News Briefs: The CW Orders More America's Next Top Model

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MODEL FACTORY NEWS

... The CW has ordered another round of America's Next Top Model, because what else is it going to do? The news means the show will reach 19 "cycles"; Cycle 18 premieres next Wednesday, February 29. So there should be at least 17 models out there at the top of the industry who got their start on the show. I can count all of the winning contestants from the show who've gone on to superstardom on my hands and feet. Did I mention that I have no fingers or toes? [THR]


MORE DEPRESSING RATINGS NEWS

... What is wrong with all you people out there who clamored for Cougar Town to return with your chants of "Penny Can! Penny Can! Penny Can!" and empty bottles of wine? Last week we all blamed Valentine's Day for the series' low ratings in its season premiere, but this week the ratings dropped even further to a new series low. Only 4.5 million viewers watched, good for a 1.7 rating in the adult demo. Those are the kind of numbers that get you fired. [EW]


TRYING TO STAY RELEVANT NEWS

... Fox's The X Factor is like that annoying kid in the corner who screams until you pay you attention to him. FINE! What is it this time, The X Factor? The singing show will return next season with two hosts, one male and one female, and two new female judges to replace the fired Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. That's it? Okay, will you shut up now? [TV Line]


TECHNOLOGY MAKING YOUR TV FANDOM BETTER NEWS

... Hulu will have all the panels from this year's PaleyFest available via instant streaming beginning March 15, the day after the two-week TV mini-convention concludes. This year's panels will be Community, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, Bones, Castle, Revenge, Modern Family, The Office, New Girl, American Horror Story, and Sons of Anarchy, so there's something for everyone who loves TV. And if you hate TV, there's a panel for Two and a Half Men, too! Oh man, you just got moded, Two and a Half Men. [Hulu via press release]

... The future is now! And in the future we will all look like fools because we'll be asking our television to record episodes of Jersey Shore and our neighbors will hear and then we'll never be able to look them in the eye. Which is to say, Google is reportedly working on technology to allow TV viewers to control their tubes by voice. Note: "TV, show me a better ending for Lost" probably won't work. [LA Times]


CASTING NEWS

... CBS has ordered a pilot for Ralph Lamb, about Las Vegas in the 1960s, and called on two dandy actors to headline it! Dennis Quaid has signed on to play sheriff Ralph Lamb, a former rodeo cowboy who went on to become Clark County's longest-tenured lawman. Michael Chiklis (The Shield) will play his nemesis, a mobster who looks super scary because Chiklis looks super scary. Remember when Chiklis played a nice-guy police sketch artist on No Ordinary Family? Oh man, that was a bad career move. [Vulture]

... I don't care what you think, I think Tyler Labine (Reaper) is FUN-KNEE. He was even funny on the unremarkable Mad Love! Anyway, he's joined the NBC pilot Animal Kingdom, which sounds right up his and my alley. The comedy stars Justin Kirk (Weeds) as a Dr. House-like veterinarian who likes the animals he treats more than their owners. Labine will continue his typecast as the "friend of the lead," a fellow vet. Bobby Lee (MADtv) will also star, as a hard-partying vet. Greenlight this, NBC. And if you haven't seen Labine's Tucker and Dale vs. Evil on Netflix yet, do it. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Brandon Routh (Superman) has been cast in CBS's comedy Partners, about two friends, one straight and one gay, whose friendship is tested when one proposes to his girlfriend. Routh will play the sober, vegan boyfriend of the gay guy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Katy Perry will guest-star on Fox's Raising Hope as a prison attendant. Look for her in the March 6 episode. [EW]

... Rocker Meat Loaf is guest-starring on an episode of Fairly Legal as a transportation union boss who threatens to cut off operations. "Yay," said my weird friend who really likes Meat Loaf. [TV Line]

... Ashley Tisdale has been cast in the untitled CBS comedy from Louis C.K., which is doing all kinds of weird things to my brain. The show follows twentysomethings as they struggle to pursue their creative dreams, and was originally written more than a decade ago. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Remember how I told you that Ryan Phillippe was starring in the CBS drama pilot previously titled Golden Boy? Well that's not happening anymore. Apparently Phillippe was too busy filming Damages to do both, so he's dropped out. The show follows a young cop who rises up the ranks of the police department. [Deadline Hollywood]


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