News Briefs: ABC Asks for More Castle

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ABC OPENS UP ITS CASKETT

... 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]


RATINGS FOR THE DOGS AND RATINGS THAT DOGGED IT

... 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]


BUSINESS TIME

... 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]


CASTING NEWS

... 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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