News Briefs: Fringe's Ratings Rose on Friday

GOOD AND BAD RATINGS NEWS

... 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]


DEVELOPMENTS AND PICKUPS NEWS

... 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]


KIDS CHOOSE THE DARNDEST THINGS 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. [Nick.com]


COUNTRY MUSIC FANS CHOOSE THE DARNDEST THINGS NEWS

... 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]


CASTING NEWS

... 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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Apr 06, 2012
Take Me Out is a British game show, yet another remake coming your way, it's god awful.
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Apr 05, 2012
this is why when i have kids, they will watch shows that i personally pick out that are awesome like Community, Games of Thrones, old good Nick and Disney shows, etc
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Apr 04, 2012
Fringe is the best sci fi show around, it deserves a proper ending, not a cancellation.
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Apr 04, 2012
Well if it's to keep the writers from crappy seasons like season 3 maybe it's better to keep'em on their toes with rumors about cancellation (ok, don't really cancel it, you know, tease them a bit so they don't get comfortable and lazy) ;-D ...
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Apr 05, 2012
We must've not watched the same 3rd season of Fringe. Excellent season of television there.
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Apr 04, 2012
Hmm, seems like Anger Management is trying so hard to be something. I find most FX sitcoms work because they are trying to only be themselves, not awesome. That said, Martin Sheen is unmined comedy gold, he's got the chops but usually doesn't get cast for it, so it could work.
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Apr 04, 2012
That is what you get AMC, for canceling the excellent Rubicon and bringing back the much less interesting show The Killing.
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Apr 04, 2012
I hope Fringe get renewed soon :)
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Apr 04, 2012
FRINGE FRINGE FRINGE FRINGE!!!
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Apr 03, 2012
Enlightened was an awesome show and thankfully a season 2 was granted in spite of relatively low ratings... I hope House of Lies, another ratings-challenged and not particularly liked by anyone, also gets a second season....
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Apr 03, 2012
Malese Jow was pretty great on The Vampire Diaries. It's good to see her getting a lead role in a new show. Hope it's good!



Also, I'm hoping Fringe isn't cancelled, but I also get the feeling the writers are wrapping things up now that we're nearing the end of the season. If we get a satisfying ending, then I'm happy. I wouldn't want Fringe to be renewed for a fifth season and then dropped after thirteen episodes with no conclusion.
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Apr 03, 2012
TV.com should filter every post starting with "My roommate's sister...".

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Apr 03, 2012
Dang, and I was hoping Fringe would bomb so the Fringe zombies would quit posting about it on every dang page of tv.com. Still, it's not a good enough number to save the show.



Sorry for the negativity, I'm just tired of the endless Fringe-babble.
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Apr 03, 2012
Fringe is concentrated awesome - of course we post about it everywhere.
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Apr 03, 2012
I really hope Fringe gets renewed.
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Apr 03, 2012
Babble, babble, babble, babbly-goo!
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Apr 03, 2012
joshua jackson and anna torv there are the good actors
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Apr 04, 2012
So, John Noble isn't?! :D
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Apr 03, 2012
yes keep watching fringe people
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Apr 03, 2012
No news on Chevy Chase maybe leaving Community?
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Apr 04, 2012
I'm really hoping that was just an April Fools gag.
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Apr 03, 2012
People may be discovering Fringe is ending, so viewers who bailed may be looking to see how it wraps up.



What shows are on now for kids and families other than Nick and Disney?
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Apr 03, 2012
I agree, kids are stupid. How can Victorious win best TV show? Come on kids! Homeland is a much better show than that one. Maybe watch some Games of Thrones with Grandma and Grandpa! You can watch and learn how to be a confident leader like King Joffrey.



And seriously, is there a Country Awards show EVERY MONTH? Because it sure feels like it.
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Apr 03, 2012
Ha, kids are stupid.
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Apr 03, 2012
my prediction is that both alcatraz and fringe get cancelled.
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Apr 03, 2012
I'm telling you guys right now, if you guys do Take Me Out like we do, it is a very entertaining show!
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Apr 03, 2012
I don't know who the "we" is, but it's clearly a demographic not smart enough to be watching Fringe. drrrrrrrr.
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Apr 03, 2012
CELEBRATE a moderately encouraging ratings jump COME ON!



EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD,



COME ON!



YAHOO! IT'S A CELEBRATION!



YAHOO!
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Apr 03, 2012
Didn't I tell you?
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Apr 04, 2012
You certainly did, eggbert. You beat Tim to the punch on this one.
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Apr 03, 2012
Mmmm.... I hope Fringe can keep this 1.2 for the 7 episodes left.



btw what the hell is that Take Me Out thing??? Is that what Fox is going to cancel Fringe for???
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Apr 03, 2012
probably....time to pick up a book, I guess. Intelligent TV was never going to catch on.
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Apr 03, 2012
No word on GoT's ratings?
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