News Briefs: Sharknado Won Twitter, But Not the Ratings

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... Sharknado blew people's minds and broke the internet last night, but how did it actually score in the ratings? It didn't have much bite, actually (ha!). The sharksploitation movie only drew 1.4 million viewers and a 0.4 rating in the adult demo, good for like 50th place on basic cable for the night. But who cares about ratings? The movie was gill-ty of fishing for social media buzz, and it totally worked. Sharknado was a Twitter sensation, generating almost 387,000 mentions (almost as many as Game of Thrones' "The Rains of Castamere," a.k.a. the Red Wedding episode), and that's the kind of publicity Syfy was going for. Syfy will replay Sharknado next Thursday, and the network is also already discussing a Sharknado sequel. This is all everyone's fault. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... *Bill Cosby noises* Comedy Central will air a Bill Cosby standup special on November 24, his first in three decades and countless boxes of Pudding Pops. The program will be directed by Robert Townsend and feature material from a recent live performance. [Philly.com]

... Oprah Winfrey and her cable network OWN have scored the interview of last century! Winfrey will chat with Lindsay Lohan when she's out of rehab, with an eye on an August an airdate. But that's not all! OWN will also air a reality show starring Lohan as she tries to stay clean and rebuild her career. Is it possible to show up late for and disrupt your own reality show? [EW]

... Disney continues to milk Marvel dry and will debut Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. on Disney XD on August 11, a.k.a. Breaking Bad day. The animated series features Hulk, She-Hulk, A-Bomb, Red Hulk, and Skaar and come on, is this thing actually real? This is a joke, right? Where's the hidden camera and Allen Funt? [Disney via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Desmond Hume has to go back to the island! Henry Ian Cusick, who played the time-travelin' Scotsman on Lost, will guest-star on CBS's Hawaii Five-0. Cusick will appear in the season premiere as the leader of a terrorist group, with the possibility of returning to cause more headaches for McGarrett and the gang. [TV Line]

... Meanwhile, Desmond's Penny has found her own new job. Sonya Walger, who played Desmond's flame on Lost, has landed a recurring role on NBC's Parenthood. She'll play "a sexy and single architect" (triple threat) who works with Joel and probably tries to stick her tongue in his mouth. [EW]

... Anne Heche will join the cast of NBC's upcoming comedy The Michael J. Fox Show. She'll play a rival anchor at the news station where Michael works. Heche was last seen (by, like, no one) in the canceled comedy Save Me. [EW]

... Justin Hartley (Smallville, Emily Owens, M.D.) is finally leaving The CW. The hunk has found a spot on the third season of ABC's Revenge as the long-lost son of Victoria. [E! Online]


THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS OF ALL

... The romance between The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco and Man of Steel's Henry Cavill is already over! And right before Comic-Con, too. [E! Online]

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