TV News: Week of January 24th to January 30th, 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 about the status on Two and a Half Men, the Bones spinoff, two regular actors exiting 90210, plus information on an upcoming episode of Castle, Modern Family, NCIS, Mike & Molly and rating news on House, Lie To Me and Hawai Five-0


News

  • Geoff Stults, whose credits include the aforementioned ABC drama (as well as 7th Heaven and Happy Town), will front the planted pilot for Bones spinoff, which will air as the 19th episode of Bones‘ current season. It is based on The Locator series of two books written by Richard Greener. Source

  • Due to Charlie Sheen’s decision to seek treatment on an undisclosed rehabitation center, production on his CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men has been shut down. The team behind the hit comedy is rallying around the troubled star, making their support known in a joint statement Friday: “Due to Charlie Sheen’s decision to enter a rehabilitation center, CBS, Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre are placing Two and a Half Men on production hiatus. We are profoundly concerned for his health and well-being, and support his decision” Source

  • 90210’s Lori Loughlin and Ryan Eggold will not be returning to the show next season. A 90210 spokesperson confirms that Loughlin and Eggold’s contract options have not been picked up and their romantically-linked characters — matriarch Deb and teacher Ryan — will exit at season’s end. Next season, which will focuse on college life means there will be less emphasis on teachers and parents. Source

  • ABC’s Castle is plotting an episode that will make references to Nathan Fillion’s daytime roots In an episode titled “One Life to Lose,” Beckett and Castle will delve into the murder of a soap opera scribe. As they work the case, watch for multiple stars from ABC’s own sudsers to make appearances (though probably not as themselves but fictional thespians). The episode is tentatively set to air March 21. Source
  • Nathan Lane will return to ABC’s Modern Family in a spring episode. Source
  • NCIS has tapped former Brothers & Sisters actress Sarah Jane Morris to join the cast for a major arc.She will play Erica Jane “EJ”  Barrett, a new NCIS agent who shakes up the team dynamic. More specifically, look for sparks to fly between EJ and Michael Weatherly’s Tony. Source
  • Queer As Folk and Populae‘s Robert Gant has landed a role on CBS’s hit freshman comedy, Mike & Molly. He will guest-star as Kyle, a bakery boss who is very sweet on Molly. Gant appears in this season’s 16th episode. Source

Ratings Highlights of the Week

  • On Sunday January 23rd, the special edition of CBS freshman drama Hawaii Five-0 that began well after the AFC Championship Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets  at 10 p.m. earned a 5.7/15 in 18-49 and 20.7 million viewers. Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million. Source
  • On Monday January 24th, House M.D. and Lie to Me helped FOX in gains in adults 18-49 versus last week but also helped the network to post its most-watched Monday of the TV season with entertainment programming (9 million), according to preliminary results. The medical drama earned a 3.7 rating/10 share among 18-49. It averaged 10.4 million. Lie to Me posted a 3.7/10 in adults – up 39% versus last week – and averaged 7.6 million. Source

90210’s Lori Loughlin and Ryan Eggold will not be returning to the show next season. A 90210 spokesperson confirms that Loughlin and Eggold’s contract options have not been picked up and their romantically-linked characters — matriarch Deb and teacher Ryan — will exit at season’s end. Next season, which will focuse on college life means there will be less emphasis on teachers and parents. Source http://www.tvline.com/2011/01/90210-exclusive-lori-loughlin-ryan-eggold-to-exit/

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