News Briefs: ABC Asks for More Castle

By Tim Surette

Feb 06, 2013


... Castle fans, this one's for you. ABC has asked for an extra episode of the semi-romantic procedural to add to the current season, bringing the total to 24 episodes. The show just aired its thirteenth episode last night, and the bonus episode means one extra paycheck for its stars, one less repeat we'll have to suffer through, and one tiny price hike on the DVD set. [TV Line]


... Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl IX set a personal record on Sunday, netting 12.4 million unique viewers over the course of its day-long run. That's up from last year's 8.7 million viewers. The infamous Super Bowl blackout boosted ratings 54 percent as viewers tired of watching Shannon Sharpe argue with himself by taking every possible stance on a subject did some channel-surfing and realized that puppies said more about football than the broadcasters did once their planned coverage was interrupted. [THR]

... Note to self: Don't debut a show the day after the Super Bowl. The hungover and rioting masses did not tune into David E. Kelley's new TNT medical drama Monday Mornings. Only 1.34 million viewers showed up once same-day DVR numbers were factored in. The second episode of Dallas's second season didn't do much better, hitting a series low. [Deadline Hollywood]


... NBC is rolling out the past and has ordered a pilot for the remake of Ironside, the '60s drama about a police detective who continues to be a badass after he's put in a wheelchair by an on-the-job shooting. The handsome Blair Underwood (The Event) will star. This sounds like a great way to bring in that 18-49 year old demographic! [EW]

... ABC has ordered a multi-camera comedy pilot starring John Leguizamo. The show would be loosely based on Leguizamo's life as a husband and father living in New York. Ooh! I hope they include that time he played Violator the fatso clown in Spawn! [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO has signed a development deal with George R.R. Martin, author of the "Song of Ice and Fire" novels that Game of Thrones is based on. Martin is also an executive producer of the HBO fantasy drama, and usually writes one episode per season. Disgruntled "Song of Ice and Fire" fan: "He could have used the time he spent signing the contract writing the next book, sheesh!" [Deadline Hollywood]


... Friends co-stars Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox will reunite on NBC's Go On when the latter guest-stars. Cox will play a woman who Anne sets up with Ryan in an April episode. [THR]

... Charles Michael Davis (The Game) has landed a role in The CW's The Originals, the proposed spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. Davis will play Marcel, a vampire protégé of Klaus. The Originals will be introduced as a backdoor pilot in the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries. If The CW likes what it sees, it will order The Originals to series for next season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS's summer series Under the Dome, based on the Stephen King novel, has cast True Blood's Aisha Hinds. Hinds, who played Lafayette's weird witch doctor friend in the HBO vampire drama, will play a Los Angeles-based lawyer who gets stuck in the small town of Chester's Mill when a mysterious shield surrounds it, trapping its inhabitants inside. [TV Line]

... Grey's Anatomy's Brooke Smith will pop up on Showtime's Ray Donovan in a recurring role. She'll play a nurse taking care of the title character's ill brother. Ray Donovan, about a Hollywoof "fixer," debuts on June 30. [THR]

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  • BrianSchmittg Feb 06, 2013

    As much as I like Go On, I'd much rather see the two of them show up on Episode. They could do something like what the Seinfeld cast did on Curb.

  • KeithOConnor1 Feb 06, 2013

    I like that they are bringing Chandler and Monica back together, but Go On is unwatchable so I don't care to see it.

  • sleepy-sonic Feb 06, 2013

    Monica and Chandler together again that will be cool.I'm really hoping for CW to pick The Originals

  • numberonecubsfa Feb 06, 2013

    A Hollywoof fixer, eh?

  • osdawaya16 Feb 06, 2013

    Game of Thrones :D

  • Taccado Feb 06, 2013

    Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox together again? I'm hoping for several jokes about Monica and Chandler.

  • hell693 Feb 06, 2013

    So Excited to see Chandler and Monica Together again Can't wait till that episode airs.

  • kanniballl Feb 06, 2013

    Courtney has been in a couple of reunion or mini-reunion episodes.

    On "Cougar Town" it was a GREAT "Scrubs" reunion. Really, about as well as you could hope for... especially the last scene before the credits.

    On "Dirt" it was so-so. She and Jennifer Anniston played adversaries and (I think) frenched at one point.

  • MunirRahool Feb 06, 2013

    Well deserved Castle (and Castle's fans), well deserved. In the first and even second season I was worried if the show will not continue on due to not too much attention to it. But the series is going on very strong on its light humors side, family drama, team dynamic and suspense.

  • rdhaakshu Feb 07, 2013

    eventhough i never had a doubt about its success
    i'm loving the preent story

  • Shreela Feb 06, 2013

    I think I'm the only viewer that doesn't enjoy shows reuniting former castmates - I'll always see them as their original team, which interrupts the present show. But everyone else seems to get excited when former castmates reunite.

    Most shows don't stuck around long after the main characters finally hooked up. So Castle getting one extra show, makes me wonder if they're making room for a proper finale?

    I'm consider watching Under the Dome, since it's CBS, who aren't as quick to cancel shows like NBC & Fox.

  • kanniballl Feb 06, 2013

    The "cancellation" is/was kind of my fear too. Usually when I hear that "Studio/Network asks for 1 or 2 extra episodes" it's because it's the last season and they're going to give a proper series finale.

    On the other hand, once or twice it was because they wanted to have a holiday episode to air... but Castle already had their XMas episode this year.

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