News Briefs: Bro! TNT Renewed Franklin & Bash for Season 3!

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BUSINESS TIME

... TNT has renewed legal dramedy Franklin & Bash for a third season, WAIT THIS SHOW IS GOING TO BE ON FOR AT LEAST THREE SEASONS? [TNT via press release]

... Elementary schooled (OMG I'm genius!) the competition last night in with its series premiere, winning the 10pm hour in its debut for CBS. The Sherlock rebootinization drew 13.4 million viewers, good for a 3.1 rating in the adult demo. The other big premiere of the night was ABC's Last Resort which stayed afloat (OMG I'm so good) at 8pm with 9.31 million viewers for a 2.2 rating, but that was to be expected since it's up against The Big Bang Theory and The X Factor. Yep, it's a terrible time slot for the Shawn Ryan show. [TV By the Numbers]

... If you are one of those unfortunate Dish subscribers who isn't able to watch AMC programming because two giant companies are squabbling over pennies, I'm sorry. But at least AMC is sticking one to Dish by live-streaming The Walking Dead's Season 3 premiere for Dish subscribers free of charge. Let's be clear about something: This fight needs to end for one reason only. To get rid of those stupid AMC ads where they constantly remind you that their shows are not available on Dish. [AMC via press release]

... AMC has renewed Small Town Security, its new reality show about a family and its security company, for a second season. You can't watch it on Dish. AMC has also ordered Road Show, another reality series about small-town talent shows. It will not be available on Dish. Let's face it, Dish sucks. [AMC via press release]

... NBC is developing a comedy called The Swamp, about a marching band in New Orleans. What's next? A comedy called The 'Walk about Prohibition-era Atlantic City? Or The Bayou, about vampires in Louisiana? Or News Time!, about a cable news channel program obsessed with bringing you the truth? You see where I'm going with this? Or Chicks, about a bunch of girls in New York? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Greg Kinnear might return to television to star in an adaptation of the Australian series Rake. The show follows a brash criminal defense lawyer who takes seemingly impossible cases. The show does not have a home yet, but I hear NBC is buying any pitch that starts with "It's about..." [Deadline Hollywood]

... Craig Ferguson has sold a couple comedy projects to CBS, where he hosts The Late Late Show. Both comedies are multi-camera and don't sound very interesting at all. One is about a group of 30-something dudes who want to stay single for as long as possible, and the other is about a former party animal who lives next door to his ex-wife. The lowest of low-concept television. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Friday Night Lights and Parenthood executive producer Jason Katims is working on a TV version of About a Boy, the 2002 movie starring Hugh Grant as a man who develops a relationship with a young boy. Not that kind of relationship, perv! NBC bought the project, because NBC just signed up for its 30,000th credit card. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Joel McHale has signed on to host The Soup for at least two more years! [THR]

... Miley Cyrus might star in the Lifetime movie about Bonnie & Clyde as Bonnie. This is the same network that cast Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. Next up, Zac Efron as Abraham Lincoln and Justin Bieber as Carmen Miranda. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ryan Murphy took to Twitter today to announce that Nicole Richie and George Takei will guest-star on his new comedy The New Normal, which makes me think that Takei has not seen this show. No official word on who they'll play, but my inside sources say they will play a skinny annoying woman and a Japanese man. [Ryan Murphy's Twitter]

... True Blood werepanther Lindsay Pulsipher (she played Crystal) will guest-star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She'll recur as the younger sister of Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish). [TV Guide]


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