TV News: Week of November 15th to November 21st, 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 (from new to old).


  • Friday Night Lights and Lonestar’s star Adrianne Palicki has signed on to guest-star in an episode of Criminal Minds that pays homage to Oliver Stone’s seminal criminal satire Natural Born Killers, where she will play Syd a sexually manipulative lunatic who sets out on a cross country killing spree with her badass sociopath husband Ray (The Black Donnellys‘ Jonathan Tucker). Source
  • Glee’s Harry Shum Jr, aka Mike Chang, has been promoted to series regular starting in season 3. The actor and dancer has been on the musical comedy since season 1.
  • Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek will appear in the Christmas episode of How I Met Your Mother, in an episode called “False Positive”, described by co-creator Carter Bays as “our twisted version of A Christmas Carol-type story”.
  • Original Smallville cast member Annette O’Toole will reprise her role as Clark Kent’s mother in episode 13 “Beacon” set to air early next year. She last appeared on May 2010.
  • Emmy winner Claire Danes is in talks for the female lead in Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland, a psychological thriller which centers around Carrie Anderson (Danes) a smart, driven and iconoclastic CIA case officer who tracks down threats to homeland security coming from the Middle East. This would mark Danes’ first TV series role since her defining gig on ABC’s My So-Called Life 15 years ago, for which she won a Golden Globe. The show comes from former 24 executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon. Source
  • Rescue Me actor Daniel Sunjata has been cast in a recurring role on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. He will play a nurse and love interest to Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson). He will first appear on the Dec. 2nd episode.
  • The Big Bang Theory has promoted Mayim Bialik (Amy Fowler) to series regular, the same way the show did with Melissa Rauch.
  • Though CBS cut the season order of Medium from 22 to 13 episodes, the network has not officially been canceled in its current seventh season. However, Patricia Arquette, the star of the drama told EW “we got canceled”. “I was trying to get information from the writers about the last episode”, she said this weekend, “I don’t know what it’s going to be, but they’re really excited about it. They’re like, `we’re just going to burn the whole thing down!’ I’m really excited.”. The CBS-owned Medium, which airs Fridays at 8 p.m., is currently averaging 7.1 million viewers. Source
  • NBC announced a 3 hour comedy night on Thursdays, which its lineup will be Community, Perfect Couples, The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, and Outsourced, starting January 20th, 2011.

Ratings Highlights of the Week

  • On Sunday November 14th, for scripted shows, Desperate Housewives was on the map with 11.78 million viewers and 3.7/ 9 in adults 18-49 at 9pm. Meanwhile, its ABC companion Brothers and Sisters was watched by 8.69 million; and 2.5/ 7 in adults 18-49. The big winner of the night was Sunday Night Football at NBC with got an average of 19.04 million and 7.3 rating/18 share from 8:30-11 p.m. FOX got a big boost with a half-hour football overrun at a whopping 21.95 million viewers and a 7.9/22 at 7 pm, which helped The Simpsons to be above average with 8.97 million viewers (#3) 3.9/10, he Cleveland Show (6.72 million, 3.1/ 7), Family Guy (7.00 million, A18-49: 3.3/ 8) and American Dad (5.37 million, A18-49: 2.6/ 6) from 8:30-10 p.m.
  • According to TBS reports, Conan O’Brien’s new talk show, Conan, averaged 2.2 million viewers between ages 18-49 in its first week, topping all other late-night programs.
  • On Tuesday November 16th, FOX’s Glee won the night in the demo adults 18-49 (4.9/14) and was seen by 11.64 million viewers. Meanwhile, CBS’s NCIS won the night in viewers with 16.41 million and got 3.9/11 in the demo.
  • On Thursday November 18th, CBS won the night with its combination of The Big Bang Theory (13.10 million; 4.3/13) at 8pm, $#*! My Dad Says(10.28 million; 3.1/9) at 8:30 pm, CSI (14.16 million; 3.1/8) at 9pm, and The Mentalist (14.66 million; 3.0/9) at 10pm.

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