News Briefs: And Your New The Walking Dead Showrunner Is...

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THE AMC SHOWRUNNER REVOLVING DOOR SPINS AGAIN

... Glen Mazzara replaced Frank Darabont as showrunner halfway through the second season of The Walking Dead after Darabont was fired, making him the new Frank Darabont. Well now Mazzara is the new Frank Darabont again, after getting kicked off the show by AMC (although the network insists the decision for Mazzara to leave was mutual). But who is the new Glen Mazzara that will take over the show now that Mazzara is out? That would be Scott M. Gimple, one of The Walking Dead's producers whose previous credits include FlashForward and Chase. I don't know much about the guy, which is probably what AMC wants. How long are we giving Gimple, one and a half seasons? [Deadline Hollywood]


NUMBERS AND FIGURES, A GREAT WAY TO MAKE RATINGS SOUND MORE EXCITING

... More people watched the Golden Globes this year than in the previous five, as 19.67 million viewers tuned in to the made-up awards ceremony last night. That was good for a 6.4 rating in the 18-49 year old demo, which was helped by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. If you missed it, I'm sure you can snatch up an illegal DVD copy in your local Chinatown, but I'd just read Price's photo recap instead. [Deadline Hollywood]

... In the battle of pay-cable premieres that only the super-rich can afford to watch, Showtime had a solid Sunday night. The Season 3 premiere of Shameless registered the series' third-highest numbers (2 million viewers), the Season 2 premiere of House of Lies set a series high with 1.19 million, and Californication saw a big boost from its previous season with 1.07 million. HBO's Girls, meanwhile, declined slightly year-to-year for its Season 2 premiere, with 866,000 viewers. Enlightened followed that with 300,000 viewers, up from its Season 1 premiere. Therefore, we can confirm that Showtime is great and HBO is terrible and that ratings are the be-all-and-end-all of determining the quality of television. [EW / TV By the Numbers]


BUSINESS TIME

... Showtime has ordered the series Penny Dreadful from screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator). The weird drama puts famous literary figures, like Dr. Frankenstein (and his monster), Dorian Gray, and characters from the book Dracula, together in late 1800s London. It's Being Human meets Downton Abbey, I guess? [EW]

... Netflix and Turner Broadcasting shook hands, resulting in licensing deals for Adult Swim and Cartoon Network programs to be streamed on Netflix's on-demand service. Starting March 30, shows like Adventure Time, Regular Show, Johnny Bravo, Robot Chicken, The Boondocks, and Childrens Hospital will be available to stream. TNT's Dallas will also join Netflix, but not until early 2014. [Variety]

... South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have created their own production studios, Important Studios. World Domination step 2, complete. [NY Times]


THAT'S NOT HAPPENING ANYMORE NEWS

... That CW project to adapt the Japanese book Battle Royale (think Japanese Hunger Games) into a television series? That's not happening anymore! [EW]

... That Californication spin-off starring Maggie Grace as a partying groupie? That's not happening anymore! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... HBO has a miniseries called True Detective coming out soon, a time-jumping perspective-shifting drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of detectives hunting down a serial killer. Just added to the cast was Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol hottie Michelle Monaghan, who plays one of the detective's wife. McConaughey's penis reportedly applauded the casting choice. [TV Line]

... Matt Damon will guest star on an upcoming episode of House of Lies as himself. He'll hire Don Cheadle's Marty Kahn and his group to help start a charitable foundation to compete with George Clooney's. This is what rich people do for fun. [THR]



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