News Briefs: 67 Million People Watched Obama and Romney Call Each Other Names

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... Last night's verbal slap fight between presidential candidates rich guy Mitt Romney and hope monger Barack Obama was seen by 67 million people across all the networks that aired it, with ABC drawing the biggest audience at 11.25 million viewers. Fox News topped cable networks with 10.42 million viewers, despite drawing a propeller hat and goatee on Obama the entire time. The numbers were up 28 percent from the first 2008 debate between Obama and John McCain, but that one was on a Friday night and who cares about politics when you have TWO days to recover from a life-threatening hangover. [EW]

... Netflix's House of Cards, an original drama starring Kevin Spacey and produced by David Fincher, will begin and end on February 1. All 13 episodes of the political drama's first season will debut that day, as is Netflix's strategy. I'm definitely going to watch them backwards. [Hitfix]

... Private Practice's Kate Walsh is getting into the producing business, and has sold a comedy to NBC. The multi-camera project is loosely based on her life with her boyfriend (UGH you guys are not that interesting stop it, celebrities!) and follows a recently divorced father of two who falls in love with a free-spirited female cop and how is this loosely based on your life, Ms. Walsh? You celebrities make me sick. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Here's a tip for all you aspiring TV writers looking to sell something to NBC: Start your pitch with "MUSIC." The producers of Smash have sold a dramedy about a thirty-something songwriter who is famous for her love songs but—GET THIS—she's unlucky in love in her own life! It will feature the songs of Diane Warren, who has written a lot of songs that play in malls that your grandmother loves. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The men behind Homeland, Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, have sold a crime drama to CBS. Anatomy of Violence follows a female FBI agent who works with a mysterious psychiatrist. [EW]

... Will Ferrell and his buddy Adam McKay are developing a comedy at NBC called I Guess I Do. The show follows the green card marriage between a womanizing British celebrity trainer (?) and a young female psych student who married him with the intention of using him as the subject of her dissertation on the modern male. Just what we need, more roles perfect for Russell Brand. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Rutger Hauer is joining True Blood's sixth season as a regular. Hauer will play a mystery man who has connections to Sookie. [TV Line]

... Ageless hottie Vanessa Marcil will guest-star on CBS's Hawaii Five-0 in November. The General Hospital star will play a therapist who might be messing with McGarrett's mind. And my heart. [TV Line]


... Nicky Minaj threatened to shoot, and presumably kill, fellow new American Idol judge Mariah Carey. This show sounds pretty good! [TMZ]

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