News Briefs: Seth MacFarlane Will Host the 2013 Oscars

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BUSINESS TIME

... Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Academy Awards. I don't get it either. More importantly, there's a rumor going around that MacFarlane is dating Khaleesi! [ABC via press release]

... DVRs are completely changing the way we watch TV and fight over hard drive real estate with our roommates. But they're also changing the way the industry looks at ratings well okay not REALLY but come on studios, you know you have to check out those numbers. The premiere of NBC's Revolution, originally broadcast two weeks ago, got a HUGE boost from just-released DVR numbers, jumping 51 percent in the adult demo to a giant 5.2 rating among the important younger demographic. Other big gainers, percentage-wise, were Hawaii Five-0 (up 41 percent to a 2.6) and Private Practice (up 49 percent to a 2.8). [EW]

... 666 Park Avenue premiered on Sunday and did ehhhhhhh not that great. About 7 million people tuned in to see the premiere, good for a 2.2 rating. That will probably drop in subsequent weeks, so I'd bet against it getting picked up. [EW]

... You could also say the same about CBS's Made in Jersey, which tanked in its Friday premiere with 7.7 million viewers but only a 1.1 in the adult demo. Girl, you in troubles! [TV Line]

... TLC has wisely given the Boo Boo clan a well-deserved raise. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is the freakshow channel's big new hit, and the network has raised the cast's salary from somewhere between $5,000 and $7,000 per episode to something between $15,000 and $20,000 per episode. These people have real talent. [TMZ]

... Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal producer Shonda Rhimes had a few extra minutes this weekend so she used the time to sell another couple of shows to ABC. This time it's a comedy called I Hate L.A. Dudes and a drama called The Mix. L.A. Dudes follows a woman on a male-dominated internet talk show, whatever that is, who is trying to navigate the difficult dating waters of the city. The Mix is a light drama set at a The View-type talk show. One of my sources told me one time Shonda Rhimes sneezed into a napkin and ABC bought it with a put pilot commitment. [Deadline Hollywood]

... How much trouble is Oprah Winfrey's cable channel OWN in? She's bringing in Tyler Perry to make two scripted shows for it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Ryan Murphy continues his hot streak of selling shows to networks who recognize his name from the credits of Glee. At Fox, he'll produce Montauk, a family drama about a big conspiracy in a small town on Long Island. The second is a comedy at NBC, the details of which are being withheld. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Fresh off a fantastic visit to Person of Interest, Lost alum Ken Leung will recur on NBC's midseason drama Infamous. The drama is about a detective who goes undercover with a bunch of rich people to find the truth behind the murder of her friend. Leung may also return to Person of Interest, plus he'll do a guest stint on ABC's midseason drama Zero Hour. [TV Line]

... Revenge will welcome Battlestar Galactica actor Michael Trucco. He'll play the brother of Kenny later this year. [TV Line]


SAD NEWS

... A sad farewell to Babylon 5 actor Michael O'Hare, who passed away this weekend from a heart attack. The 60-year-old actor played Commander Jeffrey Sinclair on the sci-fi show. [TV Guide]


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