News Briefs: Nielsen's New Twitter Ratings Say Breaking Bad Is the Best
I'M THE ONE WHO TWEETS!!!
... Nielsen threw together a nifty infographic of its fledgling Twitter ratings system in effort to name the biggest TV moments of the 2013-2014 season, and among the interesting stats are that Breaking Bad had the "greatest reach" of any television series last year, with chatter about the series finale hitting the feeds of 9.1 million people. In the "average unique audience" rankings, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and... Pretty Little Liars finished 1-2-3, with The Bachelor, Game of Thrones, Teen Wolf, American Horror Story: Coven, Scandal, The Voice, and Dancing With the Stars rounding out the top 10. [Nielsen]
UPDATE YOUR TEEN HUNKS CALENDAR
... The CW has announced a handful of summer premiere dates, for a couple one-off specials and the 21st cycle of America's Next Top Model. Here they are:
Wednesday, June 4 at 8pm: IHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party (????)
Monday, July 28 at 8pm: 2014 Young Hollywood Awards
Friday, August 22 at 9pm: America's Next Top Model
[CW via press release]
... Ratings time! The debut of Halt and Catch Fire, AMC's '80s-set computer-revolution drama starring Lee Pace, flopped big time out of the gates on Sunday. Just 1.2 million viewers tuned in for the series debut, which is 900,000 viewers behind than the network's most recent series premiere (Turn, which drew 2.1 million viewers in April). Some folks may blame the fact that AMC put Halt and Catch Fire's first episode online and made it available via cable providers' On Demand services in advance of the premiere, but I think it was just a rough launch. Turn had The Walking Dead and that show's bazillions of viewers to help its launch, whereas Halt and Catch Fire relied on the smaller Mad Men and Turn audiences to let people know that it existed. It's a shame, because Halt and Catch Fire is the best new AMC show to debut in a long time. We'll get a much better idea of Halt and Catch Fire's real audience in its second week. [THR]
... TBS has renewed King of the Nerds for a third season, because television is currently taking advantage of geek culture in every way possible. Season 2 averaged 1.5 million viewers per episode, meaning more people watched two self-identified nerds drive remote-control cars into soccer balls than the debut of Halt and Catch Fire. Season 3 will run for eight episodes and air in early 2015. [TBS via press release]
... IFC has put a premiere date on Garfunkel & Oates, its upcoming comedy that's being described (by me) as Flight of the Conchords but with American chicks instead of New Zealand dudes. The series will debut Thursday, August 7 at 10pm and I'm going to watch it because it looks good! They sing folk songs about anal sex! [IFC via press release]
... To get you ready for the June 30 premiere of Under the Dome's second season, CBS will air a one-hour special on Monday, June 23 called Under the Dome: Inside Chester's Mill that will recap Season 1 and look ahead to Season 2. But if you can't wait for that, you can run into a wall really hard or huff some paint and it will pretty much have the same effect as watching Season 1. Or you can just read my recaps from last summer because I spent at least 20 minutes on each one of them. [CBS via press release]
... Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, is developing a reality series called I Slept With a Celebrity. It will feature regular people who have done the nasty with somewhat-famous people telling all about their experience between the sheets, in the elevator, in the bathroom of a Taco Bell, or wherever. Hooray for humanity! [THR]
... Cartoon Network has ordered two more seasons of The Amazing World of Gumball, ensuring the animated series will run for five seasons. [Deadline]
... Enlisted's Parker Young and Keith David have been cast in DirecTV's first original comedy Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. The series is set in Los Angeles and follows a single 12-hour period from dusk to dawn, with the belief that nothing good ever happens after midnight. Young will play a 19-year-old sophomore who tries to play a prank on his college dean, who's played by David. Young became a free agent after Enlisted was canceled and his CBS passed on his pilot Cuz Bros, which also starred his Enlisted co-star Geoffrey Stults. I'll watch Parker Young in anything because he's hilarious. Except Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, because I don't have DirecTV. [THR]
... Sonja Sohn, best known as Kima from The Wire, is joining the cast of The Originals for the CW drama's second season. She'll play a witch named Lenore starting in the third episode. [E! Online]
... Jason Ritter once battled an alien conspiracy on The Event. But now he'll face his biggest threat yet: Lena Dunham. Ritter will guest-star in a Season 4 episode of HBO's Girls playing some dude named Scott. That's all we know about the character, but my inside sources say he will be a white male. [TV Line]
... A pair of castings in one story! 30 Rock's Keith Powell is headed over to the final season of The Newsroom as the human resources vice president of cable-news network AWM. And Treme's India Innega has landed the role of Camille in A&E's American remake of The Returned, which is important news because Camille is the best! [Deadline]
... Speaking A&E's American remake of The Returned, True Blood's Kevin Alejandro is joining it the cast as a series regular. He'll play the "authoritative but accessible" Sheriff Tommy Moran. [Deadline]
YOUR UNNECESSARY GAME OF THRONES NEWS OF THE WEEK
... Soon there will be a language course to help would-be bloodriders learn the Dothraki language. Beginning October 7, Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones will be unleashed on the world in three formats: audio CD, an extended online course, and a mobile app. Finally, you can learn the phrase, "Hey mom, can you pick me up?" in the same language as Khal Drogo! [EW]
... Is Damon Lindelof still defending the ending of Lost? Kind of! Here's the showrunner talking about his upcoming HBO drama The Leftovers, and explaining why it won't end like his famous ABC series. [NY Times]
RECNET STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED ON TV.COM
... The Brady Bunch's Ann B Davis, who played lovable housekeeper Alice, passed away on Sunday.
... NBC has already announced its fall 2014 premiere dates, so now you can set your DVR for The Mysteries of Laura!
... HBO released the second trailer for True Blood's final season, and it might feature Alcide with his shirt off.
... I reviewed the latest episode of this show called Game of Thrones. Perhaps you've heard of it?
... I also reviewed the season finale of Silicon Valley, which might be my favorite comedy series of the year.
... Kaitlin shared her thoughts on Saturday's episode of Orphan Black, which has been pretty crazy this season! And this week was no exception, especially that last scene!
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