News Briefs: The Bachelor Is Full of Fail

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"AMERICA IS GETTING SMARTER" NEWS

... ABC's The Bachelor sunk to its lowest ratings ever last night, drawing just 7.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the adult demo. This is bad, bad, bad news for one of ABC's flagship franchises. Obviously the problem is Ben Flajnik, who has done the impossible by becoming the most boring person on a show that single-handedly lowers the boring person quota on television in every episode. Ben is more boring than Brad. Ben is more boring than a glass of water. Ben is more boring than taxes. Ben stinks. [EW]


BUSINESS DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS

... Rob McElhenny, better known as Mac from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, has sold a sitcom to Fox called Living Loaded. It's based on a book of the same name and is about a "loose partying blogger" who becomes a radio host. "Loose partying blogger?" Does Deadline just randomly throw words together and hope they make sense? What does that even mean? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rachael Ray has been renewed through 2014 because she's so damned awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]


COMMUNITY NEWS

... Community is still nowhere to be found on NBC's schedule, but that's not stopping the show from making awesome-sounding episodes. The Greendale gang will parody Law & Order when a student sabotages their science project. The episode is titled "Basic Lupine Urology," a cracking jab at Law & Order creator Dick Wolf. Hee hee. Urology. [TV Line]


CASTING ROUNDUP

... Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) will guest-voice on FX's Archer, creating one hell of an awesome thing. He'll play an astronaut on the International Space Station trying to squash a mutiny in the two-part finale. I. Am. So. There. [EW]

... "Rock" band Train will drop by 90210, creating one hell of an unwatchable thing. [EW]

... British actor Paul Bettany has backed out of the lead role in Showtime's forthcoming Masters of Sex, a drama pilot about sexual revolution pioneers Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson. It's unclear why he bowed out. [TV Line]

... 30 Rock has booked Emma Stone, Andy Samberg, and Nick Cannon to guest star. They'll play actors in a fake rom-com movie called Martin Luther King Day. [EW]

... Not-so-famous actress Lindsay Lohan (remember her?) may be taking on the role of famous actress Elizabeth Taylor. She's considering taking the lead in Lifetime's Elizabeth & Richard: A Love Story. She'll be perfect to depict Taylor's coked-up, bathroom-sex filled, kleptomaniac days. [EW]


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