News Briefs: Chuck's Ratings Aren't Looking So Good

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BIG NEWS

... What's the worst-rated show in primetime among the major networks? It's NBC's Chuck, which hasn't settled in too nicely to its new Friday time slot. Last week's episode, the second of the show's fifth and final season, registered a measly 0.9 rating with 3.10 million viewers. Those are particularly bad numbers when you consider that the season premiere drew a 1.0 rating and 3.42 million viewers but faced stiff competition from Game 7 of the World Series. Chuck was supposed to rebound in Week 2; instead, it lost even more of its audience. What happened to the Subway-eating fans? [TV By the Numbers]

... The People's Choice Awards has announced its nominees for 2012, and Glee tops the list with seven nominations. The Vampire Diaries is second with four nominations, leading me to believe that these so-called "people" are actually 17-year-old girls. Voting is now open, and you can hit the link to check out the nominees at TV Line. [TV Line]

... Regis may be leaving, but Kelly ain't! Kelly Ripa has signed a five-year deal to continue hosting Live! With Regis and Kelly, meaning she'll be waking up early every Monday through Friday until at least 2017. Regis's final episode is November 18, so get that "Goodbye, Regis!" quilt finished and mail it off quick! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rapper Heavy D passed away today at the age of 44. Mr. D wrote the theme songs for In Living Color and MADtv and appeared on The Tracy Morgan Show and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. R.I.P. buddy. [TMZ]

... ABC Family has ordered a pilot for Village People and pegged former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress Jennie Garth to star. The comedy follows a high-powered single woman who adopts a baby from a teen mother, and the cop, cowboy, construction worker, Indian, biker, and army guy who live with her. I may or may not have made up that last part, and I apologize for grabbing at the low-hanging fruits. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has ordered a show called D.U.I., which is like COPS, but with specific focus on drunk drivers. Look for the first half-dozen episodes to start swerving back and forth next month. [TLC, via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... TNT has announced a few guest stars for the next season of Franklin & Bash. The legal drama will welcome Jane Seymour as the MILF who birthed Bash (Mark Paul Gosselaar), Peter Weller (Robocop) as an aging rock star, and Beau Bridges, who will reprise his role as the DILF who co-created Franklin (Breckin Meyer). [TV Line]

... Emilie de Ravin is taking advantage of knowing the right people and will guest-star on ABC's Once Upon a Time. The Aussie actress, best known for playing Claire "MY BABY" Littleton on Lost, will portray Belle of Beauty and the Beast fame. Look for her in Episode 12. Alan Dale, who played Charles Widmore on Lost, is also dropping by as a guest star. [TV Guide]

... Miguel Ferrer (Robocop) will recur on CBS's NCIS: LA as the assistant director of NCIS. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Two and a Half Men has cast Walden's mom! Mimi Rogers will appear in at least two episodes as Ashton Kutcher's character's mother, a noted primatologist. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Wilmer Valderrama, Ashton Kutcher's old pal from That '70s Show, is dropping by Suburgatory. He'll play a new-age guru who provides spiritual and sexual healing to the ladies of the 'burbs. Valderrama also stars in NBC's Awake, which is supposed to premiere in 2012. [TV Guide]


JUST STOP IT ALREADY NEWS

... Jim and Michelle Duggar, the stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, are about to give the people who designed the show's logo another round of revisions: Michelle is pregnant again. The new Baby Duggar will increase the couple's brood to an even 20 kids. Do you think her gynecologist wears a wet suit at this point? [People]