News Briefs: Does Showtime Have a New Hit in Ray Donovan?
RAY'S RISING RATINGS NEWS
... Showtime's Ray Donovan did something new shows aren't supposed to do and rose in ratings during its second week. After logging 1.35 million viewers in last week's series debut, the show drew 1.56 million viewers last night. That's a first for a Showtime series. Dexter also saw a jump from week one to week two, building on its 2.48-million-viewer final-season debut with a 2.52 tally last night. Showtime did offer both of last week's premieres online for free in advance, so that could account for the increase. Or maybe Americans were still feeling patriotic after the Fourth of July and decided to watch some murder and some sex-tape cover-ups to honor our great country. [Showtime via press release]
... More like Bigot Brother. Awww yeah, nice burn, Tim! *self high-five* After hitting a series low in the ratings last week, CBS's Big Brother took on the much-blogged-about controversy of its racist and homophobic housemates by airing their bigoted remarks instead of avoiding them, and it paid off with a bounce-back in ratings. Following a 1.8 rating in the adult demo last week, last night's episode jumped to a 2.1, the highest since the season premiere and enough to win the night among major broadcasters. [TV By the Numbers]
... CBS and Netflix have decided to stay buddies for a little longer by renewing their streaming deals. The streaming-video service will continue to feature series from CBS's attic, including Star Trek, Twin Peaks, Jericho, and Medium, and this latest handshake will some new series from the network's family, including The L.A. Complex, The 4400, and CSI: NY. [CBS via press release]
... truTV has ordered a third season of Impractical Jokers, a hidden-camera show where four friends act like buffoons in public and record the reactions of passersby. And because it's the new hot TV trend, truTV has also ordered a follow-up chat show called Jokers After Party, where the dudes will sit around and talk about their favorite moments. I haven't seen Impractical Jokers so I can't say, but there's a good chance that Jokers After Party isn't a good idea. Season 3 of Impractical Jokers will consist of 15 episodes; Jokers After Party will get six. [truTV via press release]
... WE tv has given the greenlight to SWV – Sisters With Voices, a reality show following the comeback of '90s R&B group SWV. Look for it in early 2014. If the series doesn't explain why three soul sisters wore fencing gear in the "I'm So Into You" video, it will be a total failure. [WE tv via press release]
... Lumineers-singing kids and gay cowboys, Nashville welcomes you! ABC's country-music drama has promoted three characters for Season 2. Real-life sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella, who play Rayna James' daughters Maddie and Daphne, as well as Chris Carmack, who plays hunky homosexual-but-let's-not-tell-anyone crooner Will, have all been bumped up to series regular status. Anyone else excited for Will to sit in the front seat of a pickup truck in the rain while crying and pounding the steering wheel because he's fallen in love with another male country singer but his record label won't let him act on his urges because they want to protect his image as a lady killer? Not like I watch Nashville or anything. [THR]
... Paula Abdul will emerge from hibernation to make a guest judging appearance on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. Fans can catch her on tomorrow night's episode. [Fox via press release]
... Community's Yvette Nicole Brown (she plays Shirley) will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Psych. We don't know any details about her role, so let's just speculate and assume she'll be playing Shawn's long-lost evil twin! [TV Line]
... Hot rumor from the Rumor Factory! James Franco might play himself in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie! Am I the only person in the world who's not going to be in this movie? [Zap2It]
... Jenny McCarthy might be the newest chatterbox to join ABC's The View. [US Weekly]
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... OMG OMG OMG Pretty Little Liars' costars Ashley Benson (she plays Hanna) and Tyler Blackburn (he plays Caleb) are totally dating IRL! [US Weekly]
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