News Briefs: Nashville and Arrow Are Off to a Good Start

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BUSINESS TIME

... Two critically praised shows debuted last night, and you watched! ABC's Nashville won its 10pm timeslot with 9 million viewers and a 2.8 adult demo rating, beating CSI in the demo and crushing the premiere of NBC's Chicago Fire. The CW bowed Arrow, one of the shows it had big hopes for, and it was the biggest premiere for the network since The Vampire Diaries in 2009. More than 4 million viewers (which is GREAT for The CW) tuned in to see stud Stephen Amell shoot his abs at bad guys, and the demo rating was a solid 1.3. Congrats to you, shows! [TV By the Numbers]

... NBC will air Mockingbird Lane after all... at least for one episode. The show, whose fate is still up in the air following a shaky development process, is a reimagined version of The Munsters from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller. NBC will air the pilot on October 26 before Grimm as part of a Halloween-themed programming block. Who knows? If it does well, maybe NBC will order it to series. Otherwise, it's another 10-million-dollar mistake. [THR]

... The next round of Celebrity Apprentice will be an all-star edition, but the contestants have not been announced yet. However, former players Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Arsenio Hall, and John Rich will appear on the cycle as mentors. [EW]

... Singer John Legend is producing a comedy at Fox based on his life because celebrities think their lives are sooooo interesting. The single-camera comedy will focus on a 20-something guy who becomes the guardian of his siblings while working on his career. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Modern Family's Ty Burrell and his brother Duncan have sold a project to ABC. The comedy is about two city families that buy a general store in a tiny rural community in Oregon. Yes, it's loosely based on their lives, too. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Yesterday I told you about CBS buying a project based on the Tumblr of a 20-something Hollywood assistant. Today, NBC bought a project based on the Tumblr of a 20-something something. The project is called F*ck I'm in My Twenties and I already hate it because people in their early 20s whining about how hard life is are totally annoying me right now. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Matt Bomer will guest-star on The New Normal and you just went into a screaming fit at the mention of Matt Bomer, didn't you? [Ryan Murphy's Twitter]

... Christie Brinkley will guest-star on Parks and Recreation, playing Jerry's wife Gayle. Yes, Jerry is married to THE uptown girl. [EW]

... If you want to star on Game of Thrones, it's totally easy! All you need is a hacksaw! [NY Post]