News Briefs: Community's Ratings Jumped Way Up With Its Return

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FOUR SEASONS AND A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

... Community returned from hiatus yesterday and its ratings flopped. Oh wait, sorry, I'm just used to writing that. Actually, the first episode back for Community set a season high for ratings with a 2.2 in the adult demo, even though only 4.75 million viewers tuned in. What's even more telling is that Community was the number-one show of the night among 18-34 year olds, even beating American Idol in that demo. So does that mean Community is getting a fourth season? I'm starting to believe! [TV By the Numbers]


PICKUPS AND PUTDOWNS

... CBS has ordered a pilot for The Job, a reality series in which contestants will play for a dream job at a company. They will then be forever known as "that guy who got his jon from a frickin' reality show and kept me from getting a promotion" at the company for the rest of their career there. Oh, should I mention it's hosted by Lisa Ling? Nah. [Deadline Hollywood]

... A&E; has ordered the reality show Barter Kings, which will follow guys who trade stuff with each other without ever using cash in transactions. At this rate, we'll soon have a program about people who are thinking about shopping. [TV Guide]

... Gossip Girl is very likely to be renewed for a final reduced-episode season, says a source who told a source who wrote it on a napkin and handed it to another source. [The Wrap]

... Bravo has benched Love Broker, a show about a woman who plays matchmaker to New Yorkers, after two episodes. Why? Because it's a show about a woman who plays matchmaker! Seriously, why do execs think people want to watch this stuff? [TV Guide]

... Oprah's cable network OWN continues to get totally owned, and has canceled The Rosie Show. The talk show, hosted by Rosie O'Donnell, debuted in October and stated suffering from bad ratings in October. You read that right. [TV Line]


CASTING ROUNDUP

... Scott Bakula has joined NBC's Table For Three, a comedy pilot about a med school graduate who discovers her dad is now dating the mean girl she went to high school with. Bakula will play the dad, which works for him since he's fresh off a role in Men of a Certain Age in which he dated a much younger woman, lucky dog. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Dennis Miller has booked a role on ABC's comedy pilot Awesometown, about a guy (Outsourced's Ben Rappaport) who catches his wife cheating and moves in with his friends. Miller will play the lead character's boss. I'm not sure there's one thing in this show that sounds interesting. [TV Line]

... Rapper T.I. has joined the Starz drama Boss for a season-long guest role. He'll play a former gangbanger, obviously. (Hollywood's fault, not mine!) [Deadline Hollywood]

... Parenthood's John Corbett is the lucky guy who gets the worst name of the fall season: The Widow Detective. Corbett will play the lead in The Widow Detective, CBS' cop drama about a man who has different relationships with the families of three of his partners that died in the line of duty. With one he'll be the widow's new lover, with another he'll play surrogate husband, and with the other he'll take on the roles of father. Nope, not creepy at all. [EW]

... Mercedes Ruehl recently landed a role on HBO's Luck. Well that's not gonna happen now that it's been quickly canceled. Instead, she'll do something completely different and join Fox's comedy pilot El Jefe, about a man who gets kicked out of his parents' house and moves in with his longtime nanny (Ruehl). [Deadline Hollywood]


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