TV News: Week of November 29th to December 5th, 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

  • ABC’s hourlong procedural Body of Proof starring Dana Delany will succeed Detroit 1-8-7 in the Tuesday 10 PM slot. It will premiere on March 29, following Detroit‘s 18-episode run, with the Dancing with the Stars result show as a lead-in. Source
  • NBC has reduced the order to freshman procedural Chase by 4 episodes, from full-season 22 to 18. Source
  • Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy) has landed the lead in the J.J. Abrams-produced Fox pilot Alcatraz. She joins Lost alum Jorge Garcia.  Source
  • David Steinberg and Steve Carell team up to produce a documentary about comedy over the past sixty years through the eyes of many generations of comedians. The documentary is yet untitled but already in production. Some comedians that will appear are: Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Lily Tomlin, Don Rickles, Carol Burnett, Jerry Seinfield, Ellen DeGeneres, Robin Williams, Jane Lynch and Tina Fey among others. Source
  • Seinfield character Jackie Chiles gets its own Web spinoff. The fast talking attorney has landed his own series on the comedy video Web site Funny or Die. Again Chiles will be played by actor Phil Morris who had to get the go-ahead with the project from the show´s creators, Jerry Seinfield and Larry David. Source
  • Office star Steve Carell stays in the NBC comedy business as a writer. The network just bought the actor-comedian´s half hour single camera project based on his early days working as a mail carrier in Littleton, Massachusetts. Carell, who will leave The Office in May after seven years will also serve as an executive producer of the tentatively titled The Post-Graduate Project. Source
  • Ugly Betty’s scene stealer Michael Urie has been cast in Brain Trust, a TBS pilot. It’s an hour long comedy detective series about a disgraced cop who turns to three “hyper-smart geniuses”. Urie will play one of the geniuses and D.B. Sweeney, the detective. Source

  • Burn Notice prequel featuring Bruce Campbell will premiere on USA network in Spring 2011. Production will start in January 2011 in Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku is returning to series television as the female lead in Mike Robe’s TNT drama pilot Bird Dog, a mystery fashioned around an unlikely partnership of two cops who happen to be father and daughter. It centers on Gail McGrath (Dushku), who followed in her father’s footsteps in becoming a police officer but had little else in common with him. Source
  • Idina Menzel is headlining her own musical hourlong project, a mother-daughter relationship drama in the vein of Gilmore Girls for ABC from writer Bob Kushell  (Samantha Who?). Source
  • Two TV leading ladies, Desperate Housewives‘ Eva Longoria and former Cold Case star Kathryn Morris are behind Sendera, a Texas border town soap that is in the works at ABC. Sendera is described as a modern day Shakespearean drama about two wealthy families, one from Texas the other from Mexico, locked in a struggle for power, land, sex and legacy. Also, Longoria and her production company Unbelievable Entertainment are producing two other projects, Parenting by Committee, a single-camera comedy at ABC and Aztecs, a potential mini-series for Starz. Source
  • D.B. Sweeney has landed the lead in Dean Devlin’s hourlong TBS pilot Brain Trust, which centers on Detective Billy Doyle (Sweeney), whose career and life have hit rock bottom after he accidentally ends his partner’s career. Source

Ratings Highlights of the Week

  • The 90-minute third season finale of FX’s Sons of Anarchy delivered 3.6 million total viewers last night, 2.4 million of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. It was the drama series’ second highest rated telecast of the season behind the season premiere.  Source
  • On Sunday November 28th, the penultimate fifth episode of the AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead drew 5.6 million viewers, a series high, besting the series’ monster premiere that averaged 5.3 million. In adults 18-49, the series already renewed for Season 2, attracted 3.7 million viewers, which is also a record. Source

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