News Briefs: Community Returns to Bigger Ratings

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ONE STEP CLOSER TO SIX SEASONS AND A MOVIE NEWS

... The good news: Community returned to higher ratings than it did in Season 3, which is pretty amazing considering how long it's been off the air. 3.88 million viewers tuned in, and the show registered a 1.9 rating in the adult demo. That's up from the 1.7 posted by the Season 3 premiere, though it's down from the 3.93 million who tuned in for the Season 3 premiere, but the difference was just a bunch of old people so who cares. Kidding, old people! Let's also not forget that Community was up against The Big Bang Theory AND American Idol. [TV By the Numbers]


RENEWAL NEWS YOU CAN USE

... IFC has renewed Comedy Bang! Bang! for a second season, and this makes me the happiest I've been since I saw that kid who bullied me back in grade school get run over by a steamroller. I love Comedy Bang! Bang!. It's the closest thing to Mr. Show on television ever. Season 2's episode count has been doubled to 20, meaning I'm gonna need a new DVR. [IFC via press release]

... ITV has renewed the British television show Mr. Selfridge for a second season. The drama stars Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as the founder of Selfridges department store. The show airs on PBS in the U.S. Now can we go back to talking about how awesome Comedy Bang! Bang! is? [Digital Spy]


PILOT PICKUPS

... The Rapture and Damon Lindelof are coming to HBO! The premium-cable network has ordered a pilot of The Leftovers, a drama set three years after The Rapture has taken all the goody-goodies up to Heaven. Lindelof (Lost) is developing the show based on the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name. [Vulture]

... Showtime has ordered a pilot for The Affair, a drama documenting the fallout that occurs from an affair between a married man and married woman. The story will be told from both perspectives. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks (MIKE!) will star in NBC's pilot Bloodline. The show centers on a girl who is caught between two feuding families. Banks will play a really bad dude named Leo Killpriest (LOL@ThatName). [EW]

... Discovery's first scripted series Klondike has its leading man. Chris Cooper (American Beauty) will play a man surviving the harsh conditions in northern Canada on a quest for riches. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ER's Scott Grimes will join CBS's potential NCIS: Los Angeles spin-off. He'll play a sharp-eyed agent starting in the backdoor pilot. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Christina Ricci has recovered from Pan Am's crash and will star in the NBC pilot Girlfriend in a Coma. She'll play a woman who wakes up from a coma to find that she has a 17-year-old daughter. Geez, what happened during that coma anyway? Parker Posey has also nabbed an NBC pilot role, landing on the untitled DJ Nash comedy about a son who idolizes his blind father and watches his mother (Posey) regress back to adolescence. Two fine actresses that NBC will chew up and spit out. [Deadline Hollywood]



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