News Briefs: Community's Ratings Were Left Broken-hearted on Valentine's Day

By Tim Surette

Feb 16, 2013


... After a great respectable start to its long-delayed fourth season, Community got dumped on Valentine's Day when it showed up for Episode 2. Ratings crashed 42 percent to a 1.1 in the adult demo, a series low. Obviously the "holiday" didn't help (ratings were down all across the board, but none were as steep as Community), but is the drop it a sign of something more? The saga continues next week. [Deadline Hollywood]


... ABC's new show Zero Hour (hee hee, this show) also had a bad night. The series debut embarrassed ABC with the network's worst in-season scripted premiere ever, grabbing a 1.3 rating in the adult demo (even Work It premiered to a 2.0 rating). You mean a conspiracy thriller about frozen Nazis and clocks and monster babies didn't click with people on Valentine's Day? [Deadline Hollywood]

... TV Land has ordered Giant Baby to series. The sitcom stars Kirstie Alley as a woman who reconnects with the son she gave up for adoption after his adoptive mother passes away. Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards also star, making TV Land the most star-studded network around for people who just woke up from 20-year comas. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lifetime is developing a miniseries based on the life of Cleopatra, that Egyptian hussy who put a fire in the loins of so many men back in the old days. The plan is to make it a four-hour extravaganza, most likely with incredibly cheesy dialogue, terrible acting, and the worst green-screen effects since the network's last project. Absolutely I'm watching! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Good news for Cleopatra is bad news for Renee Zellweger. Lifetime has passed on her pitch for the TV pilot Cinnamon Girl, about four ladies coming of age in late-'60s Los Angeles. [THR]


... Coach Taylor will now be Cardinal Taylor! Friday Night Lights' Kyle Chandler has grabbed the lead in the Showtime drama pilot Vatican. He'll play Cardinal Thomas Duffy, the Archbishop of New York in the thriller set against the politics of the Catholic Church. You should be very excited about this. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The B---- is back. Krysten Ritter is following her role on Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 with a role in the NBC comedy pilot Assistance. She'll play the lead, a woman caught between her "work husband" coworker, her real-life fiance, and her insane boss. <3 U Kristen will U B mine? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Torchwood's Burn Gorman (he played Owen) has joined AMC's pilot Turn. The period drama is set in 1778 and follows a small group of spies known as the Culper Ring who helped sway the tide in the War of Independence. [THR]

... iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove has joined NBC's pilot Girlfriend in a Coma. The comedy stars Christina Ricci as a woman who wakes up from a coma to find she has a 17-year-old daughter. I'm really hoping that she was pregnant when she went into the coma, otherwise some horny doctors have a lot of explaining to do. Cosgrove will play Ricci's daughter, which I suppose works for me. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The versatile CCH Pounder (The Shield) has hopped on board CBS's pilot The Advocates. The legal drama follows a pair of lawyers fighting for the little guys, and Pounder will play their boss. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Desperate Housewives vet Felicity Huffman has grabbed the badass lead in Fox's pilot Boomerang. She'll play the matriarch of a family of trained assassins who work for the U.S. government. [EW]

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  • Svanehjerte Feb 25, 2013

    Zero Hour was good!

  • zsandmann Feb 18, 2013

    CCH Pounder doing pilots is bad news for Warehouse13

  • Placebo_obecalP Feb 21, 2013

    Not really she only has a very small part in it, I highly doubt the W13 gig pays her bills ;)

  • JoeB08 Feb 18, 2013

    Started to watch Zero Hour and decided that it had definite possibilities.

    But one could already see the network cancelling the series after 3-4 airings. . .so why bother?

  • Placebo_obecalP Feb 18, 2013

    I like Community a lot but for some reason the first two episodes of this season fell flat with me, not sure why, just seemed a bit like they were trying too hard or something, they should go back to the school and back to doing what they do best IMO.

  • sunnysfunny Feb 17, 2013

    Vatican ... eh, I don't know but I'll check it out for Kyle Chandler.
    Assistance - I'll be tuning in for Krysten Ritter!

  • Sbriseno07 Feb 17, 2013

    Hmm, interesting news. Not the community of course, but the casting round up. It's kind of embarrassing but I am intrigued by more than one.

  • reklameguru Feb 17, 2013

    Really excited about "Turn"! AMC + periodic piece equals greatness :)

  • forgivemefazha Feb 17, 2013

    This season was a gift. A gift of socks when what you wanted was a game console, but a gift nonetheless.

  • Loooooooooooost Feb 17, 2013

    Damn, good news day. Well, except for Community, that is.

  • slNN69 Feb 17, 2013

    i think community sucks and is boring,i wouldnt care if they canceled the dumb show

  • Loooooooooooost Feb 17, 2013

    Uh huh

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