News Briefs: The BBC Cancels the U.K.'s Being Human


... The current season of the BBC's Being Human will be its last, the British programmer said today. The series, which started as a dramedy about a werewolf, a ghost, and a vampire living together in a flat, started in 2008 and was remade for North American audiences by Syfy in 2010. This doesn't affect Syfy's version, which, like most adaptations, has strayed from its source material. [BBC via press release]


... 24! That's the number of episodes Chicago Fire will have this season now that NBC has decided to add an extra episode to the show's Season 1 order. The firefighter drama has been a surprising "hit" (a relative term for NBC) for the network, which needs hits badly. [Deadline Hollywood]

... 5.23 million! That's the number of viewers that tuned in to see Mike Tyson "play" an accused rapist in last night's episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. That's a series low for the long-running show. If you're a fan of SVU, you owe it to yourself to go punch Mike Tyson in the face. [Washington Post]

... 39 percent! That's the drop in viewership that FX's AWESOME new show The Americans suffered in its second week. Yikes. Only 1.97 million tuned in to see Matthew Rhys and his fake moustache beat people up, which is a shame. DVR numbers should help this out, but the live-watching decline is scary. [Deadline Hollywood]

... 16th! Of May! That's the scheduled date for The Office's one-hour series finale. [TV Line]


... WHAT!? Director Brett Ratner (Tower Heist, Rush Hour) is producing an animated TV show based on Facebook timewaster (a timewaster within a timewaster!) FarmVille. WHAT!? Meanwhile, in cool people news, J.J. Abrams is talking to gaming company Valve about making a movie based on Half-Life or Portal. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Fringe's John Noble is somewhere in the future making sure Norwegians don't make Observers, but he'll soon come back to our time to make a guest appearance on The Good Wife. He'll play a man from Alicia's past in the 18th episode of the season. [TV Guide Canada]

... American Horror Story is retaining more actors from the show's past and has booked Frances Conroy (the Angel of Death from Asylum) and Taissa Farmiga (Violet from Season 1). They'll join Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters in Season 3. No word on Pepper... YET. [TV Line]

... Ellie Kemper, The Office's bubbly secretary, will star in NBC's pilot Brenda Forever. The show follows a woman's life by combining flashbacks with stories in the present. [EW]

... Dreamhunk David Walton, recently seen romancing Zooey Deschanel as Dr. Sam on New Girl and previously seen on Bent, has landed a pretty sweet gig. He'll play the lead in the NBC comedy pilot About a Boy, based on the Hugh Grant movie of the same name. He'll play a grown man who forges a friendship with his boy neighbor. Oh sure, but when I do it I'm a creep. [Deadline Hollywood]

... James Wolk (Lone Star, Political Animals) will co-star with Robin Williams in the CBS comedy pilot Crazy Ones, about a man (Williams) who works with his daughter at an ad agency. Wolk will play the office's resident handsome man. [Deadline Hollywood]

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