News Briefs: Fringe's Ratings Rose on Friday


... After hitting a series low and giving Fox every single reason to cancel it, Fringe bounced back in a big way on Friday with a 1.2 rating among adults. That's still pretty horrible, but at least it's an encouraging sign. And with Alcatraz failing to put up good numbers in a much better time slot, Fringe's chances of renewal suddenly just got much better. But the decision will still come down to the wire. [TV By the Numbers]

... It looks like the sour taste left in viewers' mouths after the Season 1 finale of The Killing is still there. Only 2.5 million viewers watched the multiple airings of the Season 2 debut last night, almost half the audience that saw the Season 1 premiere's triple airing last year. AMC has a track record of building audiences over multiple seasons, so this looks like a problem. [EW]


... Fox is doing what it can to help desperate attention-starved singles find love in front of millions of strangers. The network has ordered the dating competition show Take Me Out to series, and it sounds like a perfect example of the sorry state of network television today. One man will go before 30 women and try to keep them interested, and if he's picked by one, they'll go on a date. [Fox via press release]

... Someone is actually making a short TV show based on the cell phone game Angry Birds. [Fox News]


... Nickelodeon aired the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards last night, and all you really need to know is that kids are stupid. I mean, come on! Adam Sandler won best movie actor for Jack & Jill! As for TV categories, some show called Victorious won best TV show, A.N.T. Farm's Jake Short won best TV actor, and Selena Gomez won best actress for her work on Wizards of Waverly Place for the fourth year in a row. Nice work, kids. Now get back to eating paste and running headfirst into things, you morons. []


... CBS aired the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards last night, celebrating all types of songs about broke-down pickups, no-good husbands, and drinking yourself stupid. Taylor Swift won the big overall prize of Entertainer of the Year, and Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton took home the awards for Best Vocalist of their respective genders. The broadcast also led CBS to ratings victory for the night, with more than 13 million people tuning in. [Academy of Country Music]


... Charlie Sheen's dad will be played by Charlie Sheen's dad in the upcoming FX show Anger Management. Martin Sheen has been cast as the father of the lead character, a former ballplayer dealing with anger issues. Of course, this news comes from Charlie Sheen, so we'll have to wait for an official source to confirm it. You know, someone who actually knows what's real and what isn't. [Access Hollywood]

... Dermot Mulroney has been cast in Season 2 of HBO's Enlightened, the best show you didn't watch last year. He'll play an investigative reporter who's looking into Abaddon at the behest of Amy (Laura Dern). [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Vampire Diaries guest-star Malese Jow will play one of the leads in The CW's Shelter. The drama, produced by J.J. Abrams, follows the employees and guests of a New England resort. Jow will play a party girl who works at the resort. [EW]

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