News Briefs: Community's Numbers Fall, But It's Still NBC's Highest-Rated Show

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... Here's how to look at this bit of news in a negative light: In its second week back, Community fell almost a quarter from last week to a 1.7 rating in the adult demo. Here's how to look at it in a positive light: It was still NBC's top-rated show of the evening. The network has to renew it now, RIGHT?!?!? In just plain bad news, Awake dropped all the way down to a 1.2 rating. Why is it that everyone hates good things? [EW]


... Alyssa Milano has landed the final of four leads in ABC's summer drama Mistresses. The series follows the complicated love lives of four women, and recently cast Lost's Yunjin Kim. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Maria Bello apparently wasn't deterred by the disappointing experience with television that was Prime Suspect. She'll be joining Fox's Touch for a multi-episode arc with the option of becoming a series regular. She'll play a woman who has a daughter that possesses similar abilities to Jake. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Everybody Loves Raymond's Doris Roberts (awww!) will be stopping by Desperate Housewives. She'll play a woman who hires Gaby to be her personal shopper. [THR]

... Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) is filming an episode of Two and a Half Men. Oh George. [Jason Alexander's Twitter]

... Mamie Gummer, famous for being Meryl Streep's daughter and less famous for starring on Off the Map, will guest star on Showtime's dark comedy The Big C. She'll play one half of a couple that might have a solution to help Cathy stay happy. Drugs? Ice cream? Foot rubs? I want to know! [THR]

... Hugh Dancy (The Big C) has landed a lead role in NBC's straight-to-series drama Hannibal. He'll play the FBI agent that works with the cannibalistic Dr. Lecter. [EW]

... In a bit of uncasting–no–uncrewing, Smash is losing its showrunner just a day after it was given word of a second-season renewal. Theresa Rebeck has decided to leave the series to return to theater. Listen, Theresa. Sometimes you have to sacrifice real art for making a pretty penny off NBC. This is one of those times! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Kal Penn (Harold and Kumar) is coming back to House for the series finale. Which is odd because his character committed suicide in Season 5. Wow, maybe Dr. House is that good of a doctor! [EW]

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