its series low, where it averaged 5.7 million. And Detroit earned a 1.1/3 — another series low — and lured 5.2 million. Source
  • On Sunday January 9th, the two-hour premiere of NBC’s The Cape starting at 9/8c averaged 8.4 million viewers. At 10, it ran a close second to Brothers & Sisters (8.4 million). Earlier, ABC’s Desperate Housewives was watched by 12.7 million viewers. Meanwhile, on cable, Showtime has plenty to be happy about with the fourth season premiere of Californication (1.12 million viewers), and the series premieres of Shameless (982,000 viewers) and Episodes (902,000 viewers). Source

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