News Briefs: Animal Planet Reached a Ratings High and Personal Low With a Fake Show About Mermaids

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...This weekend while watching television, I stumbled upon Sunday's 10pm broadcast of Animal Planet's Mermaids: The New Evidence, a pseudo-documentary about the mythical, flippered sea swimmers. I watched about two minutes of it before I almost passed out from the brain-cell massacre that was occurring in my head, a direct result of glancing at what has to have been the stupidest thing I've ever seen. In short, it was a sequel to another mermaid special that aired on Animal Planet previously, and featured "scientists" talking about "evidence" proving that mermaids are real. Part of that evidence included showing tweets from Kim Kardashian about mermaids. Seriously. It was entirely silly. Anyway, it's now the network's most-watched show ever with 3.6 million viewers. Congratulations, but shouldn't Animal Planet have some moral obligation to air programs about real animals? Don't they know kids watch this channel for educational purposes? Guys, this really upsets me. Animal Planet, go jump off a cliff with your lame fake shows. You are now part of the problem. [Animal Planet via press release]


MORE RATINGS NEWS

... Meanwhile, 2.36 million viewers watched the series finale of Smash. See, if Katharine McPhee had been a mermaid, the show would have been amazing! Also, NBC spelled Anjelica Huston's name wrong in the credits. [TV By the Numbers]

... Did you watch HBO's fantastic original film Behind the Candelabra? Well 2.4 million viewers did, making it HBO's most-watched original film since 2004's Something the Lord Made. Anyway, go check it out if you haven't. It's a hoot. [THR]

... More bad news for reality television: The Season 9 premiere of The Bachelorette, in addition to featuring some of the creepiest suitors ever to set foot on the show, was down 27 percent from last season's premiere. Only 5.88 million people watched, translating to a 1.9 rating in the adult demo. Are you people actively trying to sabotage true love? [TV By the Numbers]


BUSINESS TIME

... Comedy Central has ordered a second season of Inside Amy Schumer, asking for 10 more episodes of the sketch show starring, you guessed it, Amy Schumer. I watched this fully expecting to enjoy it, but didn't find it as good as the rest of the network's early 2013 releases. [Comedy Central via press release]

... CBS has rescheduled Mike & Molly's Season 3 finale after pulling the episode and its tornado-centric storyline because of the twisters that ravaged Oklahoma. The episode will now air this Thursday at 8:30pm. And hey, it features a cool Justified reunion with special guest-stars Gerald McRaney and Jim Beaver! [TV Line]


CASTING NEWS

... Rob Lowe, fresh off an amazing and nightmarish turn as Liberace's plastic surgeon in Behind the Candelabra (pictured), will play former president John F. Kennedy in National Geographic's movie Killing Kennedy. Once Upon a Time's Ginnifer Goodwin will play Jacqueline Kennedy, and Michelle Trachtenberg will play Marina Oswald. Don't tell me any spoilers, please! [THR]