News Briefs: Perception Is This Year's Second-Best Cable Launch

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BUSINESS TIME

... TNT continued to show that it's a major cable player with last night's premiere of the new drama Perception. The pilot episode drew 5.6 million viewers, placing it beneath Dallas and just ahead of Anger Management for the year's second-best cable launch of the year. The Closer helped Perception out, returning for its final season with an audience of 6.1 million viewers. Sunday's episode of Falling Skies bounced back with 3.6 million viewers and rumor has it that a Season 3 renewal is imminent. Yep, TNT ratings leading News Briefs means slow news day! [TV Line]

... So do you people like or hate The Newsroom? Make up your mind! One week after putting up worrisome ratings, the show put up its best ratings yet, eclipsing those of even the series' debut. The third episode of The Newsroom was watched by 2.2 million viewers, up from 1.7 million the week before and 2.1 million in its series debut. [EW]

... Director of your generation (not mine!) Brett Ratner is in talks to executive produce the series Rock in a Hard Place, about an aging punk rocker (Steven Weber) who moves back in with his mom after going to rehab. Rosanna Arquette is also set to star as his wife, a former softcore porn actress. Can we just go ahead and put this on Showtime already? [The Wrap]

... A&E; has bought the rights to adapt the Danish crime drama Those Who Kill. The series is about a detective and a forensic profiler who catch bad guys that kill lots of people. If you'll recall, AMC's The Killing was also a Danish import. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Game of Thrones' Iain Glen (he plays Dany's dashing protector Ser Jorah Mormont) will guest star on Syfy's Haven. Look for him in the sixth episode of the third season when he plays a man that's pissed off because he's been trapped inside his house for 27 years. Told you, locks go on the inside, dude! [EW]

... Michael Buble will join NBC's The Voice as an adviser to Blake Shelton's team to form a super-singing team that I would kill myself before I ever listened to. [EW]

... TV.com favorite Titus Welliver (Lost's Man in Black) will guest-star in the next season of White Collar. Also stopping by for some easy cash will be Reed Diamond. [TV Guide]

... This is just sorta TV news, but since you all love The Secret Circle so much, I figured you should know that Britt Robertson has joined the cast of the film White Rabbit, an indie movie about bullying. She'll co-star with Sam Trammell (True Blood), and the good news is that this CAN'T get canceled! [Deadline Hollywood]


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