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

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... 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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Im in Thailand and download everything, my question is, how accurate are the rating numbers with dvr and downloading??

Is there some magical chip that sees all these sources for viewing????
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I like newsroom, but the dialogue is just so damn fast!!!!!!!!!

And Eric is very good in perception!!!!!!
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I thought I heard today that Falling Skies was definitely renewed for a third season!



Or maybe those damn skitters were just implanting things in my brain again.
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Despite it being ridiculously left-leaning, I really like The Newsroom. I don't understand how ratings work anyways or what causes a show to get renewed (well beyond the obvious "if it makes everyone a lot of money"), especially on HBO and Showtime.
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A&E should re-broadcast the original Danish production, with subtitles, as did the BBC, which knows a thing or three about quality television. The Danish "Those Who Kill" is excellent, and does not need to be remade. Especially when one considers how A&E botched the remake of "The Killing", which was in every way superior in the original Danish production. They are just subtitles, people -- they won't bite.
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I didn't see the Danish version so I can't compare but I thought "The Killing was awesome and would be extremely pleased to see the same actors work on another series with a similar concept. I thought the two leads on the first case had wonderful chemistry as partners and could possibly become romantically involved as well. I think they could be good for eachother. Anyway, that's my 2 cents aalong with one other opinion or should I say request. Please don't make me read subtitles. I want to watch shows, NOT read them. I think many others would agree, reading subtitles is exhausting and I'm sure I'm not theonly one that misses a lot because we are too busy reading. If I want to read, I will buy books. :) Best Wishes, Diane
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If A&E "botched" the remake of "The Killing" (I think my mom's been a faithful viewer all the way through), I think the term you're looking for is "inferior to," not "superior in."
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Honestly, "big launches" are nothing special. It got hyped, there was little else "new" starting, and it was when there wasn't much new on outside of the SyFy channel.



Add to some hype, and it is pretty meaningless. Heck, look at "Anger Management" That show premiered big but lost a LOT of numbers by episode 2.



A big intro can often just mean "a lot of curious lookie-loos checking it out" or "there's nothing else to do today, let's see what this new thing is"
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Perception is the most creative detective show I've ever seen.



That's what I would say if I had never seen:



1.Monk

2.A Beautiful Mind

3.Numbers

4.psych

5.Law and Order: Criminal Intent

6.House

7. Sherlock

8.Mentalist

9.Lie to Me

10...and counting...it's an amalgamation of elements



I saw elements of all these shows in the plot, the fashion, the mood, the characterization, and in the newspaper under my bed.



That said, I enjoyed the first episode and will watch the complete season.
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I thought that House was a medical drama.
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when did you stop thinking that?
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Add the much ignored "Raines" to that list and you have not only the general premise but in fact a direct rip-off of the 2007 shows pilot (down to the same plot twist and story beats).



A shockingly shoddy and unoriginal show.. am loving the backlash it's getting from the discerning public who are tired of the "detective with a disability" genre.
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I'm not tired of it...i'm embracing the cluster fun!
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I really like The Newsroom. I don't really get the ratings. Does it count people who are watching them online or OnDemand? I'm thankful it's on HBO and not TNT (it's only available in the states, so stupid).
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The sixth episode of the third season of Haven on Syfy. I will be watching you.
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steven weber on wilfred was a pleasent surprise, as was allison mack. good for him that he still working hard to find a home (where's tim daly?)



Iain Glen is very much one of my favorite on game of thrones. he probably deserves better than haven. i quit watching the show that was already hard enough to watch when that animal episode aired? all i remember was it was easily as bad a any sci-fi original (quick flash, horrible horrible cgi.)



Titus Welliver is a complete badass and like Iain Glen, deserves better than a 'lost' mention. Titus Welliver of deadwood, jericho and gone baby gone.



perception was okay though the dude who reviewed it here hit on a lot of valid points and i liked the first two episodes of newsroom drunk ...may have to try the third sober.

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Tim Daly's actually been busy. Until VERY recently (like May 2012), he was one of the stars on "Private Practice" for 5 seasons. And while I don't watch the show, it had its followers.



He's done some other stuff, including resurrecting his voice-work as Superman on various DC animated videos.
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Rock in a Hard Place sounds all kinds of horrible.



And since A&E tends to make decent shows with The Glades and Longmire (bring back Breakout Kings) Maybe they can do what AMC can't. Which is make a good cop drama. Because The Killing was stupid.



And Buble' cool. He is funny. Now all they need to do is replace Christina and then it will be good. I suggest Sara Bareilles.
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hmmmm. me love newsroom
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