News Briefs: The CW Renews Oh Sit! and Breaking Pointe Because It's The CW

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BAD BUSINESS TIME

... Usually a network that sends out a release to announce a show renewal can't wait to tout the numbers the program put up. There was barely a digit in today's email from The CW announcing the renewal of reality garbage shows Oh Sit! and Breaking Pointe, which is a pretty telling sign that whoever is driving this car might be asleep. Oh Sit!, in case you forgot, is the extreme musical chairs reality competition that's part Wipeout, part people sitting down; Breaking Pointe is a reality docu-series filmed at a ballet company in Utah. I was able to track down both shows' numbers, and they're even more dismal than I thought. Oh Sit! has averaged a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and has fallen below one million viewers more often than not. Breaking Pointe was even worse, tip-toeing its way to an average under-a-0.3 rating and bottoming out with 0.62 million viewers. So yeah, The CW renewed them both. Absolutely baffling. [The CW via press release]


REGULAR BUSINESS TIME

... Now THIS! THIS MAKES SENSE! TLC has ordered more episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the overnight sensation about a group of subhumans living in the magical world of Georgia. The exact number of episodes has not been disclosed, but I'm assuming it will go on as long as there's enough deep-fried EZ-cheese to go around. TLC has also ordered three Boo Boo holiday specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Honey Boo Boo has averaged 2.3 million viewers per episode, which is like a whole season's worth of Breaking Pointe. [TLC via press release]

... Fox's much-heralded new comedies Ben and Kate and The Mindy Project debuted last night and the ratings were simply adorkable! As in, kinda okay but not like super hot or anything. Ben and Kate drew 4.2 million viewers for a 2.0 rating, and Mindy followed New Girl with a 4.7 million and a 2.4 rating. Meanwhile, CBS's Vegas looks oh-so CBS-like, pulling in a whopping 14.7 million viewers and a relatively small 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demo. [EW]

... NBC has picked up a couple more projects, this time from super producer Greg Berlanti. Napa is described as a Wuthering Heights clone but set in modern-day California wine country. Family Affair is about a pair of Connecticut families that meet under auspicious circumstances: the mother from one family and the father from the other were both killed in an accident, exposing a secret affair. Oops! [THR]

... NBC (geez, do these guys just buy everything?) is also developing a period-piece crime drama about a young Thomas Edison, probably because Sherlock Holmes was already taken. Yes, it's called Edison. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The next white guy to speed-date in front of America on The Bachelor will be... Sean Lowe! Lowe was featured on the most recent season of The Bachelorette, but was sent home by Emily Maynard in favor of some other white guy. Which white woman will he choose next year? [E! Online]

... Malcolm in the Middle mom Jane Kaczmarek will guest-star on The Middle as a teacher at career college that Frankie's attending. Middle! [THR]

... The CW is continuing its relationship with the U.S. Olympic Committee and has cast nonplussed gymnast McKayla Maroney on Hart of Dixie. Maroney will play a friend of Rose's, and the actress who plays Rose is named McKaley Miller so I'm really excited for all the giggling that will go on when people call out their names. The CW recently cast Maroney's fellow gymnast Gabby Douglas on The Vampire Diaries in a tiny role, and also let swimmer Ryan Lochte out of his cage so he could run around the set of 90210. [E! Online]


SAD NEWS

... Singer Andy Williams, the host of NBC's 1960s variety show The Andy Williams Show, passed away today at the age of 84. [NY Times]


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