News Briefs: Bravo Renews Top Chef, MTV Renews Buckwild

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REALITY RENEWALS BOTH GOOD AND BAD

... Bravo has renewed Top Chef for an eleventh season! [Bravo via press release]

... TLC has renewed Toddlers and Tiaras for a sixth season! [TLC via press release]

... MTV has renewed Buckwild for a second season! [MTV via press release]


SMASH CRASH BOOM RATINGS NEWS

... NBC's Smash returned for its second season last night, and you didn't care. The once critically adored and apparently now universally hate-watched musical drama pulled in 4.5 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the adult demo. That's no bueno for a show that NBC once had high hopes for. The two-hour premiere also had the advantage of starting in a viewer-friendly hour of 9pm rather than the 10pm slot it will air in next week and beyond. However, ABC was sneaky and scheduled a special edition of The Bachelor against it, and it might have stolen some of the audience. Did YOU watch Smash? [TV By the Numbers]


NEW SHOWS ALERT!

... ABC Family has ordered a pair of new shows, and one of them is from Jennifer Lopez! Lopez is executive-producing The Fosters, which nukes the traditional family model to smithereens and follows a pair of moms raising an ethnic mix of biological and foster children. Twisted, renamed from Socio, follows a 16-year-old boy who becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation when a classmate is found dead. Both are scheduled to scorch up your summer. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has ordered another weird unscripted show, a summery little ditty called Whodunnit?. The series will involve contestants using forensic techniques to solve fake murders. [EW]

CASTING NEWS

... 666 Park Avenue star Dave Annable has joined NBC's multi-camera comedy pilot Joe, Joe & Jane. It's about a Joe caught between his best friend and his wife. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the best friend (Annable) is Joe, and the wife is Jane, but don't quote me on that. Also scoring a new job at NBC is Ben and Kate's Echo Kellum, who joins the network's untitled multi-camera comedy pilot starring Sean Hayes as a father caught between raising his teenaged daughter who just moved in and his needy boss. Kellum will play a coworker of Hayes' character. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Miguel Ferrer (Robocop and only Robocop) has gone from kinda rich to super rich. He joined NCIS: LA last year as the recurring character NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger, but will now be upped to series regular. What's more, he'll also star in the potential NCIS: LA spin-off in a regular capacity playing the same character. Drinks on Miguel! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Also joining the NCIS: LA spin-off is John Corbett, best known as Aidan from Sex and the City. Corbett will play a retired agent who works as a consultant. [TV Guide]

... Donal Logue (Terriers, Sons of Anarchy) will jump on over to the second season of BBC America's Copper, where he won't have to shave the awesome face rug he recently grew. No word on how this affects his role on SoA, but I'm sure he'll be able to do both. [THR]

... CBS's pilot Beverly Hills Cop has grabbed a pair of actors. Kevin Pollak will play the Beverly Hills Police Department's in-house lawyer, and David Denman (The Office) will play one of the department's detectives. This will get a series order, says I. [TV Guide / Deadline Hollywood]

... Margo Martindale (Justified) has been cast as Nick mom's in a March episode of New Girl. She'll also appear on FX's The Americans. TV is better with this lady on it. [TV Line]


CHEVY CHASE TRIED TO FIGHT JOE MCHALE NEWS

... Joel McHale went on the Howard Stern radio show and talked about the drama with Chevy Chase on Community, and he didn't look particularly comfortable while doing so.

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