News Briefs: Breaking Bad's Return Smoked the Show's Ratings High

THE ONES WHO WATCH

... If your eyes and ears were open for more than 30 seconds at some point the last two weeks, then you know Breaking Bad returned for its final season last night (here's my review). And apparently the marketing avalanche worked: 5.9 million viewers tuned in, crushing the series' previous high of 2.9 million viewers for the Season 5A premiere. Ratings, bitch! Breaking Bad probably has Netflix to thank for the jump, as many shows are using the video-streaming service as a way to hook new viewers. AMC's new series Low Winter Sun (here's Ryan's review) used its Breaking Bad lead-in to draw 2.5 million viewers, and Talking Bad, the new post-Breaking Bad chat show, grabbed 1.2 million viewers. [AMC via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... Showtime's The Borgias will get some closure, but only if you know how to read. The canceled series will wrap things up with an e-book based on a script from show creator Neil Jordan that was originally intended to serve as the backbone of a two-hour movie. The Borgias Apocalypse will be available on the internet sometime this week. [Showtime via press release]

... NBC has issued a put-pilot commitment (meaning the network will pay heavy penalties if it doesn't order it) to a new drama called Paradise. It's one of those ironic titles because the show is set in the world's most maximum-security prison in future Las Vegas. And because it's a prison story, the standard cliches apply: The main character is guy who didn't do it and must find a way to escape. Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) are producing the thing. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and her best friend June Diane Raphael (Burning Love, NTSF:SD:SVU::) are developing a comedy starring Raphael at ABC, but there aren't any details yet because the two funny ladies haven't even started writing it. The ol' risky blind script deal! [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has also thrown some more cash at Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, this time for a comedy. Rhimes' production house Shondaland (so modest) would produce the series, written by Cougar Town producers Christine Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, about friends who come together under an unfortunate circumstance. [THR]

... Fox has put into development The Henchman, a comedy that follows a supervillain's henchman as he approaches middle age and a single-parenting situation. Dan Kopelman (Rules of Engagement) is behind the project. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS is developing Gorgeous Morons, a multi-camera comedy about two extra-hunky brothers who are total idiots who have their world turned upside down when a hottie female PhD moves in with them. It's like the reverse The Big Bang Theory. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Ryan Hardy might get a new girrrrrrrrlfriend *tee hee*! Fox's The Following has cast Law & Order: SUV and Boss actress Connie Nielsen to play a potential romantic interest for Kevin Bacon's character. Nielsen will play an art dealer who is rescued from trouble by Bacon's Hardy. [TV Line]

... The second episode of the third season of Fox's New Girl will feature appearances by Angela Kinsey (The Office) and Eva Amurri (Californication). Kinsey will play a teacher at the school Jess subs at, and she will not like Miss Day! Amurri will reprise her role as Schmidt's competitive coworker Beth. [TV Guide]


OMG YOU GUYS!

... Life has imitated art for Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie, better known as Game of Thrones' Jon Snow the Sexy Member of the Night's Watch and Ygritte the Sexy Wildling Redhead. The two have broken up in real life after breaking up in fake life on the show! And now Rose is already dating someone else. (Hint: It's me.) [Yahoo! UK]


REQUIRED READING

... What happens when you win The Price is Right? The AV Club interviewed a woman who won the Showcase Showdown, and it turns out it's not that much fun (and kind of a hassle) to get all your prizes! [The AV Club]

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The Henchmen sounds very interesting. Paradise could have potential. Gorgeous Morons sounds awful. They always seem to spread them themselves quite nicely across the quality spectrum don't they?
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Law & Order: SUV...

Is this a new spinoff I've yet to hear of? I think ya'll meant SVU. xP
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Law & Order: SUV focuses on crimes involving mothers headed to soccer practice.
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Really NBC, you gave a sci-fi prison show a play-or-pay contract, a concept guaranteed to fail - especially on your network? Are you *trying* to sabotage yourself, are you trying to go out of business? Is this a corporate broadcast network playing out the plot to Brewster's Millions?

It is 100% unsurprising that Casey Wilson would be best friends with June Diane Raphael, never have I seen 2 comedic actresses who had such similar beats and styles.

The Henchman sounds like it'd be good on a network that would nurture it rather than cancel it right away, sorry Fox but you earn this reputation making it a self-fulfilling situation from your own behavior.

Wow, CBS is getting in on the "how to spend money foolishly on pilots" routine, "Gorgeous Morons", really? What about that sounds like it'll have lasting appeal, the overly handsome male leads, the "duh duh" writing, the sexy PHD next door, the concept itself, or the awful title?

Thanks for the link on TPIR article, that sounds a lot like what I expected only worse really.
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"CBS is developing Gorgeous Morons... It's like the reverse The Big Bang Theory."

Which is actually quite offensive to people familiar with "Reverse Big Bang Theory" as a sexual position.

:)
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Paradize and all prison shows in the future will have to up their standards if they want to get anywhere near Orange Is The New Black, quality-wise.
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Paradise and The Henchman sound good, different, at least.
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WOW what a jump in ratings for BB and in it's final season.
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The Following was renewed.....that's news to me. Maybe I outta give the show a second chance, I wrote it off as a one and done three episodes in.
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Do yourself a favor. Don't! Consider yourself smart quitting after 3 eps. It took me 7 or 8. the Following blows
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Put another way, almost HALF as many people watched the latest episode of Breaking Bad as watched the premiere of "Under the Dome".
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BB had more viewers in the important 18-49 demo so overall BB was on top, ratings wise.
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You would be correct if 3.6 million viewers (Breaking Bad premiere) was more than 13.1 million viewers (Under the Dome premiere). But it's not. Granted, UTD has seen it's numbers slide... all the way down to 10.1 million. This isn't even close.
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I was referring to the latest episodes the two shows aired. BB had a 2.9 in the 18-49 demo while UTD had a 2.3. That is a considerable difference. As far as ratings go, total viewers are irrelevant, so that 10.1 million is just a number used by CBS to show how ''popular'' their show is. The only thing that matters is the 18-49 demo. Unlike UTD, I don't see BB's ratings declining very much in the following episodes.
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I agree. The world is a sad, sad place.
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Wow!
What is it CBS want similar sitcom shows like The Big Bang Theory or what here?
First 2 Broke Girls and now Gorgeous Morons as it also...

You do know right... Nothing beats the original source of development.
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If it's reverse The Big Bang Theory, does that mean it's funny?
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It's on CBS, so no.
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Gorgeous Morons could be funny, but it could also be really bad.
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was quite possibly the worst movie I've ever seen. How do you screw up a movie with that great of a title so badly??? I guess what I'm saying is, Paradise has a 50/50 chance of sucking real, real bad.
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You were expecting a movie about Abraham Lincoln fighting Vampires to be good? Please accept my deepest apologies for the obvious brain damage you've suffered.
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Mean, but fair.
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It's nice seeing a show getting the recognition it deserves.
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Good to see BB getting it's just credit. I'm a Netflix viewer who started in June and caught up before the Sunday start of season 5B. Expect good things the last 7, the show has got better as its gone and it's going out on top. Thank you.
Not so bullish on some of the new shows coming out and after watching about 7 or 8 eps. of the Following I suggest you run long before you see Kevin Bacon's new love interest!
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Wow all those pilots sound awful. Networks cant really think of any good shows to make.

BTW, the audiobook version of The Borgias book is gonna be narrated by Jeremy Irons right?
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