News Briefs: American Chopper Is Ending Its Ride

THE WHEELS ARE FALLING OFF NEWS

... Discovery Channel is putting an end to its long-running docu-reality series American Chopper after 10 years of fixing up motorcycles. The show is considered one of the pioneers of the popular genre of "family business" reality series, so if you don't like those, blame this show. Cancellation is nothing new for American Chopper, which has changed networks and names multiple times throughout its run. Which I guess means that if you're the kind of person who believes in hope, there it is! [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... Showtime has renewed Web Therapy for a third season. The show stars Friends' Lisa Kudrow as an online therapist and features tons of guest stars. Season 3 will feature Matt LeBlanc, Meg Ryan, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, among others. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Big Bang Theory isn't going anywhere. This week's episode scored the series' biggest audience ever with 17.4 million viewers, or just a few million off from the entire population of Florida. That's an insane number not only for a show that leads off a primetime block, but for this season, which is seeing ratings drops due to highly competitive time slots, cable, online viewing, pirating, football, lost remotes, Words with Friends, cats that require too much attention, and those damn kids of yours. [EW]

... Mark Wahlberg is producing a reality pilot at A & E focusing on a quartet of tough women in Boston. Inspired by the sisters of the lead characters in Wahlberg's feature The Fighter, the show will follow the ladies as they juggle jobs, family, and relationships. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The CW is developing Book Club, a drama that follows a multi-generational group of people connected through... a book club! It's based on the documentary by Hope Hartman. I love it when scripted series are based on documentaries because it means things can stop making sense and nothing has any meaning anymore. [THR]


CASTING NEWS

... Arrow has booked True Blood's Janina Gavankar to play a cop who's on the case when a designer drug called Vertigo hits the streets. If Gavankar shares a scene with Katie Cassidy, I may just melt. [TV Line]

... Kim Delaney will not be returning for the next season of Army Wives. If you want to know how she'll be written off, follow the link, but there's a huge spoiler in there! [TV Line]

... Entourage alum Constance Zimmer will join Grey's Anatomy in a recurring role as... (will she be a doctor? Or will she be a patient? Find out by following the link!) [TV Guide] Okay fine, a doctor.

... Lost's Rebecca Mader is joining 30 Rock for an episode. She'll play a temptress, which mean she won't have to do much acting hubba hubba seriously she's like meow meow ruff ruff pant pant AHHH-OOOOOGA! Wolf whistle. Look for her in one of the series' last episodes. [TV Line]

... Mykelti Williamson (Justified) will appear in Fox's Touch in a recurring role. He'll play a cop who has "seen it all." Williamson is also known for having "seen it all" when it comes to shrimp in Forrest Gump. [THR]

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