News Briefs: For the Love Of God Please Stop Watching Honey Boo Boo

THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT

... LISTEN UP! Whoever out there is watching TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, JUST STOP. What is your problem? Do you enjoy providing statistical evidence for why other countries should hate us? What do you have against the potential greatness of the human race? Have you been hypnotized by the telepathic monster that lives in Honey Boo Boo's belly fat? WHY!? More than 3.1 million viewers tuned in to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: A Very Boo Halloween, making it the highest-rated episode of the hit series to date and almost guaranteeing that we'll be getting 27 more seasons of the show until camera lenses no longer go wide enough to capture all of HBB's adult girth. [TLC via press release]

... Meanwhile, The Bachelor returned last night and earned its lowest premiere ratings ever with 7.4 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the adult demo. That was still good enough to earn second place for the night, but down four percent from last season. NBC's new series Deception, which I trashed, debuted to 5.6 million viewers and a 2.0 rating. [The Wrap]


BUSINESS TIME FOR FOX

... Fox has finally done what I've been telling netwoks to do all along and that's put more investments into single-season miniseries, or as execs are calling them, in the ever expanding library of corporate-approved babble: "long-form events." The idea is to air big-budget 10- or 12-episode series with top-tier talent attached. First up is Wayward Pines from a director we all used to care about, M. Night Shyamalan. The project, described as in the vein of Twin Peaks, is based on a novel and follows an FBI agent who investigates the disappearance of two other agents. Also in the mix is Blood Brothers, detailing West Point cadets ripped apart by the Civil War. Look for Fox's LFEs (long-form events) in 2014. [Fox via press release]

... Remember when Fox was attempting to revive the sketch show In Living Color? Well it isn't trying anymore. [Vulture]

... Fox's late-night animation block, called Animation Domination High-Def (as in "Are you HIGH?" "DEFnitly!" I think), will premiere Saturday July 27 at 11pm. The hour-and-a-half block will feature 15-minute episodes from Axe Cop, High School! USA!, and a project from standups Kenny and Keith Lucas. [Fox via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Finalist for "Hottest Woman Tim Can Think Of 2008-present" Sarah Shahi has booked a recurring role on CBS's Person of Interest. She'll play an operative named Shaw who specializes in catching terrorists before they can terrorize, in multiple episodes. Look for her first appearance in the February 21 episode "Relevance," which creator Jonathan Nolan will direct. [Deadline Hollywood]

... MTV's Awkward. has cast Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club, The Dead Zone, Community's bully) in Season 3. He'll play a sadistic creative-writing teacher at Palos Hills. Also joining the cast is Glee's Nolan Funk, as a preppy transfer student. [EW]

... The world's pre-teens will beg their parents to stay up late on February 9, as Saturday Night Live will get Bieber Fever. Floppy-haired dandy Justin Bieber will play host and musical guest on NBC's sketch-comedy series. [Billboard]

... Fox's The Mindy Project will bring on guest-star Seth Rogen next month for the February 19 episode. He'll play Mindy's old flame and first kiss, and the two may rekindle their childhood spit-swapping. [Fox via press release]



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